To grid or not to grid?


Let’s be honest.  When well planned, a SAS Grid Computing platform as the basis for a shared, highly available, high-performance analytics environment can pay for itself many times over. However, it is critical that your overall objectives and computing environment be well understood for you to achieve success with your SAS Grid implementation and to get the maximum benefit.

This post is the first in a series that will explore some of the best practices in setting up a high-performance, high-availability SAS analytics environment, but first let’s take time to understand what you can expect from a grid implementation:

When to say yes to the grid

  • Your SAS applications are mission critical, and you need to set up a highly available infrastructure. 
  • You have lots of SAS users running lots of SAS applications, and you want to implement a shared SAS Analytic environment that allocates resources as needed.  
  • You have end-of-month or end-of-quarter SAS processing that has very tight SLAs, and you need to be guaranteed that your compute resources meet these SLAs. 
  • You would like to establish a hardware and software infrastructure that can be scaled out to meet your ever-growing SAS user base and the ever-growing data being analyzed by these SAS users.  
  • You would like to see if you can gain some performance improvements by utilizing the new SAS High Performance Analytics processes or take your existing SAS processes and convert them to a distributed processing format or both. Please note that not all SAS processes are good candidates for distributed processing. For example, processes that rely heavily on OLAP processing do not lend themselves to parallelization.

Learning more

Here are some papers that you can read to learn more on the above: 

SAS GRID 101: How It Can Modernize Your Existing SAS Environment

SAS Goes Grid – Managing the Workload across Your Enterprise

High Availability Services with SAS Grid Manager

High Availability with SAS Grid Manager

The Top Four User-Requested Grid Features Delivered with SAS® Grid Manager 9.4


About Author

Margaret Crevar

Manager, SAS R&D Performance Lab

Margaret Crevar has worked at SAS since May 1982. She has held a variety of positions since then, working in sales, marketing and now research and development. In her current role, Crevar manages the SAS Performance Lab in R&D. This lab has two roles: testing future SAS releases while they're still in development to make sure they're performing as expected; and helping SAS customers who are experiencing performance issues overcome their challenges.

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