Simplify and Accelerate

Simplify and accelerate SAP HANA deployments

Organizations are deploying SAP HANA to get faster insights from their data. As more applications migrate to the platform, the demands on SAP HANA environments will continue to change. Therefore, it is critical to choose a server infrastructure that can easily adapt to these changes while providing the scalability and reliability required by SAP applications.

What should you look for when choosing SAP HANA infrastructure?

How easily and quickly can it absorb changes in business needs?

As your business needs change, so do the demands on SAP HANA and its underlying infrastructure. While you may have an estimated capacity for the coming year, your actual capacity could vary. Your infrastructure needs to easily accommodate these possible fluctuations without having to invest in additional systems.

How much can it scale while keeping costs down?

SAP HANA infrastructure scales using a scale up or a scale out approach. To maximize performance and throughput, SAP recommends scaling up as far as possible. It is critical to evaluate the memory scalability in scale up and scale out approaches. You should also consider the following options provided by the infrastructure to keep costs in check:

  • Granular capacity allocations: More granular allocations help you scale gradually rather than requiring you to allocate more capacity than you need. This enables you to avoid overpaying for capacity.
  • Performance per core: Executing more throughput per core lowers the number of cores necessary to reach processing capacity, further reducing costs.
  • Sharing processor capacity: Efficiently utilize processing capacity across SAP HANA instances to further reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Can it deliver mission critical resilience?

According to ITIC’s 2018 Hourly cost of Downtime Survey, 33% of enterprises say hourly downtime costs their firms from $1 million to over $5 million per year. With SAP HANA becoming the one data platform to run all SAP applications, your infrastructure will have to quickly adapt to planned or unplanned events and continue running 24×7 with minimal business impact.

Can it enable your move to the cloud?

As you move your workloads to a hybrid cloud environment, the on-premises infrastructure for SAP HANA should not only easily integrate with rest of your IT, but it should also offer the flexibility to match workloads to the cloud environment of your choice (i.e., private, public or hybrid multicloud).

How does IBM Power Systems simplify and accelerate SAP HANA deployments?

IBM Power Systems is designed for data intensive and mission critical workloads like SAP HANA. Power Systems simplifies and accelerates SAP HANA deployments by providing three key capabilities:

1. Provision faster

Get faster access to SAP HANA instances with simplified capacity allocation. Power Systems comes with built-in, firmware-based virtualization with negligible overhead. This lets you easily increase or decrease capacity and consolidate multiple production/dev/test environments. Power Systems also simplifies IT management by enabling consolidation of up to 16 production SAP HANA databases in a single E980 server along with other associated or complementary workloads. This reduces your physical server footprint, network complexity and energy consumption.

2. Scale affordably

Power Systems supports large SAP HANA environments while providing options to scale affordably. With built-in virtualization, Power Systems can run the largest SAP HANA virtual machines with almost zero overhead. SAP has certified 24TB in scale-up configuration for both OLTP (S/4H) and OLAP (BWH) environments. This scalability also allows customers to run large SAP certified, scale-out SAP HANA configurations. Power Systems also delivers 2X faster core performance versus compared x86 platforms. The higher throughput helps in reducing the number of cores needed, further reducing the cost.

When customers deploy SAP HANA on Power Systems, they can share their processor capacity across HANA VMs in a server with “Shared Processor Pools” feature. With this capability, customers only need to purchase capacity that can meet the total demand across all SAP HANA instances in a server instead of maximum capacity needed in each instance. Customers can further couple this capability with the “Capacity on Demand” offering where they can activate and deactivate cores on demand and only pay for the capacity they actually use, thereby reducing the TCO.

3. Maximize uptime

Power Systems is ranked the most reliable server for the past 10 years by ITIC2. It has consistently delivered more than 99.999% uptime and has builtin intelligent memory protection to detect and fix potential faults before they lead to system failure. In commodity architecture, comparable technology is optional and affects performance when used. Migrating SAP HANA from x86 to Power Systems is simple. If you are on SAP HANA 2.0, you can easily migrate, setting up SAP HANA Systems Replication between the two platforms. The version of SAP HANA for the Power Systems platform is no different than the x86 platform. Working closely with SAP, IBM provides the enterprise-grade infrastructure, service and support to simplify and accelerate your SAP HANA deployments. This resulted in a significant number of customers migrating their existing SAP HANA deployments to Power Systems and also benefited customers building new SAP HANA environments.

Why IBM and SAP?

IBM and SAP make digital reinventions a reality, and securely bring intelligence to the enterprise with IBM’s unrivaled SAP experience. For over 45 years, IBM and SAP have partnered to deliver superior solutions to our enterprise customers, further attested by 35 SAP Pinnacle Awards. The differentiated capabilities of Power Systems enabled it to achieve one of the highest adoption rates for SAP HANA infrastructure, with thousands of customers in a span of just three years.

Why should you consider BPSOLUTIONS?

BPSOLUTIONS has an extensive 20+ year track record as it comes to SAP workloads. With a superb customer satisfaction, BPSOLUTIONS is the market leader in the Netherlands as it comes to SAP HANA platform implementations.