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Developer(s) SAP SE
Stable release 1.0 SPS11[1] / November 25, 2015; 2 months ago (2015-11-25)
Development status Active...
Written in C, C++
Available in Multi-lingual
Type In-memory RDBMS
License Proprietary

In computing, SAP HANA is an application server that includes an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system developed and marketed by SAP SE.[2][3] SAP HANA was previously called "SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance".[4]


To create SAP HANA, SAP SE developed or acquired technologies, including TREX search engine (in-memory column-oriented search engine), P*TIME (in-memory OLTP database acquired by SAP in 2005), and MaxDB with its in-memory liveCache engine.[5][6] In 2008, teams from SAP SE, 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 former SAP executive Vishal Sikka's blog. Before the name "HANA" stabilised, people referred to this product as "New Database".[7]

The product provides Business Intelligence allowing real-time response.[8] The first product shipped in late November 2010.[6][9] By mid-2011, the technology had attracted interest but the experienced business customers still considered it "in early days".[10] HANA support for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse was announced in September 2011 for availability by November.[11]

In 2012, SAP promoted aspects of cloud computing.[12] In October 2012, SAP announced a variant called HANA One that used a smaller amount of memory. It is available on IBM Cloud[13] and on Amazon Web Services for a monthly and an hourly fee respectively.[14]

In January 2013, SAP enterprise resource planning software from its Business Suite was announced for HANA, and became available by May.[15][16] In May 2013, a software as a service offering called the HANA Enterprise Cloud service was announced.[17]

In May 2014 SAP and VMWare announced SAP HANA for production use on VMware vSphere 5.5 [18]

Rather than versioning, the software utilizes service packs.[19]


  1. ^ SAP Delivers Next Release of SAP HANA
  2. ^ Jeff Kelly (July 12, 2013). "Primer on SAP HANA". Wikibon. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ SAP HANA - The Column Oriented (Based) Database on YouTube (December 8, 2012)
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  5. ^ Vey, Gereon; Krutov, Ilya (January 2012). "SAP In-Memory Computing on IBM eX5 Systems" (PDF). Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b SAP SE (June 17, 2012). "SAP HANA Timeline". SlideShare. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "What is SAP HANA Database". Gucons web site. 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Chris Kanas (October 19, 2010). "SAP's in-memory analytics boxes set for November release". Info World. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Chris Kanaracus (September 15, 2011). "SAP's HANA is hot, but still in early days". Network World. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Trevis Team (April 30, 2012). "SAP Headed For $71 On Cloud, Mobile And HANA Growth". Forbes. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ IBM Cloud AMM for SAP HANA One
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Brian McKenna (January 11, 2013). "SAP puts Business Suite on HANA, joins transactional to analytical". Computer Weekly. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sapphire 2013: Business Suite on HANA goes to general availability". Computer Weekly. May 15, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ 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. 
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  19. ^ John Appleby (May 28, 2012). "Update III: The SAP HANA FAQ - answering key SAP In-Memory questions". Bluefin Solutions. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 

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