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Introduction

SAP HANA

The SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) is a new non-intrusive hardware and software solution that provides real-time access for SAP business applications and integration of analytics into business processes based on an innovative in-memory computing architecture. This in-memory technology enables the processing ofmassive quantities of real-time data in the main memory of a server to provide immediate results from analysis and transactions.

Cisco has developed a full portfolio of SAP HANA solutions based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (CiscoUCS®). The portfolio ranges from small-scale solutions supporting 128 GB of memory to large-scale solutions supporting up to 8 terabytes (TB) of usable memory with 16 nodes, validated as of March 2012. Depending on the compression factors, validated Cisco® appliance solutions can support databases of up to 56TB. With a single Cisco UCS platform, a SAP HANA appliance can be scaled to 48 computing nodes, with 24TB of memory or 192 TB of uncompressed data (validated on request).

Cisco Unified Computing System

Cisco UCS consists of a set of preintegrated data center components, including blade servers, adapters, fabric interconnects, and extenders, that are integrated under a common embedded management system. This approach results in far fewer system components and much better manageability, operation efficiency, and flexibility than comparable data center platforms.

Cisco UCS is designed from the foundation to be programmable and self-integrating. A server’s entire hardware stack, ranging from server firmware and settings to network profiles, is configured through model-based management. With Cisco virtual interface cards, even the number and type of I/O interfaces is programmed dynamically, making every server ready to power any workload at any time.

With model-based management, administrators manipulate a model of a desired system configuration and associate a model’s service profile with hardware resources, and the system configures itself to match the model. This automation accelerates provisioning and workload migration with accurate and rapid scalability. The result is increased IT staff productivity, improved compliance, and reduced risk of failure due to inconsistent configurations.

Cisco Fabric Extender Technology (FEX Technology) reduces the number of system components that need to be purchased, configured, managed, and maintained by condensing three network layers into one. It eliminates both blade server and hypervisor-based switches by connecting fabric interconnect ports directly to individual blade servers and virtual machines. Virtual networks are now managed exactly like physical networks, but with massive scalability. This approach represents a radical simplification compared to traditional systems, reducing capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) while increasing business agility, simplifying and accelerating deployment, and improving performance.

Product Overview

Cisco Unified Computing System for SAP HANA is a defined set of hardware and software that serves as an integrated infrastructure stack. The solution supports only the SAP HANA application stack in a single package. Figures 1 and 2 show two models of the Cisco Unified Computing System for SAP HANA.

Figure 1. Cisco UCS C460 M2 for SAP HANA M-Size

Figure 2. Cisco UCS C260 M2 for SAP HANA XS- and S-Size

System Specifications

Tables 1 and 2 list the specifications for the Cisco Unified Computing System for SAP HANA models. Table 3 presents environmental specifications.

Table 1. Cisco UCS C460 M2 for SAP HANA M-Size Specifications

Cisco UCS Component

Details

Cisco UCS C460 M2 High-Performance Rack Server

Number of CPUs

4 Intel Xeon processor E7-4870 2.4-GHz CPUs

Total CPU cores

40

Total RAM

512 GB

Ethernet uplink bandwidth

22 Gbps: 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 2 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet

Internal data storage

12 x 300-GB SAS (6 Gbps)

Internal storage log

2 Fusion ioDrive2 365 GB

Table 2. Cisco UCS C260 M2 for SAP HANA XS- and S-Size Specifications

Cisco UCS Component

Details

Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack Server

Number of CPUs

2 Intel Xeon processor E7-2870 2.4-GHz CPUs

Total CPU cores

20

Total RAM

128 or 256 GB

Ethernet uplink bandwidth

22 Gbps: 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 2 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet

Internal data storage data

10 x 600-GB SAS (6 Gbps)

Internal storage log

6 x 100-GB SSD (6 Gbps)

Table 3. Environmental Specifications

Equipment

Rack Units (RUs)

Typical Watts

Typical BTUs

Maximum Watts

Maximum BTUs

Weight

Cisco UCS C460 M2

4

1405
(200 to 240 VAC)

3230

1916
(200 to 240 VAC)

4794

110 lb (50kg)

Cisco UCS C260 M2

2

684
(200 to 240 VAC)

1500

820
(200 to 240 VAC)

2211

92 lb (41 kg)

Required Software and Firmware Versions

SAP HANA has been tested with the Cisco UCS solution with the firmware and software releases listed in Tables 4 and 5. All major, minor, and patch releases from now on that are supported for the Cisco UCS C460 M2 server are automatically supported for SAP HANA.

Table 4. Cisco UCS C460 M2 for SAP HANA M-Size Software and Firmware Requirements

Name

Specified Version or Later

Cisco UCS C-Series Integrated Management Controller (IMC)

Cisco UCS C-Series IMC Firmware Release 1.3.2d

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)

SLES Release 11 SP1

BIOS

Cisco UCS Release C460.1.3.2e.0

LSI MegaRAID controller firewall

Release 2.90.33-0978

Fusion ioDrive2 driver

Release 3.1.1

SLES kernel patch release

Release 2.6.32.48-0.3-default

Broadcom NetXtreme II 57711 driver

1.60.51 for SLES 11 SP1

Table 5. Cisco UCS C260 M2 for SAP HANA XS- and S-Size Software and Firmware Requirements

Name

Specified Version or Later

Cisco UCS C-Series IMC

Cisco UCS C-Series IMC Firmware Release 1.4(2)

SLES

SLES Release 11 SP1

BIOS

Cisco UCS Release C260.1.4.2a.0

LSI MegaRAID controller firewall

Release 2.120.133-1322

SLES kernel patch release

Release 2.6.32.48-0.3-default


Required Network Connections

The required network connections are the same for all servers (Table 6).

Table 6. Required Network Connections

Name

Specified Version or Later

Access network (production network)

2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet connected to the 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN on motherboard (LOM)

Management network

2 x 100/1000-Mbps connected to the Cisco UCS C-Series IMC
2 x 100/1000 Mbps connected to the LOMs

Storage network for backup

Optional connection:
2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet connected to optional Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card

Support

All components in the solution must be covered by a support contract with each vendor in addition to Cisco Allied Support service covering the Cisco appliance.

Fusion ioDrive support must be purchased from the preferred supplier, and the support comes from Fusion-io or a Fusion-io partner.

Table 7 lists Cisco support.

Table 7. Support Contracts

Company

Support Contract

Cisco

Servers: Cisco Unified Computing Support Service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 3 years (24x7x4)
Software: ISV1 Support Service for SLES, for 3 years
Appliance: Cisco Allied Service (CAS) for SAP Appliance, for 3 years

For More Information

Cisco UCS C260 M2 Rack Server: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/docs/unified_computing/ucs/c/hw/C260/install/C260.html

Cisco UCS C460 M2 Rack Server: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/docs/unified_computing/ucs/c/hw/C460/install/C460.html

SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance on the Cisco Unified Computing System
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns944/solution_overview_c22-707642.html