Have you ever been interested in evaluating or testing an SAP environment to address your business needs?
You've probably heard about SAP solutions, and you understand the potential benefits of SAP, but you definitely want to do a test drive to touch a sample system and play with it in a risk-free environment... Or you may want to build a prototype before making a decision... Or you need to develop and test your SAP applications in a non-production environment... Or you may even need to do an SAP application training for your team... In any case, you are looking for the most cost-efficient, fast, and easy approach to do this.
But what is the approach? The answer is the IBM Systems solution with SAP Discovery system.
Why IBM? Two main reasons are:
- IBM is the only vendor that provides a validated hardware appliance offering for the SAP Discovery system, which is based on IBM System x3650 M4.
- It is very easy to order the appliance from IBM, as simple as ordering a single part number.
The IBM Systems solution with SAP Discovery system uses the IBM System x3650 M4 server built on Intel Xeon processor E5 family to provide a robust, compact and cost-effective hardware platform for the SAP Discovery system, using VMware ESXi software with Microsoft Windows and SUSE Linux operating systems.
IBM System x3650 M4 servers offer an energy-smart, affordable, and
easy-to-use rack solution for data center environments looking to
significantly lower operational and solution costs. It is a powerful
two-socket, 2U rack server
optimized for virtualization, thanks to its balanced strengths in memory
density, high performance, and uptime.
With an embedded VMware hypervisor, x3650 M4 provides a virtualized environment for the SAP software, consolidating a wealth of applications onto a single 2U server. The IBM Systems solution with SAP Discovery system is also configured with eight hard drives (including one recovery drive) to create a compact, integrated system. For more information about the x3650 M4, see the IBM Redbooks Product Guide.
The SAP Discovery system is a preconfigured hardware and software landscape that can be used to test drive SAP technologies. It is an evaluation tool that provides an opportunity to realize the joint value of the SAP business process platform and SAP BusinessObjects tools running on a single system. It provides a complete, fully documented system with standard SAP software components for developing and delivering service-based applications, including all the interfaces, functionality, data, and guidance necessary to run a complete, end-to-end business scenario.
The SAP Discovery system includes sample business scenarios and demonstrations that are preconfigured and ready to run. It is a preconfigured environment with prepared demos and populated with Best Practices data.
SAP Discovery system includes the following key software components:
- SAP ERP application
- SAP NetWeaver technology platform
- SAP BusinessObjects solutions
- SAP Customer Relationship Management
- Mobility (Sybase Unwired Platform, Afaria)
- IBM DB2 database
Whether you plan to integrate new SAP products into your infrastructure or are preparing for an upgrade, the IBM System solution with SAP Discovery system can help you thoroughly evaluate SAP applications and validate their benefits. You gain hands-on experience, the opportunity to develop a proof of concept, and the perfect tool for training your personnel in advance of deploying a production system.
For more information, read the IBM Systems solution with SAP Discovery system solution brief.