SAP HANA Overview

SAP HANA is an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system designed to handle both high transaction rates and complex query processing on the same platform. SAP HANA converges database and application platform capabilities in-memory to transform transactions, analytics, text analysis, predictive and spatial processing so businesses can operate in real-time.

SAP HANA investments in architecture and technology, and in creating an ecosystem of applications, skills and third-party support, have encouraged rapid adoption worldwide. In high performance analytics, SAP HANA has been shown to deliver levels of performance that exceed by hundreds or thousands of times – those of conventional platforms for SAP Business Warehouse (BW).

At the end of second quarter 2014, according to SAP, more than 3,600 customers had licensed SAP HANA, including 1,200 that had deployed SAP Business Suite on this platform.

The X6 Solution for SAP HANA helps you make faster, more informed decisions, even with escalating data loads. The reason is that the solution is designed to maximize your system performance to provide a smarter, more efficient approach to resource management. This results in excellent SAP HANA application value.

X6 Cost of Ownership Advantage:

A study done by International Technology Group (ITG) on the cost/benefit of SAP HANA deployments found the Lenovo X6 servers to be the lowest cost solution for scale-out deployments.

For 4-, 8- and 12-node clusters built around 4-processor servers with 512 gigabyte (GB) RAM, costs for use of System x solution for SAP HANA average 20 percent less than for equivalent Cisco offerings.

For the same configurations built around 4-processor servers with 1 terabyte (TB) RAM, X6 average 26 percent less than for HP ConvergedSystem 500.

For 12- and 16-node clusters built around 8-processor servers, costs for use of System x solution for SAP HANA average 31 percent less than for use of HP ConvergedSystem 900.

Costs include hardware, maintenance, licenses and support for vendor-supplied software tools, and facilities costs including data center occupancy and power consumption. Costs of SAP software and implementation are not included.

ITG Executive Brief

ITG Management Report

The System x X6 enterprise servers are designed to provide faster performance and support for more memory. Using self-contained compute books SAP HANA on X6 is purpose-built to support large scale SAP HANA deployments by incorporating:

  • Up to 120 cores per server for maximum CPU performance.
  • Scalability up to 224 nodes
  • Proven expansion capacity to scale up to a 100 TB SAP HANA system

SAP HANA on X6 helps clients make faster, more informed decisions, even with escalating data loads. The reason is that the solution is designed to maximize your system performance to provide a smarter, more efficient approach to resource management. This results in excellent SAP HANA application value.

Running on fast and powerful new System x3850 X6 or x3950 X6 enterprise servers, SAP HANA software can play a critical role in providing the business insights you need from your SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BWA) and SAP Business Suite data.

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Randall Lundin manages the High End 4 and 8 socket server systems as part of the Lenovo Enterprise Product team. Follow Randall on Twitter at @RWLUNDIN or view Randall's LinkedIn profile.