Dells New Hardware Ready for In-Memory Computing

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


Dell, which continues to reinvent itself into the all-purpose data center systems business, has prepared its new products-including its PowerEdge R910 server, which also is certified for SAP's new in-memory software-in recent months via new-wave IT from acquisitions. These buyouts include storage-optimization specialist Ocarina Networks, cloud-integration provider Boomi, application accelerator KACE and server-provisioning provider Scalent.

SAP's been working on this real-time-processing project for more than a decade. Its in-memory software line is called HANA.

"SAP's been doing in-memory computing for quite some time now in different flavors," Aiaz Kazi, SAP's head of technology and innovation platform marketing, told eWEEK. "For the past 10 years, we've been doing in-memory work with SAP liveCache, and with BusinessObjects Explorer [business intelligence], as well as our internal search engine.

"What we're talking about now is all our new technology that leverages all of this: HANA. We believe this will cause a radical shift in the way; it's something we don't believe anybody else in the market is doing."

Kazi offered an analogy about the difference between in-memory computing and standard disk-based computing.

"Think of this as going to a water cooler," Kazi said. "In-memory is like walking down the hall to get a drink; disk-based is like going to the moon to get a drink."

Well, considering there isn't a lot of water on the moon to begin with, the water image is a bit of a stretch. Nonetheless, the idea is clear: Speed is paramount, and in-memory supplies it.

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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