SAP smashes data centre world record with 12.1PB warehouse four times larger than previous record

SAP and a band of partners have successfully broken the world record for the largest data warehouse, in Palo Alto, California.

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The company called in the folks from Guinness World Records to inspect the attempt that uses SAP’s HANA platform and IQ software with the independently audited warehouse reaching 12.1PB in capacity on 5 March.

“Setting a new world record with the combination of SAP HANA and SAP IQ was a ‘moonshot’ challenge I had laid out for our engineering team,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, Products & Innovation. “Our goal was to set new limits in bringing Big Data together with fast, ad hoc and scalable analytics. SAP has shown the ability of our platform to achieve such an incredible result, demonstrating a cost-effective and high-performance approach toward solving extreme problems in Big Data and analytics.”

SAP worked with a number of partners to set up the record attempt including HP, Intel, NetApp, Red Hat and BMMsoft. The data warehouse was built using SAP HANA and SAP IQ 16 by a team of engineers from SAP, BMMsoft, HP, Intel, NetApp and Red Hat. The warehouse used BMMsoft Federated EDMY running on HP DL580 servers using Intel Xeon E7-4870 processor under Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and NetApp FAS6290 and E5460 storage.

Once built, the development and testing of the 12.1PB data warehouse was carried out by a team at the SAP/Intel Petascale lab in Santa Clara, California with InfoSizing providing auditing that is certified by the Transaction Processing Council.