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The SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) is a database platform customers can deploy as an appliance or in the cloud. It runs real-time analytics and helps customers develop and deploy real-time applications.

Huawei’s SAP HANA Appliance Solution is the perfect way to accelerate mission-critical application development in areas such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and for building data warehouses quickly and efficiently.


The Big Data era is here. Enterprises face skyrocketing amounts of data collected from every corner of the business. The data is essential for making quick business decisions, but conventional architectures cannot analyze it efficiently. Solutions must:

♦Increase computing speed with multiple CPUs and nodes to avoid storage bottlenecks
♦Process massive amounts of data in a server’s main memory, in real time
♦Quickly analyze and obtain critical data to reduce decision-making time
That is where the Huawei SAP HANA Appliance Solution comes in.


SAP HANA is a revolutionary platform ideally suited for developing and deploying real-time applications. It creatively integrates data analysis and application interaction into memory to relieve performance bottlenecks.

Based on Huawei’s high-performance hardware platform it provides complete deployment options including:

♦Tailored data center integration
♦Memory scalability from 128 GB to more than 64 TB

Just look at these features:

♦High-speed, low latency switching: Write performance with 15 percent less latency and 20 percent more bandwidth. The only appliances that use PCIe SSD and 56 Gbit/s InfiniBand technologies

♦Numerous deployment options: Cloud offerings such as HANA One and HANA Enterprise Cloud. On-premises offerings such as HANA Appliance B1A and B1H with 128 GB to 64 TB of usable memory

♦Simplified management: Application pre-integration and unified management implementation for hardware and software

Huawei SAP HANA Product Portfolio

As the global strategic partner of SAP company, Huawei can provide all kinds of SAP HANA products and solutions, including:

Single node SAP HANA solution: It is implemented based on the RH5885/RH8100 rack server. Huawei has passed certification for all-series (including XS/S/M/L/L+ series) SAP HANA single mode edition.

Scale out SAP HANA solution: It can be implemented based on Huawei rack servers (RH5885/RH8100), Huawei blade servers ( E9000), Huawei distributed storage (FusionStorage) or Huawei enterprise-class storage (OceaStor) . The scale out edition has two deployment modes:

Appliance Solution: Customers buy SAP HANA integrated device including all of hardware, software and management.

Converged infrastructure solution: E9000+FusionStorage.

♦ FusionCube for SAP HANA based on the converged infrastructure consists of SAP HANA in-memory database software and Huawei E9000 infrastructure. FusionCube for SAP HANA adopts distributed storage, high-speed SSD, and integrated installation, providing a high performance, high reliability and high cost-effectiveness solution.

♦ FusionCube for SAP HANA based on the converged infrastructure supports two types of node size: medium size and large size. The medium-size nodes (M size) provide 512 GB memory, and large-size nodes (L size) provide 1 TB memory.

SAN storage solution: RH5885+ S5500T IP SAN device

♦ This solution is mainly used for the small cluster scenario(1-4 nodes).

TDI Solution: Customers buy either servers of SAP HANA or storage independently and setup SAP HANA system by professional SAP HANA engineers. The system consists of two parts.

HANA Server: Customer can buy HANA servers from Huawei or other suppliers. If from Huawei they are Huawei FusionServer servers: RH5885H V3,RH8100 V3,E9000 V3.

HANA persistent storage: Customer can buy HANA persistent storage from Huawei or other suppliers. If from Huawei they are Huawei enterprise storage: S5500T,S5600T,S5800T,S6800T,18500,18800 and 18800F.

Huawei and SAP is an important partnership, Huawei can provide customers with SAP HANA all Sizing configuration solutions, including SOH, BWOH and TDI best hardware configuration, customers can select the appropriate SAP HANA Huawei according to the company business needs hardware configuration. Huawei to provide integrated solutions for SAP HANA, including servers, storage devices and switch devices, while providing high reliability SAP HANA solution, disaster recovery solution.

