SAP NEWSBYTE — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a new rapid-deployment solution that enables transparent access to historical data for reporting and query capabilities. The SAP NetWeaver® BW Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment solution enables seamless data transfer between the business warehouse (BW) and the near-line storage that holds important historical data, which helps limit a business’ costs and concerns around housing volumes of Big Data while also creating an online and accelerated retrieval system with the near-line storage.
As the world’s data continues to more than double each year**, the issue of Big Data storage access and analysis looms as companies weigh what information needs to be accessible in real time and what can be stored for historical analysis. The SAP NetWeaver BW Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment solution can help customers reduce maintenance efforts and system downtimes through a leaner business warehouse where historical data resides in near-line storage readily accessible when needed. Businesses would originally have to wait to report on historical data via the business warehouse, but with the data in near-line storage that historical data is quickly at hand.
Consulting services from SAP or partners help customers design and implement a sound data archiving strategy that meets their current and future business requirements, helping them to derive maximum benefit from their investment and facilitating both strategy and technology implementation. In the deployed solution, historical data can be easily and automatically moved from the main business warehouse datastore to the storage in SAP® Sybase® IQ software and is readily available for analytics and reporting. This helps address the issue of an over-extended business warehouse while enabling massive volumes of data outside of it to remain online and easily accessible. Additionally, as the cost of storing Big Data continues to rise, the rapid-deployment solution can help a company reduce business warehouse costs by handling ballooning data growth with this near-line storage solution.
Rapid deployment of SAP NetWeaver BW near-line storage includes best-practices content and implementation methods and services with a fixed scope, which allows customers to be up and running in as little as 12 weeks. The deployed solution runs with SAP NetWeaver BW powered by the SAP HANA® platform The near-line storage solution helps reduce the total cost of ownership for SAP HANA for SAP NetWeaver BW when businesses use it to optimize data storage strategies and keep only current requirements for online data stored on SAP HANA while moving historical data to near-line storage where it remains safe and secure with SAP Sybase IQ.
“With the unprecedented growth and sheer volume of data companies receive today, executives must decide where to house it all in order to keep costs down while keeping it close for reporting purposes,” said Dr. Bernd Welz, executive vice president and global head, Solution & Knowledge Packaging, SAP. “By implementing the SAP NetWeaver BW Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment-solution, customers can experience faster online querying through a reduced amount of data in the business warehouse and its proximity to SAP Sybase IQ. Businesses can now work with archived data on an as-needed basis with the same agility they have come to expect with live data.”
To learn more, a book from Welz and a team of experts entitled “Rapid Deployment of SAP Solutions” is available from Galileo Press and offers details on how rapid-deployment solutions enable businesses innovations.
*IDC, State of the Universe by John Gantz and David Reinsel, June 2011 [PDF]
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