1. Cisco UCS with EMC Storage Solution Brief July 2012for SAP HANA Scale-out Solution Highlights When companies need fast insight into operations, they turn to the Cisco UCS with Scale on Demand • The Cisco® and EMC® solution EMC Storage for SAP HANA scale-out makes it easy to add more compute and storage building blocks as solution for real-time decisions at the speed demand rises. Deploy Infrastructure Faster of thought. • Built-in automation enables configurations to be deployed quickly, Organizations in every industry are generating and using more data than ever before, easily, and accurately. from customer transactions and supplier delivery considerations to real-time user Handle Big Data consumption statistics. Without scalable infrastructure that can store, process, and • Cisco Unified Computing System™ analyze big data sets in real time, companies are unable to use this information to (Cisco UCS®), combined with EMC® best advantage. The Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) with EMC® VNX5300 storage systems, provides persistent storage for SAP HANA Storage for SAP HANA Scale-out solution makes it easier for companies to harness and real-time data consumption for information and make better business decisions that let them stay ahead of the business warehousing. competition. Accelerate SAP HANA Performance • Scale-out capabilities, combined SAP HANA: Delivering Instant Insight into Operations with high-performance EMC storage and the balanced resources of Cisco SAP HANA provides a flexible, cost-effective approach for analyzing detailed data UCS, enable users to get more in real time—literally at the speed of thought. Efficient processing and analysis of performance from their SAP HANA massive amounts of data is made possible by combining SAP’s intelligent use of implementations. in-memory technology, columnar database design, data compression, and massive Deliver High Availability parallel processing into an integrated solution. Using the multipurpose, in-memory • The capability to distribute data SAP HANA database, organizations can gain instant insight into business operations, processing enables SAP HANA respond quickly to changing priorities, and dramatically reduce the cost associated implementations to scale beyond a single server and remove single points with running multiple data warehouses and operation and analytical systems. of failure that negatively effect timely results. Cisco UCS and EMC Storage for SAP HANA Scale-out Simplify Management Solution • End-to-end management provides visibility and enables the monitoring Extracting deep insight from stored information within limited time frames becomes and automated remediation of harder as data volumes grow. SAP HANA delivers scale-out solutions that enable physical servers, storage, and IT departments to run big data, growth-oriented applications and analytics by network devices.© 2012 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information.
2. Cisco UCS with EMC Storagefor SAP HANA Scale-out Solutionrapidly scaling to many nodes in The system represents a radical Within the solution, EMC VNX5300high-performance, highly available simplification compared to traditional unified storage systems provide theconfigurations. In fact, SAP intends to architectures, resulting in lower capital persistent storage needed by SAPmove all SAP business applications to and operating costs. HANA. Each EMC VNX5300 device isSAP HANA so that businesses can reap connected to two fabric interconnectsthe benefits of innovation across the EMC VNX Series Unified Storage through Cisco Nexus® switches toenterprise. Designed with simplicity in mind, the provide shared block-level access to EMC VNX family of storage systems SAP HANA data.Taking advantage of this innovative combines powerful and flexiblesoftware requires an equally ingenious hardware with advanced efficiency, The multiprotocol capability of EMCand scalable deployment infrastructure. management, and protection software VNX5300 storage systems enablesThe Cisco UCS with EMC Storage to meet the stringent demands of SAP the device to service a wide range offor SAP HANA Scale-out solution HANA deployments. Using a unified SAP HANA requirements. For example,combines the innovative Cisco UCS storage architecture, EMC VNX series the boot device is accessed through aplatform with EMC® VNX™ series storage systems deliver what SAP high-speed Fibre Channel connection.unified storage to deliver high- HANA deployments need: multiprotocol, The SAP installation directory, whichperformance, scalable infrastructure multipurpose support in a single system is shared across all SAP HANA nodesthat works right out of the box that scales from entry-level solutions in the configuration, is exported as a(Figure 1). to high-performance, high-capacity Network File System (NFS) share, and configurations to satisfy large-scale the persistent storage layer uses theCisco Unified Computing System SAP HANA deployment