by VMware, Inc.
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Published on: October 23, 2008
Type of content: WHITE PAPER
Length: 10 pages
At the most basic level, virtualization allows you to run multiple workloads in "virtual machines" - each consisting of an operating system and one or more applications - on a single physical server. With virtualization, you can quickly move workloads from one physical server to another - without any application downtime - enabling flexible and dynamic alignment of business needs with compute resources.
Virtual machines are highly portable and can run unchanged on completely different physical servers since they consist only of a small number of files encapsulating applications, patches, data, and so forth. This structure allows separation of services from the underlying hardware.
Virtualization enjoys fast-growing adoption among SAP customers who are already reaping significant benefits. This document explores the ways real SAP customers have used VMware virtualization to:
- Optimize datacenter resources
- Ease SAP upgrades, new implementations, and platform migrations
- Better meet SLAs
- Support service delivery to the business
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