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SAP with Microsoft SQL Server 2005: Best Practices for High Availability, Maximum Performance, and Scalability2

Introduction

SAP AG is the recognized leader in providing collaborative business solutions for all types of industries and for every major market. SAP delivers powerful solutions to more than 26,150 customers in 96,400 installations with 12 million users in over 120 countries/regions around the world. SAP software offers distinct solutions that address the needs of small and midsize businesses and provides enterprise-scale solutions for global organizations.

SAP is the world's largest inter-enterprise software company and the world's third-largest independent software supplier overall. Today, SAP employs more than 32,000 people in 50 countries/regions. With enhanced collaboration provided by more than 1,500 partners, SAP professionals provide high-level customer support and services.

SAP industry solutions offer multiplatform support for business processes in more than 25 distinct industries including high technology, retail, public sector, and financial services. mySAP ERP products optimize business processes and improve collaboration and integration across the extended enterprise.

mySAP ERP solutions use SAP NetWeaver as a comprehensive integration and application platform. SAP NetWeaver works with existing information technology (IT) infrastructures to enable and manage change.

SAP—Microsoft Alliance

Since 1993, SAP and Microsoft have been working together closely to ensure that the Microsoft platform and SAP solutions are fully integrated. SAP and Microsoft have a strong, long-term relationship that is driven by customer satisfaction.

As a result of this alliance, Microsoft is now the most selected platform for R/3 and mySAP deployments:

More than 46,000 SAP application installations run on Microsoft Windows®; more than all other platforms combined. In addition, 65 percent of all new SAP deployments run on Microsoft Windows.

More than 20,000 customers worldwide are running SAP applications with SQL Server. And, 40 percent of all new R/3 and mySAP deployments use SQL Server.1

The number of SAP installations that use SQL Server has grown in every quarter since 1993.

SAP and Microsoft are uniquely positioned to provide integrated business value. Examples include:

Extending mySAP through the SAP Connector for Microsoft® .NET.

Accessing mySAP business processes through the Microsoft® Office System2.

Using SQL Server business intelligence (BI) features such as Reporting Services to directly access SAP BW.

1 As of the third quarter of 2005.

2 The SAP/Microsoft joint development project is called “Mendocino.”

Microsoft Corporation © 2005

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