By Jodie Jordanger – HP
In 2010, SAP announced their commitment to create a ‘real’ real-time business for their valued customers. SAP outlined an SAP HANA roadmap developed to achieve a vision that would create a modern platform to radically transform the way customers do business. With SAP’s recent release of SAP Business Suite core applications powered by SAP HANA, customers can now realize a real-time business transformation, supported by a thoroughly modern platform.
Dr. Vishal Sikka of SAP recently said, “to remain competitive in today’s market, companies need unprecedented access to business data to make smarter operational decisions.” Accessing this data, however, can be significantly delayed by long running transactions and overnight batch processing. Add to that the constraints of legacy and disparate databases, and it’s clear to see why a total platform transformation is critical.
This is what SAP’s latest announcement is all about – the ability for companies to become more dynamic and make better decisions, by utilizing data which is stored and analyzed in real time.
The new SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP enables a proven suite of applications including enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and supply chain management (SCM) from SAP to use SAP HANA as their primary database. Now customers can run all transactions and analytics in real-time on a single source of the truth for smarter business innovations, faster business processes, and simpler business interactions.
Since development began on SAP HANA 18 months ago, HP has been alongside SAP every step of the way. In fact, Dr Sikka also said, “SAP and HP share a common vision for in-memory computing by providing supporting technology to our joint customers that enhances instant analytics allowing them to derive insight from that data in real-time.”
We have a number of industry firsts for SAP HANA which include:
- The first industry standard SAP Business Warehouse Enhanced Mixed Load (BW-EML) benchmark run on SAP HANA
- The first and only SAP-certified disaster tolerant (DT) HANA system.
- The first and only Virtualized HP AppSystems for SAP HANA – available in 2013
Now, with SAP Business Suite, powered by SAP HANA, HP shares in the excitement by announcing our own solution for this breakthrough platform.
To help enterprises accelerate return on investment and enhance database computing, HP is combining the power of HP Enterprise Services, HP Software application development and testing, and HP Converged Infrastructure. If that sounds like a mouthful, it’s because HP is bringing together the most comprehensive set of offerings to support SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA.
In support of SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA, HP will offer an 8 terabyte, single image development platform tuned for SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and SAP Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) on HANA. This platform is the forerunner to the large memory systems that will be available in the future.
Based on HP Converged Infrastructure, the HP AppSystem for SAP HANA on the DL980 platform with up to 2TB memory on a physical server will support SAP Business Suite, powered by SAP HANA, bringing the power of our portfolio to drive the best customer experience and fastest path to success.
And, just recently, HP made public our new Center of Excellence (CoE) dedicated for In-Memory Computing which is a virtual team of engineers, developers and other experts from across the company to accelerate customers’ transition to next-generation business applications built for in-memory computing.
This new CoE will include:
- HP Engineering Labs— HP’s central research arm—to create new architectures and platforms optimized for in-memory computing
- HP Enterprise Services—to help improve business processes and application transformation that will be enabled by SAP HANA
- HP Servers, HP Storage, HP Networking and HP infrastructure management—to validate and optimize configurations for SAP HANA and the SAP Business Suite
- Application development and test—for on-premises, hosted and HP Converged Cloud deployments to accelerate time to deployment and quality
- HP Software tools and methodologies for HANA lifecycle management including but not limited to best in class testing, discovery & management of all HANA assets and market leading IT Process Automation.
The new CoE will enable HP to provide real-world experiences around the advanced business use of in-memory technologies for extracting and maximizing large amounts of raw data.
Today we have over 260 joint customers deploying SAP HANA on HP Converged Infrastructure to provide blazing fast analytics. HP stands ready to bring the power of SAP Business Suite and SAP HANA globally to over 70,000 joint customers in more than 60 countries and free them from the constraints of legacy databases.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to join us?
Visit us at www.hp.com/go/sap/hana for additional information.