Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 Family, SAP HANA & VMware: Virtually, a Winning Combo

We’ve worked with SAP HANA* for more than a decade to deliver better performance for SAP* applications running on Intel® architecture. And the results just keep getting better. The latest Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family can help IT get even more insights from SAP HANA, faster. When you add VMWare VSphere* to the mix, you’ll see a huge boost in efficiency without adding more servers.

Why virtualize? Data centers running mission-critical apps are pushing toward more virtualization because it can help reduce costs and labor, simplify management, and save energy and space. In response to this push, Intel, SAP, and VMware have collaborated to make a robust solution for data center virtualization with SAP HANA.

What does this mean for IT managers? Your data center can grow with more scalable memory. You can have the peace of mind your data is protected with greater reliability. And, you’ll see big gains in efficiency, even when virtualized.

Grow with scalable memory

The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family offers 3x more memory capacity than previous generations, This not only dramatically increases the speed of SAP HANA performance, but it also gives you plenty of room as your data grows. Our Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family also provides up to 6 terabytes of memory in four-socket servers and 64 GB dual in-line memory modules.[

Relax, your mission-critical data is protected

We designed the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family to support improved reliability, accessibility, and serviceability (RAS) features, which means solid performance all day, every day with 99.999% uptime[4]. Intel® Run Sure Technology adds even more system uptime and increases data integrity for business-critical workloads. Whether you run SAP HANA on physical machines, virtualized, or on a private cloud, your data and mission-critical apps are in good hands.

Be amazed at the gains in efficiency

When Intel, SAP HANA, and VMWare join forces in a virtualized environment, efficiencies abound. Data processing can be twice as fast with a PCI Express* (PCle) solid-state drive, You can get up to 4x more I/O bandwidth, which equates to 4x more capacity for data circulation.5,6 Hyper-threading doubles the number of execution threads, increasing overall performance for complex workloads.


In summary, the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family unleashes the full range of SAP HANA capabilities with the simplicity and flexibility of virtualization on vSphere. Read more about this solution in our recent white paper, “Go Big or Go Home with Raw Processing Power for Virtualized SAP HANA.”

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Tim is a strategic marketing manager for Intel with specific responsibilities related to the cloud, big data, analytics, datacenter appliances and RISC migration. Tim has 20+ years of industry experience including work as a systems analyst, developer, system adminstrator, enterprise systems trainer, product marketing engineer and marketing program manager. Prior to Intel Tim worked at Tektronix, IBM, Intersolv, Sequent and Con-Way Logistics. Tim holds a BSEE in computer engineering from BYU, PMP certification and a MBA in finance from the University of Portland. Specialties include - PMP, MCSE, CNA, HP-UX, AIX, Shell, Perl, C++