• Press Release

    May 13, 2013

    EMC Accelerates Transformation To Private Cloud Computing For Customers Running SAP Solutions

    New Services and EMC Proven Solutions Deliver Optimized Private Cloud Infrastructure for SAP Solutions

    Story Highlights

    • New EMC Proven™ Solution for private cloud computing helps simplify design, deployment and operation of virtualized private cloud running SAP® solutions and is optimized for performance, cost and IT efficiency
    • New EMC Proven Solution for disaster recovery designed to extend private cloud for SAP applications for more consistent failover, point-in-time recovery, and non-disruptive testing of recovery plans
    • Several customers running SAP applications deploy private cloud on EMC® and VMware® solutions, including James Hardie, Kindred Healthcare and Mediaprint
    • New services collaboration between EMC, VMware and SAP expected to help accelerate transformation of SAP applications to private cloud while simplifying IT management and enabling business nnovation

    HOPKINTON, Mass - May 13, 2013 -

    EMC (NYSE:EMC) today announced new transformational solutions and services that are intended to help customers move workloads of SAP® solutions to next-generation private cloud infrastructures.  To help build a foundation for private cloud computing, EMC® is also deepening its relationship with SAP and VMware® by integrating their respective services capabilities and helping customers accelerate full-lifecycle transformation of SAP applications to virtualized x86 environments. These new additions are expected to help and revolutionize IT organizations and operations by simplifying the design, planning and operation of on-premise cloud computing infrastructures that take advantage of the latest EMC, SAP and VMware technologies. Through a combination of services and solutions EMC, together with SAP and VMware, intends to enable customers running SAP solutions to simplify IT management and focus on innovation and competitive advantage while reducing costs.

    New EMC Proven Solutions Tailored For Private Cloud Optimization of SAP Solutions

    Customers making the transformation to on-premise cloud computing will seek to optimize their IT landscape to maximize productivity of SAP application-based workloads and the IT and Basis administrators responsible for managing them.

    The EMC Proven Solution for private cloud computing running SAP solutions discusses common business drivers for private cloud computing as well as industry standard requirements. The solution documents the key components of a virtual stack designed to support a virtualized private cloud environment running SAP solutions. The solution may also facilitate high quality of service, optimization for performance, and ease of management, while helping to control costs through virtual infrastructure consolidation. Key components include the following:

    • Maximized performance and scalability through EMC fully automated storage tiering (FAST VP™)
    • IT management leveraging virtualized technology and integrated with SAP NetWeaver® Landscape Virtualization Management software
    • Setup and deployment of virtual IT chargeback models
    • Cloud stack monitoring across virtualized servers and infrastructure running SAP applications
    • Non-stop operations and continuous data protection for SAP solutions with EMC RecoverPoint™ and VPLEX®

    The EMC Proven Solution for automated disaster recovery of SAP solutions outlines how to extend private cloud infrastructures for disaster recovery across heterogeneous storage infrastructure as well as how to perform non-disruptive testing of disaster recovery plans. This solution leverages EMC RecoverPoint with VMware Site Recovery Manager to help provide customers disaster recovery using VMAX® and VNX® series interchangeably as production and disaster recovery storage for SAP applications and is expected to enable:

    • Application consistent failover – fully automated failover across multiple storage systems with write-order integrity of SAP applications all in a matter of minutes
    • Point-in-time recovery – granular recovery of SAP applications from a logical corruption without the need to restore and roll forward the entire database, accelerating recovery
    • Non-disruptive failover testing – online testing through restoring a snapshot of SAP applications and encapsulating it in a private network during the test

    The result is a disaster recovery plan that is anticipated to allow for non-disruptive testing to meet information security and audit requirements and help increase leverage of existing storage assets for higher return on investment.

    Many customers have realized tremendous benefits in performance, agility and cost efficiency from deploying SAP solutions in private cloud infrastructures using EMC and VMware technologies.

