Scaling Data Capacity for SAP HANA* with Fujitsu PRIMERGY

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Scaling Data Capacity for SAP HANA* with
Intel, SAP, and Fujitsu deliver a major leap
in scalability for real-time business
Table of Contents
Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
A Real-Time Platform
for Smarter, Faster Business. . . . . . 2
New Capability Drives
Higher Business Value . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Massive Data Capacity with
the Intel® Xeon® Processor
E7 v2 Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Faster and More Efficient
Data Access with Intel®
Solid-State Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Even Higher Reliability for
Mission-critical Implementations.4
Enterprise-Ready Solutions
from Fujitsu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Start Small and Scale Almost
without Limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Implement High Availability
for Mission-Critical Processes . . . .5
Simplify Management Across
Your SAP Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Fast Deployment with Reduced
Risk and Higher Value . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Comprehensive Service
and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Experience the Power
of SAP HANA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Test Drive SAP HANA in Your
Own Data Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Additional Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Executive Summary
In an ideal business environment, you
would be able to combine and analyze
all your data in microseconds and deliver
the results instantly to decision-makers
throughout your organization. SAP
HANA* provides that capability today,
and companies are using it to achieve
major competitive advantages across
a range of industries. Instant financial
closes, optimized customer engagements, personalized cancer treatments,
predictive field maintenance, real-time
supply chain optimization; these are just
a few of the ways companies are using
the SAP HANA platform to transform
their business.
Developed in collaboration with
Intel and powered by the Intel® Xeon®
processor E7 family and the Intel®
Solid-State Drive Data Center Family,
this unique in-memory platform is
helping businesses bring transactions
and analytics together on the same
platform to drive smarter innovation
and improved efficiency. Working
together, Intel, SAP and Fujitsu have
introduced powerful new enhancements to the SAP HANA platform, so
companies can integrate more data
at lower cost into their real-time
business environment.
Fujitsu offers two families of SAP HANA
solutions based on the new Intel® Xeon®
processor E7 v2 family:
• SAP HANA solutions based on Fujitsu
PRIMERGY* servers support up to
2 TB of in-memory data per server,
twice the data capacity of previousgeneration solutions.1 Select systems
can also be configured with the Intel®
Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Series
for the most demanding use cases.2
• SAP HANA solutions based on Fujitsu
PRIMEQUEST* servers support up
to 6 TB of in-memory data, and
provide even higher levels of reliability and availability for missioncritical environments.
With these improvements and with
end-to-end service and support from
Fujitsu, customers can implement SAP
HANA quickly and with confidence to
handle today’s most daunting information challenges.
This paper describes the latest
enhancements to the SAP HANA platform, and provides an overview to the
configurations, services, and support
offered by Fujitsu. It offers valuable
information for anyone looking for ways
to turn growing mountains of data into
one of their most valuable assets.
Scaling Data Capacity for SAP HANA* with Fujitsu PRIMERGY*/PRIMEQUEST* Servers
A Real-Time Platform for Smarter,
Faster Business
SAP HANA has quickly become the fastest growing product in SAP history,3 and
for good reason. This real-time business
platform shatters the barriers that have
long prevented businesses from using
all available data to drive better decision making in time-sensitive scenarios.
Companies can now host all their applications, both transactional and analytical, on top of a single, blazingly fast,
in-memory database that can readily
handle the data volumes and workloads
of a large enterprise (Figure 1).
SAP HANA is as flexible as it is scalable.
Customers can combine data from all
available sources in real time, including structured, unstructured, historical,
and fresh operational data. They can
perform complex analyses in seconds
and use the resulting insights to optimize critical processes, from front-line
customer engagements to back-end
financial and supply chain management.
More than 4,000 businesses are using
the SAP HANA platform to achieve
competitive advantage in industries
as diverse as retail, energy, financial
services, entertainment, scientific
research, and healthcare.3
For example:
Frucor Beverages, one of the largest
beverage manufacturers and distributors
in Australia and New Zealand, migrated
its SAP NetWeaver* Business Warehouse
solution onto SAP HANA in Fujitsu’s
cloud environment to enable advanced
data analysis with increased speed and
depth of analysis. The transition took just
six weeks and reports now run 10-100
times faster. According to Mark Palmer,
IS Program Manager for Frucor, “The
speed is very impressive. Previously
some reports would take nearly an hour
to process. Now the same report is done
in just a few seconds.” For more information, visit:
Publiacqua S.p.A deployed SAP
HANA on a Fujitsu PRIMERGY server
to improve its efficiency in managing
integrated water services for more than
a million people. Managers across the
organization now have near-instant
access to high-quality, up-to-date
information that was previously spread
across multiple systems. According
to Luciano Caroti, Head of IT Systems
for Publiacqua S.p.A, “Updating the
SAP environment and achieving more
dynamic business intelligence has
had a positive effect on the entire
organization.” For more information,
Real-time, Data-driven Insights at Enterprise Scale
Analytics Applications
(SAP NetWeaver*
Business Warehouse)
(SAP Business Suite)
• SAP HANA* software
• Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family
• Intel® Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Seriesa
Real-time Data Replication
Third-party Databases
(Traditional RDBMS, Apache Hadoop*, etc.)
