IBM has expanded the infrastructure choices for companies considering using the SAP HANA cloud platform to transform their business. Available immediately, companies can deploy up to eight SAP HANA production databases on a single server using the virtualization capabilities of IBM Power.
The expanded offering would help users to more easily break down barriers of platform virtualization and deploy more SAP HANA workloads on a single server, offering greater flexibility to match a client’s specific needs, ranging from cloud models to balancing critical workloads.
The SAP HANA cloud platform provides enterprise application customers the ability to run their transactions in real-time, combined with real-time analytics to gain insight into their businesses. This includes workloads such as recording a sales transaction, notifying the warehouse to ship from inventory instantly after receiving payment for the order, while sharing real-time insights across all such transactions with decision makers through-out the organization.
IBM Power Systems would help make it easier to consolidate multiple SAP HANA cloud instances in combination with other applications. This feature would offer the following benefits to companies:
- Simplifying the integration and management of multiple SAP systems, including planning for coordinated failover/failback scenarios
- Increased savings through a smaller footprint and accelerated speed to production
- Streamlining and consolidation of workloads, enabling test, development and production systems to run simultaneously on the same server.
In addition, Power Systems would include the necessary resiliency to run SAP HANA in the most mission-critical environments. According to IBM, this is important as clients migrate their business-critical workloads to SAP S/4HANA. The Power Systems predictive failure alerts and smart memory resolve potential problems before they occur and provide system administrators with early notification that an automatic resolution has occurred, avoiding system downtime.
Power Systems’ flexibility and RAS capabilities would offer:
- Live Partition Mobility – which enables clients to move live applications from server to server
- Elastic Capacity on Demand – enabling system administrators to grow or shrink capacity based on business need
- High-Availability – with components designed to deliver more than 99.997% uptime.
“Our clients are consistently searching for ways to reduce their overall IT footprint and associated costs without sacrificing capability or performance,” said Kathy Bennett, Vice President for IBM Systems. “With IBM Power Systems we’re enabling companies with the means to use virtualization to match their deployment to their business, and bring processing and data closer together to reduce latency and speed decision making.”