Infographic: Why Businesses Should Consider IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA and S/4HANA

25 Jun 2018

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Why Businesses Should Consider IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA and S/4HANA

SAP-stated benefits from S/4HANA

  • Earlier period closing
  • Better forecasting
  • Simulation of results or organizational structures
  • Better insights into customer behavior
  • Real-time sales and cost analysis in any format
  • Better service levels in customer-facing applications

S/4HANA technology innovations that will challenge many hardware platforms

  • 3-7x higher throughput
  • Up to 1800x faster analytics
  • Unlimited workload capacity
  • SAP HANA multi-tenancy
  • SAP HANA Cloud Platform extensions
  • All data: social, text, geo, graph, processing
  • No locking, parallelism for throughput
  • ERP, CRM, SRM, SCM, PLM in one system
  • 1/10 of data footprint

S/4HANA: Consolidation on less (but no less sophisticated) infrastructure
Traditional DB: 100GB

IBM Power: Ideal platform for infrastructure demands imposed by SAP HANA and S/4HANA Flexibility

  • Cloud-like
  • Scale to 16 TB with S/4HANA
  • Mix workloads with PowerVM
  • Up to 8 production VMs
  • Go live quickly with a new VM
  • Capacity on demand
  • Secure virtualization


  • Heuristics for predictive failure alerts
  • Memory chip failure prevention
  • VM as failover target in standby mode


  • 8-way simultaneous multi-threading
  • 32 TB memory
  • 230 Gbps memory bandwidth
  • Large L2, L3 and L4 cache designed for big data
  • SMID (single instruction, multiple data)

Top 2 Customer Virtualization Needs for SAP HANA and S/4HANA

  1. Virtualization for a product environment — with more built-in virtualization
  2. Greater ability to run mixed workloads

Top 2 Customer Virtualization Needs for SAP HANA and S/4HANA

  1. Flexibility — TDI will provide greater ability to customize the SAP HANA environment
  2. Architecture — Prefer a SAP HANA solution on RISC with IBM Power

IBM Power is an ideal platform for hybrid cloud with SAP HANA and S/4HANA More than 80% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to Hybrid Cloud architectures by 2017

Hybrid Cloud with IBM Power

  • Turn on and pay for cores only when needed
  • Run IBM Power as a cloud with OpenStack
  • Bring up SAP via IBM PowerVC and use with SAP Lanscape Virtualization Manager (LVM) and vRealize/vCloud
  • Use IBM PowerVC for VM setup and management

Which businesses can benefit from SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems Running SAP HANA appliances and needing a refresh

  • Reduce scale-out sprawl
  • Increase flexibility
  • Obtain greater reliability
  • Improve performance
  • Consolidate

Running SAP on commodity architecture and exploring SAP HANA adoption

  • Run virtualized datacenter
  • IBM PowerVM and IBM PowerVC integrate seamlessly with OpenStack management tools

Running SAP on IBM Power and exploring SAP HANA adoption

  • Database performance boost
  • Easier administration and processing of vast data volumes
  • Faster user response time for transactional processing

Non-SAP shop running on IBM Power

  • Start taking advantage of IBM Power 8 and run more SAP HANA production instances than on commodity systems