Red Hat OpenShift and storage for SAP Data Intelligence

Modern business relies on data

In a digital world, your data can be a competitive advantage. And the amount of data created globally is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% from 2020 to 2025.1 Even so, collecting data is only the starting point — how you use your data is the real differentiator.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies like SAP® Data Intelligence can help you turn your data into a valuable business asset. These technologies use data to deliver insight, automate tasks, and advance system capabilities.

However, successfully deploying a container foundation for SAP Data Intelligence can be a complicated and time-consuming task. The software runs only on select Kubernetes-based platforms and building an efficient, secure, and certified container foundation requires detailed knowledge and planning. And many organizations lack the time, resources, or experience to deploy Kubernetes and containers quickly and effectively.

Red Hat simplifies Kubernetes deployment and management with an integrated, consistent foundation for SAP Data Intelligence that works across on-site, cloud, and edge infrastructure.

Build a flexible, efficient, and security-focused foundation with Red Hat

Red Hat offers a complete Kubernetes-based, hybrid cloud foundation for SAP Data Intelligence deployment, operation, and maintenance. Each component of the foundation delivers essential capabilities within the solution.

SAP Data Intelligence integrates with both Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation to create a more streamlined environment.

Gain benefits across your organization

A Red Hat hybrid cloud foundation provides key features and benefits for your SAP Data Intelligence deployment as well as your organization.

  • Kubernetes leadership and expertise. Take advantage of Red Hat’s open source and Kubernetes experience and leadership to build and operate a reliable, efficient, and security-focused environment more quickly and easily.
  • Multiple storage formats. Consistently deploy and manage both object and block storage for SAP Data Intelligence. Consolidate your storage on Red Hat OpenShift nodes to reduce your hardware needs and increase efficiency.
  • Self-service capabilities. Give data scientists and developers the resources they need to build data pipelines and models faster with automated catalogs and provisioning.
  • Support for edge use cases. Take advantage of edge and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases with flexible deployment scenarios that help you gather data and train and deploy AI and ML models aligned with your infrastructure requirements.
  • Advanced, integrated security. Protect your organization and assets with built-in security features and automated policy enforcement across your entire environment.
  • Included tools, languages, and runtimes. Give data scientists and developers the tools, languages, and runtimes they want to use without worrying about compatibility issues.
  • Platform consistency. Deploy and manage Red Hat OpenShift nodes and clusters in the same manner across on-site, cloud, and edge infrastructure. Run SAP Data Intelligence on Red Hat OpenShift on physical; virtual; private, public, and hybrid cloud; and edge infrastructure
  • Automated management and operations. Simplify installation, configuration, and maintenance with automated workflows and operations.
  • Self-healing design. Improve reliability and uptime with Red Hat OpenShift operators and cluster health monitoring capabilities.

image container Figure 1. The Red Hat foundation for SAP Data Intelligence delivers consistently across on-site and cloud infrastructure.


Take advantage of edge applications and use cases

Deploying SAP Data Intelligence on a Red Hat foundation lets you take advantage of data produced by devices at the edge in your AI and ML pipelines and models. With the Red Hat solution, you can choose from several deployment patterns to align with your organization’s needs.

Intelligent edge pattern

The intelligent edge pattern works well for edge installations that have a reliable connection to your datacenter. It uses gateway infrastructure at the edge to collect data from and deliver AI and ML outcomes to IoT devices and provide additional processing capabilities beyond your datacenter. The IoT gateway runs Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation, and Red Hat Application Services to store and act upon device data, execute business rules, and feed data to AL and ML models in SAP Data Intelligence in your datacenter. Once the data is analyzed, values and outcomes are returned to your IoT devices via the direct connection.

Hybrid pattern

The hybrid pattern allows you to operate a disconnected edge infrastructure. As in the intelligent edge pattern, a gateway infrastructure at the edge runs Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation, and Red Hat Application Services to store and act upon device data, execute business rules, and feed data to SAP Data Intelligence and AI and ML models running in your datacenter. However, the hybrid pattern also allows you to perform inferencing at the edge, removing the need for a continuous connection to your datacenter. You can employ MLOps (machine learning ops) to train AI and ML models in SAP Data Intelligence within your datacenter, commit production models to a repository, and execute those same models at the edge. MLOps also allows you to update your models more frequently.

Centrally managed pattern

The centrally managed pattern is ideal for edge locations with reliable connectivity to your datacenter and minimal hardware installations. You can deploy remote worker nodes at edge locations and manage them as part of your centrally located Red Hat OpenShift cluster. All data storage, AI and ML model training, and inferencing are performed in your datacenter. Calculated values and outcomes are delivered to your IoT devices via the direct connection.

Support DevSecOps with Red Hat

DevSecOps is an approach that connects development, security, and operations to speed processes and incorporate the needs of all three teams into streamlined, automated workflows. The Red Hat foundation for SAP Data Intelligence provides key features and benefits for each of the teams involved in these DevSecOps approaches. 

Data scientists and developers

Red Hat solutions give you the tools and resources you need to create, test, and train AI and ML models quickly and efficiently.

Feature Benefit
Self-service capabilities Deploy tools, resources, and environments from a predefined, automated catalog so you can get started faster.
Included AI and ML tools Choose the tools, languages, and runtimes you prefer without worrying about development or deployment compatibility.
IoT and edge support Take advantage of data generated at the edge and deploy models to edge and IoT devices.
Built-in automation Quickly build, test, and deploy data pipelines and AI and ML models using DevOps and continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) capabilities and best practices.

Infrastructure operations teams

Red Hat solutions streamline operations with automation and flexible deployment options.

Feature Benefit
Flexible deployment options Deploy and operate Red Hat solutions consistently across on-site, cloud, and edge infrastructure.
Built-in automation Streamline installation, management, and updates with automated workflows and Kubernetes operators.
Consistent operation Use the same tools and processes to maintain your environment across all footprints.

Security teams

Red Hat solutions help you improve security and protect your organization and assets.

Feature Benefit
Multitenant capabilities Isolate and protect applications and workloads with role-based access controls (RBAC) and automatic network and security policy enforcement.
Automated policy enforcement Automatically apply and enforce predefined security policies across your entire environment - from a centralized interface.
Detailed access controls Define where applications can run and which data they can access on a detailed level.


Learn more

Data is a critical asset in a digital world. Red Hat helps you get more from your data with an agile, efficient, security-focused foundation for SAP Data Intelligence. Email or visit to learn how Red Hat can help you simplify deployment and operation of SAP Data Intelligence in your organization.