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Tailored Data-center Integration (TDI) is a program that allows SAP HANA customers to leverage existing hardware and infrastructure components for their High-Speed Analytical Appliance (HANA) environment. Instead of using an all-in-one appliance with the necessary components pre-configured, TDI enables customers to use certain components that are already in their data centers. Thus, TDI provides a more cost-effective and flexible option for IT organizations deploying SAP HANA. TDI differs from the initial appliance delivery model, a pre-configured hardware setup with pre-installed software packages implemented by a SAP HANA hardware partner. Instead of an appliance, TDI provides several options for the hardware components required to run a SAP HANA environment.

With Tailored Data-center Integration, customers can choose their preferred hardware vendors and infrastructure components from a menu of supported SAP HANA hardware. However, all compute server hardware must come from one SAP HANA partner because TDI does not support a mix of hardware from different vendors. Also, specific hardware is required for optimum performance. Only certified storage systems listed in the official SAP HANA Hardware Directory may be used in TDI deployments. The maximum number of worker nodes for SAP HANA scale-out solutions is limited to 16 hosts in TDI environments. Installation of the SAP HANA software must be done by SAP HANA-certified administrators. Before going productive with a SAP HANA system deployed on a SAP HANA TDI infrastructure, SAP recommends conducting a HANA Go-Live Check as offered by SAP Digital Business Services.

Tailored Data-center Integration helps enterprises right-size their infrastructures to meet their business needs, protecting their current investments in data center infrastructure, tools and operational processes. TDI can also help organizations standardize IT, achieving lower TCO (total cost of ownership) in the process. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications includes simplified, automated SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA installation and management, including TDI deployments.