May 12, 2017 | Written by: Brian Burke
Categorized: Power Systems | Servers - Power
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Almost all SAP clients today, whether they are running traditional SAP or SAP HANA solutions, come to the same crossroads. Is migrating to SAP HANA on a new infrastructure painful? How much will this migration set my organization back in terms of costs and time? The extent of each migration may differ from customer to customer, but every customer wants to implement their migration strategy with the lowest risk possible.
Migration pain points can be broken down into three areas: Flexibility, complexity and cost. Of course, risk is spread out across all three areas of concern. IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA can solve these issues and pain points, all the while making the move to HANA easier and less risky.
Most SAP clients are dealing with the “SAP sprawl” issue of infrastructure: too many separate systems, landscapes and system management solutions. Trying to corral all of these into a standardized, simple, consistent and flexible infrastructure is the goal, but doing this in parallel to a move to HANA can be daunting. Because the SAP HANA base code line is the same on all HANA platforms, whether they are IBM Power, x86 or cloud-based, the move to Power for HANA is simple. In fact, with IBM Power, you can run your existing ECC or ERP suite on AnyDB on the same server where your SAP HANA project was started. Just carve out a VM or LPAR and go.
Flexibility and ease are built in to IBM Power Systems. Clients can run up to 8 SAP HANA production instances within 1 server, leveraging PowerVM virtualization solutions, existing processes and procedures and current infrastructure investments like storage. Clients can even deploy their own cloud to meet whichever delivery model is needed by their business, private or hybrid. Clients can maintain all of the attributes of cloud while maintaining the flexibility to deploy workloads as needed.
With Power’s proven SAP benchmarks and technology, you can do more within a smaller footprint. Many customers find that they can put their entire production, (HANA and non-HANA), as well as all of their non-production landscapes onto 1 or 2 servers, including high-availability (HA) systems. Decreasing your server footprint with SAP HANA on Power Systems can drastically decrease your hardware operating costs and simplify your total SAP environment.
For more than 40 years the IBM and SAP partnership has worked to drive innovation and help organizations with their digital transformation. With IBM in place as a premier partner for development projects, the IBM and SAP partnership allows clients to initiate a low-risk, mission-critical journey to SAP HANA. IBM Power Systems has established itself as a strong player and a trusted partner in the HANA space, focused on providing our clients with enterprise-grade flexibility, reliability, performance, service and support.
Read the FAQ guide for answers to your SAP HANA migration questions.