SAP Infrastructure


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What is SAP Infrastructure?

Rapidly evolving from historical on-premise servers to private, public, and hybrid cloud and cloud-like environments, SAP infrastructure includes the systems, hardware, and platforms on which SAP systems and applications are run. Originally, SAP Infrastructure was limited to mainframe computers, though that changed with the client/server architecture included in the SAP R/3 release. While client environments have typically been Microsoft Windows-based systems, host environments normally included Unix systems. Over time, this shifted to include servers running Linux operating systems, though these were still located in data centers local to an organization’s physical locations.

What is SAP Infrastructure?

Rapidly evolving from historical on-premise servers to private, public, and hybrid cloud and cloud-like environments, SAP infrastructure includes the systems, hardware, and platforms on which SAP systems and applications are run. Originally, SAP Infrastructure was limited to mainframe computers, though that changed with the client/server architecture included in the SAP R/3 release. While client environments have typically been Microsoft Windows-based systems, host environments normally included Unix systems. Over time, this shifted to include servers running Linux operating systems, though these were still located in data centers local to an organization’s physical locations.

SAP Infrastructure now includes on-premise or local data centers, private cloud environments or hosting partners, public cloud and managed service providers, and hybrid combinations of these environments. SAP’s transition to a cloud-based company has resulted in a rapidly growing number of solutions and offerings being entirely cloud based, which in turn means that more SAP workloads are moving to the cloud. While these are not always public cloud or hyperscale environments, the infrastructure supporting SAP systems is more cloud based each year.

Organizations offering SAP Infrastructure solutions include: Atos, AWS, Dell Technologies, Google Cloud, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Navisite, NTT Data, Nutanix, Rackspace Technology, Virtustream, and VMware.

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders:

  • SAP Infrastructure continues to move towards the cloud, but SAP S/4HANA remains top of mind when it comes to infrastructure planning. As organizations make plans for the future, they need to determine what their future infrastructure should be. For many this revolves around SAP S/4HANA, while others are simply looking to eliminate older legacy infrastructure by doing a lift and shift to the cloud. This panel discusses what the priorities for organizations have been for SAP Infrastructure, where SAP S/4HANA plays into the picture, what technologies are areas of investment, and what impact RISE with SAP is having.
  • SAP workloads, and the infrastructure that they are running on, are moving to the cloud. Based on research conducted by SAPinsider, 88% of organizations are running at least some SAP workloads in the cloud. While this isn’t every system, most of those who are still running workloads in on-premise infrastructure say that they plan on moving those systems to the cloud within the next two years. This article covers which workloads are still running on local infrastructure, which are most likely to be running in the cloud, and what approach organizations are taking when it comes to moving those workloads.

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    Output Management Plays A Vital Role for SAP Customers

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    When organizations with hundreds of SAP systems and thousands of printers in different parts of the world make big changes in their SAP architectures, ineffective output management add to the complexity and hamper the success of digital transformation initiatives. This is why it’s important to understand the vital role output management plays for SAP customers.…
  2. Efficiently manage your SAP systems in hybrid environments with SAP Landscape Management

    SAP Landscape Management is an orchestration and automation solution that assists with managing your SAP systems deployed on-premise, private cloud, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) aka Hyperscaler environments, or in a hybrid setup. SAP Landscape Management helps many customers in the world to be more efficient, flexible, and resilient. The solution supports in the journey to be an…
  3. The complete & open hybrid Infrastructure for SAP

    One of the biggest goals of organizations that are moving to SAP S/4HANA is to increase reliability and flexibility while reducing downtime during the transition. Red Hat and SAP have shared a long and successful history, and Red Hat is committed to helping SAP customers on their journey to achieve these goals and become an intelligent…
  4. How to Automate and Accelerate System Copy and Refresh with SAP Landscape Management

    System copy/refresh is an essential process that has to be done on a regular basis to keep the test systems in sync with the latest productive business data. It is very time-intensive, resource-consuming and error-prone, especially as system landscapes become more complex. Learn how SAP Landscape Management (LaMa) helps to simplify, automate and orchestrate the…
  5. Mission-Critical Infrastructure for the Data-Driven Enterprise

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    Superdome Flex family sets a high standard for mission-critical servers for data-driven enterprises and is worthy of consideration by firms embarking on a journey to modernize their applications and infrastructure and, crucially, to unlock the value of their data in a timely manner.     Find other insightful content from HPE on their Vendor Showcase
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    As part of greater digital transformation initiatives, many organizations are deploying dataintensive, real-time workloads on SAP HANA®. To be effective, these workloads require robust, scalable multisocket server architecture. These IT platforms must also provide the flexibility to run multiple, mixed workloads, expand system capacity, and deploy SAP HANA in on-site, cloud, and hybrid environments.  …
  7. Swisscom automates IT with Red Hat Ansible Automation

