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Understanding HANA technology, what it means to your business, and what to expect during data migration

The SAP Business Warehouse (BW) is a core part of the SAP NetWeaver technology. Serving as a powerful Enterprise Data Warehouse application platform BW provides flexible reporting and analysis tools. Businesses are able to make well-founded decisions on the basis of this analysis. Business information from SAP and external data sources are integrated, and consolidated in BW on HANA. SAP HANA (HANA) is a new database and analytics engine. Data now resides in main-memory (RAM) and no longer on a hard disk. Complex calculations on data are not carried out in the application layer, but are moved to the database. By running BW on HANA your business will experience significant gains in speed for retrieving analytical queries and reports. In this section, we introduce core concepts of SAP HANA in-memory computing, and how these concepts can help your SAP NetWeaver 7.3 Business Warehouse run better. We also consider some of the technical implications of upgrading your current data warehouse to version 7.3, and of migrating it to the SAP HANA database. Lastly, we cover what you might expect during the process of transitioning to this new technology.

Row vs. Column Data Storage
Relational databases typically use row-based data storage. However, column-based storage may be more suitable for some business applications. As shown in the figure below, a database table is conceptually a two-dimensional structure composed of cells arranged in rows and columns. Because computer memory is structured linearly, there are two options for the sequences of cell values stored in contiguous memory locations:
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Row Storage - The data sequence consists of the data fields in one table row. Column Storage - The data sequence consists of the entries in one table column.


Traditional databases store data simply in rows. The HANA in-memory database stores data in both rows and columns. It is this combination of both storage approaches that produces the speed, flexibility and performance of the HANA database. OLAP queries on huge amounts of data take a lot of time because every single row is touched to collect the data for the query response. In columnar tables, this information is stored physically next to each other, significantly increasing the speed of certain data queries. Data is also compressed, enabling shorter loading times. The following example shows the different usage of column and row storage, and positions them relative to row and column queries. Column storage is most useful for OLAP queries because these queries get just a few attributes from every data entry. But for traditional OLTP queries, it is more advantageous to store all attributes side-by-side in row tables. HANA combines the benefits of both row- and column-storage tables.


However. The elements of in-memory computing are not new. 3 .In-memory Technology In-memory technology moves data and information sources from remote databases into local memory so the results of analyses and transactions are available immediately. dramatically improved hardware economics and software technology innovations have made it possible to realize The Realtime Enterprise with in-memory business applications.

i. 4 .. The HANA database is optimized to use the capabilities of multi-core processors in order to enable incredibly fast queries. Parallelism can be achieved on different levels from the application level to query execution on the database level. It is now cost effective to store all data of a large enterprise in main memory.e. the database needs to be queried in parallel. The HANA in-memory database can help your applications zero-in on the information you need— without wasting time sifting through irrelevant data. Query processing also involves data processing. The SAP HANA Appliance can fail over to a cold standby server to guarantee high availability. and better decision making across your enterprise. Modern server boards have many CPUs with several cores each. All data are kept in main memory and can be processed at an incredible speed. Processing multiple queries at the same time is handled by multi-threaded applications which map each query to a single core. HANA's real-time platform combines high-volume transactions with analytics to help create solutions that take your business performance to the next level. on the degree of system parallelism. The result: Instant answers to your complex queries. system data can be restored quickly in case of power failures. HANA distributes the workload across multiple cores of a single system. Multi-core Processors Processor speed is no longer dependent on clock speed but rather. The SAP HANA Appliance is a combination of in-memory software and SAP-partner hardware that allows you to query multiple types of sources at speeds and in volumes as never before.The cost of main memory has decreased significantly. With optimized loading routines.

and parallel processing wherever allowed. analytical privileges that govern access to those models. SAP HANA Modeler supports: • • • • • • ERP table metadata upload: Mass ERP table metadata upload using the Load Controller API Selective ERP table metadata import using Data Services integration Extractor metadata upload: Extractor table metadata upload using the Load Controller API Selective Extractor table metadata import using Data Services integration 5 . later. SAP HANA Studio SAP HANA Studio is pre-installed on the SAP HANA Appliance. the system management application. SAP HANA Modeler SAP HANA Modeler is a graphical data modeling tool used to design analytical models and. Tools: HANA Studio and Modeler The two most important tools that come with BW on SAP HANA are the HANA Studio. the data migration and optimization application.Using column-based tables enables easier data partitioning. HANA uses multi-core systems on different layers to achieve highly-parallelized query execution. and the HANA Modeler. Studio is used for data modeling and provisioning.