Certified for use in SAP HANA solutions based on the Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX4770 M1 server
Figure 1. The SAP HANA* platform enables both transactional and analytics applications to be deployed on top of a single, blazingly
fast, in-memory database to support real-time business scenarios while dramatically reducing total costs.
Scaling Data Capacity for SAP HANA* with Fujitsu PRIMERGY*/PRIMEQUEST* Servers
Breakthrough Database Performance
for Real-time Business Intelligence
Intel® Xeon® Processor
E7 v2 Family
• Up to 15 cores/30 threads
• Non-uniform Memory Access (NUMA)
Massively Parallel
• Data partitioning/software parallelizaton
• Columnar and row-based table optimization
• Large memory: Up to 6 TB
• Large, efficenct cache
• Intel® Solid State Drives
Blazing Fast Data
• All data in main memory, high compression rates
• Optimized memory-to-cache data transfers
• High-speed persistent storage for logs and recovery
• Intel® instruction set extensions,
• Advanced Intel® processor features
Highly Optimized
Solution Stack
• Intel® Performance Counter Monitor
• Intel® Software Development Tools
• Advanced RAS features with
Intel® Run Sure Technology
Reliability, Availability,
and Serviceability (RAS)
• Flexible failover options for HA/DR
Figure 2. Intel and SAP engineers have collaborated closely to ensure that SAP HANA* software takes full advantage of the advanced
features of the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family and the Intel® Solid-State Drive Data Center Family.
New Capability Drives
Higher Business Value
The unmatched performance and scalability of the SAP HANA platform is the
result of exceptionally tight integration
between hardware and software. Intel
and SAP worked together to optimize
the SAP HANA software for the Intel
Xeon processor E7 family, which is
specifically designed to accommodate
the needs of mission-critical enterprise
workloads. The SAP HANA database
engine is highly optimized to take
advantage of the large memory capacity,
efficient cache subsystem, and extensive
parallel execution resources of these
powerful processors (Figure 2).
Holding all relevant data in main
memory is the first step in accelerating performance. Accessing data from
memory is orders of magnitude faster
than accessing data from disk. However,
accessing data from cache is even
faster (a few nanoseconds versus up to
100 nanoseconds). Intel and SAP have
optimized and tuned memory-to-cache
data transfer processes throughout the
SAP HANA database engine to make
more efficient use of the exceptionally
large and fast cache of the Intel Xeon
processor E7 family.
Because data is accessed so much
faster, it must also be processed faster
to avoid creating new performance
bottlenecks. To address this need, Intel
and SAP have optimized SAP HANA
software to “divide and conquer.” Data
is partitioned and database computations are heavily parallelized to execute
efficiently across the large numbers of
core and threads that are available in
the Intel Xeon processor E7 family.
for SAP HANA implementations—
enough capacity to host many of
today’s largest databases on a single
server. These new processors also
provide 50 percent more cores and
threads, 25 percent more cache, and
400 percent higher system bandwidth4,5
than the previous generation, so they
can deliver sustainable, real-time
query performance acting on very
large data volumes.
Intel and SAP also work closely with
Fujitsu to deliver enterprise-ready
solutions that are built to accommodate
the rapidly growing volume, diversity,
and speed of enterprise data. Working
together, the three companies are
delivering innovations that provide
new levels of performance, scalability
and flexibility, while providing optimized
support across the complete continuum
of business data.
The enhanced data capacity of the
servers offers greater efficiency across
a wide range of SAP HANA deployments. It is particularly valuable when
SAP HANA is used as the underlying
database for SAP Business Suite applications, such as SAP ERP or SAP CRM.
