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The Best All-Flash Array for SAP HANA

These days the world operates in real-time all the time. Whether making airline reservations or getting the best deal from an online retailer, data is expected to be up to date with the best information at your fingertips. Businesses are expected to meet this requirement, whether they sell products or services. Having this real-time, actionable information can dictate whether a business survives or dies. In-memory databases have become popular in these environments. The world's 24X7 real-time demands cannot wait for legacy ERP and CRM application rewrites. Companies such as SAP devised ways to integrate disparate databases by building a single super-fast uber-database that could operate with legacy infrastructure while simultaneously creating a new environment where real-time analytics and applications can flourish. These capabilities enable businesses to succeed in the modern age, giving forward-thinking companies a real edge in innovation.

SAP HANA is an example of an application environment that uses in-memory database technology and allows the processing of massive amounts of real-time data in a short time. The in-memory computing engine allows HANA to process data stored in RAM as opposed to reading it from a disk. At the heart of SAP HANA is a database that operates on both OLAP and OLTP database workloads simultaneously. SAP HANA can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. Originally, on-premises HANA was available only as a dedicated appliance. Recently SAP has expanded support to best in class components through their SAP Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) program. In this solution profile, Taneja Group examined the storage requirements needed for HANA TDI environments and evaluated storage alternatives including the HPE 3PAR StoreServ All Flash. We will make a strong case as to why all-flash arrays like the HPE 3PAR version are a great fit for SAP HANA solutions.

Why discuss storage for an in-memory database? The reason is simple: RAM loses its mind when the power goes off. This volatility means that persistent shared storage is at the heart of the HANA architecture for scalability, disaster tolerance, and data protection. The performance attributes of your shared storage dictate how many nodes you can cluster into a SAP HANA environment which in turn affects your business outcomes. Greater scalability capability means more real-time information is processed. SAP HANA workload shared storage requirements are write intensive with low latency for small files and sequential throughput performance for large files. However, the overall storage capacity is not extreme which makes this workload an ideal fit for all-flash arrays that can meet performance requirements with the smallest quantity of SSDs. Typically you would need 10X the equivalent spinning media drives just to meet the performance requirements, which then leaves you with a massive amount of capacity that cannot be used for other purposes.

In this study, we examined five leading all-flash arrays including the HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 All Flash. We found that the unique architecture of the 3PAR array could meet HANA workload requirements with up to 73% fewer SSDs, 76% less power, and 60% less rack space than the alternative AFAs we evaluated. 

Publish date: 06/07/17
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Catalogic ECX supports more databases for DevOps

Catalogic adds support for SAP HANA and healthcare database programs to ECX. The company is focusing its ECX copy data management software for DevOps use cases.

  • Premiered: 04/19/17
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Catalogic TBA SAP HANA TBA SAP TBA ECX TBA copy data management TBA copy data TBA CDM TBA DevOps TBA Steve Ricketts TBA Microsoft SQL TBA SQL TBA Microsoft TBA Storage TBA VMWare TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Linux TBA IBM TBA Snapshot TBA replication TBA cloning TBA clone TBA Data protection TBA Microsoft NetApp TBA NetApp TBA EMC TBA Dell EMC TBA Pure Storage TBA Oracle TBA REST API
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Modernizing your SAP HANA environment with all flash storage

As businesses become increasingly dependent on SAP HANA for real-time decisions, the demands of the infrastructure continue to grow. A more efficient and modern infrastructure is required to meet the demands of these global always on real-time environments. Storage plays a crucial role in maintaining high service levels and guarding against costly downtime. The right storage for SAP HANA is all flash.
Join us as Jeff Kato, Senior Analyst and Consultant from Taneja Group describes why all flash is the best choice for HANA. Jeff will also provide a comparison of the leading all flash solutions in the market and illustrate where 3PAR All Flash leads the competition in critical storage efficiency metrics. Stephen Carpenter, Master Technologist from HPE’s Storage Business Unit, will share some key insights that distinguishes 3PAR StoreServ architecturally for HANA workloads. Additionally, Hasmig Samurkashian, Product Manager from the HPE Storage team will share actual customer deployment examples.

Presenters:
Jeff Kato, Senior Analyst & Consultant, Taneja Group
Stephen Carpenter, Master Technologist, Advanced Technology Center, HPE Storage 
Hasmig Samurkashian, WW Solutions Product Manager, HPE Storage

  • Premiered: 06/20/17
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Kato, Taneja Group; Stephen Carpenter, HPE Storage; Hasmig Samurkashian, HPE Storage
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): HPE Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SAP HANA Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): HANA Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): All Flash Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): all-flash Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SSD Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): 3PAR Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Jeff Kato
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Larger AWS EC2 instance types seek to conquer enterprise demands

AWS has churned out a host of new EC2 instance types over the past year, as it responds to a shift toward more production workloads on the platform.

