IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - September 2017 - 15
Running SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems minimizes
migration costs and workload disruption
By Kristin Lewotsky k Illustration by Keith Negley
hether the task is serving customers or serving up data,
the traditional business structures are no longer enough.
Organizations must develop new approaches and do so
faster than the competition. In retail for example, buying models
are rapidly evolving to meet customer demands, from in-store and
mail order to online, and now online orders for in-store pickup.
IT architecture must evolve as well to support the near real-time
inventory tracking and analytics that such buying models require.
Systems exist to facilitate these seismic shifts, but IT shops may be
hesitant to migrate because of the logistical challenges and capital
expense typically associated with the process.
Across industries, SAP HANA combines application-specific
analytics with an in-memory database management structure to deliver
actionable information, which organizations can then leverage to
stay competitive in a fluid business landscape. However, software is
only as good as the infrastructure on which it runs. Deploying SAP
HANA on IBM Power Systems* with IBM services allows organizations
to streamline migration from traditional databases to an in-memory
database offering. This eliminates many of the pain points normally
encountered in that process, including forklift upgrades and
abandoning their preferred OS for Linux*.
When Swiss supermarket giant Coop Group added "click and
collect" buying to its integrated purchasing model, it needed hardware
and software offerings that could enable the organization to serve
its 2.5 million members in the retail and wholesale markets (ibm.
"Ensuring inventory information is always accurate and the products
customers order online are actually available for collection in their
preferred store at their preferred time is a major challenge. To offer this
service, we needed to transform internal processes and gain almost
If your organization has decided to move to
SAP HANA, the IBM Power Systems platform
helps you do it faster, easier, cheaper and
SAP certifies IBM Power Systems to host
multiple instances of SAP HANA in Linux
partitions alongside AIX or IBM i.
Migration doesn't have to be disruptive-a
"coexistence" strategy lets organizations run
existing AIX, IBM i and Linux workloads while
gradually transitioning to SAP HANA with
IBM POWER8 servers.
IBM Power Systems servers can
seamlessly take an SAP HANA deployment
from sandbox testbed to production.
SAP licenses IBM Power Systems servers to
run SAP HANA using the Tailored Datacenter
Integration model, which means clients can
deploy on existing infrastructure rather than
buying dedicated SAP HANA appliances,
giving your organization greater flexibility.
IBM partners, tools and services will make
migration as simple and pain-free as possible.
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