IBM has expanded its partnership with SAP by creating Power Systems server configurations specifically designed to enhance the way SAP HANA is deployed for big data projects.
IBM said its Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA will allow users of IBM's Power8 systems to deploy the in-memory database management platform faster and in a more cost-effective manner.
Doug Balog, general manager of IBM Power Systems, said customer expectations for reliable systems that can handle rapid access to business data sparked the creation of HANA-centric Power Systems servers.
"The commodity servers used today by many organisations are increasingly stretched to their limits by new workloads, in the cloud or on premises," he added, noting that IBM Power Systems' architecture is "uniquely suited" to data stored within in-memory databases.
Several versions of Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA are in the pipeline, IBM said, with the initial configurations being centred on managing different sizes of business-grade databases.
The first is based on IBM's Power Systems S824 featuring 24 Power8 processor cores with up to 1TB of memory, and is being targeted at supporting SAP's Business Warehouse application running on top of a HANA platform for the control of databases with 512GB of compressed data.
The second version draws from the Power Systems E870 that, at 40 cores, features nearly double the number sported by the S824, along with 2TB of memory, making it suitable for use with databases storing up to 1TB of compressed data.
SAP and IBM have a longstanding relationship as technology partners, with both firms touting Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA as a significant step in their alliance.
SAP chief technology officer Quentin Clark said the announcement "is an important step in the SAP and IBM partnership, further enabling customers to run their businesses simply and in real time".
Powering big data analytics and database management appears to be a major part of IBM's strategy. The company recently entered the healthcare big data market by creating Watson Health after snapping up big data and cloud startups.
Big Blue is also teaming up with Twitter to analyse big data harvested from the social network.
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