I ran into a great quote in an article I read recently: “Here’s the thing; your customers don’t care about SoE’s [systems of engagement], SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. They do, however, care—sometimes passionately—about getting the information, the product, the service etc., that they want/need—right now!” For me, that quote encompasses the state of business today, where—maybe more than ever—business is about “what’s in it for me,” with “me” being the customer. It also reminds me that what I do at Intel by working with other technology companies helps businesses succeed with digital transformation.
Intel’s work with SAP is one example of how collaboration can help businesses succeed. Data and the right development capabilities are the key drivers of the ability to deliver the right information, products, or services right now by developing them sooner and better than anyone else. Businesses can’t deliver what their customers want if they don’t know what customers have already bought or done or what customers are thinking and if they can’t quickly turn those insights into the right products or services.
The Next Generations of Success
Enter Intel, SAP, and our next-generation solutions: one from SAP in SAP HANA* 2, and the other from Intel in the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800 v4 product family. These two powerhouses together can drive digital transformation for businesses with access to digital insights and the ability to more easily develop applications that use those insights. They’re also built on technologies that have been co-innovated and co-engineered by Intel and SAP for more than a decade.
SAP HANA 2 is an evolutionary update to SAP HANA. It’s made to optimize business innovation by letting businesses spend less time maintaining infrastructure and more time effectively innovating, competing, and growing. And SAP HANA 2, like SAP HANA before it, benefits from the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v4 product family’s large memory capacity and high uptime. This fact helps businesses reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), enables accelerated application development, and lets businesses develop and deliver applications that take advantage of types of data not tapped before, such as those that drive machine learning.
The Next-Generation Platform for Digital Transformation: SAP HANA 2
SAP HANA 2 provides a solid foundation on which businesses can manage their critical data. It simplifies database and data management and empowers agile application development. Its analytical processing capabilities further empower businesses to build and deliver insight-driven applications and compete more effectively.
At a high level, SAP HANA 2:
- Equips developers with tools that empower them to build next-generation applications
- Helps ensure that business decision makers can take advantage of the latest real-time, in-memory analytical intelligence to uncover deeper insights
- Simplifies the IT infrastructure, so technical staff can focus on innovating and on harnessing new technologies—including machine learning—and less on maintaining existing operations
The Latest Generation Data-Center Processor: the Intel Xeon Processor E7 v4 Family
All that SAP HANA 2 goodness requires powerful processors that can keep up with the solution. SAP HANA 2 gets that support from the Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 product family. The Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v4 product family has the largest memory footprint of any Intel processor. That footprint provides businesses with the fastest path to a high-performing, analytics-ready data center—and maximum performance for in-memory processes. With access to up to 24 TB of memory per 8-socket system, and scale-up systems with up to 32 sockets from select server vendors, these processors reduce the number of systems needed in the data center, which helps minimize TCO and boosts a business’s ability to innovate.
With an SAP HANA 2 environment powered by the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v4 product family, businesses can benefit from:
- Up to 33 percent more cores, threads, and last-level cache than the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family and that support complex, high-volume transactions and queries
- More memory support for online transaction processing (OLTP): Up to 33 percent more memory support for OLTP per processor than the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family, which helps reduce TCO
- 2x more analytics performance per processor than the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family
And performance results seen with SAP HANA SPS 12 running on the Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 product family are expected to hold or improve even further for SAP HANA 2 running on these processors, including:
- 41x better generational performance when SAP HANA SPS 12 is run on the Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 family compared to the Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family
- Up to 6.3x more transactions per minute with SAP HANA SPS 12 on the Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 family with Intel Transactional Synchronization Extensions (Intel TSX) enabled
But Wait, There's More
This is just a quick look at what SAP HANA 2 and the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v4 product family offer. To find out more, see our recent joint Intel and SAP solution brief, “Innovation Is Yours for the Taking.”
You might also enjoy:
- My previous post: “Develop SAP HANA Apps on an Intel NUC Mini-PC”
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 Kristian (Kris) Thyregod. “Digital Transformation, Sure. Customer Experience, Critical. Visibility, Oops!” November 2016. linkedin.com/pulse/digital-transformation-sure-customer-experience-oops-thyregod?trk=hp-feed-article-title-likehttps://www.linkedin.com/pulse/digital-transformation-sure-customer-experience-oops-thyregod?trk=hp-feed-article-title-like.
