Breaking the barriers of platform virtualization for SAP HANA

November 10, 2016 | Written by: Vicente Moranta

Now more than ever, businesses need to move beyond traditional enterprise IT boundaries as they transform. This means delivering new levels of customer service, integrating partners and providing relevant, actionable insights out of all available data.

Clients making the digital transformation with IBM and SAP frequently find they achieve maximum business value with solutions that offer flexibility to match their unique needs, resiliency to ensure that insights are available when and where they are needed, and performance to ensure the solution scales with every aspect of the business.

Often, SAP workloads are among the most important workloads running in enterprises today. They deliver the most benefits from high levels of flexibility, resiliency and performance — of which virtualization is key. As the first platform to support up to eight virtualized production instances of SAP HANA, IBM Power Systems enables clients to run multiple HANA instances on the same system without the restrictions of VMware.

However, Power Systems virtualization (PowerVM) does more than just break the barriers of platform virtualization for SAP HANA. PowerVM provides unique capabilities in the areas of security, resource sharing, scalability and workload isolation, which makes PowerVM a perfect fit for SAP HANA workloads.

Flexibility that can adapt easily to your business

With features like capacity on demand, virtual machines (LPARs) and hypervisor scheduling, PowerVM virtualization makes it simple to consolidate, integrate and manage multiple SAP systems, so you can reduce your data center footprint and accelerate speed to production through fewer servers. These features also give the ability to manage capacity and shift running applications to take advantage of additional available resources. This helps clients to conduct real-time transactions and make insights available for more rapid decisions.

Resiliency to help prevent problems from occurring and improve application availability

Resiliency has always been a key requirement for mission-critical applications, and digital transformation makes it even more important as enterprises rely on systems availability. Power Systems virtualization mirrors its critical memory and offers an alternate path to data, supporting system availability even in the event of a component failure. And, as mentioned earlier, the ability to move an active application from one set of resources to another (Live Partition Mobility) means IT staff can actively manage scheduled systems downtime without requiring application downtime.

PowerVM virtualization also offers a hypervisor with no documented security vulnerabilities. This helps prevent a security breach that can take the system down, destroying a reputation or creating customer service issues.

Performance to support business innovation and deliver rapid insights

SAP HANA on Power Systems offers a smarter, more scalable in-memory database. It depends heavily on large memory configurations and low virtualization overhead to deliver rapid, actionable insights. And because Power Systems with PowerVM supports up to two times more virtualized HANA production databases than competitors’ x86 platforms, clients can run more HANA instances on one server, simplify deployment to production and manage their systems more easily.