NetApp Customers Using SAP® Solutions Transform Data Operations
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 20, 2008 -- In a
recent study conducted by Oliver Wyman, a global strategy
consultancy firm, customers concluded that when using SAP®
solutions in conjunction with NetApp® data and storage
management solutions, it helped mitigate risk, achieve faster time
to deliver business value, lower data management costs, and
increase flexibility. The study was conducted to examine the
growing importance of development and test solutions in SAP
solution-based environments, discuss customer perspectives on the
impact of development and test storage environments for SAP
enterprise applications, and highlight storage solutions that
provide an advantage over key competitors in SAP solution-based
development and test deployments.
Participants in the study were recruited by Oliver Wyman for
interviews and were targeted to provide diversity on a number of
categories, including, storage vendor, networked storage protocol,
geographic region, industry, size of SAP solution-based
environment, and complexity of the development and/or test
environment. Key findings from the study include:
Organizations across verticals worldwide leverage NetApp data and
storage management solutions to simplify their infrastructure needs
in regards to SAP solutions and enable business breakthroughs.
NetApp offers flexible solutions that provide customers with rapid
upgrades and deployments of SAP solutions with the ability to
create space-efficient SAP system copies in minutes versus
- SAP customers using NetApp solutions were able to better
mitigate risk to production systems through increased testing
capabilities. On average, NetApp customers created more development
and test instances than the average customer.
- SAP customers using NetApp solutions experienced faster time to
deliver business value by reducing the time spent in development
and test cycles.
- SAP customers using NetApp solutions realized data management
cost savings of 40% to 64% compared to typical respondents.
- NetApp FlexClone® and Snap technologies reduced storage
overhead requirements and enabled operational efficiencies in SAP
solution-based development and test environments.
With FlexClone technology, customers are able to provide complete
images of large SAP datasets to developers, enabling customers to
do concurrent development and testing without having to wait for
data access and slow replication processes. This allows customers
to develop and deploy new SAP applications faster than ever before
using minimal incremental storage and with reduced risk. NetApp
also provides customers in SAP solution-based environments with
increased application availability, the ability to adapt easily to
growth and change, and the ability to stay in control and on
For the full report "Growing Importance of Development and Test
Solutions in SAP Environments: Customer Perspectives on the Impact
of Development and Test Storage Environments for SAP Enterprise
Applications," please visit http://www.netapp.com/us/forms/sap-dev-test-wp.html.
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