Big Data: Realize significant benefits now while building a bridge to SAP HANA

According to industry analysts we have entered the age of “Big Data”. On one hand, Big Data relates to the fact that today’s business intelligence (BI) systems—like SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW)—are experiencing record levels of data growth from terabytes to petabytes and beyond. Conversely, tools such as SAP HANA are becoming available to transform this mounting data into a powerful asset. The real challenge of Big Data is figuring out how to maximize the opportunity for never before realized real-time business intelligence while minimizing the impact of exploding data volume on productivity and total cost of ownership (TCO). Building a bridge from where most SAP based companies are today from a data management perspective can be accelerated with the adoption of two key strategies: 1) augmenting your data archiving capabilities with storage and 2) re-architecting your BW data model for lean, flexible and organized “views” nearline of information that serve up agile reporting without increasing administrative overhead. This article focuses on the first strategy; nearline storage. The promise of Big Data applications and the seemingly endless performance of HANA do not negate the reality that turning massive amounts of data into insightful real-time intelligence requires a sound data management infrastructure. As more data accumulates in BW and ERP (ECC) systems, one major issue emerges that bogs down data access; I/O performance bottlenecks within traditional storage technology. HANA eliminates this performance bottleneck by keeping data in memory however the extra cost to add sufficient capacity will be excessive. An innovative and cost effective approach to this challenge and a foundational piece to building a bridge to SAP HANA is to move large amounts of static data to a low-cost, high-performance nearline storage environment. New technologies, like the HANA platform, provide a column-oriented, in-memory data appliance for fast, ad hoc data analytics. An efficient nearline storage system can complement the in-memory SAP HANA architecture. Whether companies continue to run their BW environments on existing platforms with a relational database management system and a BW accelerator, or plan to migrate to SAP HANA, it is critical to segregate frequently used, “high-value” information from data that provides lower business value. Data archiving continues to be an essential part of this data management process, and a nearline storage solution ensures the right balance between performance and storage costs. There are solutions that not only enhance SAP NetWeaver BW deployments now, but will do the same as companies moving to SAP HANA in the future. A Proven Solution for Data Volume Management PBS Software, a German-based software company that develops solutions only for SAP applications, offers  PBS CBW Nearline Storage (NLS) IQ, a data archiving solution designed specifically for SAP NetWeaver BW. This solution moves data from the active database to nearline storage, substantially compressing the data and making it accessible without having to reload it back into SAP NetWeaver BW. This solution is sold and implemented in North America by Dolphin, an SAP software partner. Archiving can boost performance and reduce costs for the active system without sacrificing transparent access to the data; critical to real time BI applications. Fast data access is provided by PBS CBW NLS IQ, which uses Sybase IQ as its storage engine. Sybase IQ is a highly scalable, column-based database from Sybase, an SAP company. The column-based nearline environment provides the foundation for a reliable and inexpensive information management strategy for BW systems. It can also serve as an analytics and indexing engine for archiving in transaction-oriented systems, such as SAP ERP, CRM, SRM, etc. The nearline solution delivers the necessary throughput to effectively archive high transaction volumes in these systems. A Bridge to SAP HANA Companies preparing for the transition to SAP HANA from their current SAP NetWeaver BW platforms will substantially benefit from the CBW NLS IQ nearline storage system by archiving static, high-volume data today. Whether you are an early adopter of SAP HANA, plan to migrate in the future, or are looking for cost savings immediately from your infrastructure, Dolphin is the leader in providing performance improvement solutions for SAP environments and has the expertise to assist you enter the era of Big Data and build your bridge to SAP HANA.  For more information, email contact@dolphin-corp.com.

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Big Data: Realize significant benefits now while building a bridge to SAP HANA

According to industry analysts we have entered the age of “Big Data”. On one hand, Big Data relates to the fact that today’s business intelligence (BI) systems—like SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW)—are experiencing record levels of data growth from terabytes to petabytes and beyond. Conversely, tools such as SAP HANA are becoming available to transform this mounting data into a powerful asset. The real challenge of Big Data is figuring out how to maximize the opportunity for never before realized real-time business intelligence while minimizing the impact of exploding data volume on productivity and total cost of ownership (TCO).

Building a bridge from where most SAP based companies are today from a data management perspective can be accelerated with the adoption of two key strategies: 1) augmenting your data archiving capabilities with storage and 2) re-architecting your BW data model for lean, flexible and organized “views” nearline of information that serve up agile reporting without increasing administrative overhead. This article focuses on the first strategy; nearline storage.

The promise of Big Data applications and the seemingly endless performance of HANA do not negate the reality that turning massive amounts of data into insightful real-time intelligence requires a sound data management infrastructure. As more data accumulates in BW and ERP (ECC) systems, one major issue emerges that bogs down data access; I/O performance bottlenecks within traditional storage technology. HANA eliminates this performance bottleneck by keeping data in memory however the extra cost to add sufficient capacity will be excessive.

An innovative and cost effective approach to this challenge and a foundational piece to building a bridge to SAP HANA is to move large amounts of static data to a low-cost, high-performance nearline storage environment. New technologies, like the HANA platform, provide a column-oriented, in-memory data appliance for fast, ad hoc data analytics. An efficient nearline storage system can complement the in-memory SAP HANA architecture. Whether companies continue to run their BW environments on existing platforms with a relational database management system and a BW accelerator, or plan to migrate to SAP HANA, it is critical to segregate frequently used, “high-value” information from data that provides lower business value. Data archiving continues to be an essential part of this data management process, and a nearline storage solution ensures the right balance between performance and storage costs. There are solutions that not only enhance SAP NetWeaver BW deployments now, but will do the same as companies moving to SAP HANA in the future.

A Proven Solution for Data Volume Management
PBS Software, a German-based software company that develops solutions only for SAP applications, offers  PBS CBW Nearline Storage (NLS) IQ, a data archiving solution designed specifically for SAP NetWeaver BW. This solution moves data from the active database to nearline storage, substantially compressing the data and making it accessible without having to reload it back into SAP NetWeaver BW. This solution is sold and implemented in North America by Dolphin, an SAP software partner.

Archiving can boost performance and reduce costs for the active system without sacrificing transparent access to the data; critical to real time BI applications. Fast data access is provided by PBS CBW NLS IQ, which uses Sybase IQ as its storage engine. Sybase IQ is a highly scalable, column-based database from Sybase, an SAP company.
The column-based nearline environment provides the foundation for a reliable and inexpensive information management strategy for BW systems. It can also serve as an analytics and indexing engine for archiving in transaction-oriented systems, such as SAP ERP, CRM, SRM, etc. The nearline solution delivers the necessary throughput to effectively archive high transaction volumes in these systems.

A Bridge to SAP HANA
Companies preparing for the transition to SAP HANA from their current SAP NetWeaver BW platforms will substantially benefit from the CBW NLS IQ nearline storage system by archiving static, high-volume data today. Whether you are an early adopter of SAP HANA, plan to migrate in the future, or are looking for cost savings immediately from your infrastructure, Dolphin is the leader in providing performance improvement solutions for SAP environments and has the expertise to assist you enter the era of Big Data and build your bridge to SAP HANA.  For more information, email contact@dolphin-corp.com.