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SAP HANA on-premise

How we can future-proof your datacenter

  • Tony Jansen
    Tony Jansen

Migrating your existing SAP landscape to SAP HANA implies rethinking your infrastructure to ensure it offers the performance, scalability, resilience and flexibility required. Are you considering deploying SAP HANA on-premise? Let us help you future-proof your on-premise infrastructure! 

Computing power and memory

The HANA in-memory technology requires a high amount of processing power and memory to rapidly aggregate, analyze and secure vast data sets from a boundless number of sources. Moreover, as the amount of structured data continually grows, you have to be able to flexibly provide extended CPU power and memory. As everyone is talking cloud these days, you might assume that a move to the cloud is the only way to achieve these requirements. It’s not! 

Good reasons to stick to on-premise or go hybrid

An on-premise HANA deployment might be the best choice for your business. You might, for example, want to keep your infrastructure close to your company building for latency or connectivity reasons. Or, maybe your industry has specific IT governance or compliance regulations on how and where you store your data. Whatever the reason, it is perfectly possible to bring scalability, resilience and flexibility to your on-premise infrastructure.

Maybe there’s even the possibility to go hybrid: move development and quality systems, for example, to the cloud and keep production-related infrastructure on-premise.

On-premise deployment: SAP HANA Appliances or TDI

When deploying SAP HANA on-premise, there are two possibilities: choose an SAP appliance or go for SAP Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI).

  • SAP appliances: everything you need in one box
    SAP appliances offer a fast time to value when deploying HANA by supplying hardware, software and services in a single footprint:
    - Hardware: server with a prescribed amount of memory, compute power, storage and network connectivity
    - Software: RedHat or Suse Linux operating system
    - Services: certified and fully supported by SAP
     
  • Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI): more flexibility
    The TDI program allows you to leverage your own infrastructure (server, storage, network, backup) and operational processes (to cut costs), while tailoring it to your storage and computing power needs. 

Bringing cloud agility and speed to your on-premise infrastructure

As today’s digital era demands increasing speed, agility and scalability, more and more datacenters are replacing their traditional architecture with converged or hyperconverged models, which packages computing, networking, servers, storage and virtualization in a unified solution.

The benefits of a converged solution? By bundling all the different components together, you can:

  • accelerate deployment time
  • simplify management
  • reduce costs associated with cabling, cooling, power and maintenance
  • easily scale up or scale out, as your requirements change

The hyper-converged infrastructure that is gaining inroads in the market today builds on the above concept. The main difference, though, is that a hyper-converged architecture is software-centric: both the storage area network and the storage abstractions are implemented virtually in software rather than physically in hardware.

Thanks to the scalability and agility, (hyper-)converged solutions are a great alternative if you are tempted by the benefits of the cloud but would like to keep your solution on-premise.

Our hardware partners

At Flexso, we closely work together with vendors like Dell and HPE who both offer traditional and converged systems for SAP HANA that have been certified by SAP. Since these packages (servers, storage, networking, software and services) are pre-configured, they ensure very fast deployment which is interesting for migrations and greenfield implementations.

Both players also deliver hyper-converged solutions. Although not yet certified for SAP HANA, these bring great value when you require a scalable and flexible infrastructure. Many organizations see this as a jumpstart to scalable computing and deploy their HANA application servers and other application types on hyper-converged computing.

Also from an economic point of view, on-premise solutions include financially interesting solutions. Dell for example offers several ‘Pay as you Grow’ plans, allowing you to ‘finance’ your datacenter hardware, software and services at a monthly fee on a scalable basis. Payments are lowest in the first year and increase over time to match your planned business growth.

How can we help?

As an SAP expert with deep technical and business expertise, Flexso can guide you in building the right infrastructure to run HANA on-premise, in the cloud or in a hybrid configuration. As part of the Cronos group, we have easy access to competence centers with a broad range of technology and business expertise. As a result, we can provide a comprehensive solution that ensures end-to-end integration. Our offering includes:

  • Sizing
    Based on your business requirements we can help you assess your current and future hardware requirements: memory, CPU power, disk capacity and network bandwidth. By using SAP reports, the SAP Quicksizer tool or tailor-made estimations, we can help you determine the perfect size for your infrastructure.
     
  • Transition and transformation
    Our transition and transformation services help you deploy or migrate to new infrastructure for both SAP ECC and HANA. Going forward, we can guide you on the transformation process to S/4HANA.
     
  • Managed services
    Our portfolio of infrastructure and cloud-managed services keeps your SAP infrastructure running efficiently, reliable and flexible. Through our managed services, we can manage your environment and ensure that it is always in perfect shape in line with your business requirements.

Why Flexso?

Flexso is an SAP integrator with deep business knowhow. Moreover, we can count on the expertise of over 5,000 colleagues from the Cronos group. The group offers hosting services at its Belgium-based datacenters. 

Contact us to discuss how we can help you move your SAP infrastructure to the cloud.

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