Car manufacturer (Confidential)


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Leading player in the global car industry.

Project overview

In 2019, one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, which had been using SAP ECC6 with Oracle databases on x86 infrastructure for a number of years, decided to migrate to the latest SAP Hana database, and at the same time replace its aging and near-saturated x86 infrastructures.

Following a supplier consultation process, the team in charge of SAP infrastructure opted for Hardis Group’s proposal to replace the x86 systems with IBM Power9 for SAP Hana, resulting in a more robust solution and simpler routine operation.

Project objectives

  • Replace an aging and near-saturated Oracle/x86 architecture.
  • Design a proprietary new physical infrastructure capable of hosting multiple virtual systems, each with between 1 and 8 TB of Hana RAM.
  • Simplify operation while retaining the Red Hat operating system to facilitate adoption by the in-house SAP infrastructure team.

Tasks performed

  • Define the target infrastructure for the SAP on Hana applications
  • Migrate all of the customer’s existing SAP ECC6 Oracle systems to the SAP Hana version
  • Deploy an IBM Power E980 and E950 for SAP Hana server-based infrastructure with IBM FlashSystem SAN storage

Chosen solutions

  • Infrastructure: IBM Power E980/E950 for SAP Hana servers and IBM FlashSystem SAN storage
  • Virtualization and deployment hypervisor: IBM PowerVM/PowerVC
  • OS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.x


  • Simplified, robust architecture: all SAP on Hana systems are consolidated on a small number of physical machines with significant RAM capacity.
  • Rapid Oracle-to-Hana database migration (limiting production downtime), made possible by the high performance of IBM Power9 .
  • Persistent memory (PEM) technology: allows a system to be restarted in order to apply an update with no need to unload the Hana base from RAM.
  • PowerVC portal: simplified virtual machine provisioning and administration.

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