Business Value BW on HANA enables • • • • • • • • • • • • • Faster information for better. more timely business decisions Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Tight integration with other parts of your SAP landscape Simplified configuration and operation Improved BW performance Answering many important business questions immediately Significantly faster analytics and reporting Access to the most current and complete business information Realtime access to transactional data Development of deeper insights into your business Elimination of data aggregation Cost effective management of large volumes of data New possibilities applying groundbreaking in-memory hardware innovations to your business needs BUSINESS VALUE: 6 .

System administration is simplified through one set of tools. The structure of the physical models that are implemented for in-memory optimized InfoCubes and Datastore Objects (DSOs) has also been simplified. Insight into business operations demands data volumes and velocity that are beyond the capabilities of traditional disk-based systems. This simplification of remodeling makes it possible to respond quicker and with less disruption when new requirements are identified by the business.Faster decision-making Having the right information when you need it Increasingly sophisticated business decision models depend on fast access to and manipulation of massive data stores. HANA enables you to analyze large amounts of data. Modeling. and to predict Available to Promise (ATP) more accurately. making it possible to access reports with up-to-the-minute information. HANA helps your SAP NetWeaver 7. in many cases. Reduced Data Redundancy The physical models implemented by BW on HANA for InfoCubes and DSOs eliminate redundancy within a model. As an example. and the enhanced performance for both loading and querying make it possible to 7 . Simplification of Models. and the need to unload and reload data when remodeling these objects.3 Business Warehouse run better than ever. from virtually any source. and Re-Modeling BW on HANA allows for simplification of existing models since. Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Reducing costs through simplification In-memory computing with HANA becomes the primary persistence model for the enterprise business warehouse and will enable significant rationalization of existing BW landscapes resulting in lower overall TCO. in near real time. having the most current order and logistics information makes it possible to manage your inventory more efficiently. layers in your Enterprise Data Warehouse can be eliminated because the speed of loading and querying makes some objects unnecessary. eliminating redundant storage.

learned. With HANA there is no need to retrain end users familiar with BW. Tight product integration Increased flexibility because client tools provide more options • Tighter integration with SAP BusinessObjects Data Services • Enhanced integration with SAP BusinessObjects Metadata Management • Rapid prototyping of Ad-Hoc-Scenarios via BW Workspaces Webi. sorting. yet easy-to-use business intelligence • Intuitive. updates and reports much faster than before. skins. Expert users do not need to get retrained because they can continue to use their current BI or other frontend tools. ranking. operate. and selectors. gauges. maps. and reduces the skill set and training required to create. it is now possible to run queries. business-centric view of information with universes With Excelsius Dashboards business users can conduct “what-if” analyses with sliders and other controls. Bex. and maintained. and process chains do not need to be remodeled. Simplified Operations and Monitoring With the integration of basic HANA administration capabilities with the BW Admin Cockpit it is possible to perform and monitor most common database and data warehouse functions from one place. Dashboards can then be customized with pre-built components. System operation stays as it is. and maintain your data warehouse. This reduces the number of tools that have to be installed. Xcelsius empower business users with powerful. web-based interface with offline capabilities • Start from a blank slate or use an existing analysis or report • Multi-source access • Interactivity with filtering. with BW on SAP HANA. charts. calculations. The result is that the same amount of data for BW on HANA requires significantly less storage. and can drill-down into data details. Simplified configuration and operational management Non-disruptive innovation and advanced administrative tools Your current business processes inside BW can stay as they are and will mesh perfectly with HANA. 8 .eliminate entire models in many cases. There is still the same BW application process but. and more • Data lineage Lightens the IT workload • Self-service analysis and reporting • Controlled and secure access with tight BI platform integration Intuitive.