These and other transactional applications currently run on single-server
infrastructure, so doubling per-server
data capacity also doubles overall
platform scalability.1
Massive Data Capacity with the
Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family
Business data volumes are growing
rapidly and enterprise platforms must
scale to address next-generation needs.
based on the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2
family are certified for up to 6 terabytes
Scaling Data Capacity for SAP HANA* with Fujitsu PRIMERGY*/PRIMEQUEST* Servers
Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST* servers
based on the Intel® Xeon®
processor E7 v2 family
are certified for
up to 6 terabytes
per server for SAP HANA* implementations –
enough capacity to host many of today’s largest
databases on a single server.a
For a current list of certified SAP HANA systems, see the official SAP Certification page
Faster and More Efficient Data Access
with Intel® Solid-State Drives
Processor, cache, and memory performance are critical to SAP HANA performance, but high-speed storage is also
important. SAP HANA is a SQL-compliant
database with full ACID capabilities,
meaning that atomicity, consistency,
isolation, and durability are preserved in
every database transaction.6 Durability,
in particular, requires that each database
transaction be committed to persistent
storage logs before it can be completed
in memory. This is necessary to help
ensure that the data from all completed
transactions is recoverable in the event
of unplanned downtime. Because of this
requirement, overall database performance is dependent, in part, on the
speed at which database logs are
written to persistent storage.
Even Higher Reliability for
Mission-critical Implementations
SAP HANA is designed specifically
to support mission-critical business
processes, and the most recent server
platforms from Fujitsu extend this
capability even further. Intel® Run Sure
Technology7 allows the server to diagnose and automatically recover from
errors that would have been fatal on
previous-generation platforms.
As part of this protection, Resilient
Memory Technologies continuously
scan the memory subsystem to identify
and resolve data errors and to enable
proactive component replacement as
needed. This advanced functionality
enables higher data integrity and uptime
in all environments and is particularly
valuable for large, mission-critical,
in-memory databases.
To deliver exceptional performance
and scalability for the most demanding
applications, Fujitsu now offers SAP
HANA platforms configured with
the Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3700
Series.2 These SSDs provide extreme
performance for both sequential read
and sequential write operations. They
also provide advanced, end-to-end
data protection and High Endurance
Technology (HET), making them an
excellent choice for mission-critical
infrastructure. Their low latency and high
throughput are critical for maintaining
ACID compliance without compromising
the exceptional database performance
of the SAP HANA platform, and they are
ideal for addressing tough service level
agreements for uptime, restart-times,
and high availability.
Intel and SAP have worked together
to provide full support for these
advanced capabilities in SAP HANA.
Complex errors that cannot be fixed
automatically in hardware or firmware
are automatically passed through to the
operating system for resolution and, if
necessary, to the SAP HANA database
engine. As discussed later in this paper,
Fujitsu complements these advanced
reliability technologies with advanced
availability and serviceability options at
the platform level. Customers can take
advantage of these features to address
their specific needs for data integrity,
high availability, and disaster recovery
Enterprise-Ready Solutions
from Fujitsu
SAP and Fujitsu have a long history
of working together to deliver enterprise business solutions, and have
collaborated closely to provide business-ready SAP HANA platforms that
can be deployed quickly to address
specific business needs. Fujitsu was
responsible for the first-ever production implementation of SAP Business
Warehouse running on SAP HANA,8
and provides the hardware for SAP’s
own SAP HANA infrastructure.9
As one of the top-five server manufacturers and the fourth-largest IT service
provider,10 Fujitsu is well positioned
to support customers in their journey
toward a complete, real-time business platform. Fujitsu takes a holistic
approach to SAP HANA implementation. Solution components are tightly
integrated through deep engineering
engagements among Intel, SAP, and
Fujitsu. Fujitsu also provides customers with comprehensive service and
support, including cost-effective
resources for assessing potential
business value and for designing
and implementing a best-fit solution.
Scaling Data Capacity for SAP HANA* with Fujitsu PRIMERGY*/PRIMEQUEST* Servers
Storage Area
Network (SAN)
10 Gbps Ethernet/NFS
Server 1
Server 2
Server 3
Server n
Server n+1
Figure 3. Fujitsu offers a wide range of SAP HANA* infrastructure solutions, including single-node appliances and massively scalable,
multi-node solutions that provide mission-critical support for data replication, high availability, and disaster recovery.
Start Small and Scale Almost
without Limit
Fujitsu integrates SAP HANA software
with robust, flexible Fujitsu PRIMERGY
severs to deliver pre-configured, pretested SAP HANA appliances. Systems
are available to match customer
demands at virtually any scale, from
small business customers to the largest
global enterprises. Single-node appliances range in size from systems that
support up to 128 GB of memory to
systems that support up to 6 TB of
memory, and the hardware and software platform is built to scale even
higher.11 These single-node systems are
ideal as high-speed database engines
for small to mid-sized data warehouses
and for SAP Business Suite applications.
