HDS to release converged computing platform for SAP

The platform will h elp users manage and analyze massive amounts of critical data

Hitachi Data Systems announced a new converged platform alongside SAP that will help users manage and analyze massive amounts of critical data, while improving business decisions and insight based on instant access to that data.

The announcement builds onthe technology alliance HDS and SAP announced in May.

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HDS's Converged Platform for SAP HANA is the latest addition to the portfolio of converged data center offerings. In June, HDS launched its Converged Platform for building cloud infrastructures based on its own hardware and virtualized storage technology, along with blade servers from its parent company, Hitachi Ltd.

This "gives our joint customers the pre-validated solutions and software to access the data that runs their business faster while delivering real-time analytics, ultimately accelerating business innovation," Mike Walkey, senior vice president of HDS's Global Partners and Alliances, said in a statement.

HDS said Hitachi Converged Platform for SAP HANA will be available later this fiscal year. It is not disclosing pricing at this time.

Hitachi Converged Platform for SAP is sold as a complete appliance (featuring both server and storage components) for those customers looking to manage their SAP solution-based environments.

HDS's Converged Platform competes against an ever growing field that includes EMC, Cisco, and VMware and their vBlock offering; Hewlett-Packard with its Converged Infrastructure; and Oracle with its combined hardware and middleware.

HDS's Converged Platform for SAP HANA combines its Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 enterprise class-array and Hitachi's Compute Blade 2000 with SAP in-memory computing technology for high-speed analytic capabilities.

SAP's virtualization layer spreads workloads across three tiers of client, application, and database. The HDS storage infrastructure extends this model by layering on a conceptual fourth tier for virtualized storage. HDS features include storage and server virtualization, dynamic provisioning, and advanced business continuity capabilities for greater resiliency and scalability for analyzing big data.

"Hitachi Converged Platform for SAP HANA represents the next step in our global partner alliance with Hitachi to enhance value for our customers through integrated IT solutions that simplify business processes," Steve Lucas, global general manager for SAP's Business Analytics & Technology division, said in a statement.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed. His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com. Read more about virtualization in Computerworld's Virtualization Topic Center.

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