HANA supports the BW Analysis Authorization Concept. 1. You can implement SAP NetWeaver BW scenario by scenario. 3. If this is the case for your company. and much faster. All three achieve the same result: copying your BW data into an SAP HANA database. SAP also strongly recommends you consider the high availability and backup/recovery procedures of HANA before starting to use it in production systems.1 What is SAP HANA? SAP HANA is a general purpose and ANSI standards-compliant in-memory database. This third option is important for companies who already have an active BW system which must function continously and without interruption. 2. with the assurance that the existing production landscape is still available as a fallback. which makes it simpler. SAP strongly recommends you follow a parallel approach to data migration: keeping your production landscape in place while bringing up the BW on SAP HANA system. A more complex option: Upgrade an existing BW system to version 7.3 SPS5. Because of its design it allows transactional and OLAP reporting in a single system. while creating a new BW instance running on the HANA database. then change the underlying database from a traditional disk-based relational database to the new in-memory HANA system. and connect it to the SAP HANA database. Migration Options Various approaches to system implementation Three options exist for implementing BW on SAP HANA. 9 . 1. than traditional RDBMS systems like Oracle. and can be integrated with NetWeaver Identity Management to ensure security remains intact. The easiest option: Create a totally new BW instance.In addition. A parallel approach mitigates risk while simultaneously enabling you to familiarize yourself with the administration and capabilities of HANA. The most popular option: Keep the current BW system running on a traditional database.

2. This is what SAP call innovation without disruption and it seems to work really nicely. But what SAP have done is really interesting: they have removed the versions and provide innovations automatically when you update HANA. 1. 1. it's best to contact your account exec directly and talk to them. 1. SAP HANA is an analytics appliance that consists of certified hardware. High Availability ETL-based Data Acquisition by SAP HANA Direct Extractor Connection 10 .saying that it can cost as little as €13k per 64GB unit.0 and you will see this in some early literature. But the reality is that SAP HANA only comes released in Revisions. Security. and there is some discounting based on volume. For the purposes of information and marketing. You build the logic and structures yourself. Multi-language and technical. SAP HANA SP02 (Revision 12) is the general-availability release of SAP HANA to the market. And for example. an In Memory DataBase (IMDB) an Analytics Engine and some tooling for getting data in and out of HANA.3 How is SAP HANA licensed? With SAP HANA.5 What are the key benefits of SAP HANA Patches? SAP HANA SP01 (Revision 10) is the initial release of SAP HANA to ramp-up. Usability. the price decreases. and use a tool e. Note that Steve Lucas from SAP has given some HANA prices for BW to the market -What Oracle won't tell you about SAP HANA . demo. So when last week.SP01 which was the ramp-up. It is one simple price based on appliance size. SP03 which provided support for BW and SP04 which provides support for Text Analytics and High Availability.1. Revision 28 is SP04. we got the innovations from SP04 included. XLSX) including automatic table creation in HANA Studio Enhancements for Attribute/Calculation Views.g.there is no release of SP04. I had all our SAP HANA systems updated to SAP HANA Revision 28. and the smallest appliance is 128GB. you pay based on the size of productive usage. There are volume discounts so as you buy HANA. This means if you buy 64GB today. The minimum purchase amount is currently 64GB.2 Is SAP HANA an appliance? SAP HANA comes shipped as a pre-configured appliance from your hardware vendor and the license is bought from SAP. As usual with SAP licenses. All test. But the patches are just to let people know about the new features . SAP HANA is priced by the 64GB unit right now. 1.5 and 2. And this update takes about 10 minutes and can be done online in High Availability environments. XLS. to visualise or analyse data. SAP HANA SP03 (Revision 20) brought: • • Support for the SAP NetWeaver BW database Information Composer SAP HANA SP04 (Revision 28) brought: • • • • Loading Data from Flat Files (CSV.0. SP02 which was the generally available version. which is upgradeable to 256GB. SAP BusinessObjects.4 Why is SAP HANA versionless and what is innovation without disruption? SAP HANA was originally going to be numbered 1. HA and DR licenses are included in this price and there are no hidden extras like CPU or user licenses. 1. SAP HANA has patches . you can easily incrementally expand up to 256GB.

