Hitachi Data Systems plans to release its latest flavour of Converged Platform data centre offerings aimed at analysing massive amounts of data in SAP environments.

The announcement builds on the technology alliance HDS and SAP announced in May.

HDS's Converged Platform for SAP HANA is the latest addition to the portfolio of converged data centre offerings. In June, HDS launched its Converged Platform for building cloud infrastructures based on it own hardware and virtualised storage technology, along with blade servers from its parent company, Hitachi Ltd.

Complete appliance for SAP environments

This "gives our joint customers the pre-validated solutions and software to access the data that runs their business faster while delivering real-time analytics - ultimately accelerating business innovation," Mike Walkey, senior vice president of HDS's Global Partners and Alliances, said in a statement.

HDS said Hitachi Converged Platform for SAP HANA will be available later this fiscal year. It is not disclosing pricing at this time.

Hitachi Converged Platform for SAP is sold as a complete appliance (featuring both server and storage components) for those customers looking to manage their SAP solution-based environments.

HDS's Converged Platform competes against an ever growing field that includes EMC, Cisco and VMware and their vBlock offering; Hewlett-Packard with its Converged Infrastructure; and Oracle with its combined hardware and middleware.

A conceptual fourth tier for virtualised storage

HDS's Converged Platform for SAP HANA combines its Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 2000 enterprise class-array and Hitachi's Compute Blade 2000 with SAP in-memory computing technology for high-speed analytic capabilities.

SAP's virtualisation layer spreads workloads across three tiers of client, application and database. The HDS storage infrastructure extends this model by layering on a conceptual fourth tier for virtualised storage. HDS features include storage and server virtualisation, dynamic provisioning, and advanced business continuity capabilities for greater resiliency and scalability for analysing big data.

"Hitachi Converged Platform for SAP HANA represents the next step in our global partner alliance with Hitachi to enhance value for our customers through integrated IT solutions that simplify business processes," Steve Lucas, global general manager for SAP's Business Analytics & Technology division, said in a statement.