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.