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IBM PureFlex Solution for SAP Business Suite (x86) Reference architecture for x86 based IBM PureFlex System featuring IBM Systems Solution for SAP Business Suite and SAP HANA

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Michael Siegert
Paul Henter

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Technical Sales Support - Europe

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Abstract: This paper provides an overview on how modern SAP ecosystems consisting of the SAP NetWeaver technology layer, SAP Business Suite applications, and complementary SAP modules can be deployed on an IBM® PureFlex™ System.
Typical use cases for IBM PureFlex System-only landscapes are described as well as SAP appliance type of applications like the "IBM Systems Solution for SAP Business Suite and SAP HANA" and the SAP BWA.
Focus in this document is clearly on the Intel processor based units but it also provides information for integrated SAP scenarios with IBM POWER based units.
Architecture and configuration information are documented for the above scenarios.

This reference architecture paper is aimed at informing the IBM Sales force and IBM Business Partners of IBM PureSystems Solutions for SAP, especially for technical sales and architects.

August 2013 Version 1.5
The August version adds two chapters.
  • Information about the newly introduced "IBM Systems Solution for SAP Business Suite and SAP HANA".
    This solution allows attaching x3950 X5 based SAP HANA appliances to a PureFlex System and extends the scope of the Flex System Manager (FSM) for integrated management of PureFlex internal components and IBM x3950 X5 based SAP HANA building blocks.
  • “IBM Flex System Solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator” - Extending the established IBM BladeCenter offerings for SAP BWA with scalable FlexSystem configurations based on x240 compute nodes and externally attached IBM Storage Systems DS3500.

20130814 SAP - IBM PureFlex_Sol_ Reference Architecture_x86_V1_5.pdf20130814 SAP - IBM PureFlex_Sol_ Reference Architecture_x86_V1_5.pdf




Planning and Design


Enterprise Application Solutions (EAS/ERP)




IBM PureSystems


Linux; Windows


SAP, PureSystems, PureFlex, x86, HANA, BWA

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