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SAP AG partners with Intel

Companies will work together to create a big data solution for enterprise customers

SAP AG partners with Intel
SAP has partnered with Intel to develop big data solutions for enterprise customers.

SAP AG will partner with Intel to build and bring to market a breakthrough big data solution for enterprise customers centred on the SAP HANA platform and Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop software.

The partnership is designed to integrate innovations and software technologies from SAP, Intel and the open source community to store and analyse in real-time large volumes of structured and unstructured data from across the enterprise.

"Hadoop Distributed File System [HDFS] is inherently batch oriented, as are most Hadoop tools. This imposes fundamental limitations on the speed and frequency with which data can be loaded into or retrieved from HDFS via Hadoop tools," said Philip Russom, research director for Data Management, The Data Warehousing Institute [TDWI]. "Hadoop workers deal with Hadoop's inherent data latency in a variety of ways. For data that needs on-demand, real-time access, they manage the data in a database management system, whenever possible."

SAP plans to leverage the in-memory technology innovations in SAP HANA as well as Intel's innovations in security, connectivity and management tools for Apache Hadoop to bring a unique solution to market. The planned major technology components of the solution include integral parts of the SAP Real-time Data Platform, along with Intel Hadoop software.

"SAP is reinventing the information processing landscape with SAP HANA - from business analytics and data warehousing, to enterprise applications and SAP Business Suite, and next to 'big data' with Intel Hadoop," said Franz Faerber, head of Data Management, SAP. "Together, SAP and Intel have a strong vision to bring significant innovations, enterprise IT maturity and go-to market efficiencies that will enable organisations to easily adopt an enterprise-class big data solution."

The combined solution is designed to enable enterprises to continue to use the tools and expertise they already have in-house.

The partnership with Intel intends to extend the SAP ecosystem of existing partnerships and previously announced innovations around big data. While certain intellectual property assets created specifically for the big data solution would remain proprietary to SAP, some key innovations are planned to be contributed back to the Hadoop open source community and the SAP ecosystem of big data partners.

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