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Developer(s) SAP AG
Stable release 1.0 SPS7 / December 1, 2013; 4 months ago (2013-12-01)
Development status Active
Written in C, C++
Available in Multi-lingual
Type In-memory RDBMS
License Proprietary

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SAP HANA, short for "High-Performance Analytic Appliance" is an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system developed and marketed by SAP AG.[1][2]


SAP HANA originates from developed or acquired technologies, including TREX search engine, an in-memory column-oriented search engine, P*TIME, an in-memory OLTP database acquired by SAP in 2005, and MaxDB with its in-memory liveCache engine.[3][4] In 2008, teams from SAP AG working with Hasso Plattner Institute and Stanford University demonstrated an application architecture for real-time analytics and aggregation, mentioned as "Hasso's New Architecture" in SAP executive Vishal Sikka's blog. Before the name HANA settled in, people referred to this product as New Database.[5]

The product was officially announced in May 2010. In November 2010, SAP AG announced the release of SAP HANA 1.0, an in-memory appliance for business applications and business Intelligence allowing real-time response.[6] The first product shipped in late November 2010.[4][7] By mid-2011, the technology had attracted interest but the conservative business customers still considered it "in early days".[8] HANA support for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse was announced in September 2011 for availability by November.[9]

In 2012, SAP promoted aspects of cloud computing.[10] In October 2012, SAP announced a variant called HANA One that used a smaller amount of memory on Amazon Web Services for an hourly fee.[11]

In January 2013, SAP enterprise resource planning software from its Business Suite was announced for HANA, and became available by May.[12][13] In May 2013, a software as a service offering called the HANA Enterprise Cloud service was announced.[14]

Rather than versioning, the software utilizes service packs.[15][16]


  1. ^ Jeff Kelly (July 12, 2013). "Primer on SAP HANA". Wikibon. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ SAP HANA - The Column Oriented (Based) Database on YouTube (December 8, 2012)
  3. ^ Vey, Gereon; Krutov, Ilya (January 2012). "SAP In-Memory Computing on IBM eX5 Systems". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b SAP AG (June 17, 2012). "SAP HANA Timeline". SlideShare. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "What is SAP HANA Database". Gucons web site. 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Chris Kanaracus (October 19, 2010). "SAP's in-memory analytics boxes set for November release". Info World. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ Chris Kanaracus (December 1, 2010). "SAP launches HANA for in-memory analytics: The in-memory analytic appliance will compete with next-generation data-processing platforms such as Oracle's Exadata machines". Info World. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ Chris Kanaracus (September 15, 2011). "SAP's HANA is hot, but still in early days". Network World. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ Courtney Bjorlin (November 9, 2011). "SAP Begins BW on HANA Ramp-Up, First Big Test for the HANA Database". ASUG News. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Trevis Team (April 30, 2012). "SAP Headed For $71 On Cloud, Mobile And HANA Growth". Forbes. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ Doug Henschen (October 17, 2012). "SAP Launches Cloud Platform Built On Hana". Information Week. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ Brian McKenna (January 11, 2013). "SAP puts Business Suite on HANA, joins transactional to analytical". Computer Weekly. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sapphire 2013: Business Suite on HANA goes to general availability". Computer Weekly. May 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ Chris Kanaracus (May 7, 2013). "SAP unveils HANA Enterprise Cloud service: Customers will be able to run their applications on the HANA-powered cloud". Network World. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Update III: The SAP HANA FAQ - answering key SAP In-Memory questions". Bluefin Solutions. John Appleby. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ Mellisa Tolentino (May 14, 2012). "Your SAP HANA Cheat Sheet: Milestones, Terms and More". Silicon Angle blog. Retrieved October 9, 2013.