Fujitsu also provides single-node SAP
HANA appliances running VMware
virtualization software. Although
SAP HANA running in VMware virtual
machines still has some limitations
from a production standpoint, these
virtualized appliances are certified
for many production use cases and
also provide enhanced flexibility and
efficiency for test and development
Fujitsu’s single-node SAP HANA
systems can be used as building
blocks in clustered environments and
in the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud to
support enterprise data warehouses
up to petabyte scale. Customers can
start with a single node and scale out
their SAP HANA cluster incrementally
as workloads and data volumes grow
(Figure 3).
For a current list of certified SAP
HANA systems, see the official SAP
Certification page
Implement High Availability for
Mission-Critical Processes
Many businesses use SAP HANA to
support revenue-generating processes
and other mission-critical business
functions. Fujitsu solutions are
designed to support required levels
of high availability and business
continuity across the full range of
business requirements.
High availability in single-node SAP
HANA appliances is provided by
Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST servers, which
include redundant components such
as hot-plug fans and power supplies.
Even higher availability is supported
in multi-node configurations through
the inclusion of standby nodes that
automatically take over if a production
server should fail. Additional protec­
tions are provided by Network File
System* (NFS) and a shared Fujitsu
ETERNUS* or NetApp FAS* storage
system, which help to ensure that all
data is constantly mirrored. If data is
lost in main memory, it can be copied
back from the storage system.
This high availability solution can be
extended across two sites to provide
comprehensive disaster recovery.
In this topology, all infrastructure
components and data are reflected in
a second data center. NetApp Fabric
Metro Cluster* FAS3250 and the NFS
V3 Synchronous Replication* protocol ensure synchronous mirroring to
deliver continuous availability and zero
data loss, even if an entire data center
fails. If the secondary site is equipped
with an additional NetApp FAS3250
storage unit, the failover infrastructure
can be used as a test and development
system during normal operations.
Advanced, automated data backups
can be implemented in single-node
and multi-node configurations
by adding certified SAP HANA
backup solutions, such as Symantec
NetBackup* or CommVault Simpana.*
Automating the backup process
provides incremental, point-in-time
recovery to protect against human
error, which is the most common cause
of data loss in database environments.
Fujitsu works closely with NetApp,
Symantec, and CommVault to ensure
tight integration across the solution
stack, so replication, backup, recovery, and failover are efficient, reliable,
and easy to implement and manage.
Customers benefit from a proven
solution and a single point of contact
for all infrastructure-related issues.
Scaling Data Capacity for SAP HANA* with Fujitsu PRIMERGY*/PRIMEQUEST* Servers
Simplify Management Across
Your SAP Landscape
Many businesses are integrating SAP
HANA into their existing SAP application
landscapes to accelerate performance
and simplify infrastructure and operations. Fujitsu FlexFrame* Orchestrator
makes it easier to manage these complex
environments. FlexFrame Orchestrator
has been supporting SAP landscapes for
more than a decade to help IT organizations simplify administration and high
availability, while reducing total cost
of ownership. Support for SAP HANA
extends these benefits to real-time
environments powered by SAP HANA,
providing a single interface for managing
all deployment models, whether they
are hosted in the customer’s own data
center, delivered as a managed hosted
service, or deployed in the cloud.
Fast Deployment with Reduced
Risk and Higher Value
SAP HANA can be used to accelerate
existing processes, but the most
dramatic business benefits are typically
realized by using its speed, scale, and
simplicity to implement innovative new
usage models that would otherwise be
impossible. Fujitsu services are therefore designed not only to speed deployment while minimizing cost and risk,
but also to help businesses evaluate
the transformational capabilities of SAP
HANA within the context of their unique
business needs and data environment.
Comprehensive Service and Support
Professional services from Fujitsu offer
efficient consulting, implementation
and integration packages, providing a
comprehensive approach that shortens time-to-value to just days, rather
than weeks or months. Fujitsu’s unique
preconfiguration and installation
processes include customer-specific
settings for optimized integration into
specific environments. These processes
are based on best practices developed
through successful SAP HANA
implementations across a wide range
of industries. Customers benefit from a
complete, optimized, ready-to-run SAP
HANA solution delivered at a competitive, fixed price. They also benefit
from a single point of contact and an
integrated service level agreement
that extends across all infrastructurerelated support topics, including
third-party components.
Fujitsu Playgrounds are cost-optimized,
so they focus on the essential needs
of non-production environments.
