Intel and SAP Together: Simplifying Digital Transformation for Business

Angela Hughes |  September 2019

The digital economy has produced an enormous amount of data, but very little of it has been analyzed. That leaves a huge opportunity for business growth. Intel and SAP have built a partnership focused on optimizing Intel platforms for end-to-end SAP enterprise software applications, including SAP S/4HANA.

The alliance will use technologies from Intel to boost the SAP platform technologies that underpin enterprise applications, including:

  • Real-time in-memory computing
  • Streaming-data and Big Data analytics
  • Blockchain
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Security

The goal is to provide customers best-in-class performance, reduce operational risk through improved resilience, deliver open and extensible frameworks, lower total cost of ownership for SAP S/4HANA deployments, and enhance digital transformation projects geared to engage the Experience Economy with SAP C/4HANA and Experience Management solutions from SAP (Qualtrics).

A Long History of Partnership

Intel and SAP have a history of joint innovation. The organizations have worked together for over a decade to deliver hardware and software solutions that speed enterprises’ digital transformation. It’s a partnership focused on simplifying digital transformation while building intelligent enterprises for the emerging Experience Economy.

“No partner has been more deeply engaged with us in this space than SAP,” Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel, said of the software collaboration. In fact, Intel IT’s own internal open data platform uses SAP HANA for real-time data management for its supply chain data analytics system. Intel’s supply chain managers can analyze data within seconds of it being created, leading to faster decisions, streamlined business processes, and operational excellence.

Breaking New Ground Together

Intel and SAP strive to take full advantage of Intel’s technology for persistent memory: Optane DC. This makes SAP HANA the first major database platform optimized for persistent memory. Together, they are already breaking boundaries with a core-to-memory ratio six times greater for analytical workloads than the prior generation processor. The Intel Optane DC persistent memory modules greatly expand memory size without requiring more memory slots.

In an internal SAP benchmark, Intel Optane DC persistent memory created a 12.5x improvement in SAP HANA data load on startup time compared to a traditional DRAM and SSD configuration, reducing recovery time from 50 minutes to four minutes on a 6 terabyte HANA instance. This can significantly increase service uptime and reduce risk in the deployment of multi-terabyte systems, providing customers the confidence to go big when they go real time with SAP HANA.

What’s the Benefit for Customers?

Companies that run SAP HANA with persistent memory can manage more data at in-memory speed, at a reduced cost, and with improved business continuity. They can also increase efficiency by consolidating multiple HANA instances. And in future they can expect to benefit from disaster recovery, system replication, and use cases that apply the built-in machine learning and predictive analytics capabilities of SAP HANA.

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