Cisco and EMC announce certification and support for SAP HANA

April 17, 2014 3:41 pm

EMC, SAP and Cisco announced that they are continuing their close strategic collaboration by integrating best-of-breed technologies and delivering an industry-leading solution in scalability, availability and performance for customers running SAP HANA.

As data volumes in the enterprise continue to grow exponentially, the need for businesses to react to business events more quickly through real-time analysis and reporting of operational data is becoming a strategic imperative. SAP HANA used in combination with EMC unified storage and data protection solutions and Cisco’s easy to manage, highly-scalable UCS architecture delivers a highly innovative and agile infrastructure to meet the demanding performance needs of real-time analytics.

The companies’ joint go-to-market activities include sales collaboration, channel partner enablement, collaborative technical services and support, integrated professional services, and marketing.

The integrated solution is now available globally:
•Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) with EMC VNX 5300 unified storage systems are now certified for the SAP HANA platform.
•Together, these technologies combine Cisco’s data center computing and networking technology with the EMC’s enterprise-class storage technology •The EMC Proven Solution provides industry-leading manageability, scalability and availability capabilities necessary for critical SAP application-based environments.
•Results in immediate access to vast amounts of information with SAP HANA’s reporting and analysis, enabling insights and visibility to speed business decisions.

Highlights/Key Facts:

•Cisco UCS is an integrated system, designed to optimize compute, networking, storage access, virtualization and management. UCS tapped into a powerful market demand for a new approach to computing, enabling IT organizations to unleash new business models with its innovative, integrated architecture. Customers are able to reduce the time to deploy new applications, improve business agility and reduce costs. UCS is the first fabric computing platform that combines industry-standard, x86-architecture servers with networking and storage access into an integrated system.

•In November 2013 Cisco’s Global SAP Competency Center located at SAP World Headquarters in Waldorf, Germany was opened. The Center provides deep solution engineering capabilities as well as cross functional support resources from around the company to innovate and accelerate their SAP business. Customers spend $5B per year on data center infrastructure to run SAP. A large portion of the World’s economy runs through SAP software. Most customers in the manufacturing, consumer/retail, healthcare, energy, natural resources, transport, and government sectors make their data center purchase decisions based on the needs of its SAP applications.

•In an extensive survey of end users conducted by leading industry analyst firm IDC¹, EMC was named the #1 storage choice for SAP solutions and other mission critical environments. The survey ranks storage vendors based on how end users are deploying their technology with enterprise applications. Results of the survey show that more customers choose EMC storage than any other storage for their SAP environments. EMC, as a leading information infrastructure provider for SAP solutions, provides customers running SAP HANA with the availability, protection, and automation needed to further enable real-time analytics to gain competitive advantage.

•Big Data’s vast potential is one of the main driving forces behind the growing popularity of SAP HANA, an in-memory platform that combines transactional and analytical processing in one system, simplifying customers’ IT landscapes and providing rapid transaction processing with real-time analytics, as well as an advanced development environment for SAP and custom built applications. SAP HANA provides a single platform for advanced real-time analytics, data warehousing, visualization and reporting and enterprise applications. The platform – which offers a choice of deployment models and partners, providing lower cost and faster innovation from an open ecosystem – has enabled companies to run processes up to 100,000 times faster than before. In 2013 alone, MENA sales for SAP HANA grew 255% year on year.

Ayman Elgohary, General Manager for Cisco in Egypt, said, “Through this latest announcement, we are entering the next phase in our strategic collaboration with EMC and SAP. By teaming with key partners in our ecosystem, we can deliver the power of our disruptive innovations to customers, providing access to the best-of-breed technologies needed to harness the power of their information to create business value for their end users.

Mohamed Talaat, Managing Director, Saudi, Egypt, and Libya, EMC, said, “EMC is very proud with the strategic collaboration with SAP and Cisco to ensure our best-of-breed product portfolio seamlessly integrates. We raise the bar with our offering to organizations delivering the optimum data center-ready solution with enterprise class availability, disaster tolerance, backup, and recovery. EMC is well positioned to help our customers harness the potential of Big Data with SAP Hana’s real-time analytics by delivering best of breed infrastructure platform that offers the business seamless scalability, performance and simplicity.”

Paul Devlin, Director, SAP Platform Solutions, SAP MENA, said, “With the fast rise of social media, the proliferation of mobile and smart devices, as well as ever increasing demands from consumers, businesses must not only to keep up to stay relevant, but also stay ahead in order to be successful. Big data is one of the by-products of this major, unprecedented shift, causing a huge tsunami of data that is growing every day, and businesses must be prepared to access, manage and use it to stay innovative and competitive. We are no in the intelligent age where big data is characterized by the three V’s: velocity, volume and variety. To cope, businesses must think about architectures that can accommodate big data from access, storage and consumption perspectives, and SAP is proud to work with Cisco and EMC on the absolute cutting-edge in this respect.”