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Lab Validation Report: HP Proliant DL980*, Intel® Xeon® Processor, and VMware vSphere 5* SAP Performance Analysis

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Lab Validation Report: HP Proliant DL980*, Intel® Xeon® Processor, and VMware vSphere 5* SAP Performance Analysis

This report presents the results of ESG Lab testing of the performance and scalability of the HP ProLiant DL980 server powered by Intel Xeon processors, running SAP with VMware vSphere 5*. Testing was conducted with a virtualized, tier-1 SAP application workload running on a massively scalable HP ProLiant DL980 server powered by next-generation Intel processors, running VMware virtualization software. The tests were designed to confirm that virtualized infrastructure built with these components can be used to lower cost of ownership, increase scalability, and provide excellent performance while maintaining the reliability and availability required by tier-1 applications.
The Stages of Server Virtualization Many organizations are currently reaping benefits of server virtualization that include lower IT capital and operating costs and greater IT efficiency. Organizations with server virtualization experience are moving beyond these benefits to improve application provisioning, maintenance, availability, and backup/recovery processes. Server virtualization’s benefits appear to be closely correlated to users’ experience and confidence in the technology.
Over time, organizations tend to move through three distinct stages as they deploy server virtualization technology, beginning by virtualizing IT-owned infrastructure applications and utilities like file and print services. The key objectives during this first wave of virtualization are consolidation, manageability, and cost reduction. As organizations gain confidence in virtualization technology, more intensive applications like Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint are consolidated during the second wave of adoption. In this stage, the agility and availability of IT services are often enhanced as IT managers take advantage of virtualization to migrate applications from physical servers to the increased fault tolerance provided within the virtualization layer. As organizations continue on their virtualization journey, ensuring the performance and scalability of tier-1 applications like SAP is a key objective. ESG asked IT professionals what strategies they have implemented to address virtual server performance concerns. As seen in Figure 1, server architecture plays a huge role, with increased memory density and additional CPU capacity being key considerations.

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