Fresh off the heels of the SAP Business Suite on HANA announcement, Hewlett-Packard Co. is complementing the HANA platform with a new “Center of Excellence” (CoE) focused on in-memory computing. This center will help customers and HP partners showcase the ways in which in-memory computing can accelerate business objectives and improve productivity with real-time data.
Because of HP’s longstanding relationship with SAP, the center will showcase the SAP HANA platform and the SAP Business Suite, but HP will be revealing its own efforts to expand the in-memory computing paradigm utilizing the HP Converged Infrastructure platform.
HP’s Center of Excellence will feature extensive integration with many of HP’s other components, including HP Engineering Labs, which will focus on researching new ways to further accelerate the development in-memory computing capabilities. In addition, HP’s Enterprise Services seek to streamline application development on SAP HANA while ensuring interoperability between HP hardware, software and the SAP HANA database.
HP will use the CoE as a base for application testing and development, ensuring software is up to snuff and can offer production-environment reliability. These testing tools will be flanked by HP Operations Orchestration, which can track and maintain application lifecycles, ensuring HANA solutions can meet the demands of high-availability computing.
Echoing sentiments from the SAP HANA event, Dr. Vishal Sikka, SAP’s technology and innovation executive, offered a statement on HP’s new center: “We have seen unprecedented growth and adoption of SAP HANA, and this momentum continues to increase as companies see new and additional areas where HANA can bring more value to their organizations.”
That inter-vendor relationship is deepened by HP’s “Project Kraken,” a specialized 8-terabyte in-memory system wrought from a “single image” and designed to crunch through SAP ERP and CRM using HANA. This unit is more than a display for HP’s capabilities to build in-memory computing, it’s the foundation platform for the future of HP’s in-memory efforts.
HP’s commitment to in-memory technology also leaks into business migration processes, which naturally include migration of SAP Business Suite into the HANA version. Akin to SAP, HP will offer rapid deployment options in conjunction with its own service and app management capabilities to provide an end-to-end package. Amid the rise in Big Data for the foreseeable future, HP’s alliance with SAP is well-timed.
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