SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) – SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise Persistence Instance (Part 1)
About SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE)
SAP ASE is market leading database management system for Online Transaction Processing – it is a major part of the SAP Data Management Portfolio for end-to-end, real-time data management (as shown in Figure 1 below).
SAP ASE is a leader (Figure 2) in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management System. SAP ASE has established a performance standard in the Sales and Distribution (SD) benchmark (http://news.sap.com/sap-sybase-adaptive-server-enterprise-scores-top-two-processor-and-four-processor-linux-performance-results/) with a #1 ranking on Linux. SAP ASE is a patented technology with multiple grants.
Traditionally SAP ASE has been powering mission critical environments across the industries and has been a mainstay in the Financial Services Industry. With version 15.7, SAP ASE has expanded its capabilities to the cloud – now business organizations have the flexibility of deploying SAP ASE workloads across on-premise and cloud environments to better manage their Total Cost of Owership (TCO).
What is the Cloud?
Gartner describes Cloud as (http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/1035013) a style of computing that is Service Based, Scalable and Elastic, Shared, Metered, Internet Technology Enabled, for External Customers.
There are multiple Cloud Reference Architectures (we reference the one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology – http://www.nist.gov/customcf/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=909505 for our discussion) and from them the common theme is a set layered services abstractions such as IaaS (Infrastructure as a service which abstracts network, compute and storage resources), PaaS (Platform as a service which abstracts application scalability and elasticity), and SaaS (Software as a Service which abstracts Business Services), providing a framework for business on-demand.
In this article we will focus on the SAP ASE Persistence Instance (DBaaS, Database as a Service) offering on the SAP HANA Cloud PaaS Platform (as shown in Figure 3 below).
SAP ASE Persistence Instance (DBaaS) Service Summary
Table 1 below provides a summary of this offering. As stated below the trial version (online self-serve is planned) and a production version is available today. The SAP ASE Persistence Instance is a Database as a Service (DbaaS) offering in the SAP HANA Cloud Platform PaaS Service.
||HANA Cloud Platform|
|Type||SAP ASE Persistence Instance Service (DBaaS, Database as a Service)|
|License Model||Trial (Available today, On-line self-serve planned), Productive use monthly subscription (Available today)
|Operating System||Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3|
|Cloud Service(s)||HCP Persistence Service (Database as a Service – DBaaS)|
Getting the Production Use SAP ASE Persistence Instance (DBaaS) Version Today
The Account Executive (AE) is the interface to the successful provisioning of SAP ASE DBaaS Persistence Service on SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Figure 4 below describes this process.
NOTE The same process (Figure 4) will apply for a Trial version as well. A self-help trial access is planned from the SAP ASE Persistence Instance website (URL given below).
SAP ASE Persistence Instance (DBaaS) on SAP HANA Cloud Platform:
SAP HANA Cloud Platform Documentation: