IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator


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Timely access to relevant information has always been critical to business success. Thousands and thousands of companies and institutions use SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) as the cornerstone for business intelligence in their SAP application landscapes. However, query performance has often been a challenge...

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IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator

  1. 1. IBM Sales and DistributionIBM Systems solution for SAPNetWeaver Business WarehouseAcceleratorProven scalability from small to multi-terabyte workloads – now poweredwith IBM BladeCenter HS23 and IBM System x3850 X5 servers
  2. 2. 2 IBM and SAP Global AllianceToday’s challenge – a need for near real-time analyticsTimely access to relevant information has always been criticalto business success. Thousands and thousands of companiesand institutions use SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse(SAP NetWeaver BW) as the cornerstone for businessintelligence in their SAP application landscapes. However,query performance has often been a challenge. The traditionalapproach was to build and maintain aggregates and to tune thequeries. In many situations the use of SAP NetWeaver BW islimited to a relatively low number of power users as well aspredefined reports. Today, more than ever, companies needinstant insights to run their business and spread the use of SAPNetWeaver BW to many more users. They need a solutionthat delivers insight at orbit speed along with universalscalability. Near real-time analytics have become a “musthave” and IBM and SAP have the ideal solution at hand.The solution: IBM Systems solution for SAP Figure 1: Gain insight at the speed of businessNetWeaver BW AcceleratorIBM and SAP offer an integrated solution that enablescustomers to deploy SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse delivered with unmatched scalability, offering increasedAccelerator (SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator) in an easy, speed, flexibility and business insights.cost-effective way as a snap-in solution to an existing SAP • Turbo-charged insights and decision support that empowersNetWeaver BW landscape. Shipped with Intel Xeon SAP NetWeaver BW users.processor-based servers, the IBM Systems solution for SAPNetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator offers users near IBM BladeCenter® and System x® servers with eX5real-time analytics when using SAP NetWeaver BW. technology are the perfect fit for the infrastructure requirements of SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator:The IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver BW • Offers fundamental design advantages that have made IBM aAccelerator crunches through terabytes of SAP NetWeaver leader in blade and rack server technology.BW data in a matter of seconds, without the need for • Ensures business continuity with built-in redundancydedicated database administrators building and maintaining • Offers unrivalled performance at low cost of operation withpre-defined aggregates or spending valuable time on query the broadest and deepest choice of available SAP NetWeaverperformance-tuning. IBM’s automated High Availability BW Accelerator configurations with proven scalability.solution for SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator allows • Provides leading green IT benefits.customers to implement SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator as amission-critical system, at minimal effort using standard IBM System Storage® products complement the solutionfunctionality. with: • Fast and reliable access to large volumes of data, unleashingSAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator significantly extends the your compressed data and information assets.traditional SAP NetWeaver BW offering by delivering: • Dedicated fibre channel attachment, ensuring fast index• Query processing up to 200 times faster than traditional updating and reducing general network I/O traffic for greater approaches. performance.• Smart data compression combined with in-memory • Robust systems with very high data integrity and fail-over processing and search engine-based parallel processing capabilities for continuous operations.
  3. 3. IBM Sales and Distribution 3Deep teaming by IBM and SAP –collaboration for your success IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver BusinessIBM and SAP teams have worked extensively on the Warehouse Accelerator highlightsdevelopment and go-to-market aspects of this great solution. • IBM BladeCenter H Chassis with IBM BladeCenter HS23Over the last few years, the majority of customers have and IBM System Storage DS3500 disk array (M, L and XLselected and deployed IBM as their solution provider for SAP categories)NetWeaver BW Accelerator. Customers recognize IBM’s • IBM System x3850 X5 (S category)innovative solution and deep teaming with SAP as the best and • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating systemmost scalable solution in the industry. IBM and SAP • Industry standard Ethernet Switchescontinuously extend the solution to address new options for • Industry standard Fibre Channel Switchescustomers, where IBM is often the trailblazer. Examples • Energy and floor space efficient.include the use of the industry-proven, highly scalable IBM IBM BladeCenter HS23 Blade ServersGeneral Parallel File System (GPFS™), the validated option of • Eight-core Intel Xeon E5 processor48 GB memory on blades with quad-core processors and now • Broadest and deepest choice of configurations offered byup to 96 GB on blades with 8 core processors. In addition, IBM, ranging from just two to 140 bladesIBM led the integration of high-availability and disaster • Industry standard 8 Gb Fibre Channel Adapterrecovery using features in IBM GPFS. Customers like Arcelor, • 32, 64, or 96 GB RAM per blade (M, L and XL)Bayer, Bundeswehr, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, • Efficient operating system load (boot) from SAN.Endress+Hauser, Kyocera Mita, Lionsgate, Rabobank,T-Mobile, Volkswagen Financial Services and Wacker, have IBM System Storage Mid-range systems:reported substantial business benefits they have achieved as a IBM System Storage DS3500 family • I/O through Fibre Channel (separate I/O from network)result of deploying the solution from IBM and SAP. In June • 2U 6 Gb SAS enclosure2009, SAP was offered the IBM Beacon Award for the most • Single or dual controller with up to 4 GB cacheoutstanding Enterprise Application Solution by an ISV. • 8 Gb fibre channel host interface ports • Excellent scalability available for the smallest up to theSolution – key benefits largest offered SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator• Dramatic enhancements in query response times, configurations empowering information workers to become more effective • RAID setup for performance and high availability. and productive.• SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator enables organizations to IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) • The scalable file management system for SAP NetWeaver run endless variations of ad-hoc queries and resolve BW Accelerator which delivers superior SAP NetWeaver performance constraints for database-intensive queries. BW Accelerator index performance, user and data• Significant reduction in administrative effort (no need to scalability – unique to IBM build and maintain SAP aggregates anymore). • Performance optimized shared file system for Linux• Scalable architecture that can grow with increasing Clusters requirements means investment protection and flexibility to • Out-of-the-box high availability functionality to minimize react to changing business needs. downtime of the overall SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP• Pre-tested, optimized and validated solution to ensure NetWeaver BW Accelerator solution. seamless integration, easy and quick implementation. IBM System x3850 X5 Enterprise Class servers • Four 10-Core Intel Xeon E7 processors • 64 or 128 GB memory for SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator • Eight 600 GB hard disk drives • Fifth generation Enterprise X-Architecture class reliability.
  4. 4. 4 IBM and SAP Global AllianceTaking SAP NetWeaver BW Acceleratorscalability to the next level: Project“Jupiter” 1.2 TB / hBy leveraging the pre-defined standard configurations from 101,000 reports / h 25 TBIBM, customers quickly realize the benefits from their initial 4.2 secSAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator installations. Since many 37 M recordslarge SAP NetWeaver customers show a tremendous growth inthe number of SAP NetWeaver BW users and business data 1.1 TB / hvolumes in the tens to hundreds of terabytes, the capability of a Total DB Size 101,000 reports / h 15 TBsolution to scale economically becomes a critical proof point. 4.2 secIn response to this challenge, IBM and SAP ran a Proof of 22 M recordsConcept codenamed “Jupiter” at the IBM Poughkeepsieindustry solutions stress test center in Q4 2007 to address this 0.6 TB / hissue. The project Jupiter results, independently audited and 100,000 reports / h 5 TBvalidated by WinterCorp, delivered the proof points for the 4.5 sec 6 M recordssolutions ability to smoothly scale from smaller installations to Validation by WinterCorphigh-end configurations for more than 25 TB of SAP 27 blades 81 blades 135 bladesNetWeaver BW InfoCube data, while achieving remarkably BW Accelerator Resourcesconsistent fast response times and excellent throughput figures KPI Legend:(see graphic on the right). The lessons learned from this 1. BW Accelerator Index creation throughputunique scalability test have been applied to our most current 2. Multiuser reporting throughput 3. avg. report response timeconfigurations. IBM and SAP deliver the necessary scalability 4. avg. # records touched per reportfor customers that need it. IBM is the only SAP partner forSAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator that can offer flexibility,scalability and stability with one world-class file-system acrossall configurations.Scaling and accelerating your SAP SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator serviceNetWeaver Business Warehouse offeringsdeployment IBM offers specific SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator servicesYou can take immediate advantage of the IBM Systems to perform rapid implementation, maintenance, and managedsolution for SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator. A first step is to services to keep the SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator solutiondetermine a launch configuration for your respective SAP up-to-date with the latest software and firmware levels. ShouldNetWeaver BW landscape. IBM offers four categories (S, M, L you require the solution to be integrated into specific ITand XL), with predefined server and storage configurations, processes like high availability, IBM specialists and qualifiedvalidated by IBM and SAP. Sizing tools from IBM and SAP IBM Business Partners are at your service. Functional training(e.g. SAP Notes and SAP Quicksizer) make the selection of the and consulting services on the SAP NetWeaver BW / BWright SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator configuration(s) fast Accelerator applications are available from IBM Globaland easy. If needed, solution experts from IBM, our qualified Business Services, SAP and qualified global and regionalBusiness Partners and SAP are available to support you in this Consultants and Systems Integrators.process. The second step is to order the configurations directwith IBM or via your preferred IBM Business Partner and planthe installation and deployment of the solution.
  5. 5. IBM Sales and Distribution 5“Some reports that formerly took more than an hour now take less than a minute using the IBM Systems solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator.” — Jeremy Fuchs, Director of SAP Finance and Business Intelligence Systems, Lionsgate
  6. 6. © Copyright IBM Corporation 2012IBM Deutschland GmbH71137 in GermanyJune 2012IBM, the IBM logo,, BladeCenter, GPFS, System Storage, SystemStorage DS and System x are trademarks of International BusinessMachines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Acurrent list of other IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyrightand trademark information” at:, Intel logo, Intel Inside, Intel Inside logo, Intel Centrino, IntelCentrino logo, Celeron, Intel Xeon, Intel SpeedStep, Itanium, and Pentiumare trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or itssubsidiaries in the United States and other countries.Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States,other countries, or both.SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse and SAP NetWeaver BusinessWarehouse Accelerator are products of SAP. IBM and SAP are separatecompanies and each is responsible for its own products. Neither IBM norSAP makes any warranties, express or implied, concerning the other’sproducts.References in this publication to IBM products, programs or services do notimply that IBM intends to make these available in all countries in whichIBM operates. Any reference to an IBM product, program or service is notintended to imply that only IBM’s product, program or service may be used.Any functionally equivalent product, program or service may be usedinstead.All customer examples cited represent how some customers have used IBMproducts and the results they may have achieved. Actual environmentalcosts and performance characteristics will vary depending on individualcustomer configurations and conditions.IBM hardware products are manufactured from new parts, or new and usedparts. In some cases, the hardware product may not be new and may havebeen previously installed. Regardless, IBM warranty terms apply.This publication is for general guidance only.Photographs may show design models. Please Recycle SPB03002-USEN-02