SAP HANA runs on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and is a core component of SAP’s overall application delivery approach. It’s an approach that the big server vendors want to enhance with their own respective hardware offerings.
Ben Eiref, senior manager, marketing and product management at Cisco, told InternetNews he sees HANA typically used for analytics workloads as well as CRM and ERP.
“If you think about a typical SAP data center, there are dozens if not hundreds of servers all running SAP applications,” Eiref said. “With HANA, we now have the ability to compress that down.”
The database is running in the same system that houses the application, which means latency can be improved to deliver near real-time analytics capabilities, Eiref explained. “With HANA you can take the database tier, the infrastructure and the applications and combine them in a fairly tight package, so it’s easier to consume for customers.”
For Cisco, that package is delivered on the company’s UCS rack mount and blade server platforms. Cisco’s UCS HANA solution can handle up to 8 TB of data with the largest b-series UCS offering.