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SAP HANA is an application that uses in-memory database technology that allows the processing of massive amounts of real-time data in a short time. The in-memory computing engine allows HANA to process data stored in RAM as opposed to reading it from a disk. This allows the application to provide instantaneous results from customer transactions and data analyses.

HANA stands for high-performance analytic appliance.

SAP HANA is designed to process structured data from relational databases, both SAP and non-SAP, and applications and other systems rapidly. It is capable of using three styles of data replication depending on the source of the data - log-based, ETL-based and trigger-based. The relocated structured data is stored directly in memory. Because of this, data can be accessed quickly in real time by the applications that use HANA.

SAP HANA supports various use cases for real-time analytics. Some examples include:
•Monitoring and optimization of telecommunications network
•Supply chain and retail optimization
•Fraud detection and security
•Forecasting and profitability reporting
•Energy use optimization and monitoring

The heart of SAP HANA Enterprise 1.0 is the SAP In-Memory Database 1.0, a massively parallel processing data store that melds row-based, column-based, and object-based storage techniques. Other components of SAP HANA Enterprise 1.0 include:
• SAP In-Memory Computing Studio,
• SAP Host Agent 7.2,
• SAPCAR 7.10,
• Sybase Replication Server 15,
• SAP HANA Load Controller 1.00, and,
• SAP Landscape Transformation 1 - SHC for ABA.

