It's very clear, with VMware’s recent Press Release at SAPPHIRE 2012, that SAP-Sybase has addressed and removed the major barriers associated with virtualization of business critical databases, which are performance, licensing and support. This is a huge milestone! I speak at many conferences and with customers from C-level to database administrators, and the amount of time discussing certain ISV licensing and support statements in excruciating detail in my opinion is a tremendous waste of time. I’d much rather be talking about why enterprises should be running their tier 1 applications on VMware. This is exactly what SAP-Sybase gives us the ability to do, rather than replaying the broken record on support and licensing.
The fact that Sybase has never asked their customers to reproduce support issues on physical hardware is a crucial differentiator. Simply because once you start your journey with VMware the physical world quickly becomes history. By not having to reproduce on physical hardware our customers don’t have to worry about taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back to physical on their journey to 100% virtualization.
SAP-Sybase’s support for sub-capacity licensing on vSphere gives customers tremendous flexibility when architecting virtual infrastructures. Since SAP-Sybase does not require customers to fully license every CPU and every core customers don’t have to dedicate or isolate ISV virtual machines to a set of vSphere Hosts. The reality is we live in a heterogeneous world, isolation and dedication of ISV vms to specific hosts do not fit this model or any cloud model.
Lastly when discussing the performance delta of running databases on vSphere vs. pure physical hardware it needs to be discussed in the context of On-line Transaction Processing database like Sybase ASE. With vSphere 4.x and 5.x customers can typically expect performance deltas in the single digit range. So for example in the context of sub-second OLTP workloads, is an additional 5% significant to a 250msec transaction? Is that even discernable by the end user or application? That’s the relevant question and all that really matters to the application owner.
Bottom line, there is no fear, uncertainty, or doubt when running SAP-Sybase products on vSphere. Look for additional announcements around the SAP-Sybase database portfolio which will enable our customers to virtualize their Business Critical databases on vSphere regardless of the use case; as well as the integration of SAP-Sybase ASE to VMware vFabric Data Director.
Check out the video below to hear more information about the announcement from Peter Thawley, SAP, VP of Global Database Solutions.