When we designed Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), we listened to our customers. They asked us to create an open architecture. They wanted us to help create joint solutions with a broad ecosystem of partners (and yes, some competitors).
Today, ACI has over 46 partners at varying stages of integration, covering areas of storage, compute, security, cloud automation and more.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in the SAP TechEd keynote with Steve Lucas. We announced an integrated solution between Cisco, SAP and Vnomic – an SAP startup: a complete policy-driven automation of SAP’s next generation Big Data and Analytics solution.
Why is this such a big deal? Fundamental shifts toward Web 2.0 applications, Big Data, Cloud and IOT are unleashing new data, engagement and insights across many industries. In order to get faster business decisions from this vast amount of data, enterprises need to drive agility, security and governance across their IT environments.
Project Benjamin is a policy driven reference architecture and solutions center. Benjamin automates HANA Vora and SAP applications on a jointly certified Petabyte-scale HANA cluster.
Our goal was to make SAP Big Data solutions incredibly simple to deploy, secure, govern and audit. And it is. This innovation enables large SAP landscapes for BW on HANA, S4/HANA and HANA Vora to be deployed in hours and governed continuously.
What we didn’t get a chance to highlight yesterday are the results of our co-innovation. With this ACI integration, we deliver a joint solution today at Petabyte scale – analytics running in real-time. We bring deployment time down from months to days and hours. And we are driving a high level of automation to the digital enterprise.
With Benjamin, customers can test their data environment on jointly certified and supported ACI and UCS Integrated Infrastructure for on-premise and or cloud deployments.
Application policy at the heart
The network is the best place to put policy because it touches everything. It never lies. And ACI is the magic that seamlessly integrates all the way to the application layer.
Application policy runs through the heart of Project Benjamin. SAP application landscapes today contain a variety of compliance and user policies. Together, Cisco ACI and Vnomic automatically capture and implement these policies throughout a customer’s infrastructure, including defining the network topology, connecting compute and storage endpoints, configuring L4-7 services and delivering dynamic enforcement as policies change. Read More »
Tags: #CiscoACI, #DigitalTransformation, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Cisco SDN, Petabyte, SAP, SAP. HANA, SDN, vnomic
Cisco, SAP and the Big-Data Revolution
SAP just announced the release of SAP HANA Vora. SAP HANA Vora is an in-memory query engine that plugs into the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop.
Cisco, provider of UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data, is working with SAP to achieve the following:
- Process Big Data simply and cost-effectively for real-time business applications and analytics
- Provide enterprise-class drill-down insight into raw data
- Blend incoming data from customers, partners, and smart devices
- Combine business data with external data sources to make better decisions through greater context
SAP HANA Vora running on Cisco UCS consists of the following
- In-memory query engine running on Spark execution framework on the Cisco UCS platform
- Compiled queries for accelerated processing across Hadoop nodes on the Cisco UCS platform
- Enhanced Spark SQL semantic with hierarchies for analytical processing
- Enhanced adaptor for Spark and the SAP HANA database for faster query interactivity
- Unified administration across Hadoop distributions and SAP HANA
What does this mean for customers who plan to run SAP HANA Vora on the Cisco UCS platform?
- Enable more precise decisions through greater contextual awareness
- Democratize access for data scientists to facilitate new discoveries
- Simplify Big Data ownership through unified administration across multiple tiers
Structured and unstructured data, all part of the Internet of Things, is created each day at an accelerated rate and those companies that are able to take advantage of that data in a business environment, will outpace their competitors in the business world and provide those products in a manner that will be tailored to their customers’ demands.
In utilizing SAP HANA Vora on the Cisco UCS platform, not only will the customer demands be met, but it will be delivered via ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) in an automated, cost-effective, policy-driven way, which can lead to lowering the total cost of ownership of a data center, both from a hardware and software perspective, and decreasing the time an employee spends deploying and managing a critical data center.
Look for more information about SAP HANA Vora on the Cisco Web Site and plan to visit the Cisco booth at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas and Barcelona this Fall.
Tags: Big Data, Cisco UCS, Integrated infrastructure, SAP, SAP. HANA
Cisco is the first organization to publish a result for the new SAP Concurrent Benchmark
Cisco is the first organization to publish a result for the new SAP Concurrent Benchmark and have it certified by SAP on behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council. The benchmark allows vendors to demonstrate how well their SAP environments work side by side in a shared environment. Getting a new benchmark running and tuned can be difficult for some vendors, but because the Cisco Unified Computing SystemTM (Cisco UCS®) is a platform built for virtualization we were the first to demonstrate results—and we did it all using virtualization with Microsoft software: the operating system, the database management system, and the hypervisor.
Recently, the SAP Benchmark Council created a new category of concurrent benchmarks that allows benchmarking of multiple SAP dialog applications
running concurrently using shared resources—in our scenario, on a single server. The benchmark rules allow the use of any supported partitioning and isolation technologies, including hypervisors, hardware partitioning, and operating system containers. With a benchmark designed by SAP to measure the performance of these environments, we now can make objective comparisons between the same SAP applications running on bare metal or in concurrent environments with results certified by SAP.