RH5885H V3 Server SAP HANA solutionRH5885H V3 Server SAP HANA solution

The Huawei SAP HANA solution uses the Huawei new-generation RH5885H V3 rack server and ES3000, providing high performance and high IOPS. The RH5885H V3 is a standard 4U rack server. It uses Intel® Xeon™ E7-4800 v2 series processors and provides 96 DIMM slots with the maximum memory capacity of 6 TB, meeting requirements on large memory capacity and high-performance computing for the SAP HANA in-memory database. The RH5885H V3 is configured with the ES3000, providing high IOPS for the SAP HANA database logs and ensuring read and write log operations and recovery performance of the SAP HANA database.

The Huawei RH5885H V3 server-based SAP HANA appliance provides various size options based on the configuration versions: high-performance configuration and common configuration, as shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2. Customers can choose the size and version based on service and configuration requirements. In addition, the RH5885H V3 server-based SAP HANA appliance can be smoothly upgraded, which maximizes the return on investment (ROI).

Figure 1 Huawei RH5885H V3 server-based SAP HANA of high performance configuration

Huawei RH5885H server based SAP HANA solution

Figure 2 Huawei RH5885H V3 server-based SAP HANA of common configuration

Huawei RH5885H server based SAP HANA common configuration
For more information on Huawei RH5885H v3 server, please see here.

RH8100 V3 Server SAP HANA solution

RH8100 V3 server is Huawei next-generation 8-way servers, using the Intel E7-8800 V2 series CPU, the modular design, can be SAP HANA Scale up is calculated by adding expansion modules, up to 12TB of memory, fully meet the SAP HANA Application large memory requirements. Huawei FusionPar RH8100 V3 uses technology that enables hard partitioning. RH8100 V3 achieve in a single system mode and dual mode system modes. SAP HANA support Scale up program for all configuration, support 6T HANA Sizing configure , the specific configuration specifications, please refer to Figure 3 and Figure 4.

Figure 3 Huawei RH8100 V3 server-based SAP HANA of high performance configuration

Huawei RH8100 SAP HANA high performance solution

Figure 4 Huawei RH8100 V3 server-based SAP HANA of common configuration

Huawei RH8100 SAP HANA solution common configuration

Huawei RH8100 V3 server supports all SAP HANA SoH or BWoH business standard configuration, and certified by SAP HANA, SAP on the official website you can check to think about configuring authentication configuration information.
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For more information on Huawei RH8100 server, please see here.

Huawei FusionCube for SAP HANA appliance

Figure 5 Architecture of Huawei FusionCube for SAP HANA

Architecture of Huawei FusionCube for SAL HANA

Huawei FusionCube solution for SAP HANA appliance is based on FusionCube Converged Infrastructure, which is a flagship product of Huawei IT product line.

The FusionCube complies with the open architecture standard and integrates blade servers, distributed storage devices, and network switches in the 12U subrack. Therefore, no external storage device or switch is required. In addition, the distributed storage engine and cloud management software are pre-integrated, achieving on-demand resource allocation and linear expansion.

♦Computing/storage/network convergence device: The E9000 is used to support modular design for components, such as computing, storage, switching, power supply, and fans. Computing, storage, and network are deployed in the E9000 subrack. Computing and storage nodes can be flexibly configured as required. Various switch modules are supported, such as GE, 10GE, FC, FCoE, and IB modules.

♦ FusionStorage: uses distributed cloud storage technologies to provide high-performance high-reliability block storage services by scheduling local hard disks on servers in an optimized manner.

♦ FusionManager: A core component for cloud platform management. It provides a unified web interface for users to perform service operations, including user management, cluster management, service template management, VM management, desktop service provisioning, unified hardware management, alarm reporting, and system monitoring.