The biggest examples of where I have seen SAP HANA not able to provide a benefit is where it is compared featurefunction as a replacement to an existing transactional system. the performance of in-memory analytics.The SAP BW on HANA FAQ 1. However. The really great SAP HANA apps that have been created mix three big performance improvements. out the box. In addition. it is already possible to run the Business Suite on IMDB and SAP has trialled moving some large databases into HANA already.3. SAP HANA does in this instance not require a separate data warehouse for analytics . ERP basely makes use of database stored procedures. a change in process that allows further improvements. ERP on HANA does not provide the same level of benefits that BW on HANA does. Inmemory technology is typically 100-1000x faster than disk for this reason. to optimise ERP on HANA it is necessary to push the logic down into the database and make use of the SAP HANA stored procedure language SQLScript. SAP has built a set of Analytics Apps on top of HANA and this are set to be great point use cases to get customers up and running quickly. I have broken this out into a separate article . For example.and to have the data updated in near real-time. So. This work is in progress. However. SAP ERP is not optimised for any particular database and this was a deliberate decision. 1. First. It will still run faster than ERP on Oracle or DB2. and what's more because of the high analytical performance of SAP HANA. 1.you can just build real-time virtual OLAP functions on top of your transactional OLTP store. SCM and PLM will follow. but not 100 or 1000 times faster. SAP wanted to prove the reliability of SAP HANA and its ability to support business critical applications. CRM. the NetWeaver BW Data Warehouse. This is what SAP's CTO Vishal Sikka affectionally calls the "100. affectionately called "NSP" by employees. The reason for this is because SAP HANA provides opportunities to simplify the architecture of the existing solution and simply replacing the database does not provide this opportunity.000 BW customers. powered by SAP HANA looks like it will be a no-brainer for the majority of SAP's 14.8 What is SAP HANA great at? The best thing that HANA brings to the table is the ability to aggregate large data volumes in near real-time . The improvements in performance and flexibility it allows resolve many of the classic data warehouse problems that have plagued the market for 20 years. 1.10 How does SAP HANA compare to Oracle Exalytics? 11 .000x club". SAP ERP on HANA is expected to be released into ramp-up in Q4 2012. From a technology perspective. it runs its own ERP system. SAP's demos show hundreds of billions of records of data being aggregated in a matter of seconds. This is because ERP is predominately transactional (OLTP) and SAP HANA does not optimise large transactional volumes to the extent that it does the OLAP functions of SAP BW.• • Predictive Analytics Library (PAL) R Programming Language Integration 1. an inefficient design and third. In addition.6 What is SAP NetWeaver BW on HANA? SAP now supports SAP HANA as the underlying database for its first Business Suite product. SAP NetWeaver BW 7. they are likely to be massively faster. the analytics functions are realtime where they were replicated before. on HANA in parallel. second.the spinning disks.7 What is SAP ERP on HANA? SAP planned from the start to allow customers to run their ERP or Business Suite on SAP HANA. In fact.9 Where might SAP HANA not provide a benefit? SAP HANA improves the biggest bottleneck that exists in standard database platforms .

