With the release of HANA SPS 09, SAP continues to innovate
- October 8, 2015
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Technology
With the release of SPS 09, SAP HANA is cementing itself as the in-memory benchmark for other database vendors to compare themselves against.
Although customers are still trying to understand exactly how SAP HANA can help their company, SAP continues to…deliver innovations to HANA at a steady pace. Such innovations ensure that the product has the expected features and meets the needs of the evolving big data community. SAP recently released HANA SPS 09, and some new features are worth noting.
As part of SAP’s goal to ensure that customers are given as much flexibility as possible, SPS 09 introduces multi-tenancy. CIOs want their HANA appliance investments to handle more than one ERP or business information warehouse, or BW, system, and multi-tenancy gives them the ability to share infrastructure and resources across multiple systems, as well as reduce operational overhead by allowing administrators to handle backup, disaster recovery and patching at a higher level. This innovation alone, as well as the total cost of ownership benefits, should encourage customers to consider SPS 09 when they make purchasing, upgrade or evaluation decisions.
As Hadoop continues to make an impact in enterprises globally, SAP realizes a need exists for data federation, simplified access and a consolidated front end for the new wave of self-service business intelligence, or BI, tools. Hadoop is challenged by compatibility and integration of legacy systems, and SAP is providing customers with an alternative option for developing, managing and invoking Hadoop functionality through the familiar interface of SAP HANA smart data access, or SDA, and the new Hadoop integration features. This new functionality provides the ability to execute ad hoc querying and processing of unstructured data, and allows direct access to the Hadoop distributed file system, or HDFS, without the need for a package, mapper or reducer specification.
The features noted above cater to companies embracing Hadoop, but SAP has its own alternative feature, called dynamic tiering, for companies that want to keep their big data under the SAP umbrella. Dynamic tiering enables customers to manage data costs more effectively by defining different data assets as either “hot” or “warm” (see Figure 1). With dynamic tiering, HANA can now store warm data on conventional, lower-cost spinning disks. Only the hot data needed for speedy analysis remains in memory.
To ensure that big data can get into HANA quickly, SAP is introducing the acquisition of Sybase and its innovative technologies through a feature called smart data streaming. This feature will allow HANA to capture streaming data continuously from devices and applications. Smart data streaming not only enables the capture of the data at a rate of up to a million events per second, but also enables the user to act on it as soon as it arrives. This can provide alerting, notifications and responses to changing business conditions. Smart data streaming also provides a solid foundation for the innovative and effective use of operational dashboards within the enterprise.
Another major improvement included with SPS 09 is one to the predictive analysis library. This impressive HANA feature now includes eight additional algorithms and multiple enhancements to the existing ones. Data scientists and developers will be anticipating the service pack because it has an enhanced modeling and programming editor in HANA Studio.