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VMware, a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure, announces SAP HANA certification with vSphere, the industry-leading hypervisor, vSAN, the only vSphere-native storage, and jointly-certified Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Certified Nodes and Appliances. VMware is committed to providing customers industry-leading deployment flexibility, empowering hyperconverged infrastructure customers to choose a solution that best fits with their IT strategy. VMware’s certification on Lenovo products enables vSAN customers to deploy SAP HANA on the industry-leading hardware for HANA deployments, with over 10,000 Lenovo systems shipped worldwide. Lenovo has achieved certification on a 2U configuration. Details can be found here.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Offers Key Advantages for SAP HANA Deployments

First, VMware HCI provides industry-leading performance, scalability and density as VMware vSAN is native to vSphere and built into the kernel, which avoids using a costly controller virtual machine (CVM). Without the use of CVMs, VMware HCI can provide industry leading consolidation. Customers can take full advantage of vSphere features for high-availability and BC/DR, such as VMware HA, VMware SRM, VMware DRS, which complement SAP HANA features for a robust, enterprise-grade solution.

On the operational side, HCI accelerates SAP HANA deployments and reduces operational complexity. VMware HCI leverage familiar tools that most organizations are already using, including vSphere and vCenter; vSAN, the only native storage solution for vSphere, is easy to adopt, with over half of new users reporting they’re experts within 30 days1. VMware HCI’s new Cluster Quickstart eases the deployment processes by providing and easy to use, step-by-step configuration wizard. Routine operations are simplified or automated through storage policy-based management (SPBM), lifecycle management with vSphere Update Manager (VUM) and more.

Finally, through virtualization, HCI reduces the total cost of ownership for SAP HANA deployments. For instance, by using industry-standard x86 servers, and HCI’s scale-out architecture, organizations can lower their up-front costs by avoiding expensive, purpose-built systems and purchasing only the compute and storage needed, scaling incrementally as SAP HANA workloads grow.

ThinkAgile VX Products Further Simplify SAP HANA Deployment

ThinkAgile VX Solution for SAP HANA will be available early in 2019. The solution includes deployment of SAP HANA onsite by a Lenovo Professional Services team, plus full SAP solution support by Lenovo’s experts to facilitate a seamless end-to-end experience.

The ThinkAgile VX Series integrates reliable Lenovo servers with VMware vSAN to provide a solid foundation for future business growth and includes Lenovo ThinkAgile Advantage Single Point of Support for quick 24/7 problem resolution.

VMware customers will be able to confidently run their SAP HANA workloads on HCI infrastructure to achieve real-time business insights, along with the benefits of simplified management, reduced footprint, and lower total cost of ownership.

Learn More

Dig deeper into VMware HCI Certification; read the blog here.

See how easy it is to deploy vSAN; try a Hands On Lab.