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Learn how HPE Primera is ready for your SAP HANA environment!

Accelerate your SAP HANA environment with the world-class HPE Primera. Primera with all-NVMe can support 2x the density of production SAP HANA nodes at half the cost. This is a total game changer. 

Primera for SAP HANA_Blog_shutterstock_1090468721.jpgOne of my favorite events every year is HPE Discover in Las Vegas. This year will be a little different since it will be a virtual event. The good news is, it’s free to all participants (learn more here), and I’m excited that more folks will have the opportunity to hear how HPE is driving industry-leading innovation. One example of that leadership is the application I focus on, SAP HANA, and I’m super excited that what HPE is doing with SAP HANA will be front and center at the event. 

HPE Primera has been a workhorse for SAP HANA for a year now, but now we can support even more SAP HANA nodes! With the latest HPE Primera Operating System 4.2 and NVMe drives, we are now able to support up to 50% more nodes in the same footprint vs. our previous release. And for what it’s worth, when HPE Primera was announced last year, it already delivered a 60% higher node count than HPE 3PAR. The innovation continues!   

Additionally, HPE Primera with all-NVMe can support 2x the density of production SAP HANA nodes at half the cost. This is a total game changer.  Smaller footprint, lower power, lower cooling - what a huge win for customers running SAP HANA.

HPE Primera is ready to tackle the most demanding SAP HANA storage infrastructure needs. Let’s take a look at the following details about the features that will help you deliver positive business outcomes in your SAP HANA environment. 

  • All-active architecture: HPE Primera features a unique massively parallel, multinode, and all-active platform. You achieve massive parallelization for mission-critical applications such as SAP HANA with all volumes active on all media, controllers, and host ports at all times. Avoid tuning your storage again with balanced I/O across all physical components for predictable performance and ultra-low latency. Now HPE Primera supports all-NVMe, bringing its massively parallel architecture to deliver higher performance density.
  • The ability to efficiently handle large I/O sizes: Most storage arrays focus on small block IOPS performance, but the typical I/O size of HANA data volumes is 1 MiB, much larger than I/Os for traditional applications. HPE Primera not only can readily handle high IOPS for low-latency environments, but also has the bandwidth to tackle large I/Os.
  • App-aware resiliency that sees ahead to prevent disruptions: HPE Primera uses AI and machine learning, powered by HPE InfoSight, to predict and prevent disruptions across storage, servers, and virtual machines. Over the past decade, HPE InfoSight has analyzed application patterns across 300 trillion data points, transforming how storage is managed and supported. Thousands of disruptions have been prevented, driving higher levels of availability. HPE Primera is backed by a 100% availability guarantee, no questions asked.
  • Mixed-workload technology: HPE Primera has purpose-built ASICs that are designed to handle mixed workloads. HPE Primera does not require separate disk pools for HANA log and data volumes. The drives can be shared among the HANA nodes.
  • System-wide striping: HPE Primera wide striping is system-wide. It makes sure that data is not just split across traditional RAID groups but also spread across all the drives behind a controller node as well as all the drives in a system to maximize performance and efficiency.
  • Mission-critical availability and storage consolidation: Most enterprise storage certified for SAP HANA is shared storage, consolidating the needs of SAP HANA production, nonproduction, and other applications. Although this consolidation reduces complexity and increases efficiency, it can introduce the risk of resource contention, exacerbated with dissimilar workloads such as SAP HANA and a traditional database. To ensure that mission-critical SAP HANA gets the resources needed for maximum performance, HPE Primera offers Priority Optimization software with Quality of Service (QoS) controls for key attributes such as bandwidth, latency, and IOPS. These capabilities deliver verified QoS levels without having to physically partition resources or maintain discrete storage silos.
  • Mission-critical storage without complexity: The HPE Primera operating system brings advanced data services with radical simplicity to your HANA environment. Unlike traditional storage platforms that are weighed down by a monolithic operating system and force forklift upgrades for new features, this services-centric operating system was developed to help minimize risk and be transparent to applications for faster access to innovation.

The illustration below will be highlighted at HPE Discover. I would love to chat with you about why HPE Primera is ideally suited for running your SAP HANA environment.

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In summary

HPE Primera continues to redefine mission-critical storage with automated and single-click simplicity, intelligence to self-heal and self-manage, and an architecture built for all-NVMe and SCM.

With HPE Primera, you achieve extreme resiliency and performance for your HANA environment without complexity, backed by the industry’s only 100% availability service level agreement (SLA).

For HPE Primera, SAP HANA is not an afterthought. HPE tests all new arrays with SAP HANA extensively in HPE labs. This enables HPE to not only certify new arrays for HANA at launch but also to give you the confidence that HPE Primera is ready to tackle your most demanding SAP HANA storage infrastructure needs.

These are only a few of many reasons why HPE Primera is a great choice to run your SAP HANA environment.  For more details, please visit Storage Solutions for SAP and SAP HANA.


I will be at HPE Discover Virtual Experience in June and can meet 1:1 with you to provide more information about the results that HPE Storage can deliver during your transition to SAP HANA. I would also be happy to answer any questions you might have.

HPE Discover Virtual Experience

As a reminder, registration for HPE Discover Virtual Experience 2020 is FREE – and with your registration, HPE will donate $10 to your choice of one of 10 featured causes, so join us and give back to organizations helping people, businesses and communities around the world recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Read more about these organizations and the great work they are doing to support COVID-19 recovery around the world. (Terms and conditions apply.)

Starting June 23rd, please log in to the HPE Discover Virtual Experience and search by Session ID (listed above) or by area of interest to view a session.

We look forward to seeing you virtually at HPE Discover 2020!

 CKWork.jpgMeet Around the Storage Block blogger Chris Kinzler, WW Storage Solution Product Manager, focused on SAP. Chris has been in the storage industry for around 15 years and has worked at HPE for two years. He manages bringing enablement programs to market based on workloads.

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