PALO ALTO, Calif., May 12, 2009 - HP today announced a first-of-its-kind server-based solution designed to dramatically speed business transactions within the SAP NetWeaver® Process Integration (SAP NetWeaver PI) technology.
By speeding the mapping of XML messages sized from 7 to 15 megabytes, the new HP XML Accelerator can be a key element of success for retailers, manufacturers and other enterprises in high-transaction industries. For customers such as these, the rapid processing of business transactions is critical to driving supply-chain efficiencies and improving customer satisfaction.
As the industry's only server-based XML accelerator designed to support SAP® solution-based landscapes, the new HP Extensible Markup Language (XML) Accelerator for use with SAP NetWeaver PI creates a more efficient, high-performance business process. It does this by significantly speeding up the execution of mapping programs within SAP NetWeaver PI, and, as a result, the latency is reduced, driving faster business value.
For example, the HP XML Accelerator can help large transportation companies from slowing their conveyer belts as it allows the associated data collection to keep up with the activities. The solution also can speed customer activation for telecommunications providers. The improvements in both scenarios are accomplished by the faster processing of XML transactions associated with business processes.
The HP solution lowers technology costs from the data center to the supply chain by delivering up to a 700 percent improvement in latency, or the length of time it takes to process a single XML message. It also provides up to a 400 percent increase in throughput, or the volume of messages processed.
This improved, predictable performance allows customers to better handle high volume and large messages. As a result, new high-value SAP solution-based projects can be implemented quickly to increase efficiencies.
For example, food and beverage companies can deploy new applications such as smart vending machines, Internet-enabled vending units that can save the companies money on servicing their machines by reducing costs associated with fuel, repairs, inventory and transportation. Alternatively, utility companies can handle the increased XML traffic from smart metering, which improves efficiency and service by reading meters several times a day rather than once a month.
"SAP customers initiating new business processes or applications require accelerated deployment of SAP NetWeaver PI," said Ralf Lindenlaub, senior director, SAP NetWeaver Platform Services, Center of Excellence, SAP AG. "Working closely with HP, we've found that the HP XML Accelerator for use with SAP NetWeaver PI enhances business process communication."
The HP XML Accelerator includes an HP ProLiant DL580 server running SuSE Linux integrated with a LSI™ Networking Tarari® Content Processor, a dedicated XML acceleration technology. Management software and tools to configure the XML landscape are included to increase the velocity of information communicated between the SAP application and other applications. Built-in HP runtime mapper and HP XML converter software modules automate the XML communications process.
"Our SAP customers need a flexible and efficient messaging infrastructure that moves at the pace of their business," said Jim Jackson, vice president of marketing, Business Critical Systems, HP. "In an environment where even one second can impact business, the HP XML Accelerator for use with SAP NetWeaver PI enhances XML communications to help customers improve business processes and, ultimately, their bottom line."
Pricing and availability
The HP XML Accelerator is expected to be available worldwide in July. Pricing information is available from local HP representatives.
More information on the HP XML Accelerator for use with SAP NetWeaver PI is available atwww.hp.com/go/SAP/xmlaccelerator.