Virtualisation and in-memory computing could reduce costs and boost service

Virtualisation

by Duncan MacRae| 07 May 2014

SAP and VMware Announce SAP HANA for production use on VMware vSphere 5.5.

App software firm SAP AG and virtualisation specialist VMware today announced that the SAP HANA platform on VMware vSphere 5.5 for production use has been released to customers.

By combining the power of SAP HANA with VMware vSphere 5.5, a foundational component of VMware vCloud Suite, customers can innovate and simplify their data centres by achieving faster time-to-value, higher service levels and lower total cost of ownership (TCO), the firms claimed.

Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, said: "SAP HANA has led the market as the real-time enterprise platform by driving IT simplicity and by enabling breakthrough innovations for business. Together with VMware, we are enabling customers to operate their SAP HANA-based mission-critical applications in virtual environments with confidence and to accelerate their journey to software-defined data centers and ultimately to the cloud."

Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware, said: "Our customers are evolving their IT infrastructures from physical environments to a software-defined data center architecture and they are looking for solutions that provide agility, high availability, elasticity, efficiency and control for their most mission-critical and demanding in-production enterprise environments. The SAP and VMware partnership is truly transformative. We are delighted to further extend that partnership and answer those customer needs by certifying SAP HANA for production use on VMware vSphere 5.5."

Reinhard Breyer, CIO, AMG, said: "AMG-Mercedes is now live in production with SAP HANA and VMware vSphere 5.5 with a 1TB memory configuration, accelerating our move to a software-defined data centre. We believe virtualised SAP HANA with VMware vSphere could be the key to our future, as we move to cut operational costs and simplify our data center operations."

Bill Reid, senior director, IT, EMC, said: "SAP HANA on VMware vSphere is in production at EMC to run our next-generation SAP ERP system, and it is delivering tremendous value to our company. We have increased capacity of SAP HANA five times without growing headcount, are experiencing 99.9% uptime, can deploy new SAP HANA instances in minutes and are realising significant OPEX and CAPEX reductions."

SAP HANA support of VMware vSphere 5.5's virtualised environment is expected to help further simplify and streamline data center operation for customers implementing a data center virtualisation strategy. It could also accelerate provisioning of new SAP HANA instances for production use. SAP HANA customers can benefit from increased infrastructure utilisation, agility and productivity with the combined solution.

SAP and VMware intend to continue their strong collaboration and deliver more advanced capabilities of SAP HANA on virtualised environments providing more deployment options to SAP HANA customers.

Olivier Sévillia, CEO Application Services, Continental Europe, and member of the Group Management Board of Capgemini, said: "By extending Capgemini and VMware's next-generation enterprise cloud orchestration and management platform to support SAP solutions, we plan to be able to help our clients improve their TCO, accelerate the adoption of SAP HANA and ultimately optimise the business value of migrating to a new platform. Capgemini's industry solutions from SAP are available on the SAP HANA platform, and can now be hosted on a highly available virtualised VMware vSphere infrastructure."

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