IBM demonstrates mySAP virtualisation tool

IBM will demonstrate software for dynamic provisioning of application servers for SAPs mySAP Business Suite at the CeBIT trade...

IBM will demonstrate software for dynamic provisioning of application servers for SAPs mySAP Business Suite at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover.

The software, "a virtualisation engine that helps manage workload", runs on IBM's eServer zSeries mainframes, but will be ported to other server platforms later, according to IBM spokesman Hans-Juergen Rehm.

Companies will be able to order the software being demonstrated from 28 April, but it will not be delivered until the third quarter, he said.

IBM Dynamic Infrastructure for mySAP Business Suite allows provisioning of SAP application servers to meet variations in workload demand, so that, servers from a shared pool can be reallocated on the fly between tasks such as training, customer care, human resources or enterprise planning. Later developments will also enable provisioning of database servers.

The software could be used by large businesses, or by hosting service providers. Functions include billing and data security and, once removed from the pool of active machines, servers are scrubbed to remove traces of customer data, IBM said.

The software is intended to reduce the level of management effort required to run SAP systems, and speed up their deployment.

Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service

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