As part of its plans to create an open ecosystem on its HANA platform, SAP has begun a test and evaluation period with the intent to enable SAP HANA to run on the IBM Power Systems, part of the IBM Power Architecture server line.
The news was announced during the annual SAP Sapphire conference taking place in Orlando, Florida.
Starting Wednesday, nominations are being accepted for the program, which is open to IBM and SAP clients who are curious to see if an open server platform can actually deliver business insights better than other server platforms.
HANA on Power is also expected to increase memory bandwidth and offer faster IO to consume and manipulate large amounts of data faster.
Doug Balog, GM of Power Systems for IBM, noted in prepared remarks the longstanding technology partnership between the two legacy vendors, and of course expressed optimism for the test program:
IBM Power Systems are built on an open server platform, designed from the ground up to handle massive amounts of data at unprecedented speed. We believe that this combination provides clients a catalyst for open innovation and the ability to transform into better run, data insights driven businesses.