Great news, IBM is now a HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) certified vendor. According to Bruce Otte (Otte@us.ibm.com), Director IBM Platform and Workload Services, in IBM GTS, we are now good to officially sell HANA for non-production and production.
It [HEC] means that SAP agrees to support IBM in deploying and managing SAP HANA deployments in SCE+, both HANA stand alone and HANA with the applications running on it. Wolfgang Knobloch (email@example.com) [GTS Global Offering Manager, SAP Cloud Offerings] will be coordinating the details.
This is a “certification” from SAP that is required for SAP to support production environments given by a third party, just like we have certification for running SAP in the cloud. As we move through SCE+ release 1.4 [next release in early 2014], we will continue to increase the capabilities and management of the HANA environments.
While other vendors have made more noise in the market, IBM is more than capable of providing HANA environments at competitive features and prices. If you have requirements, please reach out to Bruce or Wolfgang for support.
For a more general discussion of HEC, please read the following blog on SDN (http://scn.sap.com/community/services/blog/2013/09/05/hana-enterprise-cloud-hec).
For HANA on cloud it is important to understand 2 things. First, the client is responsible for bringing their own license often referred to as Bring Your Own License (BYOL). Second, HANA can be run in virtualized environment such as VMWare for non-production ONLY. For production, HANA must be run on HANA appliances which can then virtualize or host multiple HANA database instances. Personally, I don’t consider the production architecture of HANA cloud based any more than I consider the fact that a DB2 or Oracle server can have multiple database instances today. I guess every company is entitled to some leeway for marketing purposes.