Adaptive Computing Capabilities from SAP Drive Down IT Costs to Fund Business Process Innovation

Vienna, Austria - September 21, 2005 - As part of its continuing commitment to drive down the costs of computing, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today introduced new adaptive computing capabilities in SAP NetWeaver® that help companies consolidate their computing infrastructure, reduce their total cost of ownership and redeploy those savings into business process innovation projects. New adaptive computing enhancements now allow companies to run multiple applications on a single server and to proactively plan resource allocation to maximize application server and database performance. In addition, over the past year, technology leaders such as EMC, Network Appliance, Inc., Redwood Technologies, Sun Microsystems and Unisys have become certified on SAP's adaptive computing platform. With these certifications, SAP's adaptive computing capabilities now support all major storage and server technologies. The announcement was made at SAP TechEd® '05, being held in Vienna, Austria, Sept. 21-23, 2005.

Adaptive computing is a capability of the SAP NetWeaver platform that allows customers to allocate applications and data to servers and storage devices as computing demand and hardware availability fluctuates. New adaptive computing capabilities include the ability to run multiple instances of software or databases on the same server, which gives companies and hosting partners an even greater degree of resource utilization.

Additional adaptive computing enhancements make system management easier and more efficient for administrators. For example, a new task planner allows administrators to schedule shifts in hardware allocation based on patterns of usage. An administrator may, for instance, typically see a boost in portal usage for employee self-services when employees come to work in the morning as all users are trying to log-in. Rather than reacting to a complaint about slow response time from users, the administrator could proactively schedule the shift in resources to automatically occur. In addition, administrators can now "link" non-SAP software components to SAP software, so that the components move together when re-allocated to other hardware.

Colgate Experiences 70 Percent Savings with New Adaptive Computing Capabilities
SAP customer Colgate has been using adaptive computing capabilities to maximize the use of its servers and storage systems and has noticed a significant reduction of costs in running the computing infrastructure that houses its SAP software.

"With adaptive computing capabilities from SAP, Colgate has reduced the total cost of specific IT infrastructure by 70 percent," said Jim Capraro, director global information technology, Colgate. "In addition to these dramatic savings, it also simplifies the system landscape and reduces overhead required to manage such complex IT landscapes as ours."

Partner Growth in Support of SAP's Adaptive Computing Platform
Adaptive computing is an open partner initiative that encourages technology vendors to pre-certify their servers, storage solutions and system software on SAP NetWeaver, ensuring a high quality of interaction between software and hardware devices. Vendors such as EMC, NetApp®, Redwood Technologies, Sun Microsystems and Unisys have certified their solutions on the adaptive computing capabilities of SAP NetWeaver to the benefit of customers. In addition, adaptive computing capabilities from SAP now support all forms of storage technologies, including NAS, SAN and iSCSI, giving customers greater flexibility in the way they manage storage across their IT landscapes.

"As enterprise services play a crucial role in bringing flexibility to applications, adaptive computing brings flexibility to hardware resources in SAP landscapes," said Peter Graf, senior vice president product and solutions marketing, SAP. "In both cases, customers gain flexibility from SAP NetWeaver, which helps lower IT costs through re-use of SAP and non-SAP investments. This frees up resources that companies can now invest into much-needed business process and IT innovation."

About SAP
SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions*. Today, more than 28,200 customers in over 120 countries run more than 96,400 installations of SAP® software-from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small and midsize enterprises to suite solutions for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver® platform to drive innovation and enable business change, mySAP™ Business Suite solutions are helping enterprises around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP industry solutions support the unique business processes of more than 25 industry segments, including high tech, retail, public sector and financial services. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at

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