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IBM puts HANA on Power Systems

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After a successful client testing period in 2014, IBM announced a series of Power Systems Solution Editions for the SAP HANA platform.
The new solutions are expected to enable the latest generation POWER8 systems to run SAP HANA, allowing clients to quickly and cost-efficiently deploy the technology on a server platform built specifically to handle today’s greatest data challenges.

“The commodity servers used today by many organisations are increasingly stretched to their limits by new workloads, in the cloud or on premises,” says Doug Balog, GM of IBM Power Systems.

“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.”

“Today’s announcement is an important step in the SAP and IBM partnership, further enabling customers to run their businesses simply and in realtime,” says Quentin Clark, chief technology officer of SAP SE.

“The new Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA give our joint customers the opportunity to truly take advantage of the capabilities of SAP HANA, the ground-breaking, in-memory data platform for next-generation applications and analytics.”

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 anticipated to be ideally suited for the SAP Business Warehouse application running on SAP HANA, with databases up to 512Gb (compressed) in size.

The second, 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.