SGI UV for SAP HANA utilizes a unique scale-up, single-node architecture designed to deliver performance at unprecedented platform capacities. The simplicity of a single-node will allow enterprises to run applications free from the overhead of clustered appliances and reduce installation time - there are no cluster nodes, cluster network, or SAN to configure and administer. And there will not be a need for database partitioning or re-balancing I/O when increasing the size of the SGI appliance. Operational costs are reduced, high availability is streamlined, and capacity can be increased seamlessly with near-linear performance.
"Large enterprises demand performance, simplicity and reduced total cost of ownership to achieve business transformation with the SAP HANA platform", stated Jorge Titinger, president and CEO, SGI. "We are proud to bring our UV technology and in-memory computing expertise to enterprise environments providing an appliance designed to run simple and deliver the power of SAP HANA at extreme capacity. This certification marks SGI's commitment to deliver the operational simplicity of single-node architectures for greater scale to enable the competitive advantage that SAP HANA provides enterprise customers."
SGI UV for SAP HANA features the SGI UV 300H, a new offering in the SGI UV server line built for SAP HANA that couples seventh generation SGI technology and over 100 patents for in-memory computing with Intel Xeon E7 8890 v2 15-core processors. The appliance is certified by SAP at 4- or 8- sockets with up to 6TB of shared memory using 32GB DIMMS - capacity doubles using 64GB DIMMS - using ultrafast SGI NUMAlink 7 interconnects. SGI UV 300H architecture is designed to scale to 32 sockets and 24TB of shared memory as a single-node system. NetApp E2700 RAID arrays provide backup of data and log files in the event of power loss. The appliance arrives pre-configured with SAP HANA running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. It is deployed by SGI professional services and SAP offers licensing for SAP HANA and first-line support for the solution.
Life science and technology company Sigma-Aldrich Corporation selected SGI UV for SAP HANA to power its SAP HANA-based environment, enabling employees to better perform real-time analysis and pro-actively manage its 270,000 chemicals, biochemicals and other essential products for over 1.4 million scientists and technologists. Sigma-Aldrich will deploy 24 appliances of SGI UV for SAP HANA to support high availability and disaster recovery configurations spanning multiple data centres. In total, these solutions deliver 50-plus TB of in-memory compute power to run all SAP HANA-based enterprise applications. Seamless high availability and disaster recovery capabilities will help provide mission-critical data and workloads with an additional appliance.
"With operations in 37 countries and one of the leading life science e-commerce platforms in the industry, Sigma-Aldrich supports millions of researchers around the world in its quest to enhance the quality of life", stated Silji Abraham, vice president and chief information officer at Sigma-Aldrich. "Our goal is simply to transform into a true, real-time enterprise by leveraging the immense computing power of SAP HANA for all transaction and analytic systems. At the heart of this transformation is the desire to provide best-in-class products and solutions to our customers around the world to help them accelerate their research and find solutions."
Silji Abraham continued: "SGI has offered us a unique scale-up technology for SAP HANA beyond the normal limits. This allows us to realize our vision of transforming our entire enterprise to a 'real-time enterprise', without worrying about our ability to support the exponential growth of Big Data."
"We welcome the availability of the new SGI UV for SAP HANA to the market", stated Steve Lucas, president, Platform Solutions, SAP. "We look forward to working with SGI to further enable large enterprise customers to gain the real-time benefits of SAP HANA across the breadth and depth of their enterprises."
"SGI brings 20 years of expertise and industry leadership in large-scale, in-memory computing", stated Earl Joseph, program vice president at IDC. "Their scale-up, single-node architecture is a significant addition to the appliances SAP-certified for SAP HANA. It provides a solid growth path for large, performance-intensive deployments and can greatly enhance operational efficiency."
SGI also has become a member of the SAP Co-Innovation Lab, part of SAP's global network of labs. As a member of the lab, SGI will collaborate with SAP to develop and test innovative, new Big Data technologies and solutions with its 16-socket SGI UV. SGI and SAP, together with other partners such as SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2TM) and Intel, will be working to explore a number of relevant topics such as advanced analytics, including genome analysis and others.
SGI UV for SAP HANA with 4- or 8- sockets is now available for purchase from SGI and is ready for shipment. It is deployed by SGI professional services and SAP offers licensing for SAP HANA and first-line support for the solution.