Persistent Memory Support in SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 03*: A Historic Software Update

SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 03* brings several new innovations to the SAP HANA platform for intelligent enterprises. These innovations include improvement to analytical intelligence, application development, and data and database management, which can all help enterprises get better insights faster from their data. Most exciting of all the innovations, however, is the ground-breaking support that SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 03 provides for Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory.

Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory: A Significant Step Forward

SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 03 is the first major database platform to support Intel Optane DC persistent memory. Intel Optane DC persistent memory is a huge step forward because it represents an entirely new means of holding data for demanding workloads like SAP HANA. A little like storage, it is persistent, so in-memory databases like SAP HANA 2 do not have to be entirely rebuilt in the event of downtime. But it runs with near-DRAM latency, which means it can work like memory, housing tables for in-memory database solutions like SAP HANA. In short, Intel Optane DC persistent memory combines the strengths of storage and memory but with additional benefits, such as lower down time and new, flexible options for tiering warm data.

Lower Downtime = Lower TCO

Intel Optane DC persistent memory lowers total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing downtime for in-memory databases. With Intel Optane DC persistent memory, you to keep the column tables in the SAP HANA 2 platform loaded even when power is off. You don’t have to reload those tables back into memory after planned or unplanned downtime, so startup time for SAP HANA 2 is greatly reduced.

This new option for holding in-memory database data can save you money in other ways, too. It will be available in a form factor called persistent memory modules (PMMs). PMMs are similar to dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs) but come in higher densities than conventional memory, so it will also cost less per gigabyte than conventional memory. This will help make in-memory databases like SAP HANA affordable for many more use cases. It will also open the way to more options for data tiering that are faster and more economical than current options.

Bold New Options for Data Tiering

These larger, more economical memory configurations that are made possible by Intel Optane DC persistent memory have the potential to radically reshape how you tier your data and set up caching for your SAP HANA deployment. First, bigger, less-expensive memory configurations make in-memory databases viable for more use cases; the cost of memory doesn’t have to hold you back from faster insights from your data. Second, combining Intel Optane DC persistent memory with Intel Optane DC Solid State Drives (SSDs) provides you with a new, flexible, memory-like tier. Your valuable data that was previously stranded in slow NAND storage can now reside in a larger warm-data tier, where it can supply insights.

Read the Solution Brief for More Details

The excitement around support for persistent memory shouldn’t eclipse all of the other great improvements in SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 03. Improvements to analytical intelligence, application development, and data and database management, will all help make enterprises more intelligent and transform how they get insights from their data. That said, persistent memory is a sea change for how organizations architect their databases (and use in-memory databases). This transformation is nothing short of revolutionary.

For more details on these upcoming changes, and a deeper discussion on what the combination of SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 03 and Intel Optane DC persistent memory will potentially mean for your organization, read the solution brief at: https://intel.ly/2kTwBs0.

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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++