requirements EMC Multi-Path File System (MPFS).Cisco UCS is the first data centerplatform that integrates industry-standard, x86-architecture Intel® Base ModuleXeon® processor-based servers with Cisco Network Fabric 2 Cisco UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnectsnetworking and storage access into 2 Cisco Nexus 5596 Switchesa unified system. Server, networking, 2 Cisco Nexus 2224TP Fabric Extendersstorage, and intelligent management SAP HANA Managementresources work together in a self-aware 2 Cisco UCS C200 Rack Serversand self-integrating system. This design EMC VNX Series Storage 1 EMC VNX5300 Storage Systemdelivers greater computing density and Expansion Modulenetwork simplicity in a smaller footprint EMC VNX Series Storagethat reduces operating costs. 1 EMC VNX5300 Storage SystemTranscending the boundaries oftraditional blade chassis and racks, Cisco UCS 1 Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server ChassisCisco UCS creates a physically 4 Cisco UCS B440 M2 Blade Serversdistributed, centrally managed system Cisco UCS 1 Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassisthat supports the solution’s blade 4 Cisco UCS B440 M2 Blade Serversservers to deliver scalability andperformance. A unified fabric supported Figure 1. Example of a SAP HANA Scale-out Configuration with 4 TB of RAM, Usable forby a single, distributed virtual switch 12 to 20 TB of Uncompressed Datainterconnects all server resources.© 2012 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 2 of 4
3. Cisco UCS with EMC Storagefor SAP HANA Scale-out SolutionDeliver Business Advantages needed today and scale easily by instances. By distributing data adding more computing and storage processing, the solution can scaleThe Cisco UCS and EMC Storage for blocks as demand rises. Because the beyond a single server and eliminateSAP HANA Scale-out solution delivers a building blocks integrate as part of the the server as a single point of failure.wide range of benefits to organizations. unified system, they do not require additional supporting infrastructure or Within the solution, nodes can beDeploy SAP HANA Services Faster expert knowledge. The system simply, failed over automatically within aThe Cisco UCS and EMC Storage quickly, and cost effectively presents distributed SAP HANA database.for SAP HANA Scale-out solution more computing power to SAP HANA If a node fails, the database on aautomates configuration. The applications. standby server can be started andsolution can be deployed quickly, made active in the configuration. Theand configurations can be replicated Handle Big Data shared, external EMC VNX5300 unifiedeasily and accurately. Abstracting The more data a business can access storage system is used to move theserver identity, personality, and I/O and process, the easier it is to narrow in-memory content of the failed SAPconnectivity from the hardware enables customer focus and tailor products HANA node to the standby node. TheSAP HANA server characteristics to be and services. Delivering fast response standby node accesses the persistentapplied automatically as new systems requires massive memory when storage layer of the failed node onare added to support increased large data sets are involved. To make the EMC VNX5300 device using EMCdemand. Every aspect of a server’s the most of available memory, SAP MPFS. Corresponding data is read intoconfiguration—from firmware revisions HANA compresses data to fit more memory, and SAP HANA log files areand BIOS settings to network profiles— information into less space. Today, applied, if necessary, to help ensurecan be assigned through the system’s Cisco UCS delivers more than enough that the system reflects the latest,open, documented, standards-based memory capacity to support SAP HANA consistent state.XML API or Cisco UCS Manager GUI. performance. With Cisco’s history ofCisco UCS adapts to support bare- delivering technology to support high SAP HANA writes in-memory datametal operating system and application memory densities, companies can be to disk at regular intervals (typicallystacks much like hypervisors support assured that as SAP HANA instances every five minutes), and captures allvirtual machines. For SAP HANA grow to use more memory, Cisco UCS database transactions since the lastinstallations, this capability means servers will be ahead of the competition save point in log files, to help ensuregreater resource utilization through as demand arises. consistency. As data sets grow, makinga reduced need for hot spares. New sure that this data reaches the diskservers can be deployed, or existing Deliver High Availability before the next write operation occursservers upgraded, simply by applying Business continuity in the event of is essential. EMC VNX series storagea Cisco service profile to the target a, whether caused by infrastructure systems deliver high performance andresource and rebooting to launch the failure or unforeseen external events, throughput to keep pace with SAPnew server. is essential. The Cisco UCS and HANA transactions. EMC Storage for SAP HANA Scale-Scale on Demand out solution supports clustered In addition, Cisco UCS ManagerUsing a building-block approach, the configurations to deliver constant provides end-to-end management ofCisco UCS and EMC Storage for SAP access to business-critical information. all devices in the Cisco UCS platform.HANA Scale-out solution enables All active computing nodes in the This visibility enables the monitoringIT departments to start with the solution access shared data and log and automated remediation of physicalcomputing and storage infrastructure devices for all SAP HANA database servers, storage, and network devices.