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From a performance standpoint, IBM Power Systems servers running SAP HANA deliver the same benefits as they do for an SAP application suite that already may be running on the hardware. “Existing users chose to run the SAP suite on IBM Power Systems for a reason,” Lin says. “The IBM Power Systems platform gives them the reliability for their mission-critical data, the flexibility with virtualization and capacity on demand, and better per-core performance with reduced data footprint. All of those things continue to be true if they decide to make a gradual transition to SAP HANA on the same box.”

Flexibility to Meet Business Demands

Given the power of the IBM processor, the platform offers another significant benefit: flexibility. The more ambitious the project, the more likely the scope will change over time, and migrations definitely count as ambitious. IBM’s Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CUoD) program enables system administrators to scale memory and activate or deactivate cores as required to adjust the SAP HANA implementation in the long term and short term.

Contrast this with the appliance model: If the scope of the project changes six to nine months after it begins, the customer must buy additional hardware or begin decommissioning.

“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 their requirements.”

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 ( 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?”.

Coop Group found success in migrating to SAP HANA on IBM 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: .

Kristin Lewotsky is a freelance technology writer based in Amherst, N.H.



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