SAP HANA has been available for the last 6 years on IBM Power Systems via the innovative IBM Power Systems processors and architecture. To date, IBM has claimed that over 3,000 customers have operated SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems. Important leaders recognize that IBM Power Systems is a key difference for SAP HANA and S/4HANA. With powerful built-in virtualization that is SAP certified, as well as several reliability features, IBM Power Systems is suited for particularly data-intensive applications such as SAP HANA.


It is important to understand that IBM Power Systems use cases will not be the same for all SAP users. Five types of enterprises can profit greatly from SAP HANA and/or S/4HANA operating on IBM Power Systems. They are described below:

Businesses with commodity architecture and are migrating to SAP HANA: These companies often run a virtualized data center and can benefit from IBM PowerVM’s virtualization capabilities and IBM PowerVC’s infrastructure-as-a-service capabilities, both of which are OpenStack-compatible.

Businesses that are planning to expand off-premises and have on-premises SAP apps: These companies can use IBM Power Virtual Servers to extend their environment to the IBM Cloud.

Businesses that do not have SAP HANA but have IBM Power Systems: These companies can begin using IBM Power Systems to run more SAP HANA production instances than they could on commodity systems.

Businesses that need to refresh their SAP HANA appliances: These companies can cut down on scale-out sprawl, increase flexibility, improve dependability, boost performance, and consolidate gear to lower their total cost of ownership (TCO).

Businesses with conventional database and SAP apps on Power Systems: These enterprises will benefit from improved database performance, better management, faster processing of large data quantities, and substantially faster transactional processing user response times.

All of these companies have one thing in common- IBM Power Systems provide a straightforward path to a powerful SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, or SAP BW/4HANA platform with significant benefits. There is also widespread support for embarking on such a voyage. Furthermore, even if IBM Power Systems is new to an enterprise, the platform runs Linux, so there are no skill set limitations, and because of its OpenStack-based virtualization, it integrates effortlessly with any virtualized datacenter.


Deploying SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems

IBM is promoting itself as an SAP S/4HANA expert that can provide a whole SAP S/4HANA package, from strategy development and functional specifications to implementation on IBM Power Systems and IBM storage hardware for on-premises and hybrid cloud deployments. With SAP S/4HANA, IBM and SAP SE have formed a “digital transformation” cooperation to develop solutions in the areas of cognitive extensions, user experiences, and industry-specific capabilities. IBM Power Systems is a good platform for SAP HANA for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is the platform’s remarkable flexibility, robustness, and performance.