CSN Brazil selects IBM Power Systems to run SAP HANA applications

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN), an industrial group in Brazil, has selected IBM Power Systems and Storage to run its SAP HANA in-memory analytics applications.

“With the amount of data companies like ours are producing daily, it is critical that we have an IT infrastructure that enables us to run our analytics workloads efficiently,” said Fabio Faria, chief information officer at CSN.

The combination of IBM Power Systems E880 servers running SAP HANA and IBM Storwize V5000 storage systems will enable CSN to adapt its IT infrastructure to support the company’s anticipated growth.

The Power Systems E880s at CSN provide memory spaces of up to 16TB on a platform designed for data analytics.
IBM says the POWER8 processors in the Power Systems E880 boast four times the multithreading capability per core along with four times the memory bandwidth and cache per chip compared to x86 Haswell chips.

IBM and SAP will also increase support for SAP HANA running on IBM Power Systems via the latest support package stack 11 (SPS11) for the SAP HANA platform. The enhancements ensure that Power Systems can bring its capabilities in flexibility, resiliency, and performance to the broad community using SAP HANA.

“IBM’s Power Systems are suited to provide access to critical business data stored with in-memory database technologies like SAP HANA,” said Vicente Moranta, director and business line executive at IBM, responsible for IBM Power Systems running SAP HANA.

Since SAP HANA first became available on IBM Power Systems earlier this year, Power Systems has set a new world record for performance in the SAP Business Warehouse Enhanced Mixed Workload Standard Application benchmark for two billion records using SAP HANA on a POWER8-based IBM Power System server.

Reno Footwear taps IBM Power Systems

Reno Footwear, a division of German footwear retailer HR Group, is using SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems with PowerVM to glean near-instant insights into market trends. SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems with PowerVM enables Reno to respond to demands in the fashion industry.

By implementing the POWER8-based solution, Reno has sped its business processes by 60 percent with only half the processor cores of their previous x86-based environment.

Anil Saboo, senior director, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, SAP, said: “With the latest availability of SAP HANA SPS 11 on IBM Power Systems, our customers now have expanded infrastructure choices for the deployment of SAP HANA.”

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