Huawei KunLun Achieves Certification for Operating SAP HANA® up to 12TB, Now in General Availability

24 Jan 2017
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Huawei today announced that the Huawei KunLun 9016 Mission Critical Server is now successfully certified for operating the SAP HANA® platform up to 12 terabytes (TB), with general availability (GA). The announcement signifies that Huawei KunLun is capable of delivering the performance and reliability demanded by enterprise core application solutions. Now customers using the SAP® ERP application can choose Huawei KunLun as their core SAP HANA in-memory database platform. Huawei KunLun unlocks groundbreaking 8S+ scale-up capabilities to enable online transactions and real-time analytics of data on a larger scale and bolster productivity, as well as to support operational excellence for enterprises.

Shenzhen, China, January 24, 2017

SAP HANA is a real-time database platform based on in-memory computing. It provides simplified transactions, analytics, planning, prediction and data processing capabilities on a single in-memory data platform to empower enterprises with real-time business operations. The digital economy is flourishing and brings about exponential data growth for enterprises. It has become increasingly imperative for enterprises to leverage data and applications properly to derive better-informed results from in-memory, real-time data computing and analytics. However, the certified standard 4- and 8-socket servers offer a database capacity up to only 8TB for SAP HANA, which is falling short of customers’ service needs. In the case of standard, traditional x86 servers, which support up to only 8 CPUs, several servers are required to deliver the computing capabilities required by typical online transaction processing (OLTP) applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP). Therefore, Huawei KunLun, offering over 8-socket scale-up capabilities, emerges as an excellent fit.

The Huawei KunLun Mission Critical Server employs novel processor interconnect technology to enable 16- to 32-socket scale-up, which pushes the computing capabilities of a single server to far beyond the original 8-CPU limit. Huawei KunLun employs nascent reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) 2.0 technologies to support stable, efficient operations. The GA certification of Huawei KunLun 9016 is a testament to the performance and reliability of KunLun and proves KunLun as a strong choice for building SAP core application solutions for applications such as SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA®. Currently, only three vendors’ products have been certified by SAP for SAP HANA single nodes larger than 10TB: Huawei, HPE (including SGI) and Atos (Bull).

“Open innovation is the mainstay of the ICT age,” said Qiu Long, President, IT Server Product Line, Huawei. “SAP is a long-term strategic partner of Huawei. The two companies perfectly supplement each other in terms of products and markets. SAP has a wealth of professional experience with platforms and enterprise-grade solutions, while Huawei focuses on offering innovative IT infrastructures. Building on both parties’ R&D acumen and integrated technical power, Huawei and SAP will be well positioned to offer competitive core application solutions together for enterprises, placing more choices in the hands of our customers and helping them drive productivity.”

“The Huawei portfolio for SAP HANA and the certification of Kunlun represents the next step on our journey with Huawei to bring next-generation data management solutions to our customers.” said Daniel Schneiss, SVP, global head of Products & Innovation, SAP HANA Platform & Database.

The successful certification for 12TB GA sets a significant milestone on the path of Huawei and SAP towards deeper collaboration and open innovation. Since the establishment of the global strategic partnership in 2012, Huawei and SAP have been synergizing their premium resources and deepening cooperation, together producing a competitive series of appliance solutions on SAP HANA. The fruits of the two companies’ collaboration have enabled real-time data processing and analytics that help boost customers’ operational efficiency and turbocharge their digital transformation.

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