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Behind the latest SAP BW Advance Mixed Load Benchmark

by Parisa Fathi

July 20, 2016

On July 4, 2016, SAP, on behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council, certified (Certification number: 2016035) the latest SAP BW Advance Mixed Load Benchmark (BW-AML Benchmark) where Hitachi now ranks first for the 2 billion initial record load, see the results here.

For those of us at Hitachi, these results are no surprise. Hitachi’s converged platform, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP), has been providing SAP HANA customers with a platform designed to meet the performance demands of the most data intensive environments. Our customers are witness to our commitment to delivering the highest performance systems, accompanied with highest reliability and availability available in the market.

Now you may ask, who would need to run 2 billion records and does this have a real world use case in an SAP BW environment? With massive explosion of data, and customers running databases in petabyte ranges, the answer is yes. A BW environment is very query intensive. There are nightly extracts from ERP that are loaded into the system as well as other source systems. When talking about huge databases the amount of data that is stored in BW can quickly skyrocket.

Take the retail sector for example an environment where we’ve seen big interest in our SAP HANA solutions for customers like Target Corporation, SPAR and Dennis Department Store. This $22 trillion industry with some retailers having hundreds of millions of customers on a weekly basis. It isn’t hard to imagine these retailers requiring the processing of billions of records at speeds that allow them to make business-relevant decisions in an environment where they face fierce competition every day. More and more retailers are using real time analytics to make smart business decisions so they can stay ahead of their competition. Everything from customer’s buying patterns, previous purchases, and inventory management are data that they need access to in real time. Real time access to data allows retailers to maximize every customer interaction. With the power of the SAP HANA platform, customers can access data that they could not previously access economically and in real time and Hitachi’s UCP is just the high performance converged platform they need for this environment. Hitachi's end-to-end SAP HANA offerings provides customers with a full range of platform solutions including managed services from oXya and consulting services from HCC.

Performance and speed of business are critical for any customer that is going through digital transformation – where most initiatives drive increasing waves of new data to manage – and adopting the SAP HANA platform as one of the means to thrive. When they need to run their business in real time, customers need the peace of mind to know that the underlying platform will perform to the highest degree to meet the most demanding workloads. With Hitachi’s UCP for SAP HANA converged platform, we’re confident that this can be achieved quickly and simply while providing the customer with the highest ROI in the industry. In SAP’s words, Run Live, Run Simple. And with Hitachi’s UCP for the SAP HANA Platform, customers can make it a reality with an end-to-end solution that has proven its world-record performance.

SAP-AML Benchmark Result Details
The SAP BW Advanced Mixed Load (BW-AML) Standard Application Benchmark performed on June 24, 2016, by Hitachi in Kanagawa, Japan, with a total of 2,000,000,000 records, was certified by SAP on behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council on July 4, 2016 with the following data:

Benchmark Phase 1
Number of initial records 2,000,000,000

Operating System, DB Server SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
Operating System, Application Servers SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
Database SAP HANA 1.0
Technology Platform Release SAP NetWeaver 7.50

Database server Hitachi Compute Blade 520XB3, processors / 96 cores/192 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E7-8890 v4, 2.20 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 60 MB L3 cache per processor, 1024 GB main memory

This latest world record from Hitachi was achieved using an everyday 4 socket server that can be found in most customer data centers today. It will deliver customers the performance they need for their environment without the added complexity or cost.

SAP and Hitachi are strong strategic partners and over the last few years Hitachi has made some significant investments to create an entire eco-system around SAP.  This benchmark shows the results of this partnership. This collaboration has only gotten stronger since the release of SAP HANA and we have been there with SAP since the beginning of this journey. Both companies are helping customers make their digital transformation journey a reality.

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