Cisco rounds out SAP HANA server, appliance line-up

Cisco's family of SAP HANA appliances is designed to "cover the needs of early adopters testing HANA to experienced large scale deployments."

Cisco Systems on Tuesday rounded out its line-up of servers and appliances based on SAP's HANA analytics platform.

With the move, Cisco has created a full suite of SAP HANA boxes on its Unified Computing System (UCS) platform. According to Satinder Sethi, vice president of Cisco's datacenter group, UCS HANA servers will also support SAP's roadmap to migrate business applications over to its fast-growing analytics software.

Specifically, Cisco is offering five HANA servers. The first three are dubbed so-called scale up servers. There's a two-socket server with 128GB of memory (extra small), a two-socket server with 256GB of memory (small) and a 4-socket server with 500GB. For larger system nodes (scale out), Cisco has two UCS HANA blades that can scale out to 8TB. The difference between those two servers is that one connects to EMC on the backend and the other works with NetApp.


Sethi said that Cisco's family of HANA appliances is designed to "cover the needs of early adopters testing HANA to experienced large scale deployments." To date, SAP has about 600 HANA customers and the analytics platform is the company's fastest growing product. Cisco released HANA for UCS a little more than a year ago, but expanded given what Sethi called "surprisingly strong demand." Sethi said that traditional customers running SAP business applications have moved quickly to HANA.

Meanwhile, Cisco's UCS blades are selling quickly. Cisco's pitch is that its partnerships and alliances with leading vendors create faster deployments with best-of-breed technologies and storage choices. Sethi noted that Cisco partners with EMC and NetApp and other vendors---Dell, HP and IBM---push their own technologies. Regarding HANA, Sethi noted that it is using workflow integration technologies from the acquisition of Tidal Software 2.5 years ago to allow for quick HANA deployments.

Sethi added that SAP and Cisco have many overlapping customers so the partnership should benefit both sides.




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