A few days ago VMware and SAP jointly announced full production support for SAP HANA on VMware vSphere. This is a major milestone and I know both VMware and SAP have put in a lot of effort to get to this point. This is the culmination of three years of testing and benchmarking by VMware and SAP. It was with much anticipation I read the announcement as I’d worked with customers wanting to virtualize SAP HANA for production for quite some time. Now you can run production SAP HANA systems up to 1TB RAM on VMware vSphere and be fully supported by both SAP and VMware, without losing the manageability aspects of VMware that you’ve come to rely on, such as vMotion, HA and DRS. This article will briefly look at the highlights, what’s included, and what is still in the pipeline.
Here are the highlights of the announcement:
- Support for SAP HANA instances up to 1TB RAM and up to 64 vCPU in size (32 physical CPU cores*).
- You can run multiple SAP HANA instances of varying sizes on a single VMware vSphere Host.
- Only SAP HANA certified server hardware and storage is supported. Hardware must be on the SAP HANA certified list as well as the VMware HCL.
- Only 2 socket and 4 socket servers with E7 processors are supported*.
- Key VMware features such as Host Profiles, vMotion, DRS and HA are supported for use with production SAP HANA.
Some of the things still in the pipeline and not yet supported:
- SAP HANA on 8 socket servers.
- Scale-out SAP HANA instances (with active/passive instances).
This makes VMware the first company that has production support for running HANA both on premises and in a public cloud, on a single platform. This gives customers a lot of flexibility in how they wish to run and deploy their systems. Why run HANA on physical appliances when you can get the performance you need, availability, superior manageability, much faster provisioning and time to market, and significantly lower TCO? VMware vCloud Suite can be the foundation of running SAP HANA where ever and however you wish, while delivering the best possible service levels and lowest possible TCO.
Here are all the key resources you need to get started and get the detailed information:
SAP HANA on VMware vSphere 5.5 Production Scenarios – Blog Article
This announcement makes it possible for your to now fully leverage the power of both SAP HANA and VMware vSphere and gain even more business value that was ever possible before. Even though scale out deployment models are not yet supported I’m sure they will be in the future, allowing you to take HANA to even more places. But don’t let that stop you a 1TB HANA instance is up to 10TB worth of data in standard database terms. This covers a very large percentage of the SAP system population. I’d be interested to hear how you plan to deploy SAP HANA now, especially as the performance is near native, you’re not losing out anywhere.
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