October 21, 2020 By Satinder Sethi 2 min read

NetApp and IBM Cloud deliver enterprise scale, performance, and storage for SAP workloads.

Today, we announced new SAP services, partnerships, and capabilities that highlight our commitment to delivering critical infrastructure for hybrid cloud frameworks. We recognize the continued importance of helping clients not only accelerate their cloud journeys, but also deploy their specialized workloads from wherever they choose with the exact tools they need.

These tools include our partnership with NetApp certified storage for SAP workloads. IBM Cloud now offers individual NFS shares with up to 180,000 IOPS of NetApp-based storage in the cloud – previously available only on-premises. This gives our clients running large and highly complex workloads direct access to ultra-high-performance storage that is ideal for running enterprise workloads like SAP S/4HANA and SAP ECC.

SAP-certified, high availability infrastructure with NetApp on IBM Cloud

When it comes to cloud implementations, SAP places strict requirements on infrastructure. Not only must an SAP deployment have solid stability, it must also meet stringent performance KPIs (key performance indicators). Depending on the deployed SAP modules (S/4HANA, in particular), there are two key components of the infrastructure to meet KPIs: compute and storage. Today’s NetApp storage portfolio offers the highest-quality experience for SAP performance in the cloud.

With NetApp as a valued infrastructure partner, we can offer our clients high-performance persistent storage with built-in resiliency to support a variety of dynamic workloads. It’s an ideal cloud storage experience for SAP landscapes that simply can’t be matched.

In addition to enterprise-grade storage, the other foundational function of any successful SAP workload in the cloud is the integrity of the compute platform. IBM Cloud is uniquely positioned with the most performant SAP-certified compute infrastructure of any cloud provider. We offer the broadest portfolio of SAP-certified infrastructure in the cloud and some of the highest-performing servers in the cloud – continuing to hold top SAP performance benchmark spots year after year:

  • IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers scale up to 12TB of physical RAM and 448 logical cores to tackle the most rigorous HANA databases and S/4HANA landscapes.
  • IBM Cloud Block and File Storage from NetApp deliver up to 180,000 IOPS, exceeding the needs of SAP applications like BW/4HANA.
  • 37,000 SAP-certified professionals across IBM, including market-leading IBM Services deployment and management solutions to assist at any stage of your SAP cloud journey.

IBM Cloud is pleased to continue a strategic and strong partnership with NetApp to meet and exceed the requirements for our SAP clients in the cloud.

Learn more

To learn more about utilizing NetApp storage technology for SAP deployments, read our solution brief, which includes the following:

  • Reference architecture
  • Considerations for attached storage
  • Considerations for deploying HANA in a multi-node, high availability solution using IBM Cloud storage backed by NetApp

Learn more about NetApp on IBM Cloud.

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