♦ File system:

♦ Log/Data Volume: Huawei uses XFS local file system and FusionStorage distributed block storage to provide low latency, high bandwidth persistent storage.
♦ Shared Volume: Huawei can support two kinds of cluster file system: one is NFS(Network File System), the other is OCFS2(Oracle Cluster File System). It needs to be underlined that OCFS2 can be used only in the scenario of POC(Proof of Concept).

E9000 High-Density Subrack

Huawei FusionCube for SAP HANA uses Huawei Tecal E9000 (short for E9000) as the hardware. The E9000 with 12-U height is an integrated hardware device for computing, storage, and network. Huawei E9000-series computing nodes, storage nodes, service processing nodes, and corresponding resource expansion nodes can be deployed in the E9000.

♦ Houses eight horizontal full-width computing nodes or 16 half-width computing nodes and supports slot division. Full-width blades are used in all nodes of Huawei FusionCube for SAP HANA.
♦Supports 850 W heat dissipation for half-width slots. Supports 1700 W heat dissipation for full-width slots.
♦ Supports a maximum of 2 CPUs and 24 DIMMs in half-width slots.
♦ Supports a maximum of 4 CPUs+48 DIMMs in full-width slots.
♦Supports 32 CPUs/480 cores on a single chassis, with a maximum of 12 TB memory.
♦ Supports a maximum of 15.6 Tbit/s switching capacity on the backplane.
♦ Provides four (two pairs) switching slots, supports multiple types of switching protocols, such as Ethernet, Fibre Channel (FC), Fibre channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and Inifiband(IB), and supports straight-out I/O interfaces.
♦ A FusionCube cabinet can house three E9000 subracks.

Huawei E9000 appearance

High Density Blade of E9000

Westmere EX-based CH242 Computing Blade

CH242 computing blade

Key characteristics:
♦ Powerful performance: A full-width slot supports the deployment of four E7-4800-series CPUs, 32 DIMMs, and the maximum capacity of 1T.
♦  High storage capacity: A full-width slot supports a maximum of eight 2.5-inch hard disks and a maximum of 8 T hard disk capacity, which applies to databases requiring high performance and capacity.
♦  Flexibility and openness: Supports the standard PCIe expansion slot. Users can flexibly select standard PCIe for service optimization.

Ivybridge EX-based CH242 V3 Computing Blade

This computing blade has the same structure as the CH242 computing blade. The differences lie in the following:
♦The CH242 computing blade supports the Westmere platform-based CPU. While the CH242 V3 computing blade supports the CPU based on the Ivybridge platform and each CPU can have up to 15 cores.
♦The CH242 computing blade supports only one MZ512 10GE NIC. While the CH242 V3 computing blade supports two MZ512 10GE NICs.
♦The motherboard of the CH242 computing blade carries an RAID card. While the motherboard of the CH242 V3 computing blade does not carry the RAID card and must be configured as required.

CH222 Management Blade

CH222 management blade

The CH222 management blade has the following features:
♦ Uses 2-CPU Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 V1/V2 processors with high performance.
♦ Provides 24 DIMM slots and up to 768 GB DDR3 memory.
♦ Supports a maximum of fifteen 2.5-inch SSD, SAS, or SATA disks.
♦ Uses hot swappable architecture, supports in-service replacement of a single hard disk, and provides one full-height 3/4-length PCIe x16 slots.
When CH222 functions as the management blade, only two hard disks are installed as the system disks.

CH222 Storage Blade

The CH222 storage blade has the same parameters as the CH222 management blade. While hardware disks are different during the actual usage. In addition to two system disks, another 12 or 13 hard disks are installed on the CH222 storage blade.

CH223 Storage Blade

CH223 storage blde

Key characteristics:
♦ Powerful expansion: supports standard PCIe expansion slots. Up to four PCIe cards can be configured for a full-width slot and each PCIe card can be inserted with a 2.4 TB SSD.
♦ 1.5 times height of DIMMs: The cost-effectiveness leads the industries.

