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How to maximize your SAP investments with HP Integrity

(guest blog by Vicki Metsers)


Does SAP play a big role in running your business?  If the answer is yes, then ensuring performance and availability of SAP would likely be high on your list of priorities; however, this can be challenging—especially when the pressure is on to lower costs.  It might be tempting to think that moving to an x86 platform running Linux or Windows would create an environment where you could reduce costs. After all, there are some very powerful  x86 options available today, but of course, we all know that things aren’t always as they first appear.


As the German instrumentation manufacturer, Testo AG, discovered, the most cost-effective solution for their SAP environment was to upgrade within the HP Integrity line and stay the course with HP-UX 11i.  Testo operates 24/7 in 31 facilities globally and relies on SAP for everything from sales and customer service to production and quality management and financials, as well as business performance analysis. In fact, SAP is so crucial to their business model that Testo estimates they’d lose 70,000 Euros for every hour SAP is down. Needless to say, this company knows a little something about ensuring performance and availability of SAP.


When it came time for an upgrade, Testo figured that, while moving onto a Windows or Linux platform could potentially save money, it might not be the optimal long-term solution. Once the due diligence was completed, they discovered the move would have cost them 80,000 – 100,000 Euros to migrate all of their SAP data onto the new platform. And when they looked at the cost of Integrity server blades compared to x86 platforms, they saw very little difference to their current cost models. At the end of the day, it made the most economic sense to stick with HP-UX  and the HP Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure.


The HP Integrity upgrade also made sense for the following reasons:


  • With the latest Integrity server blades and HP-UX, Testo saw an immediate boost in SAP performance—accelerating application response times for users and enabled improved service to Testo’s customers
  • The change resulted in a smaller footprint with a more efficient data center that lowered power requirements by approximately 45% and avoided the need for additional cooling
  • By reducing IT complexity, the HP Converged Infrastructure freed up time for staff to focus on innovations that support business growth rather than just managing technology
  • By using HP Serviceguard, Testo achieved high availability for SAP without the need for expensive Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • By staying with HP Integrity and HP-UX, Testo avoided as much as 100,000 Euros in platform migration costs


Are you looking to get more out of your SAP investments?  Do you need to cut IT costs? Can it simply be time for an infrastructure refresh?  If you answered yes to any of these, then it may be time to upgrade to new HP Integrity server blades as part of an HP Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure.  Testo certainly showed why it made sense for them.  Interested in learning more about Testo?  Read their whole story here.



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I am the director of marketing for HPE GreenLake and have had the opportunity to work with many HPE experts and colleagues on our as a Service offerings.