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  1. 1. Decisions!! Delivered!!! Documentation on SAP HANA Prepared By Reviewed By SARAVANAN M Saravanan M On 25th Nov 2013 On 1
  2. 2. Decisions!! Delivered!!! What is SAP HANA? SAP HANA Enterprise 1.0 is an in-memory computing appliance that combines SAP database software with pre-tuned server, storage, and networking hardware from one of several SAP hardware partners. It is designed to support real-time analytic and transactional processing. What are the technical components that make up HANA? The heart of SAP HANA Enterprise 1.0 is the SAP In-Memory Database 1.0, a massively parallel processing data store that melds row-based, column-based, and object-based storage techniques. Other components of SAP HANA Enterprise 1.0 include: SAP In-Memory Computing Studio, SAP Host Agent 7.2, SAPCAR 7.10, Sybase Replication Server 15, SAP HANA Load Controller 1.00, and, SAP Landscape Transformation 1 - SHC for ABA. SAP HANA runs the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 operating system. It is generally delivered as an on-premise appliance and is available now. Figure 1 - SAP HANA Architectural Design Source: SAP 2011 SARAVANAN M 2
  3. 3. Decisions!! Delivered!!! Conceptually, how does HANA work? SAP HANA is designed to replicate and ingest structured data from SAP and non-SAP relational databases, applications, and other systems quickly. One of three styles of data replication – trigger-based, ETL-based, or log-based - is used depending on the source system and desired use-case. The replicated data is then stored in RAM rather than loaded onto disk, the traditional form of application data storage. Because the data is stored in-memory, it can be accessed in near real-time by analytic and transactional applications that sit on top of HANA. What applications does HANA support? SAP has delivered several next-generation, targeted analytic applications designed specifically to leverage the real-time functionality offered by HANA, including SAP Smart Meter Analytics and SAP CO-PA Accelerator. It is developing others focused on analytics related to retail, financial, telecommunications, and other industries and to horizontal use-cases such as human capital management. HANA is highly-optimized to interface with the SAP Business Objects portfolio of reporting, dashboarding, and other analytic products. SAP plans to add HANA support for Business Warehouse in November, eliminating the need for Business Warehouse Accelerator in most customer environments. SAP is also migrating Business By Design, SAP’s on-demand business suite for small and mid-sized businesses, on to HANA. Currently, HANA does not easily support non-SAP analytic or transactional applications without significant application re-architecting. What does HANA cost and how large can it scale? SAP has not publicly released specific pricing information regarding HANA, but early estimates indicate customers can initially have HANA up and running for under $300,000, including hardware, software, and services. Depending on scale, pricing levels can reach up to $2 million or more. HANA is not capable of storing petabyte-levels of data. However, due to its advanced compression capabilities, HANA deployments can store tens of terabytes of data or more, which is considered large data volumes in most current SAP customer environments. What is the HANA value proposition to customers? Enterprises collect large volumes of structured data via legacy ERP, CRM, and other systems. Most struggle to make use of the data while spending large sums to store and protect it. One option to make use of this data is to extract, transform, and load subsets into a traditional enterprise data warehouse for analysis. This process is time-consuming and requires significant investment in related proprietary hardware. The result is often an expensive, bloated EDW that provides little more than backward-looking views of company data. SARAVANAN M 3
  4. 4. Decisions!! Delivered!!! SAP HANA offers enterprises a new approach to harnessing the value of all that corporate data. As mentioned above, HANA runs on inexpensive commodity hardware from any of several SAP partners, including IBM, Dell, and HP. Its data replication and integration capabilities vastly speed up the process of loading data into the database. And because it uses in-memory storage, applications on top of HANA can access data in near-real time, meaning end-users can gain meaningful insight while there is still time to take meaningful action. HANA can also perform predictive analytics to help organizations plan for future market developments. How is it different From Competing Offerings from Oracle? Oracle unveiled an in-memory analytic appliance of its own, called Exalytics, at Oracle OpenWorld in October 2011. Among the important differences compared to SAP HANA, Exalytics is designed to run on Sun-only hardware, it is a mash-up of various existing Oracle technologies, and there are few, if any, systems in production. As with all Oracle technologies, the risk of vendor lock-in is high, and the cost is significantly higher than comparable HANA deployments. What are compelling SAP HANA use cases? Real-time analytics as supported by SAP HANA have numerous potential use cases including: Profitability reporting and forecasting, Retail merchandizing and supply-chain optimization, Security and fraud detection, Energy use monitoring and optimization, and, Telecommunications network monitoring and optimization. What are HANA’s limitations? SAP HANA is not a platform for loading, processing, and analyzing huge volumes – petabytes or more – of unstructured data, commonly referred to as big data. Therefore, HANA is not suited for social networking and social media data analytics. For such uses cases, enterprises are better off looking to open-source big-data approaches such as Apache Hadoop or LexisNexis HPCC Systems, or even MPP-based next generation data warehousing appliances like EMC Greenplum or Teradata AsterData. While SAP has promised a slew of new HANA-optimized applications, currently only a handful are on the market. It is incumbent upon SAP to follow through on its commitment with practical applications that address real-world business problems. Also, SAP HANA is not pre-optimized to support non-SAP applications, which requires significant application re-engineering on the part of enterprise IT groups. ************************ SARAVANAN M 4
  5. 5. Decisions!! Delivered!!! SAP HANA Online Training: What is HANA? (HAsso's New Architecture / High performance ANalytic Appliance) HANA is a new In-Memory data management appliance released by SAP which is more of separate plug-in (Software & Hardware) for faster analytical activities. This application allows processing of massive quantities of real time data in the main memory of the server to provide immediate results for analysis. HANA is a pre-configured analytic appliance. SAP’s hardware partners provide the hardware and pre-install the SAP in-memory solution on that hardware. SAP HANA Online training is provided by SUMTWO SOFTWARES team of experienced professionals and it is our latest addition to SAP's growing technology portfolio. The next generation SAPs’ in-memory technology provides a multi-purpose, in-memory appliance, giving organizations the power to gain instant insight into business operations while enabling them to react quickly to changing business conditions. Sap Hana online training offered by the real time industry experts at affordable price. SUMTWO SOFTWARES has experienced SAP HANA Professionals who can provide best SAP HANA online training. Our SAP HANA Trainers will help and guide you with the SAP HANA Certification. We have professional trainers to handle this online training program on SAP HANA. Course Requirements a. A basic knowledge of database technology, especially relational databases and SQL query language b. A general understanding of how columnar, in-memory databases work c. Additionally, participants will receive all SAP Training materials & other documents on HANA System administration, Security & Authorization, BODS, BPC, BW on HANA etc. SAP HANA online training Highlights: Free demos available Best server access Material will be provided free guidance for certification Certified trainers SARAVANAN M 5
  6. 6. Decisions!! Delivered!!! Course Content: Week 1: Developing Applications for SAP HANA Development Tools Application Building Blocks Hello World Demo Week 2: Database Tasks, Loading, and Modeling Data persistence model Simple data analytics and calculation views Data provisioning Week 3: SQLScript Basics SQLScript SQL statements Data extraction Debugging Week 4: Exposing and Consuming Data with OData Client GUIs based on HTML5 OData service Week 5: Exposing and Consuming Data with Server-Side JavaScript JavaScript functions JavaScript libraries JavaScript APIs Week 6: SAP HANA Advanced Development Options Lifecycle management Delivery units UI integration services The recorded video lecture is available at and you can start your self-paced learning process now. Staying on track for six - seven weeks and following a course on top of your busy schedule is no small feat. Similarly, we, the SUMTWO team, have a lot of experience about creating, delivering, and executing an Online Training program with participants like you. SARAVANAN M 6
  7. 7. Decisions!! Delivered!!! If anyone interested to enroll this SAP HANA online course please drop me an email to or call me on +91 84899 76861. SARAVANAN M 7