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    To stay competitive in the challenging network infrastructure market, Swisscom needed a tool for enterprise-wide IT and network automation. With help from Red Hat, a trusted vendor, the service provider used Red Hat Ansible Tower to automate management of around 15,000 components, including servers, firewalls, network devices, and storage devices. Ansible Tower’s self-service provisioning and…
  8. Modernize your SAP landscape with Red Hat and Intel

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    Organizations are digitally transforming to take advantage of growth opportunities in new markets, adapt to evolving customer behaviors and preferences, and combat increased competitive pressure. As a result, modernizing infrastructure with increased agility, flexibility, manageability, and security is a top long-term goal for 49% of organizations. Technologies like containers, microservices, and cloud infrastructure support these…
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    Host Your SAP Systems in a Fast-Performing, Highly Available, Nondisruptive, Managed Environment

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    For companies running SAP software, SAP’s announcement that it is extending the end-of-mainstream-maintenance deadline from 2025 to 2027 means that organizations now have another two years to decide when and how to build a migration plan to SAP S/4HANA into their roadmap. This transition will be a complicated one for many companies and is a…
  10. Centralization of ERP Systems Helps Retail and Distribution Organizations to Align Fragmented Data Marts

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    Inventory planners leverage core SAP ECC functionality to achieve lower inventory costs, close to 100% fulfillment and delivery accuracy, and fewer expedited orders. Register for this new SAPinsider Research Brief Insider Profile today! This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a Member
  11. Optimize Remote Output and Print Management for SAP Systems

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    Matthew Shea: Hello, and thanks for coming to today’s live Q&A on optimizing remote output and print management for SAP systems, particularly the UniSpool solution.  I am joined by Goosen de Bruin, Managing Director at Solipsis, Johan Harmsen, Software Architect at Holland House b.v., and Tessa Hofman, Solipsis Group. We are looking forward to a…...…
  12. What to Expect from the Move to Linux

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    Companies looking to benefit from SAP HANA need to migrate their operating system to a Linux platform before they can implement the in-memory database. And while this implementation may sound difficult, it doesn’t need to be: By adequately planning and using the proper tools and training, companies can move to a Linux platform with minimal…
  13. Centralized Management of Hybrid SAP Landscapes

    Centralized Management of Hybrid SAP Landscapes

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    While the use of cloud-based solutions is on the rise, on-premise solutions remain a critical part of IT infrastructures. To help minimize the administrative burden of managing these hybrid environments, SAP offers SAP Landscape Management. This article explains how SAP Landscape Management simplifies the maintenance of hybrid SAP landscapes. It first looks at the solution’s…
  14. Driving a Digital Transformation on a Central Integration Platform

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      Bill Metallo, VP Sales, SEEBURGER, joins SAPinsider on a podcast to discuss what it means to integrate activities onto a single platform in a digital transformation. Topics of this discussion include: How a reliance on legacy systems to run digital processes hampers a true digital evolution Why the IT department is often the strategic…...…
  15. Connecting Everyone, Everything, Everywhere

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    In the digital economy, communication is everything — whether it’s people to people, people to machine, or machine to machine. Intelligent interconnectivity among all people and things across an organization can drive better efficiencies and deeper insights for smarter business. Learn how the SAP Digital Interconnect team, an integrated business unit within SAP Digital Business…
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    As companies are shifting to a Value as a Service (VaaS) model, the focus becomes less on the delivery model and more on the value delivered. Effectively delivering VaaS requires a partnership between vendors and customers, one that is outcome-based, rather than a negotiated, transactional exchange of goods and services for money – and where…
  17. Using Hyperconvergence to Simplify SAP Infrastructure

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    As enterprise infrastructures become more complicated by mixtures of on-premise, cloud, and hybrid technologies, simplicity is becoming more important. An emerging need is for an enterprise cloud built on “hyperconverged” infrastructure, one in which a variety of technologies, including virtualized solutions, can be accessed from a single point. Find out how a simplified hyperconverged environment…
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  19. Running SAP on the IBM BlueMix Infrastructure Platform: Live Q&A on IaaS Deployment Options

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    IBM offers SAP certified cloud infrastructure available in multiple locations globally with a choice for clients to choose a self service / IaaS model or fully managed by IBM on the BlueMix platform. IBM’s bare metal servers on BlueMix provide the best performance for SAP and HANA applications while allowing the capability to leverage Watson…...…
  20. Modernize Your SAP Landscape

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    SAPinsider Events has released a second online video series: Modernize your SAP Landscape that was recorded at a series of live events produced by SAPinsider Events and sponsors SAP, SUSE, VMware, HPE, and Intel. This exclusive sequence explores the changing SAP solution landscape and the limitations of traditional client-server architecture to handle new software capabilities…
  21. Top 5 Business Benefits of a Modern Core SAP Infrastructure and Strategies for Getting There

    This is part 1 of a 5-part series of presentations hosted by SAPinsider and sponsored by SUSE, VMware, SAP, HPE, and Intel Michael St-Jean shows you why SAP landscape transformation is more than an IT project and how you can achieve and demonstrate core business value. This presentation was presented live at the Modernize your…...…
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