IBM and SAP® have a unique partnership that was established with the goal of delivering the very best enterprise IT solutions to SAP customers. Both companies are leaders in their field: SAP brings industry-leading applications and IBM brings world-class infrastructure components, including hardware and software. Considering the vast amount of data kept within SAP applications, no infrastructure component is more important than the database. Extreme reliability and availability are essential. This whitepaper discusses how IBM has pioneered the development of data management technology that can help reduce the total cost of SAP ownership and improve performance so users are more productive.