IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - September 2017 - 20
"The important message is that if you've
decided you need to be using SAP HANA as
part of your overall solution, then IBM can
help you do it. It runs better on IBM
Power Systems than it does anywhere else."
-Jennifer Lin, senior offering manager, AIX
additional hardware or begin
"Moving to SAP HANA on IBM
Power Systems gives clients a nice
way to get started without going
through another procurement
cycle," says Moranta. "We know
that it's very important for clients
who are evaluating SAP HANA
to be able to quickly determine
if this is for them or not. We can
help them determine that even
from a temporary core activation.
I think it gives clients a lot of
flexibility and a lot of peace
of mind to be able to do the
migration in a way that meets
Your Migration Partner
SAP's impending phase-out of
traditional support models as
soon as 2025 has left some clients
confused about how to proceed
(bit.ly/2uvLl6K). Many IT shops
are reluctant to move, especially
with a seemingly far-off deadline.
"They may be questioning how
they switch over," says Moranta.
"Many clients are thinking about
their careers and the challenges
involved in learning new things.
I think that for the UNIX* world,
it's a little bit easier to make the
transition to Linux. For IBM i,
it may be a little more difficult,
but-and this is important-it's
not an unknown path. And it's not
a path you have to travel on your
own. IBM has helped companies
transition and we have helped
them develop both sets of skills
and it's the same teams who are
managing SAP HANA with Linux
on one side and they continue to
do the apps inside of IBM i on the
other. Whatever you need, we will
get you there."
IBM is poised to help simplify
even the most challenging
migrations. "We have partners who
specialize in helping customers
migrate and make the transition
from whatever technology they
have today to the new technology
such as SAP HANA," says Moranta.
"They go through the code and
identify elements customers need
to change, modify and optimize."
IBM's Lab Services includes the
Migration Factory, a service built
to assist clients with even the
trickiest migrations. Read more
about the Migration Factory
in "Planning Your SAP HANA
Migration?" on page 38.
Coop Group found success in
migrating to SAP HANA on IBM
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Power Systems. "In the past,
if we needed to provision new
large SAP HANA systems we
would have had to buy, install
and configure new physical
appliances," Kalt says. "Today,
we can simply spin up new
logical partitions as and when
needed, making the process of
provisioning new SAP HANA
systems up to 20 times faster-a
huge improvement. Being able to
make resources available more
quickly in this way enables us to
react more rapidly to changing
customer requirements and to
new business demands."
It is a success story that is by no
means isolated. Regardless of the
specifics of the problem tackled,
IBM is ready to support a client's
journey. "The important message
is that if you've decided you need
to be using SAP HANA as part of
your overall solution, then IBM
can help you do it," says Lin. "It
runs better on IBM Power Systems
than it does anywhere else."
Learn how IBM can help you on
your journey to SAP HANA: ibm.
Kristin Lewotsky is an Amherst,
New Hampshire-based freelance writer.