SAP, Dell Hook Up on Cloud, In-Memory Computing

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-25 Print this article Print

In-memory applications use a large amount of DRAM for database operations and a NAND flash solid-state drive for data storage and persistency of the logs.

A recently announced deal between longtime partners Dell and SAP involving a new in-memory application and storage appliance could turn out to be a significant landmark in the data center business.

As a result of this partnership, announced last week at SAP's Sapphire conference in Orlando, Fla., SAP's customers will be able to deploy their applications optimally on Dell's new VIS Next-Generation Datacenter Platform, which will deliver new cloud and in-memory computing options.

In-memory applications, run on in-memory blade servers, use a large amount of DRAM (dynamic random access memory) for database operations and a NAND flash solid-state drive for data storage and persistency of the logs.

In-memory computing enables customers to analyze massive amounts of data in real time, allowing for faster decision making and identifying business insights that can be acted upon immediately. This type of performance is nirvana for enterprises that deal with high-intensity workloads, such as financial services, scientific research, high-end media and others.

In-memory blades, the demand for which is expected to trend up in the next 12 to 18 months because of their outstanding processing performance, can hold a combination of 1 to 2 terabytes of DRAM and NAND flash to do this job. No spinning disks are used here, although for other purposes they can be connected to slower adjunct storage systems using Serial ATA disks.

Because cloud-delivery models are becoming a top priority for many corporate IT departments due to their quick deployments, cost-effectiveness and overall flexibility, SAP and Dell aim to satisfy this need with their new joint in-memory systems.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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