Initially, the centre will focus on offerings for the SAP HANA® platform and the SAP® Business Suite, which is powered by SAP HANA. By leveraging a virtual team of engineers, developers and other experts with operational experience with SAP solutions that spans more than 60 countries, 10 languages and more than 40,000 users, along with in-memory technologies, the CoE will accelerate customers’ transition to next-generation business applications built for in-memory computing.
Powered by HP Converged Infrastructure, the CoE will include offerings from:
- HP Engineering Labs—built in collaboration with HP Labs, the company’s central research arm—to create new architectures and platforms optimized for in-memory computing;
- HP Enterprise Services—to help improve business processes and application transformation that will be enabled by SAP HANA;
- HP servers, storage, networking and infrastructure management—to validate and optimize configurations for SAP HANA and the SAP Business Suite; and
- Application test and development—for on-premises, hosted and HP Converged Cloud deployments to accelerate time to deployment and quality.
“To succeed, organisations need to make fast, informed decisions by extracting large amounts of raw data from their systems to turn it into information that is meaningful,” said Bill Veghte, chief operating officer, HP. “The HP Centre of Excellence delivers the depth of expertise and services to help organisations drive high-performance data analysis, handling huge volumes of data in real time for instant business insight.”
Compared to traditional methods of separating the data storage from the processing elements, in-memory computing allows for faster computation of big data sets. As a result, clients gain the ability to rapidly analyse data to drive innovation while reducing costs.
Since the launch of SAP HANA, HP has been at the forefront of innovating leading benchmarks and solutions. The first HP roadmap milestone of the new CoE is an 8-terabyte, single image development platform tuned for the SAP ERP and SAP Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications on SAP HANA. Codenamed “Project Kraken,” this platform is the forerunner to the large memory systems scheduled to be available in the second half of 2013.
To help clients migrate to SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, HP offers migration and transformation services. Additionally, as a provider of SAP-qualified implementation services for SAP Rapid Deployment solutions, HP also offers rapid-deployment solutions to speed the transition to an in-memory database platform. These services extend HP’s industry-leading application management services, which are based on the Run SAP methodology. With these comprehensive services, HP helps clients achieve the most value from their in-memory database platform.
HP has designed many of the largest implementations of SAP systems in the world and is working with product engineering teams and SAP to develop an authentic testing environment for next-generation in-memory technologies with full mission criticality and high availability.