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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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7 Social Media Tips, Tricks and Stories from Silicon Valley Practitioners

June 30, 2011 at 6:00 am PST

According to Mashable, today is Social Media Day. Whether or not you think that social media should have its own day (#smday), a group of us, Silicon Valley practitioners thought we’d have some fun today anyway…social media style. We created 2 videos to celebrate the lessons we have learned over the years and remind ourselves of the effects social media has had on our lives….so far. I say “so far” because there’s more to come. If you’re new to social media, we hope you’ll walk away with some good conversation starters. If you’ve been doing this for a while, we hope to put a smile on your face – maybe because you recognize your own advice or maybe because you have a similar story.

Watch this video for some great social tips from Read More »

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FlexPod: More Flexible Than Ever, and Gaining Customers

What’s a FlexPod—is it a highly flexible case for your favorite MP3 player? A cool new modern chair? No, FlexPod is a design architecture combining networking, computing and storage infrastructure that’s now available through 120 channel partners worldwide!

Yes, that’s right—since its launch in November of last year, FlexPod has seen tremendous growth in the marketplace, with 120 partners worldwide now offering this flexible, scalable shared infrastructure that helps customers lower deployment risk, increase data center efficiencies, and create a flexible IT environment to build a private cloud. FlexPod, which is built on the Cisco UCS server platform, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp unified storage, has also been adopted by more than 150 customers.

Furthermore, to make it even easier to purchase and deploy a FlexPod, Avnet Technology Solutions today announced it is pre-bundling the FlexPod, based on the Cisco and NetApp reference design architecture guides, for our resellers partners in the U.S. and Canada. Avnet will now provide a single source through its newly introduced FlexPod Services, offering partners all the products, assembly, testing, technical expertise, and support they need to successfully bring FlexPod to market.

Do your customers use SAP applications? Then you’ll also be interested in the last piece of today’s FlexPod news.

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Does Cisco’s Unified Computing System server platform support Enterprise Business Applications? Where do I go to find out?

You run your business on SAP.  You have standardized on Oracle for your  database, and you have Microsoft apps all over your company.  All three are critical if you want to maintain your competitive edge in the market.  You are doing a server refresh right now and Cisco’s Unified Computing System server platform keeps surfacing as a server platform that you should seriously consider in your decision.  You would like to know as much about Cisco’s server platform as possible.  So where do you go to find out about it?

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Is SAP HANA In-Memory Technology Disruptive?

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?

  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • Fujitsu
  • HP
  • IBM

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.

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