SAP HANA


SAP HANA: An Overview and Key Considerations

What Is SAP HANA?

SAP HANA is a column-oriented in-memory database that can be used for transactional and analytical workloads with any data type and on a single data copy. According to SAP, SAP HANA breaks down the transactional and analytical silos in organizations and is available on premise (SAP HANA) and in the cloud (SAP HANA Cloud). SAP HANA was launched in 2010.

What Is an In-memory Database?

An in-memory database (IMDB) stores data in a computer’s main memory (RAM), as opposed to on traditional disks or solid-state drives.

IMDBs are commonly used for applications that require top speed and the ability to handle large spikes in traffic. IMDBs are more frequently used today for a broader range of applications, including real-time analytics and predictive modeling, customer experience management, logistics, and much more.

SAP HANA: An Overview and Key Considerations

What Is SAP HANA?

SAP HANA is a column-oriented in-memory database that can be used for transactional and analytical workloads with any data type and on a single data copy. According to SAP, SAP HANA breaks down the transactional and analytical silos in organizations and is available on premise (SAP HANA) and in the cloud (SAP HANA Cloud). SAP HANA was launched in 2010.

What Is an In-memory Database?

An in-memory database (IMDB) stores data in a computer’s main memory (RAM), as opposed to on traditional disks or solid-state drives.

IMDBs are commonly used for applications that require top speed and the ability to handle large spikes in traffic. IMDBs are more frequently used today for a broader range of applications, including real-time analytics and predictive modeling, customer experience management, logistics, and much more.

Key Features and Capabilities of SAP HANA:

  • Acts as a database server that stores and retrieves data requested by applications.
  • Provides advanced search, analytics, and data integration capabilities for structured and unstructured data.
  • Functions as an application server and can help businesses build smart, insight-driven applications based on real-time data, in-memory computing, and machine-learning technology.

Key SAP HANA Considerations for SAPinsiders:

  • Empower marketing effectiveness with SAP HANA Cloud. In order to adapt to its customers’ evolving data needs, Epsilon developed a single environment using a multi-tenant SAP HANA Cloud solution. The solution is capable of handling multiple streams of data efficiently and quickly. This allows the company to ingest customer data quickly, scale up as needed, and improve costs and resources. The solution also helps Epsilon empower its customers’ marketing programs. Read the full member insight or watch a short video.
  • Understand where SAP HANA can have real impact in your organization. To build a business case for SAP HANA, you first need to collect strategic goals, requirements, and technical input. Then, calculate ROI associated with your SAP HANA investment. An SAPinsider event session led by Dr. Heiko Hecht discusses an approach that can help you generate fact-based results derived from your current SAP landscape to identify and quantify performance gains and reduction of database space, business processes, and other potential areas of improvement.
  • Consider the impact of SAP HANA on your enterprise security strategy. In 2020, SAPinsider studied this impact by surveying the SAP community. Results were published in our benchmark report, Impact of Cloud and SAP HANA on Enterprise Security Strategy. “SAP’s transition to an enterprise cloud company has changed the way SAP customers consider and implement their enterprise security strategy,” writes Robert Holland, SAPinsider’s VP and Research Director. “The inclusion of SAP HANA-based systems adds further complexity to these considerations, particularly when these systems are running in hybrid or cloud-based environments.” Read the full benchmark report and learn top requirements for securing SAP HANA-based systems.

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