With every passing day, newer and more advanced technology is being launched in the market. Having originated in Germany, SAP is the global leader in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) sector. One of the company’s latest revolutionary technology is SAP HANA.
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What is SAP HANA?
SAP HANA was launched by SAP SE in the year 2010 and since then, it has taken the world by storm. Essentially a data platform, SAP HANA is an RDBMS or a relational database management system. It can be used to implement ERP, store data and perform advanced analytical functions such a text search, predictive analysis, and processing of graphical data. The key feature of SAP HANA is that it is stored in memory rather than in optimized disks.
What is SAP HANA used for?
As a columnar database, SAP HANA has both analytical as well as transactional applications. It can be used for a plethora of functions such as advanced processing of data as well as data virtualization. Spatial processing of data, streaming analytics, and real-time insight generation from live data can be performed via SAP HANA. The data stored in the HANA database server system is extremely secure and can be accessed as per the requirement of the applications.
What is the difference between SAP and SAP HANA?
SAP is essentially a Business Suite that can run on any database. It consists of components like SAP ECC, SAP CRM, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and SAP PLM. On the other hand, SAP HANA has been specifically developed as a relational database. The latter has the unique feature of being stored in memory. Further, SAP HANA has a column-oriented structure.
Does SAP HANA use SQL?
SQL or Structured Query Language goes hand-in-hand with all major relational database management systems. SAP HANA is no different. SQL is used as the primary database language for SAP HANA. The language can be used to create schema, select, insert, update, create, revoke, drop, grant or alter data in the SAP HANA database.
Is SAP HANA a database?
SAP HANA is an advanced database system that has a columnar structure. In particular, it is a relational database. It provides for storage of data in-memory as compared to hard disks. As a result, the data stored can be loaded on to the system and accessed at lightning speed. The SAP HANA database uses a low amount of memory and eliminates data redundancy due to its advanced architecture.
What is the difference between SAP HANA and S 4 Hana?
While SAP HANA is the core database technology, S4 HANA is the latest ERP solution that functions only on the HANA platform. S4 HANA has been launched recently in 2019. So, S4 HANA can be considered a specialized subset of SAP HANA. S4 HANA possesses both Business Intelligence (BI) as well as ERP capabilities. It makes use of the in-memory processing power of SAP HANA for conducting all necessary analytical functions.