SAP to host IBM’s Latest Power Systems Servers in its own Data Centers

IBM & SAP now offer a new home for big databases in SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.

IBM is now with SAP to get their Power Systems Servers hosted in its own data centers, as part of SAP’s HANA Enterprise Cloud managed offerings. The event now offers a new hosting option for businesses running the latest ERP systems with huge databases on the Power platform.

That could allure many of readers here: SAP has a system to offer on the Power platform since 2005 and shifted HANA to the Power architecture in 2015. IBM anticipated last year that between 20% and 25% of HANA workloads then worked them on Power, with the rest getting the help of Intel Architecture.

HANA helps to scale large databases in two ways: scale-up, on a standalone server with shared memory; or scale-out, on a bunch of smaller servers with shared storage. Another one requires the data to be partitioned, or diversified into parts that fit onto the smaller servers.

IBM is proud of its E980 servers — the one SAP is now hosting — as offering the biggest scale-up virtual server for HANA in the business, at a whopping 24TB. Some Intel-based instances in Microsoft’s Azure cloud can be close to it, though. Besides, several organizations (including IBM) offer systems with higher headline capacities, but those are scale-out systems.

With its latest processor generation, Power9, IBM Power Systems is progressing the fabled AS/400 midrange computers medium-sized computers it launched in 1988. One of Power9’s features is that it can still support legacy apps almost unchanged on the IBM i system in one logical partition (LPAR) or virtual system, with another part running IBM’s AIX flavor of Linux or Unix distribution such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

IBM servers made with IBM’s Power9 processors are available in the IBM Cloud, on Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure (through Skytap, a company that moves legacy apps to the cloud), but SAP shops can only host their development architecture on those

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