Pure Storage FlashArray//X is now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA® platform. FlashArray//X is next-generation all-flash storage. Designed
for the cloud era, //X delivers the highest performance and enterprise reliability for Tier 1 applications.  SAP is constantly working with vendors to help customers in choosing to compute, networking and storage components for SAP HANA through its Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) option. Now FlashArray//X participates in this program with its capabilities proven to meet and exceed the storage needs for SAP HANA.

SAP HANA combines database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in-memory. The platform provides libraries for predictive, planning, text processing, spatial and business analytics. By providing advanced capabilities, such as predictive text analytics, spatial processing and data virtualization on the same architecture, it further simplifies application development and processing across big-data sources and structures. This makes SAP HANA a highly suitable platform for building and deploying next-generation, real-time applications, and analytics.

SAP HANA is an in-memory database that stores and processes bulk of the data in memory. SAP HANA needs to persist a copy of data for the purpose of start-up, delta merges and fault recovery without data loss. The Pure Storage FlashArray//X delivers all-flash performance, built-in resiliency, and end-to-end simplicity. Above all, these are made possible at a cost that is often lower than that of a traditional disk or hybrid arrays.

FlashArray//X brings the following essentials to complete the promise of in-memory databases.

  • High-performance persistent storage with sub millisecond latency
  • Industry leading data reduction (both inline compression and deduplication) to bring down storage footprint and reduce cost
  • Greater than 6 9’s high availability with no single points of failure
  • Simplified management with rapid provisioning and replication capabilities

This is the new certification version from SAP HANA-HWC-ES 1.1(scenario version). The Enterprise Storage Certification Scenario HANA-HWC-ES 1.1 is the successor of HANA-HWC-ES 1.0 with an updated testing method and an adopted set of KPIs.

SAP HANA nodes recommendation for FlashArray//m R2 and FlashArray//X models


As per SAP HANA certification guidelines, we used a 2+1 cluster configuration. Three Cisco UCS B200 M4 blades are used with SUSE 12 SP1 OS, XFS file system for Data and Log volumes, including High Availability Option and OCFS2 for the /hana/shared partition to create the environment.

Enterprise Storage Specification used for Test:
Storage Solution: FlashArray//X70
Model: //X70
Version / Year: 2017
Storage Connector: hdb_ha.fcClient
File System: Data & Log: XFS
Restrictions & Comments: Scale-out up to 22 Nodes (//X70);

Certification limited to OCFS2 filesystem type for
/hana/shared on HANA compute nodes running SLES

We have published a best practice guide that explains everything soup to nuts when it comes to deploying SAP HANA on FlashArray//X.

Check it out here