The second day at SAPPHIRE 2012 has been as intense as the first day – After interviewing one of the first UCS customer (Monsanto) about the deployment of SAP applications , I did a round of videos with EMC, NetApp and Cisco executives to measure our presence in this market and our collaboration with key players. Stay tuned for the videos on integrated stacks (Vblock with EMC, Flexpod with NetApp) .
I met Cisco VP Marketing, Data Center and Cloud , Giuliano Di Vitantonio, who shared why Cisco is at Sapphire 2012 , and what specifically Cisco and SAP are working on together – Legitimate questions from some of our visitors, as Cisco has a great image as a network provider, but is still building the recognition as a server and software powerhouse. Take the time to watch this short video to appreciate the breadth of the collaboration and understand why SAP is so interested in deepening this partnership.
Talking about experts . If you are in Orlando today don’t forget
-To attend at 12:00 pm the speaking session from Michael Missbach , our head of the SAP Competence Center
SAP HANA Appliance Software and High Availability: That Is the Question
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Abstract: This session offers real world experiences with HANA implementation and first hand results for HANA scale-out solutions on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intelligent Intel® Xeon® Processors server platform and why this solution offers a competitive advantage to your business. Learn what customers are really asking for in regard to HANA and why it is important to provide the right solution to lower TCO.
Other sessions of a great interest
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco Intelligent Automation, data center, EMC, Giuliano Di Vitantonio, HANA, netapp, SAP, VCE
A few years ago Cisco and SAP would never have been said in the same sentence. But today is a different day. As Sapphire 2012 approaches, Cisco has become synonymous as an ideal platform for business critical applications, SAP being one of those applications. The Cisco Unified Computing System is certified for all SAP solutions, include Extra Small, Small, Medium, and the newly certified Large Scale-Out HANA solution that will be featured at Sapphire in Orlando next week. It does not matter whether you want to run ERP on UCS, or SAP on VCE Vblock, or SAP on Flexpod, or a Cisco Bridge to SAP HANA appliance, UCS had a configuration and a certification to meet your needs, and can lower the cost of ownership and capital expense associated with a large scale deployment of SAP.
As SAP has moved into the market disruptive in-memory architecture with its HANA solution, Cisco UCS has moved with them. As HANA evolves into the next IT generation, Cisco will be a solid partner with them in that journey.
Cisco will be an Onyx sponsor at Sapphire in booth 1185, in Orlando from May 14-16. Come by and view the SAP solutions available on UCS. Look forward to seeing you there. Here are the details of what we will showcase . Stop by as we will have also a series of theater presentations and don’t miss our speaking sessions
Also as you are certainly interested in innovation and technology in a small footprint , we have a big surprise for you on the booth . Check out! More ..in my next blog Monday morning
Tags: Cisco, data center, ERP, HANA, SAP, Sapphire
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Medtronic to Join Cisco-SAP HANA Panel @ TechEd Las Vegas
At next week’s TechEd in Las Vegas, SAP HANA hardware partner Cisco will be presenting a customer session featuring Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, discussing their recent SAP HANA deployment. As one of the first customers to install SAP HANA on a Cisco Unified Computing System Server Platform (UCS), Medtronic will join Cisco and SAP in a lively discussion to explain how SAP HANA will allow them to stay ahead of their competition through innovation.
Ben Eiref and Ulrich Kleidon from Cisco, Alan Westfall from Medtronic and Greg Monaco from SAP all will discuss the deployment in depth to show how SAP HANA installed on Cisco UCS will help Medtronic to better analyze their business operations, lower their TCO and speed time to market.
Date/time/location: Wednesday, September 14 from 10:30-11:30a, Bellini 2001A in the Venetian Congress Center
Tags: Cisco, HANA, SAP, Scale-Out, Scale-Up, UCS, unified computing system
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.
Tags: Cisco, data center, HANA, SAP, Scale-Out, Scale-Up, UCS, unified computing system
What is “in-memory”? “In memory” is a technology that takes Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence to a different level. CIO’s want information at their fingertips. In order to obtain that information, they engage in data modeling and “what if” scenarios, the answers of which give them a competitive edge in business. The biggest concern to-date, is that the data modeling and “what if” scenarios usually take days to process. SAP HANA in-memory technology allows CIO’s to obtain answers to these complex issues in microseconds instead of the typical wait of days.
Who are the only server platform vendors certified to sell SAP HANA?
What are the benefits to users of SAP HANA?
- Processes all transactions in memory instead of I/O to disk
- Processes millions of lines of data in microseconds
- All processing done outside of normal data processing
- Reduction of hardware and maintenance costs since SAP HANA is self contained in one appliance
So is SAP HANA “in Memory” technology disruptive? Absolutely. Watch Rajiv Thomas’s Video Cisco and SAP HANA about HANA
and judge for yourself and visit the Cisco booth number 2106 at SAP Sapphire 2011 to see a demo of HANA in the booth.
Tags: Cisco, data center, HANA, memory, SAP, SAP_HANA, server, UCS, unified computing system, virtualization