What is SAP HANA?


SAP HANA combines database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in-memory. The platform provides libraries for predictive, planning, text processing, spatial, and business analytics.

This new architecture enables converged OLTP and OLAP data processing within a single in-memory column-based data store with ACID compliance, while eliminating data redundancy and latency. By providing advanced capabilities, such as predictive text analytics, spatial processing, data virtualization, on the same architecture, it further simplifies application development and processing across big data sources and structures. This makes SAP HANA the most suitable platform for building and deploying next-generation, realtime applications and analytics.

With SAP HANA, we help our customers dramatically accelerate the speed of their business while radically simplifying their IT stack by collapsing complex IT layers and reducing hardware costs.

It’s important to note that HANA goes way beyond a database. SAP HANA is an innovation platform that allows us to rethink the world of databases and applications. It is a flexible, multipurpose, data-source-agonistic, in-memory appliance that combines SAP software components optimized on hardware provided, and delivered, by SAP’s leading hardware partners.

Heard about SAP HANA, but not clear what it can do for your business?
Just to give an example from Financials, which is now running on SAP HANA:

All the totals, the indices, the daily sums, the weekly and monthly sums, they can all be removed and replaced with on-the-fly calculations. That leads to a dramatic simplification in the architecture of the applications and smaller databases. With this, we can dramatically simplify all the complexity that sits in customer landscapes, as well as in our own portfolio. And, as we look at the future with the cloud, the one big thing we did last year was to offer this entire solution stack in a cloud infrastructure.

What is in-memory computing?

In-memory computing is an innovative technology that improves business processes by combining rapid database transactions with real-time data analytics. This database system relies on main memory for data storage versus a disk storage mechanism which makes for faster access to the database and all associated information. The SAP HANA platform leverages in-memory computing to speed up data-intensive process, reduce complexity and accelerate the value delivered from IT.

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