Technische Universität München offers fast, simple and smart hosting services with SAP and IBM

Published on 30 Apr 2015

We have partnered with IBM for a long time with great success, so IBM POWER8 was a natural choice. We chose to test IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA because we feel that it gives us enough performance, power and flexibility to fulfill our customer needs, and is also very cost-effective.

Helmut Krcmar, Professor of Information Systems at the Technische Universität München and Academic Director of the SAP University Competence Center, Technische Universität München

Technische Universität München


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Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of the world’s leading technical universities, combining top-class facilities for cutting-edge research with unique learning opportunities for more than 37,000 students. The department of informatics serves just over 3,500 students, with a strong focus on links to industry. The SAP University Competence Center location at TUM provides educational services to a total of 217 other institutions for higher education.

Business need
Technische Universität München (TUM) prides itself on going beyond research to put staff and students’ skills to practical use. The SAP University Competence Center location at TUM does just that, providing commercial hosting services. To make its latest offering based on SAP HANA a realistic proposition, the center needed a cost-effective platform that is agile enough to meet changing customer demands at low cost.

The university chose to deploy an integrated stack of IBM solutions, including IBM Power S822 servers and IBM XIV storage, to support its SAP HANA hosted solutions. Drawing on the in-built virtualization capabilities of the IBM Power Systems platform, TUM can now offer exceptionally flexible services to rapidly meet a wide range of customer demands, while maintaining a low management burden.

The solutions helps the SAP University Competence Center at TUM retain its reputation as a pioneer, enabling it to deliver reliable, competitive hosting solutions to customers while equipping staff and students with marketable skills.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Power Systems, Power S822, Power Systems running Linux - SUSE, Storage, Storage: XIV

IBM-SAP Alliance

Educ: Innovation in Research, Educ: Secure and Flexible Infrastructure, Educ: Technology Infrastructure

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