Not only did Cisco publish the first- ever results on this new concurrent benchmark, but the results are remarkable. Comparison of the results with the results for the same software configuration running on a bare-metal server shows that the penalty for running in a virtualized environment was only 6.6 percent in terms of benchmark users, and only 6.7 percent in terms of SAP Application Performance Standard (SAPS) score.
With the Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, Cisco supports a total of 14,975 SAP SD users or a total SAPS score of 81,827. This result is excellent for virtualized environments and is further evidence that when you choose Cisco® servers and a complete Microsoft software stack, you have access to outstanding SAP performance.
Many organizations and SAP administrators prefer to run their landscapes on Microsoft software stacks. This first-ever SAP Concurrent Benchmark result shows just how easily you can incorporate virtualization software from Microsoft to add
more flexibility to SAP application deployments with little performance impact.
Now you can use our SAPS score certified by SAP on behalf of the
SAP Benchmark Council to estimate your capacity on Cisco UCS running Microsoft software and run all your SAP landscapes in a shared environment with higher utilization rates and with less infrastructure.
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Benchmarks, Cisco UCS, SAP, SAP Benchmarks, SAP. HANA, UCS
The New Year has arrived, and with it, SAP has added new solutions to their portfolio. The latest announcement is SAP’s Business Suite on HANA (S4HANA).
Over the past several years, SAP’s overall movement to create an in-memory platform has been strengthened by industry-leading and mission-critical solutions such as Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI), integrated infrastructure, big data, and Internet of Things. How much do you know about these solutions? Would you like to learn more?
Cisco has developed a series of educational webinars to provide a deep dive into each of these solution areas.
These webinars have been created to educate and provide you the opportunity to ask the hard questions about how these SAP and SAP HANA solutions will fit into your organization.
Register for the individual webinars to learn how you can maximize your company’s competitive edge.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Tags: CiscoUCS, SAP, SAP. HANA
Cisco Unified Computing System™ is unique among vendors with its comprehensive set of solutions for SAP and SAP HANA workloads—solutions that include servers with two to eight processors. Cisco Cisco UCS® C220 M4 Rack Server delivered 16,025 users and a SAPS score of 87,680: the best two-processor, two-tier result running Microsoft Windows 2012 Datacenter Edition.
Some of the key highlights of this result are:
- Best Two-Socket Server SAP SD Benchmark Result: The Cisco UCS C240 M4 running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 delivered the best two-tier SAP SD Benchmark result with SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012. The solution supported 16,025 SAP SD Benchmark users while maintaining a consistent application response time of less than one second
- Scale to meet demand: Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server configured with the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 family can support up to 16,025 concurrent SAP SD Benchmark users in a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 environment.
- Optimize application throughput: High-performance rack servers, blade servers, and network fabrics enable Cisco UCS to handle many SAP application tasks, with results showing that the system can process 1,753,670 order line items per hour or 5,261,000 dialog steps per hour.
- Cisco Consistently Improves Two-Processor, Two- Tier SAP SD Benchmark Performance: As illustrated in the graph below, these results show almost a 60 percent improvement over performance delivered by the last generation of Intel Xeon processor E5 product family CPUs.
The SAP SD Benchmark is designed to stress the computing infrastructure and determine whether a consistent response can be delivered as more users consume system resources. Cisco tested a Cisco UCS C240 M4 server equipped with two 2.30-GHz, 18-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2699 v3 CPUs, 256 GB of main memory, and a Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC) 1225. The server ran both the SAP software and the 64-bit Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition in a bare-metal configuration. Check out the Performance Brief and the detailed official benchmark disclosure report for additional information on the benchmark configuration.
Let’s see, what does this latest result mean for our customers?
- This result proves that Cisco UCS servers make an excellent foundation for any standards-based infrastructure solution.
- Cisco UCS dramatically reduces the number of physical components needed to support demanding SAP landscape applications, enabling IT departments to make effective use of limited space, power, and cooling resources.
- By deploying SAP on Cisco UCS, IT departments can support more users and accelerate response times. Many users can be supported—up to 16,025 in the benchmark configuration—with little hardware
- IT departments can choose from a broad range of Cisco UCS blade and rack server models to scale deployments further by using larger servers or by adding servers to create scale-out deployments with small footprints.
It is interesting to note that although all vendors have access to same Intel processors, only Cisco UCS unleashes their power to deliver high performance to applications through the power of unification. The unique, fabric-centric architecture of Cisco UCS integrates the Intel Xeon processors into a system with a better balance of resources that brings processor power to life. For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.
The statement of comparison is based on highest-performing system using two Intel Xeon processors and running SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition in a two-tier configuration. Results referenced are available from the SAP website at: http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/sd2tier.epx and are current as of December 1, 2014.
Tags: application performance, Application Scalability, Application throughput Optimization, Cisco UCS, Cisco UCS Performance, Cisco UCS Performance Leadership, SAP SD Benchmark, SAP. HANA