Normally the release of new reference architectures for deploying SAP applications wouldn't draw much notice. But when that new reference architecture is for deploying SAP applications on top of next-generation data center architectures, it's worth some attention.
SAP today rolled out reference architectures for next-generation data center platforms from IBM and Dell. Those reference architectures are similar to the one that SAP previously rolled out for the Vblock offering from EMC that is based on the Cisco Unified Computing System.
Sanjay Katyal, SAP senior director for the global ecosystem and partner group, says there is a lot of nuance related to the deployment of SAP applications on top of systems that make liberal use of virtualization. By capturing information gleaned from actual deployments of SAP applications in these environments, SAP is helping to jumpstart the migration process to these new types of systems.
Of course, SAP is hoping that these new architectures will prove to be so efficient that there will be some extra money left over in the IT budget to fund additional software purchases. The system vendors, meanwhile, are hoping that customers will recognize that the savings on operational costs will justify the required expense in new capital equipment.
There also no doubt that these new data center architectures will change the hierarchy of IT as we know it, with a lot more of that power shifting in the direction of the people that manage the applications.
So long story short, packaged application vendors such as SAP are now lending their voices to the call to modernize the data center. And while there are many ways to achieve that aim, it most certainly is going to happen.