Does SAP have an in-memory contender?

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Nov 18, 2012

    It’s now a few months since Microsoft launched SQL Server 2012 and since the latest iteration of the product has been with us, we have been able to learn a liitle more about the firm’s wider intentions (and, importantly, it’s wider ambitions) for the database market.

    While SAP Sybase’s database options now spread across ASE, Sybase IQ, SQLAnywhere and (of course) HANA… the Redmond brigade has been talking openly about how in-memory computing is a “core element of Microsoft’s strategy” no less.

    The firm’s own TechNet blog says that its approach to in-memory computing is to provide a complete portfolio for all application patterns, built into its existing products to enable rapid insights on any data, structured or unstructured.

    According to Microsoft, “We’ve been delivering advanced in-memory technologies as part of SQL Server since 2010.”

    With HANA now (arguably) going from strength to strength, could we soon be facing an in-memory database war?

    Running the Hekaton decathlon

    November saw the official arrival of a project codenamed “Hekaton,” available in the next major release of SQL Server. Currently in private technology preview with a small set of customers, “Hekaton” will apparently complete Microsoft’s portfolio of in-memory capabilities across analytics and transactional scenarios.

    So who will win?

    There may be ensuing arguments now revolving around cost and management complexity, but SAP is arguably rather further ahead with the progression of its in-memory architecture and has done a lot of work with partners like Intel to put it ahead (for now).

    On the hardware end, SAP has worked to follow the development carried out by Intel who has itself worked to sharpen data throughput between memory and processor cores.

    This means that work that goes on right in the heart of the machine that might have traveled at around five Gigabytes per second (Gbps) five years ago, now has a chance to move at 100 Gbps.

    HANA is ahead, it seems, for now -- so please watch this space.

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    Released: November 18, 2012, 3:35 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 3:26 pm
    Keywords: Opinion News | HANA




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