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SAP's HANA Vora bridges divide between enterprise and Hadoop data

Thor Olavsrud | March 16, 2016
The SAP HANA Vora software is designed to allow companies to analyze data stored in Hadoop, enterprise systems and other distributed data sources.

CenterPoint Energy delivers power to more than 2.3 million consumers, and the company collects electronic meter data every 15 minutes for energy usage reporting. That leads to substantial data storage costs. But Tsai says that within a six-week window, SAP and CenterPoint Energy architected a testing environment that processed over 5 billion records of data using Hadoop, SAP HANA and SAP HANA Vora.

"They want to create a very large big data warehouse data processing framework that can handle data stored in a central data warehouse and add contextual insights from the smart meter data stored in a data reservoir," Tsai says.

Based on the successful test deployment, the utility plans to implement and standardize on the HANA platform and HANA Vora.

"Our initial analysis proved that SAP HANA paired with SAP HANA Vora is the right solution for us moving forward operationally, while allowing for innovation around our Internet of Things and predictive analytics initiatives," Gary Hayes, CIO and senior vice president of CenterPoint Energy, said in a statement Tuesday. "With the help of SAP, we are transforming to a 'live' digital enterprise to better serve customers."

Tsai notes that while SAP sees the HANA platform and HANA Vora as complementary technologies, Vora stands alone and can be used independently.


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