The SAP ERP application helps companies address the ups and downs of markets, business cycles, and compliance by providing software solutions that include operations, financials, corporate services, and human capital management. With greater enterprise productivity and insight from SAP ERP, companies have the power needed to adapt quickly and cost-effectively to changing business, market, and industry requirements. By running SAP ERP in a virtualized environment, IT can add to these benefits by lowering IT costs and increasing data center and business agility. Intel Xeon processor 500 series-based servers offer extraordinary new value for virtualizing SAP solutions. They deliver near-native performance for applications running in virtual machines, while providing levels of reliability and scalability never before seen in industry-standard servers. They also adapt intelligently to changing workloads to deliver optimized performance per watt. Four-socket and larger servers based on this new processor family are ideal for virtualizing and consolidating heavy ERP workloads to reduce costs and increase agility without compromising performance.