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1 Tiffany Winman commented Permalink

Ok, now you have us in suspense, Tiffeni. :) What are the highlights of the report?

2 Bill Watson commented Permalink

Here is a summary of the ITG reports:
1. Three-year costs for HP XP24000 and IBM XIV systems were compared for a broad range of Tier 1 and Tier 2 systems for real-world SAP environments. Costs for use of XIV systems in large enterprise SAP environments averaged 52 percent less than for HP XP24000 equivalents. Comparisons are based on three composite profiles of disk system installations in large manufacturing, financial services and retail companies employing a wide range of SAP solutions. To construct these profiles, ITG obtained input from 17 large SAP corporate users in the same industries and approximate size ranges.
2. In the mid-market space, costs for use of XIV systems in SAP environments average 60 percent less than for EVA equivalents. For the mid-market study, costs from 13 midsize SAP users in the same industries and approximate size ranges were used. In all of these comparisons for all platforms, costs for hardware, software, maintenance and software support for all platforms were based on “street” prices; i.e., discounted prices actually paid by users.
3. ITG also compared DS8000 to EMC’s V-Max. for SAP Large enterprise core business implementations: Three-year costs for DS8000 systems in Large Enterprise SAP environments averaged 29 percent less than for V-Max equivalents. Costs were compared for high-end systems requiring the highest levels of performance, availability and business continuity. This comparison was run pre-DS8700 and costs for DS8000 systems were based on DS8100 and DS8300 systems rather than the DS8700. Core business systems included (ERP), (CRM), (SCO) and, in the case of the financial services company, core banking and financial management systems. Cost comparisons presented were based on three installation profiles of large SAP organizations – Consumer Products, Financial Services and Retail. Input was obtained from 17 large SAP corporate users in the same industries and approximate size ranges.
4. Finally, in another TCO comparison, ITG’s October study showed the Costs for DS5000 systems in Mid-market SAP Environments averaged 21 percent less than those of HP EVA equivalents. Comparing high-end midrange systems requiring the highest levels of performance, availability and business continuity for applications such as (ERP), (CRM), (SCM) and other systems, input on SAP was obtained from 13 midsize SAP users in the same industries and approximate size ranges. Note that we have posted all of the ITG TCO Study reports on our external ISV solutions website here: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/solutions/isv/index.html#sap
Bill Watson, WW Business Relationship Manager - Microsoft Corp and SAP Storage, IBM ISV Enablement, IBM STG

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