After a successful client testing period in 2014, IBM showed 2016 a series of Power Systems Solution Editions for the SAP Hana platform (Business Warehouse and SoH). The new solutions are expected to enable the latest generation Power8 systems to run Hana, allowing clients to quickly and cost-efficiently deploy the technology on a server platform built specifically to handle today’s greatest data challenges.
At the Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI), Wolfgang Wendt, Vice President, IBM Systems Hardware Sales Europe, handed over to Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, CEO of the HPI, and Prof. Andreas Polze, Chair for Operating Systems and Middleware a new Power8-System suited to run Hana.
“The commodity servers used today by many organizations are increasingly stretched to their limits by new workloads, in the cloud or on premises,” said 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.”
“It is an important step in the SAP and IBM partnership, further enabling customers to run their businesses simply and in real time,” said Quentin Clark, chief technology officer, SAP. “The new Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP Hana give our joint customers the opportunity to truly take advantage of the capabilities of Hana, the ground-breaking, in-memory data platform for next-generation applications and analytics.”
The Power Systems Solution Editions for 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 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 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 Hana and Suite on Hana (SoH).
“With more companies trying to extract valuable insights from complex information sources, Hana provides a powerful and efficient platform for ever-important business decision making,” said Bhala Bhosale, senior vice president of Enterprise Services at NTT Data. “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 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 Hana on Power — queries that took an hour to run can now be completed in just minutes.”
“Partnering with IBM and SAP to bring Hana to Power Systems allows us to help thousands of mutual clients increase performance, reduce costs and improve their business practices,” said Michael Miller, Suse vice president of global alliances and marketing. “The introduction of solutions that leverage Hana with 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.”