IBM Launches Power Systems for SAP HANA
Eric Borcherding, vice president of the Technology Solutions Group at Ciber, another IBM customer looking at the SAP HANA on Power solutions, said Ciber has been helping clients implement successful SAP solutions-based projects on IBM's proven enterprise-class Power Systems for many years now. "The announcement of Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA with POWER8 is very good news for us and our clients," he said. "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." Meanwhile, Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing, said: "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. 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." Last fall, IBM announced a partnership with SAP to provide cloud infrastructure to the enterprise software provider—leveraging IBM's $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint in every major market. SAP selected IBM as a premier provider of cloud infrastructure services for its business-critical applications—accelerating customers' ability to run core business in the cloud."This is the kind of move we expected when IBM bought SoftLayer," longtime IBM watcher and industry analyst Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst with the Enderle Group, told eWEEK, at the time. "IBM can provide an enterprise-class cloud service now that is fully compliant with IT policy and this is generally also a requirement when deploying products from enterprise companies like SAP." IBM officials said that the company and SAP have the expertise, solutions and cloud infrastructure to deliver SAP business solutions on the IBM Cloud. SAP brings the power of real-time through in-memory computing capabilities of SAP HANA combined with the ability to run mission-critical business applications, like SAP Business Suite, in a cloud environment. IBM brings enterprise depth and the open architecture of IBM Cloud Managed Services and SoftLayer—enabling customers to securely manage SAP workloads from trial to production on a consistent infrastructure, with transparency and control over where data resides. IBM and SAP have a long-standing, proven partnership, with IBM being awarded a large number of SAP Pinnacle Awards since the program 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, the companies said.
The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering is available through IBM's cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers. This is expected to enable customers to deploy their SAP software around the globe in a faster and more secure environment that is backed by IBM's cloud capabilities.