Parisa Fathi

Target Corporation Takes an International Journey with SAP HANA and Hitachi Ltd. and other exciting news

Blog Post created by Parisa Fathi Employee on May 19, 2015

Two weeks ago, we participated at SAPPHIRE 2015, it was one the busiest and best ones to date. We had some great sessions at the show including two with our customer Target Corporation and their Hitachi Solutions for SAP HANA journey with Hitachi. If you missed the presentation, catch the video below and for the slides click here


We also announced a number of new SAP HANA solutions. To summarize, we announced a whole family Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for the SAP HANA® Platform with Hitachi’s new CB520X B2 server blade – which is based on the Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8800 v3 product family (aka Haswell) and the newest additions to the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) family.  Support is available by way of SAP certified appliances and through SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration (TDI) offering customers a range of choices and flexibility.These new systems provide higher performance at more than 30% price reduction.  In fact, internal testing found that the column stores were as much as 46% faster and row stores as much as 15%.  Higher performance at lower price, and it just gets better!


Additionally, we announced a new solution with our OEM partner, Pentaho. Earlier this year, Hitachi announced intent to acquire Pentaho. Pentaho is a leading big data integration and business analytics company with an open source-based platform for diverse big data deployments. The Pentaho data integration ingests data from virtually any data source, then processes, cleanses and blends the data for pushing it immediately into SAP HANA running on Hitachi UCP.


And of course, last but certainly not least, Hitachi recently acquired oXya, a leading provider of services for cloud and SAP® solutions. I have had people tell me that they don’t get these acquisitions; after all, they feel that HDS is a hardware company focused on storage and they don’t see the synergy.  And here in lies the misconception. First, though HDS has a stellar reputation for its enterprise storage products, the fact is that we have been developing world-class servers for over 20 years.  But there is the bigger picture; HDS is a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., a $100 Billion company that makes everything from MRIs and mining trucks to surveillance cameras.  Just as SAP is working on making our lives Simpler, Hitachi’s mission is to offer solutions that will make the world a safer, smarter place for society.  Hitachi is changing the game in the world of hardware vendors for SAP HANA because the infrastructure is just one small piece.  SAP is a strategic partner and our collaboration goes beyond just SAP HANA. The recent announcements are just a small sample of exciting things to come, so stay tuned!  What do you think about our acquisitions?  Do they make sense to you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.