December 09, 2010   //  By: Frank Völkel   //  Real-time Data Analysis

Trend in SAP application performance on IBM servers (source: IBM)

Trend in SAP application performance on IBM servers (source: IBM)

Two billion transactions by 2020

According to the projections of the market researchers at IDC, we will be able to move up to 50 billion gigabytes of data and conduct two billion financial transactions by the year 2020. Four million of us will live connected lifestyles, supported by some 31 billion online devices and 25 million software applications.

Fujitsu, HP, and IBM offering blade servers with 2TB of RAM

To enable customers to take advantage of the fully in-memory database technology offered by SAP HANA, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM have introduced blade servers equipped with Intel processors and chipsets.

These new blade servers sport motherboards based on the Intel Westmere-EX platform, which supports DIMM memory chips of up to 32GB each. The ability to install up to 64 of these modules puts the maximum memory of one server at 2TB; as far as business processes are concerned, most of the databases today’s companies maintain are no larger than 500GB. In addition to this generous RAM capacity, the blades can contain as many as 64 CPU cores (with Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology) – enough for most computing operations.

The basis for SAP HANA: Intel’s Westmere server platform

The basis for SAP HANA: Intel’s Westmere server platform

NewDB squeezes 2.7TB onto 700GB

Despite predictions of the even more massive data volumes to come, in-memory databases will still be able to offer increases in speed. For example, a pile of CRM data that takes up 2.5TB on a conventional hard drive occupies only 600GB when arranged in SAP HANA’s column-wise structure. Under ideal conditions, the compression rate can reach a factor of 10.

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