IBM Launches Power Systems for SAP HANA
IBM and SAP teamed up to announce a new set of Power Systems solutions for SAP's HANA big data platform.IBM and SAP tightened up their existing technology partnership with a new set of integrated Power Systems solutions designed to help clients process volumes of data at high speed for both transactional and analytics workloads. IBM tested the systems with customers during a trial period last year and today announced a series of Power Systems Solution Editions for the SAP HANA platform. The new solutions will enable the latest-generation POWER8 systems to run SAP HANA, allowing clients to quickly deploy the technology on a server platform built to handle the kinds of data challenges enterprises face today. "The commodity servers used today by many organizations are increasingly stretched to their limits by new workloads, in the cloud or on-premises," Doug Balog, general manager of IBM Power Systems, said in a statement. "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." 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 targeted at the SAP Business Warehouse application running on SAP HANA, with databases up to 512GB (compressed) in size.
The second configuration, 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.