Intel Xeon Processor E7 v3 Family Makes Grand Entrance at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW

The 2015 SAP SAPPHIRE NOW+ ASUG Annual Conference, held May 5-7 in Orlando, was a huge success for SAP. And with all due respect, it was a pretty great show for Intel, too.

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW is SAP’s major annual show and convention (and, apparently, the world’s largest business technology event) attracting some 25,000 attendees from around the world. It’s also a showcase for SAP’s major partners, and Intel chose the event to highlight some very exciting news.

During the week of SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, Intel announced the launch of the new Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 product family. These processors combine enormous memory capacity with breakthrough performance and reliability features to deliver the power of in-memory computing for real-time insights and faster decision-making.

To underscore the deep collaboration between Intel and SAP, Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, spoke in an executive video to explain how the latest version of SAP HANA*, SAP’s flagship in-memory database, can take advantage of new Intel® Transactional Synchronization Extensions (Intel® TSX). Diane’s video was shown in Chairman & Founder Hasso Plattner’s day 3 keynote in SAP CTO Quentin Clark’s presentation. Specifically, extensions (Intel TSX) in the Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 improve parallel processing in multi-threaded systems and greatly improve the performance of in-memory database processing.

With that kind of added transactional power—all backed by the latest Intel Xeon processor security features, power management and reliability advances—SAP HANA becomes a database platform for more than analytics.

With support from Intel TSX, SAP HANA delivers the speed of in-memory computing to transactional workloads by increasing the scalability of thread synchronization & reducing database lock occurrences in high-core-count systems. This adds another business reason to consolidate both analytical and transactional workloads onto a SAP HANA platform running on Intel Xeon processor E7 v3—in effect, placing a business’s entire data warehouse in-memory to reap huge gains in real-time business intelligence.

SAP has long been a leader in optimizing its software to take advantage of Intel’s latest processor technologies. The result is a powerful processor and platform alignment that reduces IT complexity and greatly maximizes performance. According to Diane, the latest SAP HANA platform on Intel Xeon processor E7 generates up to a 6x performance improvement over previous versions. Additionally, on a separate Lenovo test for 8 socket systems they demonstrated up to a 10x transaction performance advantage. This kind of performance gain can help bring a business’s best ideas to life.

Read this solution brief to learn how the new generation of Intel Xeon processor E7 running the SAP HANA platform turns real-time transactions and analytics into a real business advantage.

How does the latest Intel Xeon processor family look from an SAP point of view? Read this blog from SAP engineer Addi Brosig to learn how the newest generation of Intel Xeon processors E7 family delivers exceptional performance for SAP HANA platforms.

While at SAPPHIRE, I was interviewed‌ by Rick Speyer, Cisco’s global senior manager for big data and SAP. We discussed the long collaborative relationship between Intel and Cisco, and I had the chance to explain the value to the new Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 to Rick.

I also had the privilege of presenting with HP, Lenovo, Cisco and Hitachi, which are a few of the 12 OEMs that have over 400 certified SAP HANA appliances ready to scale on the Intel Xeon E7 processor family.

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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++