1. 1. If one node fails. HANA stores information in electronic memory. The same applies if you buy your SAP BW licenses from another database vendor directly. but once the Business Suite runs on IMDB. This means if you buy 64GB today. Availability and Scalability features in their SAP HANA hardware and this includes predictive memory failure. using a combination of save-points and log files. As usual with SAP licenses. SAP HANA writes a copy of what is happening in memory to disk. which is some 50x faster (depending on how you calculate). you could replace this outright with SAP HANA and that would allow you to actually eliminate some licenses today.14 Does SAP HANA replace Oracle? It's the elephant in the room. It also supports Disaster Recovery using disk mirroring to an alternative location. it will reload the last save point and then apply the log files when you switch it back on. In addition. From that one store you can do transaction processing. The minimum purchase amount is currently 64GB. this all happens within the same machine. and they pass information between them. enables the solution to be more easily changed and more agile.This is a perfect example of the simplification example I gave in the last question. forecasting and predictives.saying that it can cost as little as €13k per 64GB unit.11 What happens if hardware or power fails? Intel has a comprehensive collection of Reliability. and the smallest appliance is 128GB. In case of hardware failure. This doesn't affect anything in the short term because many of those people buying HANA today will still need an Oracle ERP system. SAP HANA supports fully Highly Available scenarios and standby nodes. And you do not pay a performance penalty because everything happens in-memory.13 Why is SAP HANA so fast? Regular RDBMS technologies put the information on spinning plates of iron (hard disks) from which the information is retrieved. you need to build your transactional database in Exadata. in case of power failure in the main site.15 What compression can I expect as compared to alternatives? 12 . Note that Steve Lucas from SAP has given some HANA prices for BW to the market -What Oracle won't tell you about SAP HANA . you store the information once in the SAP HANA appliance. However if you run an Oracle or DB2 data mart that performs poorly.12 What does SAP HANA cost? SAP HANA is priced by the 64GB unit right now. most SAP systems have the database on one system and a calculation engine on another. in case of power failure or the like. analytical reporting. This is designed to avoid hardware failure but obviously hardware does fail from time to time. 1. it's best to contact your account exec directly and talk to them. With Oracle. then you replicate this into the Exalytics Times-Ten database for reporting and into Essbase for forecasting. which is upgradeable to 256GB. you can easily incrementally expand up to 256GB. With HANA. fault tolerance and recovery of failed memory. By contrast if you use SAP HANA. With HANA you are not moving information around the whole time and this simplifies the solution. HANA stores a copy on magnetic disk. and there is some discounting based on volume. If the power goes out. 1. another will replace it. 1. Oracle won't be needed any more by SAP customers who purchase HANA. In addition.

3 Does SAP make its own SAP HANA hardware? Yes.4 How big does SAP HANA scale? The largest certified appliance is 16TB and there are 100TB appliances in the lab. Fujitsu and IBM currently do not have a blade solution and IBM have stated that it is not their current strategy. The fewer unique values.1 What hardware is supported right now? I have broken out the SAP HANA Hardware guide into a separate FAQ . 2. That said. but it may make sense for SAP to enter the appliance market. If you have raw flat files or uncompressed databases like DB2 or Oracle then I generally see 10x compression to be a good start point. Technical FAQ 3. But for "big data" fans. There are no public plans to compete against IBM/HP/Dell in this space. forecast and consolidate on a single version of the truth. given that we moved from 1TB to 16TB certified appliances in the last year.The answer is it really depends on the number of unique values in your data. Remember that you do get compression on this so this is equivalent to 160TB of raw data for a 16TB appliance. which refers to the kind of huge datasets that FaceBook or Google have to store .not Terabytes. 2. they had 27TB of SAP BW database.2 Why doesn't SAP HANA run on blades? Running SAP HANA on blades is only relevant in multi-node systems.The SAP HANA Hardware FAQ There is a supported hardware list on SAP's website at: http://service. but rather Petabytes. 2. you can expect by 2013 for much larger appliances to be certified. In one customer I have dealt with. but 20TB of this was aggregates and indexes used to improve performance. 1. SAP HANA database hardware 2. they started with 7TB and got 5x compression. plan. especially in the context of Data Centres and even more so in the context of the SAP Business byDesign cloud offering. which will run on HANA. Note that this is missing the point because HANA allows simplification. So when the database was moved to SAP HANA.16 What is the wider market opportunity for in-memory technologies? I think that this is the biggest challenge that SAP HANA provides today: because it simplifies and changes the way in which computer solutions can be designed. report.1 What source databases does SAP HANA support in real-time? 13 . This is because their GPFS filesystem requires local disk storage in the system and blades cannot hold this. HANA currently only scales to the small-end of Big Data. If you can make the mental jump of what that would mean to your organisation then you can see the potential. 2. You transact. SAP HANA does run on blades from Cisco and HP. 3.5TB or 18:1. These volumes remain the domain of solutions like Hadoop. If you are using DB2 or Oracle compression then you can expect that to reduce to 5x compression with HANA in an average scenario.sap. which requires a change in the design philosophy of computer systems. In real life this means compression of 27TB down to 1.com/pam (login required). the better the compression. I have been talking to a number of people that see the potential and the key is this: you move all your data into one place. but only in the labs so far.

