ZDNet: At SAP's Sapphire conference, chairman Hasso Plattner discussed the company's plans for in-memory databases. The technology stores information in system memory, resulting in 10 times faster response to queries. For enterprises, that could deliver the capability to have analytics that run really in real-time, according to Plattner. In analytics, theres theoretically no limitation on what you can analyze and at what level of detail. (In-memory databases) mean reports on a daily basis, hourly basis. The users arent relying on DBAs (database administrators) to define data."
For now, the company plans to incorporate in-memory databases in two products: the SAP Business Analytic Engine, a business intelligence appliance created by partner HP, and an accelerated edition for its BusinessObjects Explorer software.