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Author's profile photo Kathrin Henkel

The Evolution Continues: SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration – Enterprise Network

In the framework of SAP HANA tailored data center integration we plan to open more and more SAP HANA layer components.

The first layer component was the storage: SAP HANA tailored data center integration for Enterprise Storage served already more than 50 customers during a pilot program and is planned to be generally available in Q4/2013.

The second layer component is the network: SAP HANA tailored data center integration for Enterprise Network pilot program will start in Q4/2013.

What is in it for you as SAP HANA customer?

In a nutshell we are talking about a bunch of different network segments. The data source connection per node, the application connection, the internodes connection, storage connection and last but not least the client connection.

You will gain the possibility to re-use your existing 10 Gbit/s network infrastructure for SAP HANA hardware landscapes. 

Requirements like separated, dedicated 10 Gbit/s or even more powerful connections between the SAP HANA nodes in scale out solutions are key to run SAP HANA properly and to get the Enterprise Network supported for SAP HANA setups by SAP.

The learning’s during our pilot phase will turn into a reference description and best practice guide to give our customer the flexibility and the knowledge to introduce SAP HANA systems smoothly and cost efficient into their data center.

Background on SAP HANA tailored data center integration

The SAP HANA Appliance delivery is easy and comfortable, but of course it might introduce some limitations regarding hardware flexibility and may require changes to established IT operation processes.

That’s the reason why we decided to offer an additional approach besides the SAP HANA appliance delivery.

SAP HANA tailored data center integration is a more open and flexible approach to serve customer needs regarding the integration of SAP HANA in their data center.

TDIBlogPost1.jpgSAP HANA tailored data center integration offers customers more openness and freedom of choice to configure the SAP HANA layer depending on their existing data center layout. Stay within your IT budgets, shorten SAP HANA implementation cycles and allow a better consumption of hardware innovations.

Besides the benefits of SAP HANA tailored data center integration you should also keep in mind that there are tasks and prerequisites which have to be undertaken by the customer.


Server – Only servers listed in the SAP HANA Product Availability Matrix are supported. For more information,
see SAP HANA Enterprise 1.0 SAP HANA Platform 1.0 Product Availability Matrix.
Configuration adjustments like:

  • No local disks, no flash cards required
  • Additional FibreChannel adapters for SAN boot are allowed.

Storage – All storage devices must have successfully passed the SAP HANA Hardware Certification. For more information, see SAP HANA Hardware Certification or contact

SAP HANA Installation -The exam “SAP Certified Technology Specialist (Edition 2013) – SAP HANA Installation” (E_HANAINS131) needs to be successfully passed to perform SAP HANA installations. For more information, see SAP Training and Certification Shop.

Further information

Check out the overview presentation and the FAQ document on SAP HANA for further information. Also interesting for you might be the following blog post Take your choice – How to integrate SAP HANA as smoothly as possible into your data center. Are you interested? Feel free to contact us

Kind regards,


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      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Kathrin,

      firstly, thanks for an excellent article.

      The document, SAP Hana Tailored Datacenter FAQ, the pdf which can be downloaded from that link, published on the 8th August 2014 states:


      2. What is the motivation to introduce SAP HANA tailored data center integration with enterprise network? the course of the pilot program SAP will publish a Best-Practice document with recommendations on how to integrate SAP HANA systems into the existing network of a data center.

      Do you know, has the Best Practice document referred to above been published, and if so, where can it be found ?

      Thanks and best regards,


      Author's profile photo Kathrin Henkel
      Kathrin Henkel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Andy,

      thanks for your interest. The best practise document is not yet available, but there is an announcement planned for SAP TechEd Las Vegas timeframe.

      Stay tuned I will update the blog post as soon as the document is available.

      If you need further information right know feel free to contact us via

      Hope this helps.

      Best regrads,


      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Kathrin,

      thanks, email sent.

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Wai Theng Lee
      Wai Theng Lee

      My client is interested to know if their current CISCO switch is certified for HANA TDI. Is there a place I can ask them to check?

      • Catalyst 4500-X - 32 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet Port
      • Nexus 5548UP
      Author's profile photo Adolf Brosig
      Adolf Brosig

      Hi Wai,

      there is no certification for network components needed. Please take a look on SAP HANA TDI network whitepaper which describes very well all requirements and recommendations.

      Best regards,