corrections & credits This is a work in progress and your help correcting me. only the SAP BI4 suite and Analysis for Excel client are supported.There are two mechanisms that HANA supports for near-real-time data loads. prior to being acquired by Business Objects. For those scenarios. With DXC. address verification outside of HANA. SAP have a second choice of replication mechanism called System Landscape Transformation (SLT). What is the difference between SAP Business Warehouse Accelerator (SAP BWA) & SAP HANA? SAP BW Accelerator (SAP BWA) is an in-memory accelerator for BW. SLT is also near-real-time and works from a trigger from the SAP Business Suite products. This provides a means to work with Business Content DataSources (DXC). Let me know and I'll expand this as the months go on! Q. HANA is a full featured in-memory platform. but if you buy it through SAP then you may have a restricted license that does not allow for usage of SRS. 3. IBM or Oracle databases. 4. You can reasonably load into HANA using Data Services every 10 minutes and Data Services allows for excellent flexibility because you can take care of complex business transformations including e. and was previously called Acta.2 What source databases does SAP HANA support for batch loads? If you use SAP BusinessObjects Data Services 4. SAP BWA is focused 14 . Data Services was previously called Data Integrator. This is both database-independent and pretty neat. extracted data flows into SAP HANA directly. the Direct Extractor Connection. Again there is set to be a certification process starting later in 2012 that will allow third-party vendors to certify their software.including the SAP Mobility Platform for real-time replication to mobile devices. SRS has additional restrictions which are worth bearing on mind. However I have tested a number of different tools on top of HANA and they generally work well .3 What BI Platforms does SAP HANA support? SAP HANA supports the ODBC. which send data from an SAP Business Suite system to SAP HANA. JDBC and MDX standards for BI (or other connections). Today. In addition there is a new model. 3. This would provide a significant benefit over any other ETL tool. which works with SAP or non-SAP source systems running on Microsoft. First is the Sybase Replication Server (SRS). BO-DS is a very flexible Extract. I hear that SAP plan to open up a certification for third-party ETL tools later in 2012. the Business Content extractors are redirected. Transform & Load tool that supports many databases.0 for bulk loads then pretty much anything. depending on how you license the database layer of SAP. If you buy your database license direct from the vendor then you are fine. BWA was specifically designed accelerate BW queries by reducing the data acquisition time by persisting copies of the InfoCube data in-memory.g. because it allows for application-layer transformations and therefore greater flexibility than the SRS model. Note that SLT has now been extended to work with non-SAP source systems. This was expected to be the most common mechanism for SAP data sources but there remain some license challenges around replicating data out of Microsoft and Oracle databases. which may allow simplified modelling within HANA. It can only replicate Unicode data and does not support IBM DB2 compressed tables at this time. However there are plans to move the Data Services ETL engine into SAP HANA which would allow transformations to happen in-memory. clarifying some things I may have not explained so well or even just asking a question that I haven't covered would be really useful for the wider market. and instead of flowing into SAP Business Warehouse. Follow-ons.

