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Altiscale Acquisition – SAP’s Journey into the Big Data World

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SAP’s recent acquisition of Altiscale will help expand their offerings in the big data world. Let’s talk about the key aspects of Altiscale business, the probable benefits and scenarios where SAP can leverage this acquisition and how it will impact customers. Altiscale is best known as a cloud provider in Hadoop as a  service (HaaS) .It offers a complete scalable Big Data platform based on the Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark ecosystem, so you can get all your jobs done- batch, interactive, machine learning. The Altiscale Data Cloud provides leading open-source and third-party solutions and tools – Cascading, R, Python

Opportunities for SAP with this acquisition

With this acquisition, SAP enhances its cloud portfolio and incorporates additional tools to process unstructured data. In addition to a cloud implementation of Hadoop, Altiscale also provides a cloud version of Apache Spark, a faster, more modern alternative to MapReduce framework on Hadoop. Apache Spark provides ease of development, in-memory performance & ability to run operational and analytical workloads on Hadoop cluster environments. SAP can also go with Spark as a service offering and utilize Altiscale’s real time data ingestion and analytics capability. With SAP Vora* being promoted as the OLAP tool to integrate Hadoop data this acquisition can accelerate SAP’s progress in this space and reduce the dependency on third party Hadoop solutions which is used alongside Vora.

SAP Business Objects Cloud (BOC) is being promoted as the all in one visualization tool. This acquisition can add another dimension of connectivity to SAP BOC. Since Altiscale also provides Insights as a service on Big Data, it may be in the near future that SAP ties this feature into the SAP BOC as well. An API based interface could be offered to deploy HaaS on the HANA Cloud Platform (HCP)

What does it mean for the customers?

Existing Customers

  • Customers looking to optimize their HANA costs by implementing a tiered data aging model (Hot + Cold) can explore the possibility of utilizing HANA + Hadoop as a service. This service will be provided by SAP cloud managed services on HCP
  • Customers already on a HANA + Hadoop (3rd Party*) + Vora* framework can eventually try to migrate the Hadoop instance to cloud thus reducing the maintenance cost and increasing the seamless integration between all three platforms. The migration path and methodology is yet to be defined
  • For customers still on running analytics on traditional databases this would present an excellent opportunity to move to a complete cloud base infrastructure with a combination of HANA and Hadoop .The integration provides for a seamless method to query on HANA & Hadoop data.

New Customers

  • SAP HANA cloud based products (SAP HANA cloud, Hadoop on cloud, Business Objects Cloud) can attract Non-SAP customers with or without existing Hadoop environments


*3rd Party – Cloudera, Hortonworks, BigInsights

*SAP Vora – SAP Vora is an in-memory query engine which leverages and extends the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop. As companies take part in their digital transformation journey, they face complex hurdles in dealing with distributed Big Data everywhere, compounded by the lack of business process awareness across enterprise apps, analytics, Big Data and IoT sources. This is still an on premise solution and is not available on cloud.

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