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5/19/2010
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Bob Evans
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Hasso Plattner's Six Steps To Real-Time Database Nirvana

In an engaging look at the past and into the future, SAP's founder and chairman laid out the company's development strategy behind "The 'Real' Enterprise 2.0 (powered by in-memory computing)," which he says will give customers phenomenally higher levels of performance and value with absolutely zero risk. Here are his six steps for turning that vision into reality.

In an engaging look at the past and into the future, SAP's founder and chairman laid out the company's development strategy behind "The 'Real' Enterprise 2.0 (powered by in-memory computing)," which he says will give customers phenomenally higher levels of performance and value with absolutely zero risk. Here are his six steps for turning that vision into reality.For the news on two new SAP products featuring this compelling new in-memory technology, my colleague Doug Henschen's got all the details here.

And showing the significance of this technology for SAP and its customers, Plattner devoted more than an hour to describing some of the company's R&D history with in-memory technology, along with some intriguing demos created on an iPhone and an iPad.

"Eventually, you will be able to get rid of traditional databases altogether," Plattner said, "because it will have become superfluous. And you will be able to do that with no risk none to your business, and without having to change your software at all."

Plattner said that after he previewed the technology "for the head of Stanford University, he said to me, 'If you can pull this off, it will be a technology game-changer with huge impact."

Here are the six steps Plattner outlined:

Step 1: Install and run the in-memory database in parallel

Step 2: Re-create traditional-style BI in memory

Step 3: Introduce next-gen BI running in parallel with no materialized views.

Step 4: Eliminate all the traditional BI, virtualize all BI in memory, using nonmaterialized views

Step 5: Eliminate all disk storage and run directly on the in-memory store; all traditional DB is gone

Step 6: Rapidly roll out new releases (new tables, new attributes) and new applications without disruption

On that final point: Plattner said the in-memory technology will allow major new releases to be installed in two hours.

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