Cisco & MapR bring 3 Superpowers to SAP HANA Deployments

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Real world applications of the Cisco Unified Computing System and the MapR Data Platform

[Editor Note: Join Cisco and MapR for a conversation about the joint SAP solution, featuring Cisco IT experts discussing how they used the appliance design to optimize their business cases internally.]

When I started supporting enterprise application platforms at the turn of the century, the model was pretty simple: a single, huge server with expensive high-performance storage behind it. If you outgrew the storage, you could add more, and if you outgrew the server, you bought the next larger box. It was a very monolithic design, and if you've seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, you'd be forgiven for worrying about monoliths.

In the last couple of years, a lot of mindshare and a lot of actual production business-critical applications have moved toward what could be called "web-scale," with Hadoop infrastructures being the poster child for these models. We've disaggregated performance and capacity, as well as compute from storage, but some applications are still too critical to migrate to take advantage of the new developments.

While a traditional Hadoop platform gives you the ability to spread your storage out over less costly, more granularly scalable devices, it has not traditionally been easy to access from pre-Hadoop-era applications. There are also performance and availability concerns when you work with HDFS, especially if your application doesn't speak HDFS natively (and most don’t).

Enter MapR and the Data Platform.

MapR has long offered a NFS interface to the MapR XD. We now have a set of solutions with Cisco, MapR, and SAP that will take advantage of the scalable Hadoop-like storage design of MapR while overcoming the typical performance and reliability concerns of HDFS itself.

The easiest option is our appliance-style deployment with Cisco UCS B460 M4 blade servers for compute and the C240 M4 rackmount servers for storage. ucsii_saphana_mapr_21 This option takes advantage of Cisco's latest 40GBe fabric interconnects and virtual interface controllers (VICs) to provide the bandwidth for cluster interaction as well as storage access within a single switching domain.

UCS C240 Integrated Solution for SAP

If you prefer to tune your deployment more closely to your own application needs, we have designs applicable to the Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) model from SAP as well.

If you are moving to a scale-out HANA deployment, or if you're looking at evolving into SAP HANA and Vora to take advantage of the latest in-memory and low latency analytics, there's never been a better time to consider the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure to make the most of the newest options from SAP.

In the second part of our Cisco and MapR webinar series, we will discuss the joint solutions for SAP HANA. Join us on March 29, 2017, for a conversation including the people from Cisco IT responsible for deploying this solution internally. Learn how Cisco took advantage of the benefits of the SAP HANA on MapR Data Platform solution with Cisco UCS, and see how you can do the same in your enterprise.

This blog post was published March 20, 2017.

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