After a successful client testing period in 2014, IBM introduced a series of Power Systems Solution Editions for the SAP HANA platform. The new solutions are expected to enable the latest generation POWER8 systems to run SAP HANA, allowing clients to quickly and cost-efficiently deploy the technology on a server platform built specifically to handle today's greatest data challenges.
"The commodity servers used today by many organizations are increasingly stretched to their limits by new workloads, in the cloud or on premises", stated Doug Balog, general manager of IBM Power Systems. "IBM's Power Systems' architecture is uniquely suited to provide faster access to critical business data stored with in-memory database technologies. New IBM Power System Solution Editions for SAP HANA are tailored to deliver enterprise-class capabilities to clients' growing core systems reliability expectations."
Todays announcement is an important step in the SAP and IBM partnership, further enabling customers to run their businesses simply and in real time", stated Quentin Clark, chief technology officer, SAP SE. The new Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA give our joint customers the opportunity to truly take advantage of the capabilities of SAP HANA, the ground-breaking, in-memory data platform for next-generation applications and analytics."
The Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA are planned to be made available initially in two configurations, designed to manage different sizes of data warehouses. The first, based on the IBM Power Systems S824 with 24 POWER8 processor cores and up to 1TB of memory, is anticipated to be ideally suited for the SAP® Business Warehouse application running on SAP HANA, with databases up to 512GB (compressed) in size. The second, based on the IBM Power Systems E870 with 40 POWER8 cores and up to 2TB of memory, is expected to be ideal for databases up to 1TB (compressed) in size. While SAP HANA is supported across all POWER8 servers from IBM, the new IBM solution editions will combine flexible infrastructure with rapid time to value for tailored support of SAP Business Warehouse version 7.31 or higher powered by SAP HANA on Power Systems.
"With more companies trying to extract valuable insights from complex information sources, SAP HANA provides a powerful and efficient platform for ever-important business decision making", stated Bhala Bhosale, senior vice president of Enterprise Services at NTT DATA Inc. "NTT DATA has developed long, collaborative partnerships with both SAP and IBM, providing complete lifecycle services for applications, Cloud, and infrastructure systems with a strong focus on customer service and flexibility. We are delighted by the efforts like these Solution Editions in support of SAP HANA that will provide rapid deployment and lower costs for our mutual clients. Our internal testing has shown that SAP reports run significantly faster when using SAP HANA on Power - queries that took an hour to run can now be completed in just minutes."
"Ciber has been helping clients implement successful SAP solutions-based projects on IBM's proven enterprise class Power Systems for many years", stated Eric Borcherding, vice president of Technology Solutions Group, Ciber Inc. "The announcement of Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA with POWER8 is very good news for us and our clients. We believe it will allow us to reduce risk on the infrastructure part of the project, because Solution Editions provide us with specially configured and priced systems for SAP HANA-based workloads. It will also help provide clarity to us and our clients that Power Systems will continue to be the standard for enterprise class implementations of SAP solutions."
"Partnering with IBM and SAP to bring SAP HANA to IBM Power Systems allows us to help thousands of mutual clients increase performance, reduce costs and improve their business practices", stated Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing. "The introduction of solutions that leverage SAP HANA with IBM Power Systems offers significant benefits to enterprise clients of all types, particularly those running SUSE Linux Enterprise, to further maximize the value of their investments in solutions from IBM and SAP."
IBM and SAP have a long-standing, proven partnership with IBM being awarded a large number of SAP Pinnacle Awards since the programme was introduced. Both companies recognize that in the modern era of computing, partnerships and strong technology ecosystems are essential to innovation that creates higher value for clients. The newest collaboration around SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA on Power Systems is the result of a close relationship between SAP's and IBM's technical and business teams.