Within that framework, they provide a
complete, professional test bed so you
can fully evaluate the potential of SAP
HANA. It’s a relatively quick and costeffective way to gain clear, practical
insight into the benefits and requirements of a production implementation.
Experience the Power of SAP HANA
You can get a personalized look at
the transformative business value
offered by SAP HANA through the
Fujitsu Global Demo Center. This center
is located in Neckarsulm, Germany,
but can be accessed remotely from
anywhere in the world. Fujitsu uses
this resource to provide real-world
demonstrations that help prospective
customers better understand how SAP
HANA running on Fujitsu PRIMERGY/
PRIMEQUEST servers can be used to
achieve competitive advantage through
faster, smarter business processes.
Customers can also use the Global
Demo Center to take the next step
by uploading their data and running
individual proof-of-concept projects.
The Center is staffed by experienced
consultants who can help you identify
potential usage models and develop a
customized plan for implementation.
Test Drive SAP HANA in
Your Own Data Center
Fujitsu Playgrounds for SAP HANA
provide a more complete and realistic look at SAP HANA within your
own data center environment. Based
on SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions,
Fujitsu Playgrounds combine certified
infrastructure offerings with sandbox
scenarios and implementation services.
The infrastructure comes ready to run,
preinstalled with test licenses and SAP
software components, such as SAP
HANA, SAP BusinessObjects* and SAP
System Landscape Transformation.*
SAP HANA provides groundbreaking
business capability. By enabling businesses to consolidate their transactional
and analytics applications onto an ultrafast, in-memory database, this real-time
business platform eliminates the traditional time delays between data generation and data analysis. Businesses can
combine and analyze all relevant data
in real time to drive better and faster
decision making.
The latest SAP HANA product availability matrix includes a wide range
of configurations based on Fujitsu
Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family, and
the Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3700
Series. These systems provide dramatic
increases in data capacity, improved reliability and availability, and cost-effective
integration of petabyte-scale data. Just
as importantly, Fujitsu offers end-to-end
service and support, including expert
consultation for evaluating the potential value of the platform in specific
industries and business environments.
Contact your Fujitsu or SAP representative today for more information, or
visit the links on the following page for
additional resources.
Scaling Data Capacity for SAP HANA* with Fujitsu PRIMERGY*/PRIMEQUEST* Servers
Additional Resources
Fujitsu Infrastructure for SAP HANA
• s
Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family
I ntel Solid-State Drive DC S3700 series
1The claim of double the data capacity is based on Fujitsu SAP HANA solutions that have been certified for production use. certified SAP HANA solutions based on Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers and the Intel Xeon
processor E7 family supported up to 1 TB of data. Certified SAP HANA solutions based on Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers and the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family support up to 2 TB of data. For a current list of
certified SAP HANA systems, see the official SAP Certification page
The Intel® Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Series is certified for use in SAP HANA solutions based on the Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX4770 M1 server.
Source: “Real-Time Enterprise Stories,” by Real Time Research Reports, Sponsored by SAP, October 2014.
4Up to 4x I/O bandwidth claim based on Intel internal estimates of the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4890 v2 performance normalized against the improvements over dual-Input/Output Hub (IOH) Intel® Xeon®
processor E7-4870 based on internal bandwidth tool running the 1R1W test.
5Software 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.
Atomicity requires that every transaction must be either completed in its entirety or not at all; Consistency requires that only valid data is written to the database (based on the database’s consistency rules);
Isolation requires that no transaction can impact any other transaction that executes concurrently; and Durability requires that any transaction, once committed to the database, cannot be lost, even if the
database crashes. For more information, see The ACID Model, by Mike Chapple.
No computer system can provide absolute reliability, availability or serviceability. Requires an Intel®Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800/2800 v2 product families or Intel® Itanium® 9500 series-based system (or
follow-on generations of either.) Built-in reliability features available on select Intel® processors may require additional software, hardware, services and/or an internet connection. Results may vary depending
upon configuration. Consult your system manufacturer for more details.
Fujitsu worked with Red Bull to implement the first SAP BW on SAP HANA production solution. For details, see this SAP and Red Bull video from SAPPHIRE NOW + TechEd @ Madrid, November 23, 2011. http://
9Source: “How SAP Runs Better with Fujitsu Infrastructure Solutions for SAP HANA,” a session presented at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, 2012.
11SAP currently certifies single-server SAP HANA platform solutions designed to hold up to 6 TB of data. Eight-socket Fujitsu servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family can scale up to 12 TB using 32
GB DIMMs, although such systems have yet to be certified for SAP HANA.
12For more information, see “SAP HANA on VMware vSphere 5.5 for Production Environments.”
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