Preface – IBM Power Systems Infrastructure I/O for SAP Applications

This IBM® Redpaper publication describes practical experiences to run SAP workloads to take advantage of IBM Power Systems I/O capabilities. With IBM POWER® processor-based servers, you have the flexibility to fit seamlessly new applications and workloads into a single data center, and even consolidate them into a single server. This approach highlights all viable options and describes the pros and cons of each one to select the correct option for a specific data center.
The target audiences of this book are architects, IT specialists, and systems administrators deploying SAP workloads, who spend much time and effort managing, provisioning, and monitoring SAP software systems and landscapes on IBM Power Systems servers.
This paper was produced in close collaboration with the IBM SAP International Competence Center (ISICC) in Walldorf, SAP Headquarters in Germany and IBM Redbooks®.
Dino Quintero is an IT Management Consultant and IBM Level 3 Senior Certified IT Specialist with IBM Redbooks in Poughkeepsie, New York. He has 24 years of experience with Power Systems technologies and solutions. Dino shares his technical computing passion and expertise by leading teams developing technical content in the areas of enterprise continuous availability, enterprise systems management, high-performance computing, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) (including machine and deep learning), and cognitive solutions. He is a Certified Open Group Distinguished IT Specialist. Dino holds a Master of Computing Information Systems degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Marist College.
Edmund Haefele is a specialist in IT infrastructure for SAP environments with more than 20 years of experience in this field. Edmund is Level 2 Expert Certified as an IBM architect, and worked as an IT architect and specialist for many projects for both German and international clients. Edmund has a deep knowledge of IT systems, such as SAP HANA, servers, storage, network technologies, high availability (HA), backup and restore, disaster recovery (DR), service management, and automation. He is a Certified Open Group Master Certified IT Architect. Edmund holds a diploma in Physics and a PhD in natural sciences from the University of Heidelberg.
Gerd Kehrer leads the IBM IT-Admin team at SAP Headquarters, where he is responsible for SAP HANA on Power Systems development and the test infrastructure. He has 24 years of experience with SAP on IBM Systems in the areas of SAP backup and archive, SAP monitoring, and systems management on IBM AIX® and Linux.
Katharina Probst leads the IBM Development team at SAP Headquarters, where she is responsible for Datacenter Readiness and Ecosystem enablement of SAP HANA on Power Systems. She has 15 years of experience with SAP on Power Systems in the areas of storage, business continuity, DR, AIX, and Linux.
Thanks to the following people for their contributions to this project:
Wade Wallace
IBM Redbooks, Austin Center
Walter Orb and Tanja Scheller
IBM Germany
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