Why You Should Run SAP HANA on IBM FlashSystems

By Proactive Solutions

Sep 15, 2020 8:30:00 AM

About 3 minutes

SAP HANA combines SAP’s enterprise applications with HANA’s in-memory database, allowing companies to make complex business decisions based on advanced analytics. How your business runs SAP HANA makes a difference in how much you can get out of the platform.

Companies that want to move to SAP HANA may have difficulty meeting the platform’s infrastructure requirements. To move forward, enterprises must rework their approach to data storage and processing. SAP HANA has been available on IBM Power Systems for 15 years, but now IBM is able to meet the infrastructure demands of SAP HANA with its FlashSystem Family of all-flash arrays.

IBM FlashSystem allows SAP HANA users to meet performance, capacity, and security requirements. With IBM FlashSystem, organizations can adopt real-time analytics, DevOps, and the internet of things (IoT).

Capacity and Performance

SAP HANA demands high performance and optimum data storage capacity. The platform runs an integrated portfolio of mission-critical enterprise applications, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and supply chain management (SCM) systems.

The platform handles large, diverse data sets to provide companies with real-time, actionable information on which to base decisions. A fast and reliable solution is needed to run these applications optimally.

IBM FlashSystem meets both the capacity and performance needs of SAP HANA with its all-flash array. FlashSystem has a non-volatile memory express (NVMe) architecture and advanced management features that reduce latency rates for faster and more reliable performance. Data compression and FlashCore technology reduces data volumes and increases the density of the flash storage media.

Built-In Security and Data Protection

The applications that run on SAP HANA handle sensitive customer and corporate information. If this information falls into the wrong hands, it could be used to commit fraud or to sabotage company operations.

SAP HANA already takes a preventative approach to fraud, but the supporting infrastructure must reinforce this approach. IBM FlashSystems has built-in data protection and security features. Data is replicated using snapshots, and these snapshots are air gapped in the cloud to protect them from being compromised. FlashSystems also uses encryption to protect data from being stolen.

Enterprises that use FlashSystems for SAP HANA are protected after human error or a natural disaster interrupts production. SAP data can be replicated in the cloud for instant failover.

Smarter and More Innovative

SAP has embraced IoT, using sensors and beacons on connected devices to collect data about customer interactions, business assets, and supply chains. SAP is working on embedding IoT capabilities into its enterprise applications.

Companies that use SAP HANA need to leverage DevOps so they can adapt the platform to meet changing workflow, compliance, and quality requirements. The platform’s supporting architecture should make developing and testing applications easier and faster.

IBM FlashSystem enables both IoT and DevOps by providing storage density and high performance. FlashSystem storage can handle the huge volumes of data generated by IoT devices. Supported by NVMe, FlashSystems can achieve the ultra-low levels of latency needed to process IoT data through advanced analytics applications.

DevOps environments can be a challenge to spin-up. However, FlashSystems makes it easy to build hybrid multicloud for application development and testing.

Making the Most of SAP HANA

For companies that want to move to SAP HANA or already use the platform and want to do more with it, finding and implementing the right supporting architecture is crucial. A certified IBM business partner will help your business take advantage of FlashSystems Family for SAP HANA.

ProActive Solutions is an IBM Platinum Business Partner that takes a consultative approach to working with customers. We can help your organization find the ideal supporting infrastructure for SAP HANA and guide you through the entire lifecycle process from design to support. To get started, our certified experts can take you through FlashSystems options to decide which solution meets your company’s needs and goals.

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Tags: Flash storage, NVMe-based flash, IBM FlashSystems Family, All-flash array, SAP HANA