High Perforamnce Switching of E9000

Ethernet Switch blade

Huawei FusionCube for SAN HANA uses the CX310 switch module as the Ethernet switch. CX310, the switching and control unit of the E9000 blade server, provides the data switching function for each service slot of the entire system and provides external service interfaces and management interfaces. Appearance of the CX310 is as follows:

CX310 Ethernet switch for E9000

Network port

16 x 10GE uplink
32 x 10GE downlink

Network features

Security: IPSG/MFF/DAI/FSB/DHCP Snooping

Management port

2 x RS232 management serial ports (one each for services and management)
1 internal management GE port for connecting to a management module


Height: 388 mm (15.28 in.), width: 35.5 mm (1.40 in.), depth: 272 mm (10.71 in.)

Fibre Channel (FC) Switch

Huawei SAP HANA appliance can provide FC interface for HANA FC-interface based backup/recovery. In the E9000, It is CX311 switch module that provides FC capability.CX311 is similar to CX310, but it has an extra FC sub board. CX311 can provide up to 8 FC interfaces.

E9000 FC Switch CX311

Network port

16 x 10GE (FCoE)SFP+ and 8 x 8G FC SFP+ uplink;
32 x 10GE downlink

Network features

Security: IPSG/MFF/DAI/FSB/DHCP Snooping

Management port

2 x RS232 management serial ports (one each for services and management)
1 internal management GE port for connecting to a management module


Height: 388 mm (15.28 in.), width: 35.5 mm (1.40 in.), depth: 272 mm (10.71 in.)

InfiniBand (IB) Switch

The HANA appliance uses the CX610 switch module as the storage network to implement the InfiniBand (IB) switching. Two CX610 switch modules are configured for each subrack. The following figure shows the physical appearance of the CX610.

E9000 IB switch CX610

Provides one BMC serial port and one SYS serial port.
Provides 18 QSFP+ optical ports for connecting external devices.

Shared Storage Device

In Huawei FusionCube solution for SAP HANA appliance NFS is used for Shared volume of SAP HANA. Huawei has its own NAS device to finish NFS function, it is N8500.

Huawei N8500 overview

Oceanstor N8000 cluster NAS storage system from Huawei is a leading unified storage platform for middle-end and high-end application. It can meet the business requirement of the data management with high performance, high scaling and high-efficiency and unified storage from all kinds of industries: e.g. carrier, digital media, high-performance computing, government and R&D

The figure below is the rack deployment of N8500. In the minimum configuration of N8500 there is a file engine chassis, a disk controller chassis and a disk chassis.

Huawei N8000 appearance

N8500 Highlights

High Performance

♦  Leading performance:In SPEC sfs2008 benchmark test there is a leading performance. In scenario of the NFS protocol there is output of 3,064,602 OPS?
♦  Cluster Architecture: there can be many file engines in a NAS system and all file engines can work actively and concurrently.
♦  Global shared storage space: all computing node can access the same storage space simultaneously; File engine has a capability of load balance.

High Availability

♦  No single of failure: all components are redundant, there is no single of failure in N8000 system.

High Scalability

♦  Engine Node scaling: The Engine nodes can scale out into 24 nodes with smooth, the system performance capability can enlarge with adding of engine number.
♦  Storage space extending: Storage space can be extended into up to 15PB
♦  File system ability: There can be up to 256TB space and up to 1 billion files in a file system

High-Efficiency Data Management

♦  Dynamic storage tiering: Based on file access frequency and time policy storage can be moved among different storage media. This movement is no effect to applications, so it will reduce the customer CAPEX.
♦  File system mapping: Several replicas can be stored in the same storage system by setting file system mapping, which will improve the reliability of online data.
♦  Agile Space Management: User storage space can be allocated and used with great agility.
♦  Domain Management: Support AD/NIS/LDAP
♦  Backup/Recovery: Symantec NetBackup Client can be installed in the N8500 file engine node and this will reduce the time of backup and get good backup performance.

