SAP has certified Dell datacentre products – including servers, storage and networking systems – for running Hana as a pre-integrated system.
The certifications will help customers deploy business-critical applications and workloads in their virtual infrastructure using Dell technology, Dell claimed.
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SAP Hana is a data warehouse appliance that helps IT professionals process high volumes of analytics, planning and predictive data in real time for business efficiency.
According to a research from analyst Forrester, a workload-centric IT infrastructure is the future for technology deployment models. IT infrastructure needs to become workload-centric, the research report read.
“IT pros must stop the technology siloed approach to infrastructure and design the server, storage and network in your datacentre on what matters most (your workloads), and not the other way around,” the Forrester report said.
The SAP Hana appliances and services from Dell ranges in size from 1TB to 4TB to suit businesses of all sizes, Dell said, announcing the certification at its European Technology Camp 2013 in Amsterdam.
Customers do not want silos of servers and storage appliances. Instead they want to be able to move workloads and re-provision them quickly and seamlessly, said Aongus Hegarty, president at Dell Emea.
Using integrated systems optimised for running critical applications will help customers improve their businesses competitiveness, Hegarty added.
One customer, Nikolaj Schmitz, IT manager, Gesellschaft fur Information und Bildung (GIB) said: “Our customers wanted faster access to supply chain data to help them increase efficiency and make better decisions.”
Using Dell appliances for SAP Hana has ensured GIB’s IT gets access to data quickly and can maximise the performance of business-critical SAP software environment, Schmitz said.
The certified datacentre systems is designed to provide customers with a simple and cost-effective upgrade path, enable them to optimise SAP solutions workloads and to reduce their operating expenditure, Dell said.
Active Systems Manager 7.0
Dell also launched the new version of its Active System Manager, the management layer for its converged infrastructure platform. The 7.0 version builds on the technologies Dell acquired when it bought Gale Technologies in 2012 and helps customers provision and de-provision workloads with a simple set-up.
The Active System Manager 7.0 management tool and the certification is part of Dell’s converged infrastructure strategy.
Active System Manager 7.0 will be embedded into Active System 800 reference architecture and will be available in Europe by late Spring.
The Active System 800 is a converged infrastructure service that provides reference architecture to system integrators on how to integrate it for any desktop virtualisation platform, including VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop.