“Bigger and faster” is a major understatement when describing the raw power of today’s high-performance databases and database appliances. Unless you’ve been stranded on a deserted island in the South Pacific and have a volleyball named Wilson, you’ve probably heard terms like big data, columnar databases and predictive analytics more times than you’d like to admit. But there’s a good reason for that — we’re living in a database revolution and these terms describe tools that are nothing short of transformative to nearly any type of business.
In-memory databases and BI tools are the perfect pair, a dynamic duo for developers and analysts. Just like Batman and Robin, Gilligan and the Skipper, Shaggy and Scooby, R2D2 and C3PO … you get the picture.
A good way of thinking about it, in-memory databases are like shining high-beam LED floodlights on your multi-Terabyte and Petabyte-sized data warehouses for quickly finding elusive metrics. Excavating data trends that were previously undiscovered and unearthing buried data “treasure” has never been so accessible. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? But if you’re not using the right tools, your adventures in data discovery may be over before they begin.
It’s often been said that “timing is everything.” Although that’s true, choosing the right database appliance may be even more important. With a growing number of vendors in the In-Memory Database space and well over 50 significant players, the decision of selecting an ideal high-performance database vendor isn’t easy. But with a little research, you can short-list the number of vendors down to an exclusive few. Then after examining capabilities, reputation, data storage options, speed of data retrieval and the ability to analyze gargantuan amounts of data incredibly quickly then the number of choices drops to a single front-runner — SAP HANA.
SAP HANA is an appliance, not just a database. It’s the combination of both hardware and software tuned specifically for in-memory dominance and comes with a huge amount of memory. Rather than storing data on spinning disks like traditional databases, SAP HANA takes advantage of memory to allow an extremely large number of rows to be retrieved at speeds measured in milliseconds. I know what you’re thinking — this all sounds great, but where’s the proof? Are there any documented customer success stories? The short answer is yes, absolutely. The number of success stories is piling up and examples of innovative implementations can be found from the aerospace industry to the wholesale distribution sector.
So what are you waiting for? Be a part of the in-memory database and business intelligence revolution.