Doing more with less: SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems

Have you heard about the advantages of running SAP workloads with SAP HANA on IBM Power instead of a traditional database?

It can offer more flexibility, unsurpassed reliability and higher performance as well as a lower total cost of ownership versus competing platforms — all great advantages for organizations looking to do more with less infrastructure.

What you might not know is that IBM has highly skilled IT professionals with expertise in SAP HANA, IBM Power Systems and PowerVM, Linux and other highly relevant technologies who can support your project.

Lab Services Power Systems is an experienced group of technical consultants with proven expertise to help clients design, build and deliver IBM Power Systems infrastructure for Linux, AIX and IBM i. Linux is what we’re talking about today — and in Lab Services we offer many services to support Linux on IBM Power Systems, with a specialization in SAP HANA. So, let’s talk about doing more with a smaller hardware footprint by moving to SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems.

Moving to SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems

SAP HANA can run on both x86 and IBM Power Systems; however, its performance may vary greatly depending on the platform. Once you sort fact from fiction, it becomes clear that the hardware you choose really makes a significant difference.

According to an IDC report on who can benefit from SAP HANA on Power, two of the types of businesses that can significantly benefit from running SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems include:

  • Businesses with SAP HANA appliances due for a refresh
  • Businesses on commodity architecture moving to SAP HANA

Organizations looking to move to IBM Power Systems from another platform can gain the benefits of better flexibility, reliability, performance, resiliency and high availability.

Running SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems allows your entire SAP workload to exist on one platform — enabling you to do more with a smaller hardware footprint, while still running SAP HANA on the same Linux operating system. Reducing complexity through consolidation can be a boon to the business.

Where you can find the right IT experience and skills

Many organizations have a list of concerns when doing a hardware refresh or moving to a new platform. It’s no simple thing. Finding the right skills in SAP HANA, Linux OS and IBM PowerVM can be a challenge, but this is where Lab Services Power Systems can help.

We help clients build their SAP HANA solutions with Linux on IBM Power Systems with a tailored data center infrastructure strategy. Lab Services Power Systems consultants have proven experience with Linux on IBM Power Systems, PowerVM server virtualization and SAP HANA. In fact, we work closely with SAP and are certified to do SAP HANA installations. We can offer advice on design options for flexible virtualization and capacity management to ensure that your server, storage and networking resources meet business requirements and SAP KPIs. We also advise on best practices for data migration to SAP HANA on Power from various database environments and server platforms.

Services available for SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems projects

Following is a sample of the kinds of SAP HANA on Power services we offer:

  • Implementation: Onsite installation and verification of infrastructure
  • Advanced features deployment: Onsite assistance with additional SAP HANA products and features like high availability and SAP HANA scale-up and scale-out
  • Architecture workshop: Education about SAP HANA technology and the infrastructure required to support it
  • Proof of concept: Determining the behavior and characteristics of your SAP workloads in a HANA on IBM Power Systems environment
  • System health check: Expert assessment of the health of your SAP HANA deployment to prevent impact on critical operations

Organizations can leverage the latest technology from SAP while increasing their processing power and reducing their data center landscape with SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems, and IBM has service professionals available to help.

To learn more, please visit the website and check out some of the case studies showing the advantages clients have gained from implementing SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems.

Contact IBM Systems Lab Services today to see if we can support your SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems project.