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Published: 22 Oct 2012

As someone who has managed storage in an SAP environment for more than a decade, Steve Baucum remembers when you still had to dial Germany in the middle of the night for tech support. "SAP was the first application we moved to SAN storage," recalls Baucum, manager of Unix support at Memphis-based Methodist Healthcare Corp., a network of seven hospitals that runs about 40TB of storage. "We started in 1996," he says. "At the time, SAP consultants were very expensive and rare. A person with SAP experience was worth millions of dollars. It was a big risk." Back then, Methodist Healthcare first tested SAP on its new IBM ESS SAN, and it spit out "reams of logs," recalls Baucum. "Initially, it did burn up a lot [of storage], but now it has pretty much stabilized at about 600GB." Without much customization or many changes, the hospital's current SAP system, which sits on top of an Oracle database, doesn't devour more than its share of storage. "It's stabilized now and it's actually a minor player on our SAN," says Baucum. The hospital runs financials--HR, accounting... Access >>>

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