  • Premiered: 06/08/17
  • Author: Ryan Newfell
  • Published: TechTarget: Search AWS
Topic(s): TBA Amazon Web Services TBA Amazon AWS TBA AWS TBA Amazon EC2 TBA Jeff Kato TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Compute TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Cloud TBA SAP HANA TBA SAP TBA HANA TBA Public Cloud TBA enterprise cloud TBA Private Cloud TBA Google TBA Microsoft TBA High Performance TBA HPC TBA High Performance Computing TBA VMWare TBA VMotion TBA Data Center
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The copy data management market is starting to go mainstream

Products from copy data management vendors protect and manage production data to lower storage costs, speed data access and streamline self-service access to data copies.

  • Premiered: 09/06/17
  • Author: Steve Ricketts
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA CDM TBA copy data management TBA Steve Ricketts TBA data backup TBA Data Management TBA Data protection TBA secondary data TBA compliance TBA visibility TBA Actifio TBA Catalogic TBA Dell EMC TBA IBM TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA multi cloud TBA data lifecycle management TBA DLM TBA DevOps TBA Data reduction TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Cohesity TBA Veritas TBA Data Domain TBA NetBackup TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Storage TBA Hitachi TBA CommVault
Profiles/Reports

Enterprises Realize Significant Value with Dell EMC Integrated DP for Converged Infrastructure

We talked to four organizations that have implemented Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for Converged Infrastructure. The term Converged Infrastructure (CI) refers to an IT solution that groups storage, memory, compute, and networking components into a single, optimized package. When organizations evaluated Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, a key priority was improving data backup and recovery. To lower their operational costs, they also recognized the importance of having CI that would enable turnkey data protection and reduce their implementation, maintenance, and support costs, as well as improve reliability.

Prior to implementing Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, organizations we interviewed said they had significant cost, risk, and delay with implementations and upgrades. Several factors contributed to these issues including extensive time spent testing and doing research, compatibility and integration issues, and dealing with multiple support organizations.

All the companies we talked to also wanted better data protection. Many companies were struggling with slow backup speeds, poor storage efficiency, insufficient recovery times, and high operational overhead. To address these problems, companies needed better backup performance, instant data recovery, simplified management, and policy driven automation for both backup and data recovery.

Companies also wanted better vendor support, and they shared a common goal of placing “one-call” for all questions and issues they might have with any aspect of the solution. Success criteria included fast, no-hassle resolution and eliminating finger pointing between software and hardware vendors. Also expressed during the interviews, was the desire to have a vendor that would proactively monitor their system and a team that would partner with them and proactively address their ongoing needs.

Dell EMC customers found that the key to addressing their needs is Dell EMC’s CI, Vblock and VxBlock Systems (now consolidated as one turnkey product called VxBlock System 1000). Dell EMC is a CI pioneer and with Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, Dell EMC has gone a step further and delivered enterprise-class data protection that is tightly integrated with VxBlock Systems. The result is all-in-one, high performance, highly reliable data protection that is integrated with VxBlock Systems during manufacturing, pre-tested, pre-validated, and fully supported by a single vendor.

It’s an amazing value proposition. There are no point products, therefore less complexity and no compatibility issues. Every company we talked to stated that Dell EMC has exceeded their expectations, and helped them at every phase of their journey from implementation to support.

Publish date: 09/28/18
Profiles/Reports

HPE and Micro Focus Data Protection for SAP HANA

These days the world operates in real-time all the time. Whether in making ticket purchases or getting the best deal from online retailers, data is expected to be up to date with the best information at your fingertips. Businesses are expected to meet this requirement, whether they sell products or services. Having this real-time, actionable information can dictate whether a business survives or dies. In-memory databases have become popular in these environments. The world's 24X7 real-time demands cannot wait for legacy ERP and CRM application rewrites. Companies such as SAP devised ways to integrate disparate databases by building a single, super-fast uber-database that could operate with legacy infrastructure while simultaneously creating a new environment where real-time analytics and applications can flourish.

SAP HANA is a growing and very popular example of an application environment that uses in-memory database technology and allows the processing of massive amounts of real-time data in a short time. The in-memory computing engine allows HANA to process data stored in RAM as opposed to reading it from a disk. At the heart of SAP HANA is a database that operates on both OLAP and OLTP database workloads simultaneously. To overcome the volatility of server DRAM, the HANA architecture requires persistent shared storage to enable greater scalability, disaster tolerance, and data protection.

SAP HANA is available on-premises as a dedicated appliance and/or via best-in-class components through the SAP Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) program. The TDI environment has become the more popular HANA option as it provides the flexibility to leverage legacy resources such as data protection infrastructure and enables a greater level of scalability that was lacking in the appliance approach. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has long been the leader in providing mission-critical infrastructure for SAP environments. SUSE has long been the leader in providing the mission-critical Linux operating system for SAP environments. Micro Focus has long been a strategic partner of HPE, and together they have leveraged unique hardware and software integrations that enable a complete end-to-end, robust data protection environment for SAP. One of the key value propositions of SAP HANA is its ability to integrate with legacy databases. Therefore, it makes the most sense to leverage a flexible data protection solution from Micro Focus and HPE to cover both legacy database environments and modern in-memory HANA environments.

In this solution brief, Taneja Group will explore the data protection requirements for HANA TDI environments. Then we’ll briefly examine what makes Micro Focus Data Protector combined with HPE storage an ideal solution for protecting mission-critical SAP environments.

Publish date: 08/31/18