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SAP HANA Scale-Up or Scale-Out. That is the question

SAP HANA Scale Up or SAP HANA Scale Out.  That is the Question

Ever since SAP HANA in-memory computing was announced and started shipping as a rack-mount appliance, a market disruption began.  Customers have begun to realize the value of receiving instantaneous results to their data inquiries instead of having to wait for days to make critical business decisions.  Cisco Unified Computing System server platform made it easy as a self contained appliance for SAP HANA for customers to install and start utilizing this technology day one.

But there are changes in the wind.  Not only can you use SAP HANA as an appliance, but SAP has now announced that they will be installing SAP HANA in a scale-out model, meaning they will have the software available on blade technology.  Now we are talking.  This means that you will not be butting up against any memory challenges in the capacity of the servers.  Of course Cisco UCS already has extended memory capability.  This means that you will not bump up against CPU core challenges.  Since you can daisy chain servers together, you can use as much compute power as needed.  You can also add compute mid-stream in a little as 15 minutes with the Cisco UCS server profile tools.  Cisco UCS service profiles allow you to deploy servers in 15 minutes by allowing you to attach a server profile you already have set up directly to that blade, saving you the time and effort to configure each blade individually.

So what does this mean to the average customer?

1)   The customer can have as many servers (depending upon the configuration and certifications) as needed for the SAP HANA architecture

2)   The customer can make instantaneous decisions, thus beating the competition and getting their product into the hands of their customers in a more expedited way.

3)   The compute is still non-disruptive meaning that these processes are done outside of the normal day to day running of the business

So is there any reason not to embrace this technology?  No.  The winds have changed and that is the answer to the question

You can see this solution live by visiting the Cisco Booth 1000 at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas Sept 12-16 at the Venetian Hotel.

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The Winchester House and the Strategic Imperative for Architectural-led IT Evolution and Transformation – Part 1

September 7, 2011 at 3:01 am PST

What has the Winchester house in San Jose, California – a massive mansion, reputedly haunted (!), which has 65 doors to blank walls, 13 abandoned staircases, 24 skylights into floors, was 38 years in construction, and cost $71 million  -  got to do with your IT architecture, with how your network, data center and video architectural evolution should be considered?

The Winchester House - San Jose, California

If you’ve read my previous blogs, you’ll know that I’m focused on evolving our portfolio of data center, unified computing and cloud enablement services. Recently I’ve been working on evolving our approach to customer architectural workshops and services, where we help customers take an architectural-led approach to not only data center transformation, but also across their entire IT architecture. And the architectural challenges of the Winchester house reminded me of the point-product approaches that many of our competitors promote, that ultimately in most cases lead to long term IT architecture challenges for their customers.

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Conversations about Cloud – “What is Self-Service IT?”

Every once in a while (here, here), I have the same conversation enough times with customers that I find it useful to bring it to the blog community. Last week at VMworld 2011, I had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time speaking with customers and partners about Intelligent Automation and what it means for IT to deliver self-service capabilities to their customers (internal, contractors, etc.). During the conversations, a number of questions came up over and over again: Read More »

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Build Clouds, Be Awesome, Win Prizes!!

We know you’re interested in Cloud Computing because the “Data Center / Cloud” blog is one of the most popular here at Cisco.

We know you’re building efficient, scalable, automated Cloud Computing environments because we’ve seen the market-share growth in our Nexus and UCS product portfolios.

So why not bring together two things that you’re already passionate about for the opportunity for fame, fortune and a great opportunity to interact with more Data Center professionals looking to improve their skills, knowledge and ultimately their businesses? If you’re interested and have some unique ideass, go check out the “Conquering the Cloud” Challenge from the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA). The ODCA is a consortium of the largest companies in the world focused on building better Data Centers, so you know the competition is going to generate some exciting ideas.  Read More »

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VMworld 2011 – Soni Jiandani Sums Up Cisco Innovations

Before going on to an interview on SiliconAngle.tv and speaking at a Super Session on “How Cisco and VMware Collaborate to Build the Cloud”, Soni Jiandani gave me a couple of minutes to sum up the Cisco innovations announced and on display at VMworld 2011.

Some things Soni mentions:
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