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SAP HANA Roadmap Update – Webcast Notes

Mike Eacrett covered this webcast early last month.  He covered a background of SP8 which Joyce Butler covers here Take-Aways from SAP HANA Update and Overview of SAP HANA SPS 08 presentation

If you have an SMP logon you can watch recording here.

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Source: SAP


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Themes are shown in Figure 1 include cloud enablement, more than just a platform – PaaS, deploy to private clouds, etc.

Big Data includes sensors, tap data sources that are now springing up, capturing things in real time

Another theme is building applications and industry platforms

Openness is a big driver for SP8, SP9 and beyond to fit in a heterogenous landscape


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 is the Roadmap

For River look for updates at SAP TechEd

HANA Answers will integrate with SAP Notes and will allow customization per the roadmap

Beyond SP8:


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Graph capabilities are used in Medical Insights application

SAP plans to make available to customers and partners

It is not a standalone graph engine but make available for developers

Planning capabilities are integrated with BW engine – will offer a native SDK to build

CEP – ESP is embedding the streaming/complex event processing as part of the HANA instrastructure

Advanced geo-spatial includes extended raster support, more map support

Text analysis will have further complexity on text process – look at context of paragraphs and pages – how context relates to sentences in a document – possible discovery for lawyers

Unstructured data includes adding voice to text, audio to text, objects like photos

KXEN is now InfiniteInsight – those predictive algorithms will be available as application function libraries – see them as a PAL library


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Names will change in Figure 4

Graph engine in HANA and the language WIPE (will be renamed) – code to understand nodes/edges of graph store in the same column store.  It is not a SQL graph

General Ledger may run on graph (accounts link to each other)

SAP is Working on extending hierarchy support, same team working on BW hierarchy is working on this

SHINE will be updated


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows a light mail server will be in the XS engine

Developer focused desktop edition – make it lighter (not in SP9)

Guided migration tool from one database to migrate to HANA (data models, data, stored procedures) – a guided process

HANA answers – SAP notes included, link to S-ID

Natively collapsing stack for replication, streaming, cleansing – moving data quality and transform library into HANA, ELT – “T” part comes on the fly.  Text analysis use data quality libraries – will be fast.  This is planned for SP9

Streaming includes moving the streaming with ESP into HANA – millions of events per second, and doing eventing – use HANA to generate events to build real time applications

Extended lifecycle management is how to package and move

Native multi temperate dynamic tiering – dump data to disk, hot data in HANA, cool in traditional – pick which parts reside on memory and which goes on disk.  Planned for SP9 – see it at TechEd


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Multi-tenant database containers – the acronym will be MDC

With SP9 will have first version in cloud how to implement multi-tenancy

Encryption is there for HIPPA related business

Mike said to “Attend TechEd for HCP extensions”

SAP will support rapid provisioning of HANA cloud systems and based on patterns

Synchronization of “clouds” – AWS, SuccessFactors – how to synchronize between those systems to harmonize


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows what SAP is doing for planned multitenant databases

The plan is to have a database container with 1 HANA infrastructure with many tenants – could be scale up, scale out

Each tenant has own memory/CPU

You can move a tenant to another HANA infrastructure (for maintenance, support, etc.)


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows an ABAP app, XS app, backup and store individually

One HA/DR setting for the HANA system is shown in Figure 8; the standby node is for whole HANA system

Figure 8 says one version of DB for each of the tenants


Figure 9: Source: SAP

Figure 9 shows the new time series features for advanced machine learning, time windows, inventory management – coming from Sybase and built natively to HANA

SAP plans for tighter Hadoop integration, Map reduce platforms


Figure 10: Source: SAP

New chipsets will be supported; come to TechEd for announcements

More server configurations are coming from HP andothers

ALM integration – how integrate data archiving with HANA – lightweight SDK

Question & Answer

Q: Limit on Virtual servers?

A: depends on the size of VM needed to deploy; limited by size of server and VM

Q: Will Web IDE replace studio?

A: No, Web IDE is a subset; still need Eclipse Studio for heavy lifting

Q: Incremental backups?

A: Not planned for SP9, something looking at

Q: DB snapshots?

A: Look at for use cases for snapshots to clone a system

Q: Informatica certification?

A: Informatica is certified and Cognos recently including BI – see blog by Prasad Illapani on

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