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Leading the ‘in-memory’ computing revolution

HP & SAP welcome Oracle to the party


By Manoj Suvarna – Director, Product Management, HP Converged Systems for Big Data


In-memory computing is racing to the mainstream according to Gartner.


SAP HANA has been leading the charge as an in-memory computing platform since its introduction over two years ago.  SAP HANA speeds up analytic operations, providing extremely fast calculations against data that is held in-memory, delivering answers for better business insights and achieving up to 1500x performance improvements over traditional databases.


HP has been working closely in collaboration with SAP since its inception, in building the HP AppSystem for SAP HANA portfolio of solutions which support Analytics, Business Warehouse and SAP ECC environments. With over 500 installations globally of HP AppSystems for SAP HANA, HP is a leading provider of converged solutions targeted for the new era of in-memory computing.  


We’ve consistently introduced leading innovations over the last couple of years and defined the next generation solutions for HANA.


A great example of this is Project Kraken, a massive in-memory computing platform capable of scaling to 24TB using 16socket x86 architecture, which we showcased at SAP Sapphire NOW 2013.   Imagine your largest database instance of 96TB being able to fit into a single node scale-up environment (with in-memory compression).  It’s a beast of a system and demonstrates the extreme scalability that can be delivered with SAP HANA.


HP has also delivered industry standard mixed workload benchmarks delivering 1B records with 65K+ queries in less than 1 hour.  We’ve proven this works in the real world with use cases ranging from finance to supply chain with BPC, BW and ECC scenarios.


Together with 8000+ certified SAP professionals, HP is delivering leading edge solutions to the market today and we are now elevating HANA into the cloud with our recently introduced managed cloud offerings.


Last week at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Oracle announced a new SPARC M6-32 Enterprise Scale-up platform that supports their recently released Oracle 12c database.  Oracle is tying this new scale-up server with their introduction of a new, in-memory  option for 12c  (an option which is not available yet for customers) …  so it’s nice for Oracle to have got on board with the new revolution, even if they’re a couple of years late. 


Unfortunately, Oracle carries the burden of an aged product and just bolting in-memory technology onto an existing legacy system isn’t the most efficient or low cost way of delivering significantly increased database performance for customers. 


In fact, we believe a paradigm shift is occurring with new designs which will attract customers to move from traditional RDBMS environments to gain huge magnitudes of improvements in performance and simplified management, from new database designs and systems that are highly scalable and available.   The systems HP and SAP have been developing and delivering to market for the last two years with the HP AppSystems for SAP HANA portfolio do not have some of the complexities inherent in a legacy system, for example the need to double the data store to handle the dual row/column store hybrid format developed by Oracle to enhance their database solution.


Follow the link to find out more on HP AppSystems for SAP HANA, and as our strategic partner Dr. Vishal Sikka, CTO and Executive Board Member SAP says – Welcome to the Party!


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