Run SAP HANA in the Amazon Cloud

Vishal Sikka, executive board member, SAP (Photo: SAP AG)

On Tuesday, SAP unveiled several innovations on the SAP HANA platform, including the introduction of the SAP HANA One platform, a deployment of SAP HANA certified for production use on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud and immediately available on AWS Marketplace. SAP also announced one of the world’s largest in-memory database systems with the ability to process one petabyte (one million gigabytes) of raw uncompressed data.

Additionally, the company has embedded application server capabilities in SAP HANA for developers and launched the “SAP HANA Academy” to support self-learning. These steps are intended to enable real-time business operations and make it easier for businesses, independent software vendors (ISVs), and startups to build solutions on SAP HANA. The announcement was made by SAP executive board member and chief technology officer, Vishal Sikka, at SAP TechEd 2012 in Las Vegas

SAP HANA in the Cloud

SAP’s new deployment option for SAP HANA, called SAP HANA One, makes the HANA platform available for use on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. This offer supports memory capacities up to 60 GB of RAM per instance. The intention is to enable companies of any size to profit from the in-memory transactional and analytical data processing supported by SAP HANA. Developers can go directly to the online store, AWS Marketplace, to find and buy software that runs on the AWS Cloud, in order to provision and access SAP HANA.

Pricing for SAP HANA One on AWS is U.S.$0.99 per hour. At TechEd, AWS senior vice president, Andy Jassy, called HANA on AWS a “huge game changer.” See Useful Links for the press release.

World’s largest in-memory database

To demonstrate the extreme scalability of SAP HANA, SAP announced at TechEd that it has built one of the world’s largest in-memory clusters. The 100 node, 100 TB in-memory system can hold one petabyte of raw uncompressed data representing 1.2 trillion records. This size represents approximately 10 years of transactions for a large company with an average of 328 million transactions per day. Performance tests on this “big data” shows a response time of 0.43 to 0.50 seconds for ad-hoc sales and distribution queries and 1.2 to 3.1 seconds for more complex trending data.

Next page: Hundreds of startups on HANA

Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president (Photo: SAP AG)

In the past 18 months, SAP has gained over 600 SAP HANA customers. Eighteen of them belong to the so-called “10,000 club,” a reference to the factor of improvement in data processing speed witnessed by users. As Sikka explained in his keynote presentation, HANA customers typically benefit from a performance of up to two billion scans per second per core, as well as up to one million data record inserts per second. He calls this “the HANA effect.”

Hundreds of startups on HANA

Sikka also gave kudos to the “massive wave” of startups around the world that are now submitting use cases for HANA. Since SAP launched its startup focus program for entrepreneurs earlier this year, over 100 startups have already joined. These young companies are pursuing a variety of business cases, many of them outside the realm of traditional business scenarios. One company, said Sikka, is using HANA and astronomical data to visualize stars in outer space.

He also announced that SAP has opened up its HANA certification for hardware companies, so that more companies can perform the certification themselves. This, in addition to the seven hardware partners already certified to house HANA.

In closing his keynote, Sikka appealed to the attending technologists to adhere to three imperatives:

  • Apply existing technologies to reduce the complexity of their systems through improved design and user experience to “empower end users and amplify their reach.”
  • Ensure that the renewal of existing systems and the introduction of new systems occur without disruption.
  • Apply a real-time platform that helps developers build systems of the future that eliminate layers of complexity.

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