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SAP said Project Kraken will further the capabilities of HANA, providing real-time analytics on transactional data, eliminating the need to spend time and resources moving data between environments. HP and SAP are working to create a marketable solution that can scale to the highest levels of memory within a single server for speeding business operations.
Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, spoke with us from the SAP conference. He explained there are nine server-vendors building systems based on SAP HANA -- and they all have roughly the same capabilities. Five vendors are SAP-certified to build scale-out systems. IBM is one, and he said it looks like HP is another.
"SAP announced last week a HANA enterprise cloud that they say can scale out to 100 nodes and a full petabyte of data. So there's a linear scaling performance that HANA has been theoretically capable of," King said. "Kraken is one solution that sounds like its getting ready to come to market."
From what King has seen, the idea of blending traditional transaction processing and analytics processing is something that HANA is fully capable of supporting. That makes the partnership a positive for HP.
"Overall, I've been very impressed with the way that SAP has been leveraging its partnerships around HANA," King said. "The company has developed a pretty large footprint in the analytics space without having to buy a hardware company in order to do it. Kraken is a good example of the forward progress that both companies have generated."