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The How & Why of Running SAP on Oracle SuperCluster

Linda Tsan
Senior Manager

Recent research from ESG revealed that enterprise IT teams prefer to upgrade their mission-critical applications on their own terms versus a vendor's predefined schedule, choosing instead to extend the runway of their existing investments. As Senior Analyst at ESG Nik Rouda points out,

"IT teams responsible for application, infrastructure, and operations are rightly cautious about making changes, worried about unforeseen complications and disruption of the business functions."

SAP systems are a perfect example of “mission-critical” s. Enterprise companies worldwide rely on their HR, CRM, or ERP solutions and a hiccup in any of them can have a disastrous impact on the business. Add in the complexity of modern SAP landscapes and you get an increasingly time-consuming and expensive system to deploy and manage. SAP applications, databases, operating systems, servers, networking, storage, management tools, and backup software all must be integrated and validated to work together. Expert staff is critical to identifying potential bottlenecks, tuning the database, optimizing server and storage performance, and ensuring the high availability of critical services to make sure SAP application service-level agreements are met. Factor in infrastructure components and support contracts from a wide variety of vendors and complexity, risk, and cost rise exponentially. 

Utilizing an integrated system optimized for Oracle database workloads is an innovative way to accelerate deployment and reduce operational costs throughout the SAP architecture lifecycle. Multiple layers of SAP infrastructure can be consolidated onto a high performance, highly available system like Oracle SuperCluster to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and improve SAP application performance and availability. 

Why Run SAP on Oracle Hardware

Oracle was one of the technology partners involved in developing SAP R/3 in 1992, with a goal of closely integrating Oracle Database with SAP applications to provide optimal performance. Since that time, the partnership continued to strengthen and Oracle Database has been optimized continuously for SAP applications. This is why tens of thousands of SAP customers run SAP applications on Oracle hardware, and over 2/3 of mid-size to large SAP customers rely on Oracle Database.

Why Run SAP on Oracle SuperCluster

Oracle SuperCluster is the only architecture for SAP customers that uniquely provides Oracle’s secure private cloud infrastructure optimized for database and applications with integrated everything – compute, storage, and networking resources as well as virtualization, OS, and management – making it the ideal infrastructure to simplify complex SAP landscapes.

CELSA GROUP, one of the largest steel producers in Europe, ensured reliable, on-time delivery of millions of tons of steel per year by eliminating downtime in the company’s SAP ERP systems by running it on Oracle SuperCluster and Exadata. Their legacy infrastructure could not keep up and multiple outages lead to delayed deliveries of steel products and exposed the company to late penalties and a lot of lost business. By running their mission-critical workloads on a scalable integrated system that could handle it and maximize its performance, they were able to extend both the value and capabilities of their existing SAP investments.

Understanding SAP to Oracle Systems Migrations

The word "migration" itself can cause some to sweat. But one great thing about have a partnership that spans decades is the wealth of best practices that come from it. The Oracle Optimized Solutions team, the team that designs, tests, and fine-tunes architectures for optimal performance and availability, has extensively documented best practices for migrating SAP systems to Oracle infrastructure.

Because moving an SAP system between platforms is now such a well-documented and understood process, CELSA GROUP was able to migrate seamlessly to Oracle SuperCluster in less than a day thanks to in-depth pre-implementation analyses and preparation using those best practices.

If you are thinking about running your SAP workloads on Oracle SuperCluster, the Oracle Optimized Solutions team recently released a 3-part series on how to set up highly available SAP systems on Oracle SuperCluster

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