We're planning our new SAP landscape. Medium-Large customer (4000 users), with the lot (ECC6, XI, EP, BI). We're using Solaris 10 and Oracle 10.
Time has come to decide on DB deployment. MCOD is an option I'm considering since it can significantly reduce the number of instances to manage / upgrade / maintain (depending on how you do it, it could go from 17 down to 5 or 8, quite a considerable reduction).
However, I'm reluctant to go this way for a number of reasons:
- Lack of installed base. I don't know anyone in a mid-larg customer using MCOD on Oracle for production (and SAP was not helpful in getting reference sites)
- Unkown operations. I just don't know if this makes life simpler or a living hell.
- I'm reluctant to do this in production, and I've set a rule that testing environments should resemble production as closely as possible, so with PRD and TST out, the reduction in number of instances is not huge, so it does not make sense.
I'm looking for real-life experiences of people using MCOD in testing or production environments, supporting different products (at least ECC, BI, XI) and on rather large customers (1000+ users).
Any comments on why / why not to do it , or operational experiences would be much appreciatted.