Setting up SAP BW Near-Line Storage with SAP Sybase IQ

It feels strange for me to make a post in the SAP BW section as I feel horribly un-qualified to do this.

Below is a video that Ethan Jewett and I co-created as part of the Diversified Semantic Layer video podcast series, The Visible Layer.

What we did was use the new and now native NLS functionality in BW 7.3 SP9 to archive data off into SAP Sybase IQ. This is something that I have been talking about for years (see this blog post dated 12 months ago) as I have had exposure to the PBS NLS add-on from my Sybase background.

You will be glad to know that the results were simply awesome and I feel that by implementing NLS now as part of your BW strategy could benefit customers in a few ways, namely:

  1. Get the immediate performance benefit of using SAP Sybase IQ ( ** spoiler alert ** SAP Sybase IQ was +- 300 % faster off the DSO level compared to BW running off an InfoCube)
  2. Shrink the size of the database under-lying your BW environment. This has many benefits:
    1. Smaller environment to query on = better performance
    2. Smaller environment to back up
    3. Etc etc
  3. Get customers ready for HANA and know that you have a seamless and slick archiving solution in place with no performance trade-offs. This also means that you do not have to panic about your HANA environment running away from you.

I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts/opinions on this and I hope I got all the BW terminology correct

Get the popcorn ready and enjoy the video!

Clint Vosloo

here and includes links to lots of other resources.The PDF that we referenced in the video, which includes pretty much all the (relatively minor) installation steps is here (click on the “View this document” button).

(Cross posted on SCNhere)

Author: Josh Fletcher

Joshua Fletcher has worked with Business Intelligence applications for over eleven years, focusing on both the SAP BusinessObjects toolset at a deep technical level, as well as broader BI solutions from a strategy and roadmap perspective. He started with Crystal Reports v8 at the beginning of his career, and is now fully certified in SAP BusinessObjects. He also has extensive experience in business analysis, data governance, business intelligence strategy and solution architecture, as well as a passion for data warehouse and ETL design and development.

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