SAP Applications on IBM PowerVM

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 11 October 2011, updated 01 November 2011

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ISBN-10: 0738436046
ISBN-13: 9780738436043
IBM Form #: SG24-7564-01
(194 pages)

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Authors: Irene Hopf, Christian Bartels, Elmar Billen, James Nugen, Walter Orb, Olaf Rutz


IBM® invented the virtualization technology starting in the 1960s on the mainframe, and the functionalities evolved and were ported to other platforms and improved the reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features. With virtualization, you achieve better asset utilization, reduced operating costs, and faster responsiveness to changing business demands.

Every technology vendor in the SAP ecosystem understands virtualization as slightly different capabilities on different levels (storage and server hardware, processor, memory, I/O resources or the application, and so on). It is important to understand exactly what functionality is offered and how it supports the client’s business requirements.

In this IBM Redbooks® publication we focus on server virtualization technologies in the IBM Power Systems™ hardware, AIX®, IBM i, and Linux space and what they mean specifically for SAP applications running on this platform.

SAP clients can leverage the technology that the IBM Power Systems platform offers. In this book, we describe the technologies and functions, what they mean, and how they apply to the SAP system landscape.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. From a non-virtualized to a virtualized infrastructure
Chapter 2. PowerVM virtualization technologies
Chapter 3. Best practice implementation example at a customer site
Chapter 4. Hands-on management tasks
Chapter 5. Virtual I/O Server
Chapter 6. IBM PowerVM Live Partition Mobility
Chapter 7. Workload partitions
Chapter 8. SAP system setup for virtualization
Chapter 9. Monitoring
Chapter 10. Support statements by IBM and SAP

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