SAP Business Suite on IBM X6 Systems: Reference Architecture

A draft IBM Redpaper publication


SAP is the maker of one of the world's most popular inter-enterprise software suites. It provides collaborative business solutions for all types of industries. The company's flagship offering is the SAP Business Suite, which includes solutions for enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), product lifecycle management (PLM), supplier relationship management (SRM), and supply chain management (SCM).

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the solution architecture of running SAP on IBM System x3850 X6 and x3950 X6. It introduces the SAP offerings and explains the processes that are involved in correctly sizing an SAP platform. The paper also shows tools and resources that are available to make the best decisions and reviews the hardware offerings from IBM System x storage and networking. Finally, it discusses the advantages of using IBM high-performance platforms for running SAP solutions.

This paper is intended for SAP administrators and technical solution architects. It is also for IBM business partners and IBM employees who want to know more about SAP offerings and available IBM solutions for SAP customers.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to SAP
Chapter 2. Sizing
Chapter 3. Hardware and software considerations
Chapter 4. IBM X6, storage, and networking offerings
Chapter 5. The IBM advantage


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Last Update
18 May 2014

Planned Publish Date
31 August 2014

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