Unified Storage

♦  Unified Protocols:All kinds of storage network protocol like iSCSI?FC?FCoE?NFS?CIFS?HTTP?FTP etc can be supported. The protocols from SAN and NAS can be supported at the same time. Structure data and unstructured data can be supported at the same time.
♦  Unified Management: File storage and block storage can be managed in a unified, simple GUI.
♦  Device Monitoring: In GUI state and statistics information for real-time /history data can be displayed and monitored. Alarms can be shown in many modes like voice, light and e-mail to master the system health state at any time.
♦  File-grade data protect technology: multi-layer data protection can be adopted in a file system grade, e.g. file system snapshot, snapshot recovery and remote replication.
♦  Block-grade data protect technology: Smart Cache dynamic data caching technology and LUN based snapshot, copying and synchronous/asynchronous remote replication add-on software features can be used during block-grade data protection.

N8500 Specification

Model N8500
Hardware Specifications
Architecture Multinode Active-Active cluster architecture
Number of nodes 2 – 24
Cache/node Basic Version: 16 GB
Standard Version: 24 GB
Enterprise Version: 48 GB
Enhanced Version: 96 GB / 192 GB
GE ports/node Standard configuration: 4 x GE, up to 16 x GE
10 GE ports/node Up to 6 x 10 GE
Disk type SAS、NL SAS、SSD
Physical storage capacity Dynamically expandable up to 15 PB
Software Features
RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 50
File system size Dynamically expandable up to 256 TB
Maximum number of snapshots 512 (per file system)
Storage network protocols FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, FTP, HTTP
Access control NIS, Microsoft Active Directory, LDAP
Value-added functions DST(dynamic storage tiering), Snapshot, Mirror, Quota, Replication, WORM,SmartCache (dynamic data cache technology), HyperThin (thin provisioning), HyperImage (snapshot), HyperCopy (LUN copy), HyperClone (split mirror), and HyperMirror (synchronous/asynchronous remote replication)
Quota NFS/CIFS soft/hard quota management
Management mode GUI, CLI
Compatible operating systems Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris, AIX, and HP-UX
Fault alarm modes Email, SNMP, and Syslog
Physical Specifications
Power supply AC: 100 V to 127 V/ 200 V to 240V DC:–48 V to –60 V
Power consumption Engine ≤ 830 W (dual-node cluster)
Storage unit Controller enclosure: ≤ 830 W; Disk enclosure: ≤ 550 W
Dimensions (H x W x D) Engine 4U, 175 mm x 446 mm x 502 mm (dual-node cluster)
Storage unit 2U, Controller enclosure: 86.1 mm x 446 mm x 582 mm
4U, Controller enclosure: 175 mm x 446 mm x 502 mm
2U, Disk enclosure: 86.1 mm x 446 mm x 412 mm
4U, Disk enclosure: 175 mm x 446 mm x 412 mm
Cabinet 42U, 205 cm x 57.5 cm x 118 cm
Weight Engine Dual-node clustered NAS engine: ≤ 43.6 kg
Storage unit (in full configuration) 2U, Controller enclosure ≤29.9 kg/enclosure
4U, Controller enclosure ≤43.6 kg/enclosure
2U, Disk enclosure ≤26.5 kg/ enclosure; 4U, Disk enclosure ≤42.64 kg/enclosure
Operating temperature 5o C to 40o C
Operating humidity 5% RH to 90% RH

NAS in FusionCube SAP HANA appliance

Main components

In FusionCube solution for SAP HANA appliance the used NAS components are as follows:
l NAS File engine
l Disk controller enclosure
l Disk enclosure

N8500 in FusionCube SAP HANA cluster appliance

The NAS system provides the following outer interface:

l Business Line: Two units of the NAS file engine provide 4*10GE for connecting to SAP HANA nodes. This will assure the network bandwidth and no single point failure of business network.

l Management Line: Two units of the NAS file engine and two units of disk controller enclosure provide 4*GE for system management. This will also assure no single point failure of management network.