 Scale-up systems are built using third-party node controllers.
 33-percent gain based on memory support of up to 8 TB on systems powered by the Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 family compared to 6 TB on systems powered by the Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family. For more information: SAP “Find Certified Appliances.” June 2016. https://global.sap.com/community/ebook/2014-09-02-hana-hardware/enEN/appliances.html.
 Up to 2x faster ad-hoc queries’ claim based on TPC-H @ 3,000 GB scale factor comparing HPE ProLiant DL580 Gen9 with Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4 (4 processors, 96 cores, 192 threads) with Actian Vencxro 5.0 database scoring 2,140,307 QphH @ 3,000 GB, $0.38/QphH @ 3,000 GB available7/31/2016 (source: tpc.org/3323) vs. Cisco UCS C460 M4 Server with Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v3 (4 processors, 72 cores, 144 threads) with Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition scoring 1,071,018 QphH @ 3,000 GB, $0.60/QphH @ 3,000 GB available 6/1/2016 (source: tpc.org/3322).
 Intel. “Turn Real-Time Analytics into Real Business Advantage: Leadership Performance.” June 2016.
intel.com/content/www/us/en/benchmarks/server/xeon-e7-v4/xeon-e7-v4-world-record.html. For more information, go to intel.com/performance/datacenter and http://global.sap.com/campaigns/benchmark/appbm_bwaml.epx.
Configurations: submitted/published results as of 6 June 2016: 4-socket Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4 family: Dell PowerEdge R930 with four Intel Xeon processors
E7-8890 v4, 2.20 GHz (96 cores, 192 threads), 1.5 TB memory, running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, SAP NetWeaver 7.50, SAP Business Warehouse Advanced Mixed Load (BW-AML), SAP HANA 1.0. Source: SAP certification number 2016025, http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark. Score: 29,557 advanced query navigation steps/hour; 2 billion records. 4-socket Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v3 family: Dell PowerEdge R930 with four Intel Xeon processors E7-8890 v3, 2.50 GHz (72 cores, 144 threads), 1.5 TB memory, running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, SAP NetWeaver 7.50, SAP BW-AML, SAP HANA 1.0. Source: SAP certification number 2016019, http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark. Score: 23,690 advanced query navigation steps/hour; 2 billion records. For more information, go to intel.com/performance/datacenter.
 Up to 6.3x performance improvement for transactional workloads with new Intel Transactional Synchronization Extensions (Intel TSX) claim based on SAP OLTP internal insert and select tests measuring transactions per minute (TPM) on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3.
“6.3x more TPM” claim: Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit intel.com/performance/datacenter.
Upgrading to SAP HANA SPS 09 from SAP HANA SPS 08: scaling improved by enhancing locking with additional compute threads enabling 1.8x more transactions. Upgrading to the Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family from the Intel Xeon processor v2 family: the additional threads and cache, plus the improved microarchitecture, delivered up to 50 percent more performance for a cumulative gain of 2.7x. Adding Intel TSX programming on the Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family delivered up to 6x additional TPM. Upgrading to SAP HANA SPS 12 on the Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 yielded a total performance improvement of up to 6.3x more TPM, increasing business capacity within the same footprint.
- Up to 1.8x more TPM: 4S Intel Xeon processor E7-4890 v2, 512 GB memory, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3, SAP HANA SPS 09, scoring 26,139 TPM; Intel TSX not supported
- Up to 2.7x more TPM: 4S Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v3, 512 GB memory, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3, SAP HANA SPS 9, scoring 39,330 TPM; Intel TSX disabled
- Up to 6x more TPM: 4S Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v3, 512 GB memory, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3, SAP HANA SPS 09, scoring 89,619 TPM; Intel TSX enabled
- Up to 6.3x more TPM: 4S Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4, 512 GB memory, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3, SAP HANA SPS 12, scoring 89,558 TPM; Intel TSX enabled