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IBM launches Power servers for SAP HANA

Tailored support for SAP as IBM says commodity servers are overstretched.

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has unveiled a set of Power systems solutions to support the SAP HANA platform which will help in processing high volume of data with increased speed.

SAP’s HANA is currently supported by all POWER8 servers from IBM. The new series intends to provide tailored support of SAP Business Warehouse version 7.31 or higher.

IBM initially plans to ship two power systems configurations for SAP HANA. The first offering is based on the IBM Power Systems S824, with 24 POWER8 processor cores and up to 1TB of memory.

The company said the system is ideally suited for the SAP Business Warehouse application running on SAP HANA, with databases up to 512GB in compressed size.

The second offering, based on the IBM Power Systems E870 with 40 POWER8 cores and about 2TB of memory, targets databases up to 1TB in compressed size.

IBM Power Systems general manager Doug Balog said: "The commodity servers used today by many organisations are increasingly stretched to their limits by new workloads, in the cloud or on premises.

"IBM’s Power Systems’ architecture is uniquely suited to provide faster access to critical business data stored with in-memory database technologies.

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"New IBM Power System Solution Editions for SAP HANA are tailored to deliver enterprise-class capabilities to clients’ growing core systems reliability expectations."

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