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Where to Run SAP HANA? It’s Already in Your Data Center.

Brian Burke

SAP and IBM Power Systems* clients who have not yet migrated to SAP HANA—listen up! Are you ready to implement SAP S/4HANA? Not sure? Not Ready? Nervous? In fact, you may have heard all about the issues and complexities of moving to SAP S/4HANA from the rumor mill.

There’s one thing you don’t need to worry about—the infrastructure deployment of SAP S/4HANA. You have three simple options: cloud, on-premises with IBM Power Systems and on-premises with commodity x86. If you’re like the 6,000 other SAP clients running AIX* or IBM i on IBM Power Systems for non-HANA SAP applications, your choice becomes even easier.

Reliable and Flexible Infrastructure

If you’re comfortable with the reliability of running your organization’s “crown jewels” on Power Systems, then why not continue to use the platform? You know firsthand it’s incredibly reliable, which should give you one less worry when moving to SAP S/4HANA. In fact, according to the 2017 ITIC Global Hardware and Server OS Reliability Report (ibm.co/2vx6cXC), the IBM Power Systems platform has the least amount of unplanned downtime, with 2.5 minutes per server/per year of any mainstream Linux* server platforms, and up to 99.99 percent uptime.

The next question to ask yourself is whether you want to worry about flexibility, virtualization, utilization, scaling and ease of use as you take the SAP S/4HANA journey. If you’re happy with IBM PowerVM* as your virtualization solution and like the idea of spinning up LPARs/VMs “on the fly” for DevOps, then why change? You also have the flexibility to manage your PowerVM from within your VMware environment.

Even if you’re running a traditional SAP setup on IBM Power Systems, you can easily start your SAP HANA journey simply by just carving out an LPAR for the SAP HANA workload (assuming you have the capacity).

Seamless Cloud

Finally, as more organizations look to run workloads in a cloud, wouldn’t it be great to have the benefits of your own private cloud running SAP S/4HANA, without worrying about the downsides of cloud deployments? With IBM Power Systems, you can use solutions for SAP HANA such as Capacity on Demand (cloud facilitates “pay as you go” pricing); IBM Cloud Manager, orchestration, automation, billing and metering; as well as automatic integration with OpenStack, VMware vRealize and other cloud solutions. You can have a seamless cloud-like environment for SAP HANA—all while leveraging the comfort of your own security, system management, networks, high availability processes and procedures, etc. And if you choose to deploy a hybrid cloud model, tap into our 50-plus cloud partners.

You have enough to worry about with the functional aspects of implementing SAP S/4HANA; don’t worry about your infrastructure because your organization runs on IBM Power Systems. And when it comes to implementation, IBM Lab Services is here to help guide you through the migration process.

Discover how Power Systems can help you on your journey to SAP HANA: ibm.co/2vx6cXC.


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