Deploying SAP HANA at the Rugged Edge
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:38:19 -0000|
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SAP HANA is one of those demanding workloads that has been steadfastly contained within the clean walls of the core data center. However, this time last year VxRail began to chip away at these walls and brought you SAP HANA certified configurations based on the VxRail all-flash P570F workhorse and powerful quad socket all-NVMe P580N. This year, we are once again in the giving mood and are bringing SAP HANA to the edge. Let us explain.
Dell Technologies defines the edge as “The edge exists wherever the digital world & physical world intersect. It’s where data is securely collected, generated and processed to create new value.” This is a very broad definition that extends the edge from the data center to oil rigs, to mobile response centers for natural disasters. It is a broad claim not only to provide compute and storage in such harsh locations, but also to provide enough of it that meets the strict and demanding needs of SAP HANA, all while not consuming a lot of physical space. After all -- it is the edge where space is at a premium.
Shrinking the amount of rack space needed was the easier of the two challenges, and our 1U E for Everything (or should that be E for Everywhere?) was a perfect fit. The all-flash E560F and all-NVMe E560N, both of which can be enhanced with Intel Optane Persistent Memory, can be thought of as the shorter sibling of our 2U P570F, packing a powerful punch with equivalent processor and memory configurations.
While the E Series fits the bill for space constrained environments, it still needs data center like conditions. This is not the case for the durable D560F, the tough little champion that joined the VxRail family in June of this year, and which is now the only SAP HANA certified ruggedized platform in the industry. Weighing in at a lightweight 28 lbs. and a short depth of 20 inches, this little fighter will run all day at 45°C with eight hour sprints of up to 55°C, all while enduring shock, vibration, dust, humidity, and EMI, as this little box is MIL-STD 810G and DNV-GL Maritime certified. In other words, if your holiday plans involve a trip to hot sand beaches, a ship cruise through a hurricane, or an alpine climb, and you’re bringing SAP HANA with you (we promise we won’t ask why), then the durable D560F is for you.
The best presents sometimes come in small packages. So, we won’t belabor this blog with anything more than to announce that these two little gems, the E560 and the D560, are now SAP HANA certified.
Author: David Glynn, Sr. Principal Engineer, VxRail Tech Marketing
360° View: VxRail D Series: The Toughest VxRail Yet
Video: HCI Computing at the Edge
Solution brief: Taking HCI to the Edge: Rugged Efficiency for Federal Teams
SAP Certification link: Certified and Supported SAP HANA® Hardware Directory
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SAP and Dell Transforming Data at the Edge, Cloud, and Core
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Organizations understand that to thrive in the digital economy, they must derive better insights from the data they own—and do this in a more automated, reliable way. The faster this process, the faster the time to insights.
SAP, supported by Dell Technologies and Red Hat, organized the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) Packathon, engaging the APJ partner community to design and develop industry solutions of high business value by leveraging BTP services that were hosted between the SAP cloud and the Dell Technologies Sydney Customer Solution Center (CSC).
SAP data intelligence and SAP HANA infrastructure were hosted from the Dell Technologies Sydney CSC, running on the Red Hat operating system and Red Hat OpenShift Cluster 4.6. These systems were integrated into SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud, S/4 HANA systems, and partner environments (hosting external systems and data sources).
The following image shows a high-level overview of the BTP Packathon architecture:
This is a testimony to the role Dell plays as customer infrastructure strategy evolves: at the edge, in the cloud, or at the core.
Enterprises want to become smarter when it comes to their operations, their cloud strategy, and their approach to extracting value from an ever‑increasing volume of data.
For businesses running SAP, the key lies in adopting SAP HANA and S/4HANA applications with a cloud‑smart strategy. SAP S/4HANA and SAP Intelligent Technologies address this integrative approach by bringing transactional data together with Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT).
That means fueling business processes with insights from data across all information sources: at the edge; in core SAP environments; from IOT, data lakes and Hadoop repositories; in the cloud.
When exploring the edge, customers will look to solve one of these objectives:
- Minimize latency and maximize availability for distributed operations
- Build an agile cloud-native application development platform
- Minimize costs of edge data management, transport, and associated network bandwidth
- Run artificial intelligence applications closer to machines or devices
Deploying artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge opens a whole new world of possibilities. Edge deployments with AI can deliver real-time, actionable insights at the point of decision while incurring lower latency and costs than by transferring data back and forth between the data center and the cloud. Limited staffing and harsh environments can make it difficult to turn the vision of the intelligent edge into a reality, however. This is where the Dell Technologies and SAP end-to-end approach comes in. To help empower you at the edge, Dell Technologies is taking a three-pronged approach:
- Designing and launching specific edge solutions that target current edge implementations and use cases
- Optimizing our portfolio for the edge, building a foundation by delivering necessary capabilities across our portfolio
- Integrating our technologies into the Dell Technologies Edge Platform, creating edge-specific technology that is purpose-built for the platform
In a recent joint podcast, Dell Technologies and SAP discussed some of the key components of the intelligent enterprise: cloud, edge, data analytics, and automation. See Dell and SAP: Powering the Intelligent Enterprise.
Cloud—Complementing RISE with SAP
Dell Technologies is now at the very center of SAP’s transformation strategy to RISE and S/4HANA. Our customers can consume SAP S/4HANA “as a device” with all the benefits of the Dell Technologies APEX model. RISE with SAP powered by APEX simplifies the path to the SAP Intelligent Enterprise with an on-premises cloud experience in either the customer’s own data center or a co-location environment.
A turnkey cloud subscription offering with Dell Technologies APEX, which is available through SAP, reduces the risk of implementation and outages and frees up resources so that customers can focus on the business outcomes that SAP S/4HANA provides.
The subscription helps customers leverage cloud economies and capabilities while keeping their SAP software landscape and data securely in their own data center or co-location—for data sovereignty concerns, for latency or application entanglement reasons, or because they simply lack access to hyperscalers.
APEX offers the ease and scale of cloud delivered as-a-service with simplicity, agility, and control for our customers. Create your own on-demand environment with infrastructure and services you customize to order. Deploy a pay-per-use consumption model or an enterprise-scale managed utility. See Introducing RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, powered by APEX - Dell Technologies.
Core—Choosing the right platform
According to Gartner, by 2022 80 percent of SAP HANA deployments will continue to be on-premises. IDC and Gartner survey results and deployments show a preference for an on-premises deployment and hybrid model for SAP applications running on the SAP HANA database and edge-based applications. Organizations prefer a cloud-like experience, where they have features such as simplicity, flexibility, quick turnaround for faster innovation, and pay-for-use at their fingertips.
One of the most critical decisions a customer makes when planning an SAP S/4HANA migration is selecting the type of deployment option which best suits their business needs: on-premises; private cloud; public cloud; or hybrid cloud. As they evaluate the options, the total cost of ownership (TCO) is top of mind.
Based on business requirements and global surveys, top priorities for our customers are migrating some of their SAP landscapes to cloud while keeping their crown jewels on-premises. Also, some customers that are repatriating from public cloud to on-premises have primary reasons such as data residency and regulatory requirements, cyber security, overhead costs, and so on.
The following document presents the result of a three-year TCO comparison of an SAP HANA database and S/4HANA application server landscape that is deployed on-premises, running on Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure, against one that is deployed on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform: The Total Cost of Ownership of On-Premises SAP on Dell EMC VxRail HCI Versus Amazon Web Services Public Cloud | Dell Technologies Info Hub
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