© 2012 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 3 of 4
4. Cisco UCS with EMC Storagefor SAP HANA Scale-out SolutionAccelerate SAP HANA Performance and rack servers without adding right solution at the lowest total costAnalytic and business intelligence management points. All hardware and of ownership (TCO) through extensivesystems must be able to deliver software components are managed collaboration, testing, and validation.results quickly for important business through the unified, embedded Ciscodecisions to be made in a timely way. UCS Manager to improve operation ConclusionThe Cisco UCS and EMC Storage efficiency with transparent scaling. With every business decision seeminglyfor SAP HANA Scale-out solution critical, companies around the world lookenables IT departments to use more Prepare for the Future to SAP applications for better insightservers and distribute data-loading Even though SAP HANA is already into operations. Now the Cisco UCS andand analysis tasks to take advantage very popular, it continues to advance. EMC Storage for SAP HANA Scale-outof massively parallel processing. The The Cisco UCS and EMC Storage for solution delivers a powerful new tool forbalanced resources of Cisco UCS— SAP HANA Scale-out solution provides decision making. With the capability toprocessing power, I/O bandwidth, and a robust architectural foundation for add more high-performance computingmemory capacity—help ensure that IT upcoming SAP HANA features. For and storage resources as data and userdepartments get better performance example, Cisco UCS already provides demand grows, IT departments canfrom their SAP HANA implementations. robust virtualization capabilities and more scale and deliver the right information at memory capacity and I/O bandwidth the right time.Simplify Management than SAP HANA uses today. In addition,The unified infrastructure inherent in the proven remote replication, disaster For More InformationCisco UCS and EMC Storage for SAP recovery, and backup solutions canHANA Scale-out solution dramatically To learn more about SAP enterprise be performed with SAP HANA Studioreduces the number of physical applications on Cisco UCS, visit connected to the EMC Data Domain as acomponents required. It effectively www.cisco.com/go/sap. logical mount point for the data and log.uses limited space, power, and coolingby deploying less infrastructure to To learn more about Cisco UCS, visit Trust Cisco and EMC http://www.cisco.com/go/ucs or contactperform the same, or even more,work. For example, the unified fabric For more than 15 years, Cisco and EMC your local account representative.built into Cisco UCS results in fewer have collaborated to deliver solutions To learn more about EMC solutionsnetwork interface cards (NICs), host that transform IT. By combining EMC’s for SAP, visit http://www.emc.com/bus adapters (HBAs), cables, and expertise in storing, protecting, and sapsolutions.upstream switch ports, and eliminates managing vast amounts of data withthe need for parallel Fibre Channel or the power and flexibility of Cisco UCS, To learn more about EMC VNX seriesmanagement networks. Cisco and EMC are reshaping the IT storage systems, visit http://www.emc. landscape. With 20,000 joint customers com/storage/vnx/vnx-series.htm.Traditional blade server chassis-resident and 16 joint solution centers, Cisco andswitches are replaced by low-cost, EMC understand customer challenges, To learn more about the EMC onlinelow-power, zero-management fabric share a common vision, and have a community, visit https://community.emc.extenders that enable the entire system deep technology alignment that enables com/community/connect/everything_to scale across multiple blade chassis them to help customers implement the sap.Americas Headquarters Asia Pacific Headquarters Europe HeadquartersCisco Systems, Inc. Cisco Systems (USA) Pte. Ltd. Cisco Systems International BV Amsterdam,San Jose, CA Singapore The NetherlandsCisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco Website at www.cisco.com/go/offices.Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to thisURL: www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnershiprelationship between Cisco and any other company. (1110R) LE-35304-00 07/12