SAP has certified SAP HANA on PowerFlex HCI systems. PowerFlex PowerEdge systems with Intel Skylake and Cascade Lake are supported and listed separately on the Certified and Supported SAP HANA hardware directory. Both PowerFlex certifications encompass:
- HCI/single-layer architecture with a vSphere hypervisor and the PowerFlex system. The SAP certification includes support for PowerFlex PowerEdge systems and both dual-socket R640 and R740xd servers and the four-socket R840 server.
- Support for half-socket and full-socket SAP HANA virtual machines (VMs). Half-socket deployments provide better use of CPU resources for smaller SAP HANA systems and enable two SAP HANA VMs to run on a single CPU socket, with each VM using 50 percent of the available physical cores. Full-socket SAP HANA VMs use a single socket (or multiple sockets) and all physical cores exclusively.
The SAP HANA HCI certification for PowerFlex systems does not include support for the two-layer deployment model, bare-metal deployments, or any hypervisors other than vSphere.