White paper: SAP HANA-IBM Power Systems: who benefits?
The road to SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA is paved with uncertainties, no matter how well intentioned SAP SE has been with its renewed focus on customer needs and benefits. From an infrastructure perspective, the demands that the in-memory database and the integration of transactions and analytics impose on the underlying hardware are significant. As little as a few years ago, businesses had limited choice in terms of hardware; appliances available for SAP HANA only ran on commodity architecture, and many of those were not sufficiently equipped for the flexibility, performance and reliability that HANA and S/4HANA demand.
Since late 2015, HANA has also been available on IBM Power Systems with IBM's innovative IBM Power Systems architecture and processors. IDC believes that Power Systems is a strong differentiator for SAP HANA and S/4HANA. Power Systems is designed for data-intensive workloads such as HANA, with powerful built-in virtualisation that is SAP certified and numerous reliability features.
Power Systems use cases are not the same for all SAP customers. IDC believes there are four types of businesses that can significantly benefit from running SAP HANA and/or S/4HANA on IBM Power Systems.