At SAP SAPPHIRE, Presenting the Benefits of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory for SAP HANA

At Orlando, from May 7-9, SAP celebrated the 30th anniversary of its signature event, SAP SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG (Americas’ SAP Users’ Group). SAP SAPPHIRE is one of the technology industry’s largest customer conferences and trade shows, drawing over 30,000 attendees, with another 600,000 tuning in online to participate in training sessions, watch keynotes, and auger the future of enterprise computing. SAPPHIRE was also a great showcase for SAP and Intel to share the advantages of operating SAP HANA* with Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, which—according to this white paper by IDC—promises to “make [the] use of data more powerful, more cost effective, and more impactful” for enterprises.

Experience management was one of the primary themes of this year’s conference, with SAP CEO Bill McDermott stating that “experience is now the organizing principle of the global economy,” during the show’s kickoff keynote session.

Experiencing celebrities was certainly one of the organizing principles of this year’s SAP SAPPHIRE, as the event has become a prime venue for stargazing, with a bevy of actors and performers in attendance. Actress Sandra Bullock participated in a panel discussion, writer and actress Tina Fey made an appearance, and Lady Gaga entertained.

Hasso Plattner Keynote Points to Persistent Memory Benefits

However, my favorite experience at SAP SAPPHIRE was Hasso Plattner’s keynote on Wednesday, where he spoke about the real-life business benefits of operating SAP HANA with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory. Hasso is the cofounder of SAP and now chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board, and he proudly reminded listeners that SAP HANA was the first major database to be optimized for the full potential of Intel’s new memory technology—an example of the long history of co-engineering between SAP and Intel.

One of the perks of SAP HANA being the first database to support Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory is that SAP customers are among the first to realize the benefits of Intel’s persistent memory and to report the results. German chemical company Evonik Industries found their startup times improved 17x, which is a major advance for business continuity strategies.

Figure 1. According to Evonik SVP Thomas Meinel, “With SAP HANA and the new persistent memory technology, we experienced a 17x improvement in data loads at startup during our proof of concept test run.”

Hasso walked through a real-life scenario showing a two-socket SAP HANA configuration with 1.5 terabytes DRAM in the delta store and 6 terabytes Intel Optane DC persistent memory in the main store. This configuration provides 7.5 terabytes direct access memory, a 2.5x memory increase at 20 percent lower cost per terabyte (total system cost). In addition, because the memory is persistent, the system also delivers shorter system start times. Watch this SAP HANA Facebook Live Video where I provide an overview of Hasso’s keynote discussion of Intel Optane DC persistent memory.

For an overview of performance benefits of using Intel Optane DC persistent memory with the SAP HANA platform, download the solution brief Persistent Memory and SAP HANA* Database Performance.

More Intel Activities at SAP SAPPHIRE

Alper Ilkbahar, vice president of Data Center Memory for Intel IT, participated in a panel discussion with Dirk Basenach, SAP global head of HANA engineering, and revealed more real-world value for Intel Optane DC persistent memory. As part of a scale-up vs. scale out performance test match-up for SAP HANA 2 at Intel IT, the scale-out deployment with Intel Optane DC persistent memory and 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors delivered 2.4x better performance than the scale-up deployment using previous generation Xeon processors without Intel persistent memory.

In addition, the scale-out deployment with persistent memory offered 52 percent more memory capacity for approximately the same cost with a 140 percent increase in performance. For more information on this performance test, read this blog from Intel’s Chief Data Office Aziz Safa Performance Now, Capacity for the Future: Intel IT Tests SAP HANA* 2 or view the infographic Scale Up Memory for SAP HANA Performance.

To read Alper’s blog on the long history of fruitful co-innovation between SAP and Intel, go to Innovation Squared with Intel and SAP: Persistent Memory Technology and SAP HANA.

Getting the Intel Booth ready at SAP SAPPHIRE 2019.

We also delivered Tech Talks in the Intel booth featuring 24 industry partners, and Intel experts presented in partner booths, including AWS, Cisco, Dell, HPE, Lenovo, Red Hat, SUSE & VMware, to promote our joint solutions.

Tim Allen presenting at SAP SAPPHIRE 2019.

Intel and SAP are driving a revolution in enterprise computing by co-engineering a new and powerful computing platform that takes advantages of the latest innovations in compute and memory to support faster-than-ever-before analytics, cloud services, and next-generation communication services. Visit and to learn more about these solutions.

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Tim Allen

About Tim Allen

Tim is a strategic relationship manager for Intel driving enablement for enterprise software companies related to the cloud, big data, analytics, AEC, commercial VR, datacenter, and IoT. Tim has 20+ years of industry experience including work as a systems analyst, developer, system administrator, enterprise systems trainer, product marketing engineer, and marketing program manager. Prior to Intel Tim worked at IBM, Tektronix, Intersolv, Sequent and Con-Way Logistics. Tim holds a BSEE in computer engineering from BYU and an MBA in finance from the University of Portland. Specialties include - PMP, MCSE, CNA, HP-UX, AIX, Shell, Perl, C++