30 . As such.BW Roadmap. 15 . Everything here has been announced at some SAP event . To that end.30 . I've presented on this topic to many customers and colleagues in and outside Walldorf. So I'm focusing on bringing pieces into context rather than revealing something that has not been known before.Part 2 Review In-Memory For a start.30 .on improving the query performance of SAP NetWeaver BW.3 and above. SAP HANA is an in-memory appliance and platform for delivering high-performance analytics and applications.30 .30 .Part 2 looks at the combination of HANA and BW from a technical angle. it includes a full-featured in-memory database. Data can be loaded into SAP HANA from SAP & non-SAP data sources and viewed using SAP BusinessObjects front end tools.30 . Overview Part 1 • Review In-Memory Overview HANA and BW 7. HANA & BW 7. SAP BWA can be used today with any SAP BW 7. It shows what the semiconductor industry predicts on how the listed components will evolve .Part 2 • In-Memory @ SAP • HANA and BW 7. let's have a look at the table in figure 1 that I've gratefully borrowed from Andy Bechtolsheim's presentation at HPTS 2009. with the first focusing on the motivation. scenarios and use cases while HANA and BW 7. As there seems to be such a high demand. for example.Part 2 • HANA as BWA • HANA and BW 7. In the near future.0 release and above.Part 2 • Conclusion • HANA and BW 7.. Before I start with the first blog please note that the usual disclaimer applies. let's review the fundamentals behind in-memory computing.Part 2 • How HANA affects Data Warehousing • HANA and BW 7.see The SAP Run Better Tour .30 . I've decided to convert the underlying slide presentation into two blogs.see the ITRS. SAP HANA will also act as an In-memory database that will power SAP NetWeaver BW 7. In this way it will be able to dramatically improve the overall performance of SAP NetWeaver BW by combining the value proposition of both the database & BWA into a single platform.3 PART -1 Over the past few months.Part 2 • HANA Scenarios • HANA and BW 7.

SAP's response to this is what has been labeled in-memory computing.Figure 1: CPU module roadmap It is sufficient to look at the first two lines. 16 . is a prerequisite to fit data into main memory.with power efficiency being the main reason for this change. see here for a few examples implemented by Ebay. supporting the multi-core architectures via software parallelism is key • in-memory: a prerequisite for parallelism is to have the related data located close to the cores in local memory • columnar data structures: this. However. The logic goes along the following lines: • parallelism: as seen in figure 1. Two things can be concluded from that: A. The CAP theorem is an instance of that. B. namely that parallelism will be key on those future CPU architectures. the second blog will provide examples in the context of BW for this. Actually. the clock rateand the cores. namely exploiting inherent properties of the underlying applications to relieve some of the traditional RDBMS constraints in order to build innovative data processing clusters. the columnar approach is extremely I/O efficient and is an enabler for the next bullet • compression: columnar data can be more efficiently compressed than rowbased data due to a higher repetition of values and thus a higher potential to compress • application-awareness: this is separate from the previous four technology arguments and comes down to building an engine tailored towards the SAP applications. Moore's law will continue to apply. based on MySQL nodes or Hadoop. In my opinion. However. it is something that many other companies already and successfully do. it will be based on scaling the number of CPU cores rather than the CPU clock rate . e. this term over-emphasizes the aspect of main memory and comes a bit short of some other aspects that are at the heart of the performance benefits achieved in this context.g. in turn. the last item is one of the most overlooked and undervalued in the current debate. The "however part" (B) is fundamental and carries a big mandate for the software industry. SAP's BWA is another good example as it is tailored towards the BW schema.

e.g. failure handling (especially consistent restart) • KPI definitions • business semantic like rules on how to convert currencies or fiscal year definitions • management of shared and private dimensions. Now. • a full.In-Memory @ SAP SAP's response to the imperative for a new software architecture is its In-Memory Computing Engine (IMCE. Today: EDW = RDBMS + X This means that an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) is not equal to a database system but requires a complement (here: X). in a simplified (albeit not 100% technically correct) way. • extraction programs • DDL code (like CREATE TABLE statements) • constraints. it comprises more than just IMCE • HANA is the term you likely hear in public • for the remainder of this presentation: IMCE ≈ HANA (to avoid too much confusion) How HANA affects Data Warehousing The following pseudo equations originate from some joky internal discussions that we had but have proven to be helpful: 1. HANA is the acronym for High Performance Analytical Appliance. Under Xyou can imagine code that is manually written or generated by tools.for simple purposes . • an OLAP processor for MDX queries. e. • SAP's implementation of an in-memory DB. whereby column L indicates the language and column C the description 17 . tailored towards SAP applications.g. albeit not tied to BW alone anymore. you can look at HANA as • roughly: IMCE as an appliance • however. aka NewDB). stand-alone SQL database. schedules and monitoring. o column X is the parent column of a parent-child hierarchy H associated to dimension D o column Y is a unit key figure with the associated unit stored in column U o column Z is an attribute of dimension members whose key is compound in columns A and B o table T holds natural language descriptions for dimension member keys. including hierarchies • defining and interpreting semantics on top of tables and columns.you can look at IMCE as • an evolution of BWA. validation rules • data transformations and harmonization • process definitions. Also. I don't want to engage into a deep essay on IMCE and think that .