Main configuration of the N8500 in FusionCube SAP HANA cluster appliance are as following:

File Engine Enclosure Disk Controller Enclosure Disk Enclosure
Memory 48G 48G /
Data Disk / / 24*900G 10K SAS
Business Network 4*10GE / /
Management Network 2*GE 2*GE /
Storage Network 8*8GB FC 8*8GB FC /
OS SLES11.1 / /
Software NFS Server / /
Height 4U 4U 2U
Protocol NFS, CIFS, FTP, HTTP, FCP, FCoE. iSCSI. NDMP LAN-Free / /
Disk Type / / SSD, SAS, NL-SAS. SATA
RAID Level RAID5, RAID6,RAID10 / /

Unified Infrastructure Management Platform


FusionCube for SAP HANA uses Huawei cloud management platform FusionManager as the infrastructure management subsystem.
FusionManager provides computer and VM management, service automatic deployment, resource management, and monitoring function, as shown in the following figure.

Huawei FusionManager application architecture

l From the bottom layer view, FusionManager connects to Huawei and third-party virtualization software and also physical hardware, including computing, storage, and network devices. FusionManager regards all the connected hardware resources as infrastructure resources.

l From the upper layer view, FusionManager can automatically deploy platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) components as applications.

As a whole, FusionManager integrates and manages both virtualization software and physical resources to implement unified and automatic O&M for services and applications.


FusionManager is a unified cloud management platform for Huawei cloud computing. With this platform, Huawei FusionCube for SAP HANA can be easily expanded to the cloud platform and achieve better performance on aspects, such as unified management, system expansion, and automatic Q&M.

l Unified management interface: Computing, storage, and network resources of Huawei FusionCube for SAP HANA are all provided by Huawei. Therefore, a unified management interface is provided. Unlike other vendors, when managing SAN storage, users must log in to another interface for SAN storage.

l Centralized management for hardware resources: Servers, storage, IP switches, and IB switches are managed in the same style.

Cluster Solution

Huawei FusionCube solution for SAP HANA appliance adopts the cluster architecture with computing physically separated from the storage. The following figure shows the logical cluster architecture of Huawei FusionCube for SAP HANA.Huawei FusionCube SAp HANA cluster solution

The system includes:
 Computing cluster: responsible for installing HANA database and in-memory computing
 Storage cluster: responsible for persistent storage for Log volume and Data volume
 Shared storage: provides storage space for Shared volume
 Unified management: responsible for unified monitoring and management to computing/storage/network.
 Network:

  IB network: used for read/write of Log&Data volume
 10GE network: used for inter-node communication, read/write for shared volume, system management and business connection.

Characteristics of Huawei cluster solution:
 Separation of the computing from the storage: Computing part of the system constitutes a cluster while the storage part of system constitutes another cluster. The two clusters communicate using the shared file system or distributed block storage.
 Volumes are separated logically: Log volumes , Data volumes and shared volume are logically separated for deployment.
 Volumes can be separated or combined physically: Log volumes , Data volumes and Shared volume can be deployed either in the same physical storage pool or in the different physical storage pools.
 Agile storage media: The SSD or SAS can be used as the primary storage.

Advantages of the separated architecture:
 Fully using key resources of the E7 blade: No much storage software is running on the computing node. Therefore, expensive E7 CPU resources can be fully used by the SAP HANA database to ensure its performance.
 Good fault separation ability: Computing nodes and storage nodes do not affect each other. For example, if a storage node is faulty, data must be re-established, occupying large CPU usages. However, the re-establishment is not performed on the SAP HANA computing blade. Therefore, the SAP HANA database performance is not affected.
 High expansion flexibility: Huawei adopts blade servers to establish the storage pool. With the enhancement of the computing capacity due to CPU updating, larger memory unit capacity, the expansion can be implemented by simply adding storage blade servers. In addition, original storage blade servers can still be used regardless of how greatly HANA nodes in computing change.