At the end of January, SAP made an announcement that quite simply is revolutionary for any data architect. The announcement was the release of Adaptive Server Platform Edition (ASPE). Is this of interest to anyone not currently deploying ASE? Absolutely, yes. In fact, I’d advise database users of all flavours to read on. For ASPE is a data architect’s dream.

ASPE is a new licensing model that entitles the customer to perpetual license deployment rights to a core of their choice of ASE, Replication Server or IQ (as I outline below, ASPE also includes some important previously licensed options at no additional cost). With ASPE, users can switch between the cores whenever required, giving deployment flexibility to change their data management landscape to match business requirements. As long as capacity exists within the ASPE license estate, no further licenses are required.

Significant benefits

The possible benefits for user organisations are significant, not only in terms of business responsiveness but also cost. ASPE will, without doubt, lead to lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) across organisations’ license estates. With careful planning, the potential to decrease license costs for current and future projects by leveraging the flexibility that ASPE provides is considerable. Added to this, SAP is allowing SAP customers to trade in their existing under utilised licenses in exchange for new ASPE licenses, creating yet another opportunity for cost reduction. And finally, as if these first two points don’t provide sufficient incentive to consider ASPE, it also includes many options that were previously additionally licensed, presenting immediate cost saving opportunities as well a solution to meeting business, regulatory and security needs.

The additional standard functionality within ASPE is certainly enticing. ASE Encryption, ASE Semantic Partitions, ASE Security and Directory Services, ASE Compression, IQ Advanced Security and IQ Very Large Database Management are extremely useful tools in their own right. Below I’ve included links that provide extensive information about each option but, from a user viewpoint, the potential applications are extensive – here is a selection:

  • Implement ASE data compression to cut storage costs
  • Implement semantic partitioning in ASE to increase performance, reduce maintenance times and improve availability on very large data sets
  • Utilise ASE encryption to address regularity and business security requirements with no changes to application code – including removing access to business data from administration personnel
  • Deliver granular level access control to data with ASE Security
  • Extend security with encryption of data between applications and databases with ASPE security
  • As data volumes and analytical requirements grow, migrate business intelligence and reporting functions to IQ, delivering industry leading query performance combined with a reduced storage footprint
  • Utilise IQ to meet corporate governance and regulatory requirements for information management
  • Utilise Replication Server to keep IQ synchronised in near real time from your OLTP systems
  • Extend data security out to your IQ systems with data and network encryption

ASPE Replication Server Platform Edition also provides replication services for SAP databases and Hadoop, in one product. This can be extended to replication to and from Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2 and Oracle with a single licensed option.

A fantastic package

This level of flexibility in application licensing is unprecedented and to my mind, shows that SAP listens to its customers, providing them with the greater technological agility they need in the modern business landscape. The combination of this agility with the potential for lower TCO and additional functionality makes ASPE a very compelling and highly usable tool that I will be recommending to my customers.

Chris Jones, J2 Consulting

Useful links

ASE Encryption Protect sensitive data with minimal performance impact

ASE Semantic Partitions Partition data to deliver lower cost and higher performance.

ASE Security and Directory Services Ensure data privacy with row level access control, encryption of data in transit and integration with Active Directory, LDAP and PAM module.

ASE Compression Compression of structured and unstructured data, reducing physical storage costs; improving cache and I/O efficiency.

IQ Advanced Security Ensure the security of your data with encryption, authentication, authorization, and auditing.

IQ Very Large Database Management Deliver simple, effective Information Lifecycle Management.

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  1. Mike Willett

    Could you clarify what exactly this means ?

    • As data volumes and analytical requirements grow, migrate business intelligence and reporting functions to IQ, delivering industry leading query performance combined with a reduced storage footprint

    Whats does “migrate … reporting functions to IQ” ?

    Is the intention that reporting is farmed out to a separate IQ server via RPC or CIS ?

    Or is ASE being expanded to include IQ functionality or IQ databases inside an ASE server ?

    What does this mean ?

    • Utilise IQ to meet corporate governance and regulatory requirements for information management

    How is IQ being “utilised” from ASE ? Sounds like a repeat of the the previous line.

    Whats changing here ?

    • Utilise Replication Server to keep IQ synchronised in near real time from your OLTP systems

    I thought Rep Server already synchronised with IQ ?

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    1. Jeroen Rijnbergen

      From the original article by Ron Hunsicker

      What is Adaptive Server Platform Edition?

      The ASE and IQ products in Adaptive Server Platform Edition and options are the same as before and contain no engineering changes.  Product documentation & roadmaps remain the same.  ASPE represents a simplified pricing strategy for ASE, Replication Server and IQ, with built in flexibility to move licenses between the components of the package.


      So *no* changes at all to the products itself

      Just the flexibility to use the same license for different products

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    2. Chris Baker

      A4A (Accelerator for ASE) is also another solution for utilizing older ASE reporting stored procedures in HANA.  The replication goes from ASE to HANA and another ASE 16 with CIS proxy tables (and some other capabilities) to HANA is used with the exact same SPs from the source ASE.

      With this solution, there are no code changes to the SPs as there might be with running them on IQ.

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