    New Services Can Accelerate Private Cloud Transformation of SAP Solutions

    Working in collaboration with SAP and VMware, EMC is offering services designed to quickly and safely move workloads of SAP solutions to virtualized x86 environments that are high performing, easier and less expensive to manage.

    Services available today address the complete lifecycle transformation of SAP applications, including:

    • Initial blueprinting and design of virtualized x86 infrastructure
    • IT operational process changes and planning
    • SAP application and infrastructure migration planning, execution and testing
    • Setup of efficient and agile data management of cloud-based environments running SAP solutions.

    The initial phase of this collaboration is being executed in the EMEA region to help customers move their SAP solutions to virtualized x86 environments in less time and with less risk.

    Customer and Partner Quotes:

    Steve Killan, Enterprise Server Manager, James Hardie

    “EMC and VMware have revolutionized the way we do business. Standing up new virtual machines and provisioning storage quickly means that we can accelerate projects involving SAP solutions and enable the business to realize value much faster.”

    Rick King, Consulting Systems Programmer, Kindred Healthcare

    “By moving to cloud with VMware and EMC, we’re reducing our expenditures while gaining operational agility and stability. Rather than being consumed with keeping the infrastructure up and running, IT can focus on delivering on-demand IT services to doctors and nurses that are easy for them to use and supplements the quality of patient care.”

    Ferdinand Karner, Head of Systems and Base Services, Mediaprint

    “With EMC and VMware, we’ve seen a 300% improvement in response times for some applications. Editorial and business staff can now work faster so that important news stories and advertising copy are delivered quickly and efficiently.”

    Analyst Quote:

    Rob Floyer, CTO, Co-Founder, Wikibon

    “Over 60% of customers are virtualizing their most mission critical production environments running SAP applications to achieve increased performance, higher levels of data protection and enable significant costs savings. The collaboration between EMC, VMware and SAP will give greater choice to installations of SAP solutions, help accelerate transformation of customers to virtual private clouds and help reduce IT risk.”

    Executive Quotes:

    Prasad Rampalli, Senior Vice President, Solutions Group, EMC

    “SAP and EMC embarked on a journey two years ago when we announced we would change the course of IT for our customers with game changing solutions and services and we did. Together we’re ushering in a new era of IT transformation with our collaboration on private cloud technologies and SAP HANA. Through our shared vision and investments, we will continue to transform the way our customers leverage IT.”

    Kevin Chew, Global Vice President, Ecosystem Innovation and Business Development, SAP

     “By leveraging the strength of key strategic partners in our ecosystem, we can continue to help drive additional innovations to our customers.  The hardware and services provided by EMC complements our solutions and services offerings, especially in the domain of virtualization and cloud, strengthening the foundation and laying the next steps for a real-time data platform powered by SAP HANA.  Through this engagement with EMC and VMware, we aim to boost business value for customers, enabling them with new and faster technologies.”

    Parag Patel, Vice President, Global Alliances, VMware

    “As organizations are looking to increase the agility and flexibility of their IT infrastructure, while lowering costs, many are finding great value and success in deploying SAP solution-based workloads on VMware infrastructure. To continue this momentum, we are pleased to offer services and solutions integrated with offerings from EMC and SAP to increase value to customers.”

    EMC at SAPPHIRE NOW – Key Opportunities to Listen, Learn and Gain Hands-on Experience

    Join EMC in Booth 1807 at SAPPHIRE® NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference 2013, being held May 14-16 in Orlando, Florida where attendees have an opportunity to learn and network with customers, SAP executives, partners and experts across the entire SAP ecosystem.  Attendees can learn about EMC’s innovative products and services that help ensure IT agility and flexibility by enabling high levels of service, performance and availability.  EMC will present virtualization technologies, and have sessions and experts available to speak with customers about accelerating the transformation of SAP applications to private cloud computing and further optimizing performance and data protection of the SAP HANA® platform with offerings from EMC.

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