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.
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.
Five fiscal years ago, only 3 individuals remained as months of interviews and screen tests concluded. None of us really knew what we were in for but it sounded interesting for sure. I had been in the sales field originally hired as an account manager, survived the job cuts of 2000 by re-casting myself as a security expert and became the first Security PSS of the South. I thought I was applying for a role in Cisco’s Speakers Bureau.
In August of 2006, Felicia Ferranti reached to introduce herself as the subject matter expert for our Unified Communications show. Felicia had been killing it as a sales rep in Los Angeles and she fit the profile for what TechWiseTV was chartered with: To scale the best messaging on the broadest reach platform.
Our trio was rounded out by a non-Cisco engineer we had not met right away. We were already hearing rumbling of his expertise as you could tell even in the final interview rounds if someone had already talked to him…the questions got a lot harder. We stole Jimmy Ray from HP where he was very well known as the engineer you wanted on your deals – did not matter what the tool or the technology was. He was (and is) the smartest, humblest, passionate SE you could find.
It was an incredibly confusing, tiring start to what is now, still tiring, but much more definable and certainly rewarding. Many people played a part in the early years and remain rooted as lynch pins in our history.
So VMworld Las Vegas is now in the rear-view mirror, and VMworld Copenhagen looms in the distance. Were you there? Did you get a chance to check out our VXI demo? If your calendar was packed, but missed the VXI breakout session on Monday, I’d encourage you to check out the online replay of #SPO3989 (Cisco VXI: Optimized Infrastructure for Scaling View Desktops) once it’s available. We also had some important announcements speaking to our joint innovation with VMware, captured here. Read More »
It’s time for another installment in the Daily Blogger Techminute from VMworld 2011 in Vegas. This edition we will focus on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and we will hear from a couple of UCS stars. Read More »