SAP and Data Center location strategy

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I work for a very large company which is in the process of consolodating their many existing datacenters into fewer larger datacenters. We also have a large number of SAP production instances and associated dev/test systems. (I know this is an issue within itself, but I'm not solving that right now!) My question is around the strategy for the primary location of the SAP production systems (we will have DR too but will decide that location next.) Should all the SAP production systems be located in one large primary regional datacenter, or should they be split between 2 or more primary datacenters in different regions of the world? What do other companies do in this regard? What are the pros and cons of each strategy? Thanks so much.

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Personally I?d split both the production systems and development systems between at least two different sites. e.g. primary for systems A, B, & C at location A, primary for systems D, E, & F at location B, and primary for systems G, H, & I at location C. Then have any secondary or backup systems at a location other than the primary.

As for the development, you can spread them out as you like. If they are truly used for development only then I?d have them closest to the development team (or at least the primary development team) for the systems on that box (I phrased it like that because I?ve seen companies use their development boxes to `fix? production issues on the fly).

I am currently working with a National client that has three data centers spread out across the US with similar configurations.

Good Luck!

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