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What Is SAP HANA Database?

What Is SAP HANA Database?


SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) is a high-performance real-time data computing platform launched by SAP in June 2011. The platform leverages the memory computing technology, which enables users to directly query and analyze a large quantity of real-time business data.

The SAP HANA solution uses FusionCloud to provide a cloud resource pool that runs SAP applications and SAP HANA. The SAP HANA solution supports SAP HANA Elastic Cloud Servers (ECSs) and SAP HANA Bare Metal Servers (BMSs), and meets specifications requirements on high performance, ultra-high I/O, and large CPU and memory.

  • What is an SAP HANA ECS?

    SAP HANA ECSs, based on the SAP HANA resource pool, are ECSs that have ultra-large memory and ultra-high computing performance. SAP HANA ECSs are actually ultra-large-memory ECSs, which are used to deploy applications such as SAP HANA databases.

  • What is a SAP HANA BMS?

    SAP HANA BMSs, based on the bare metal resource pool, are physical servers dedicated for individual tenants. SAP HANA BMSs provide remarkable computing performance and stability for running key applications. SAP HANA BMSs can work with other cloud services such as Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to combine the stable performance of server hosting and the high scalability of cloud resources.


The SAP HANA database provides the following functions:

  • Rapid data processing

    SAP HANA data is stored in the in-memory database (IMDB), which features rapid data input/output (I/O). Success stories show that the data processing rate provided by SAP HANA is 1,000 or even 10,000 times faster than that provided by customers' original database systems.

  • Support for online analytical processing (OLAP) and online transaction processing (OLTP)

    OLAP is a main application in data warehouse (DWH) systems. It supports complex analysis, focuses on decision support, and provides query results that are easy to understand.

    OLTP is a main application of traditional relational databases. It processes basic and routine transactions, such as banking transactions.

  • Support for both structured and unstructured data

    Structured data is a type of information represented using a unified structure, such as digits and symbols. The other data that cannot be represented using a unified structure is called unstructured data, such as texts, images, audio, and HTML.

  • SAP provides various boundary application software, including data replication and business intelligence (BI).
  • Structured query language (SQL), multidimensional expressions (MDX), and BI consumer services (BICS) interfaces for the application layer
  • Support for multiple data importing modes
Updated: 2019-04-23

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