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New VMAX All Flash now SAP HANA certified

VMAX All Flash (VMAX All Flash 450 F/FX, 850 F/FX) now SAP HANA certifiedimage

In an effort to further increase performance, consolidating SAP workloads and to run SAP HANA TDI most effectively and efficiently we are proud to announce that now the new all flash VMAX All Flash 450/850 are SAP HANA certified.

Customers can now take advantage of VMAX all-flash technology for their HANA deployments to:

  • Dramatically reduce cost for the SAP HANA deployment
  • Increase HANA performance
  • Use advanced and reliable build-in replication technology
  • Take full advantage of compression to reduce the data footprint
  • Provide one platform for all SAP workloads, including HANA and traditional SAP landscapes, productive and non-productive SAP systems


We understand that customers are very interested in this new all-flash technology to give their HANA deployment a huge boost, but need guidance how to start and what HANA-related considerations are important.

EMC can help and provide a very compelling guidance with an easy step-by-step process to select and configure the right components for your SAP HANA TDI deployment.

If you have questions about the new capabilities that VMAX All Flash for SAP HANA will provide, email me or visit us at EMC World or SAPPHIRE.


virtualized HANA – A reality? Yes, it is.

If you have read my last blog post you realized I was quite excited about the news from VMware and SAP @ SAP TechEd – Amsterdam, that the support of running SAP HANA on VMware’s vCloud Suite was right around the corner. I guess I was a bit too impatient.

Now I looked at the announcement today, voila there it is. Really exciting news that virtualized HANA is a reality for production now.

But what does the announcement means for our customers.

They can run SAP HANA in scale-up upto 1TB vRAM and 64 vCPU. Customers can use TDI configuration to reuse existing hardware in their datacenter to minimize cost and use their existing hardware more efficiently.

As a bonus customers can live migrate (vMotion) a running SAP HANA VM from one ESX host to another one and we are not talking hours of transfer times.

VMware HA provides you out-of-the-box 99.9% availability, but for customers with a bigger appetite for data protection and data availability EMC provides an entire portfolio of business solutions for virtualized HANA.

Want to hear and see more? If you have a chance to visit EMC World in Las Vegas (May 5th – 8th) check out the

Now you probably ask the question “Great, and who has done it and how and where can I get help with my SAP HANA plans”. The answer: EMC IT is live with their BPC deployment on virtualized HANA in production since November last year and it is running great. Just to reiterate..

Efficient resource utilization, leading to Reduced costs (both in capital expenditures
and operating expenses) and increased return on investment
• 400% performance gain moving from existing RDBMS – response times cut from
minutes to seconds, leading to more iterations and better forecasting
• Greater flexibility and better agility, allowing faster responses to shifting market
• Embedded high availability and efficient automation with 3-nines (99.9%) out of the box
• The ability to focus on innovation rather than operations

See the Pulse Blog that went out today with more information on EMC IT live on virtualized SAP HANA

Read VMware Bob Goldsand’s Blog here:

Read Sylvie Sollod’s Blog here:

You can read more about why EMC IT virtualized SAP HANA by clicking here:

or a high level InfoGraphic can be downloaded here:

Or follow the EMC SAP HANA implementation live @putitonhana

Again…great news for all customers without an unlimited budget who already started or planned transforming their business to cloud and virtualization.

Want to virtualize Hana? See what’s new!

SAP Loves VMware

SAP Loves VMware

Exciting news. We are getting closer to a fully virtualized Hana (or vHana, how I call it, my mother calls it even my grandma calls it) support for production from SAP and VMware. Both companies announced back in June the availability of virtualized Hana (vHana) and the strategy and timeline for running vHana in production in various flavors, such on a supported hardware  appliances  like Cisco and VCE, TDI (tailored datacenter integration) or even on commoditized hardware.

In case you haven’t heard, but EMC IT went live over a year ago with a fully virtualized SAP landscape, including app and database tier to reduce cost, minimize risk and increase flexibility. A couple of weeks ago, Mike Harding from EMC’s IT team discussed the Hana strategy and the plans to deploy vHana for production, another milestone in EMC’s journey to the cloud.

Virtualization is undoubtedly mainstream and more and more customers deploying even top tier business applications, such as SAP, on VMware, because virtualized SAP provides tremendous business advantages over classical physical SAP deployments. Advanced flexibility, agility and cost are just a few of these advantages. Imagine hardware maintenance without disruption and live migration of running vHana nodes even under heavy load to avoid a disaster strike. VMware just released a demo video to underline the power of virtualization for vHana by moving a busy, running vHana node from one ESX server to another within minutes. . No expensive standby hardware, no business disruption and maintaining all SLAs.

I am working on a more detailed blog on vHana to be released very soon with the full details on the various vHana deployment architectures and its advantages and why EMC is the number one storage and data management infrastructure for a truly, 100% virtualized Hana deployment.