IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - September 2017 - 39
IBM is poised to help clients migrate to
SAP HANA on Power Systems
By Shirley S. Savage k Illustration by Fernando Volken Togni
usinesses rely on SAP
software for mission-critical
operations, but in the
coming decade, support will be
phased out for some products.
SAP has announced that it will
cease to support earlier versions
of the SAP application software
as early as 2025 (bit.ly/2uvLl6K),
and is encouraging users of
its applications to move to
its in-memory database, SAP
HANA, to reap the full benefits
of the SAP application stack. In
addition, SAP has committed to
support NetWeaver customers
with non-HANA databases until
at least 2025.
Database and hardware
migrations for SAP HANA can
often pose some challenges,
including downtime, cost of
migrating and learning new
processes. Should an organization
decide to move to SAP HANA, IBM
is ready to help with the migration
journey. The IBM Systems Lab
Services team can assist clients
in any phase of the process and
develop a migration plan that
suits their business needs.
Clients can add
Linux with a
on AIX or IBM i
Migration Options for
IBM i and AIX Clients
Hardware and application
migrations to SAP HANA, SAP
BW/HANA and SAP S/4HANA
can be a big step for clients. IBM i
clients have long appreciated that
IBM Db2* is built into their system
and can be used with earlier SAP
application releases. "However, if
an IBM i client wants to move to
SAP HANA, the client will need
to migrate from IBM Db2 to the
SAP HANA database that runs
on Linux* on Power Systems,"
says Mark Short, lead migration
consultant, IBM Systems Lab
Services Migration Factory.
Some large IBM Power Systems*
customers may want to investigate
purchasing an "application only"
license for IBM i, which doesn't
* SAP is encouraging SAP customers
to migrate to SAP HANA.
* IBM i and AIX clients should start
to prepare for the migration now.
* Clients can continue to use
IBM i and AIX as their preferred
OSs for the application layer
with additional Linux LPARs
for SAP HANA.
* Migration can be scheduled
to fit business goals.
* IBM Systems Lab Services
can help guide clients through
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