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Hardware infrastructure consolidation on SAP HANA: What's possible?

SAP's claims that running both analytical and transactional processes on SAP HANA can help organizations consolidate their server hardware infrastructures has intrigued analysts and users alike.

"It's certainly a hot topic. It's something a lot of people are looking at as HANA progresses and matures," said Capgemini consultant and SAP expert Chris Kernaghan.

"It's a reasonably expensive piece of hardware, so in order to reduce TCO [total cost of ownership], reduce administration, customers are asking, 'Can I consolidate my SAP workload to a reduced number of databases through the HANA platform?'"

But how accurate are SAP's claims, and what can customers expect?  In this webcast presentation, Kernaghan explores whether SAP HANA can really be used to reduce infrastructure requirements -- or otherwise cut operational costs -- in addition to increasing performance and business agility.

For one, customers should know that not all applications can be consolidated onto the same servers, according to Kernaghan.

"For example, you couldn't put a [SAP] ECC and a [SAP] BW [Business Warehouse] system together, or an ECC and a SRM [Supplier Relationship Management] system together. The workloads are quite different and affect the performance of the application," Kernaghan said.

Some companies will want to consider migrating to the HANA Enterprise Cloud, which allows them to consolidate all their Business Suite applications on a cloud infrastructure without having to make any investments in hardware, according to Kernaghan. 

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