manually written programs etc. It is a paradigm shift similar to moving from analog to digital photography.column P in table Q is a foreign key of members of dimension D. hierarchies • logging. week . members. meta data definitions.HANA Relationship. First steps will be visible with the BW 7. auditing and other compliance-related features • etc etc etc In summary.e. referential integrity is guaranteed (yes/no) o time and calendar semantics. Thus: (new) EDW = HANA + Y Now. there are trade-off decisions behind those scenarios. Beyond that. HANA Scenarios From my experience.the software that sits on top (i. Y needs to address the same requirements as Xbut in a different way. how to index and/or partition those tables • (meta data) lifecycle of models and tables. 1. get combined into 3. 3 and 4 are extremely helpful as they trigger fruitful discussions with customers.g. based on hierarchies like day month . e.year • table and data management like defining standards on how to store a dimension (tables and their respective layouts). meaning that many more options are possible in Yin comparison to X. Please note that there is no "best" scenario but that each of the scenarios in figure 2 over-emphasize a certain property at the expense of another one. development / test / production setup • (data) lifecycle: archiving and the underlying management of archives (what has been archived and what not. BW is an off-the-shelf instance of X. Essentially.) • security. the slides shown in figures 2.quarter . there are even new and more opportunities given by the new constraints and rules. o 18 . Still. This confuses many people who would like SAP to give a simple answer. I've discussed figures 2 and 3 in my blog on The BW . to a Y in 3. previously the X) needs to be adjusted to accommodate those new constraints and rules. 2. As HANA is not an exact 1:1 replacement of an RDBMS and as the constraints and "physical rules" of in-memory computing changes . Now: RDBMS ⇒ HANA This indicates that traditional RDBMS technology gets overhauled by inmemory computing as implemented in HANA. So. avoid overlapping data containers. This is indicated by moving from X in 1. It can be a bundle of generated code. and 2.especially the performance cost model .year.3 enablement of HANA planned for end of 2011. changes including impact analysis and propagation. 3. X addresses those requirements. etc. especially modeling and management based on higher conceptual levels like dimensions. like versioning. Simply think of all the additional things that are possible with digital photography today! BW will follow this transformation from X to Y by tailoring it towards HANA.

• "progressive approach" (the long arrow in figure 4): this translates into migrating the DBMS server underlying your BW system to HANA. This offers two options to bring HANA into an existing BW 7. Figure 3: HANA scenarios and their respective trade-offs.But. HANA has a calculation engine that has been improved in comparison to the one in BWA. e.3 landscape . whether there will be new releases of BWA. BWA as 19 .g. it should be possible to buy a HANA box that can be set up and configured to run as an accelerator next to a BW like BWA did before. The basic plan is to enable HANA to play the role of a BWA in the future. HANA as BWA There have been many questions on the BWA-HANA relationship.note that release 7. it's like when you buy a car: you need to trade off various aspects for choosing the right model for your specific purposes.3 is a prerequisite for running BW with HANA: • "conservative approach" (the two small arrows in figure 4): you bring in HANA as an accelerator for your existing BW. That way. In other words: in 2012 (plan!). I guess. learn to operate HANA and already see a large amount of benefits. whether investsments into BWA would be safe etc. you gain confidence with HANA. Figure 2: HANA scenarios. For example.

Figure 4: Migration options for a classic towards a HANA-based BW. it has clarified what role HANA will play in a BW context. It should become obvious that there is a significant complement even though.30 Part 2 will describe some examples on what is possible. performance critical operators that are today implemented in the BW application stack are moved into the HANA engine. 20 . BW will eventually become a pure management software implementing a best practice approach that orchestrates the heavy data lifting inside HANA. and on a technical level. Hopefully. Conclusion This concludes this first part.accelerator becomes obsolete as HANA already incorporates the BWA calculation capabilities. HANA and BW 7.

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