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NVMe enhances S/4HANA workloads

SAP announced its in-memory data HANA database many years ago allowing you to gain real-time insights into your business.  As you transform your organization to participate in the digital economy, it’s even more important that you can execute real-time transactions.   Last year, SAP announced  S/4HANA making this possible.   It bundles ERP with an analytic engine into one platform.  The in-memory database made this happen, letting you make those transactions faster with customers.

My take:

The benefits of HANA is clear, but it’s only possible when you run your SAP HANA on a proven platform.   The infrastructure should be highly available even during planned downtime for maintenance and systems upgrades.

IBM Power Systems is that platform, with built-in virtualization for flexibility and more importantly with smart memory and predictive failure that keep your systems running when you need it.  Recently IBM added a NVMe (Non-volatile Memory Express) adapter card that acts like server-side flash cache.

NVMe lets you put a copy of your data on the flash memory so that you can load data into HANA faster than if you had to load from traditional storage.

Speed to Go Live  

For your organization, you benefit by being able to move your test environment to production quickly because you are now able to load data 4.6x faster to memory from a NVMe flash adapter.

Improved Service Level

Everyone needs to bring down systems periodic maintenance or updates.   Organizations all benefit  from shorter maintenance windows so customers can continue transacting business without disruptions.

When building the architecture for your S/4HANA environment, you need to remember that the system is running your business.  Uptime is most important in keeping your customers engaged so they remain loyal, happy customers.  The IBM POWER8 servers with NVMe Flash adapters deliver this higher level of availability and resiliency.    Learn more about these Power Systems for SAP HANA.

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