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SAP Announces SAP HANA 2 – Next Generation Platform for Digital Transformation

Update November 30, 2016: SAP HANA 2.0, SPS00 is now generally available. This blog has been updated to reflect additional detail regarding this release.

Meet SAP HANA 2, the next generation platform for Digital Transformation. You can leverage state-of-the-art database and data management technology, analytical intelligence capabilities and intuitive application development tools on a single, unified in-memory platform – freeing valuable resources and human capital for new and innovative application development to meet your business’s strategic objectives.

SAP HANA 2 is an evolution of the existing platform that gives you access to a stable, highly available and secure data environment for all your applications. Yet, SAP HANA 2 transforms database and data management with enhanced high availability, security and workload management, enterprise modeling, data integration, and data quality. And, if you are considering developing or deploying modern applications that access any data from anywhere and combine transactions with advanced analytical processing, SAP HANA 2 also transforms application development and analytical intelligence. It comes with enhanced analytical processing engines for text, spatial, graph, and streaming data, improved application server capabilities and development tools.

Database Enhancements

High availability and disaster recovery/ backup and recovery

  • Load balance read-intensive operations between a primary and secondary instance of SAP HANA with the active / active-read enabled mode.
  • Automate orchestration of HA/DR processes with enhanced SAP Landscape Management integration.
  • Optimize workload for 3rd party backup tools by consolidating SAP HANA log backups.


  • Protect data at rest by using SAP HANA’s comprehensive encryption for data and redo log files.
  • Reduce TCO by using existing LDAP groups for automatic role assignment.
  • Simplify monitoring of security alerts and configuration of security and users in the new SAP HANA cockpit.


  • Manage one instance, multiple tenants or 1000’s of SAP HANA instances within the SAP HANA Cockpit administration and monitoring tool.
  • Prevent run-away queries and manage system thresholds with enhanced workload management.
  • Reduce time and cost when implementing change by capturing, comparing and analyzing multiple workload replays.

Advanced Analytical Processing Enhancements


  • Find information faster with improved searching and filtering on dates.
  • Dynamically configure search rules for duplicate detection.
  • Run search rules in “batch mode” to check a large number of records in a single call.

Text analytics

  • Extend the smarts of your applications that use text analysis to all languages using spaces between words.
  • Easily embed natural-language processing into your products with a new native SQL interface.
  • Manage your own domain-specific custom dictionaries and rules within the Web IDE for SAP HANA.

Graph data processing

  • Analyze graph data more efficiently and achieve results faster with new visualizations.
  • Leverage existing Cypher query language skills with SAP HANA support for Cypher for pattern matching

Predictive analytics and machine learning

  • Create richer predictive applications using more pre-packaged algorithms.
  • Run scoring functions faster with parallel processing across large-scale partitioned data.

Application Development and Tools Enhancements

Application server

  • Reduce TCO with Bring Your Own Language and Runtimes by running these applications within the XS Advanced framework.
  • Build native applications in multi-tenant (MDC) landscapes without restriction.
  • Reduce effort of supporting JAVA based applications with enhanced JAVA / JavaScript runtime supportability and trace features.

Tools, languages, and APIs

  • Accelerate application development with enhanced modeling for calculation views, core data services, and data types (i.e. spatial, text, graph, etc.).
  • Directly create and query hierarchies without dependency on the graphical modeler.
  • Test and develop MDX based queries and statements against SAP HANA views and leverage additional MDX capabilities.
  • Increase productivity with improved syntax error troubleshooting and expanded impact and lineage analysis.

Data Management Enhancements

SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, Edition for SAP HANA

  • Perform enterprise architecture and business process modeling, as well as architecture and plan physical data models that target SAP HANA, with this new web-based tool that compliments existing SAP HANA modeling tools.

Multi-tier storage*

  • Simplify management of large volumes of data with multi-store tables.
  • Integrated management of Dynamic Tiering with support for encrypted extended store, system replication and delta back-ups.
  • *Targeted for release in near future.

Data integration

  • Simplify and accelerate data movements with parallel data loads, automatic recovery, and data integration with SAP ABAP-based systems (via BAPIs that support virtual procedures).
  • Gain access to more data sources with added support for Microsoft Access and SharePoint.

Data quality and data federation

  • Improve the accuracy of location-based data by taking advantage of enhanced address cleansing capabilities.
  • Leverage remote metadata synchronization to simplify alignment with remote data schema copies.

Dial-in and join our SAP HANA 2 live expert sessions to learn more (download meeting invitations below)
Webinar records and available presentation materials will be available in the SAP HANA iFG Community.
Click HERE if you’re already a member. If not, please register @

Date Session Title Presenter Start Time Duration Meeting invitations and playback recordings
Dec 1 SAP HANA 2 Overview Lori Vanourek 4 pm CET 0.5 hours Playback Recording
Dec 2 What’s New – SAP HANA Workload Management Ruediger Karl 5 pm CET 1 hour Playback Recording
Dec 2 What’s New – Data Integration Sumit Kundu, Aleks Aleksic, Richard LeBlanc 6 pm CET 1 hour Playback Recording
Dec 5 What’s New – Security Andrea Kristin 3 pm CET 0.5 hours Playback Recording
Dec 5 What’s New – Developer Thomas Jung, Rich Heilman, Lucas Kiesow 6 pm CET 2 hours Playback Recording
Dec 6 What’s New – Data Center Mission Critical Operation Ralf Czekalla, Jan Teichmann, Jorg Hoffmeister 4 pm CET 2 hours Playback Recording
Dec 7 What’s New – Operations Jose Ramos, Stephanie Lewellen 4 pm CET 1 hour Playback Recording
Dec 8 What’s New – Advanced Analyst in SAP HANA Markus Fath, Anthony Waite, Ashok Swaminathan, Jeff Wootton 4 pm CET 2 hours Playback Recording
Dec 9 What’s New – SAP HANA View Modeling Christoph Morgen 4 pm CET 1 hour Playback Recording
Dec 12 What is New in SHINE for XSA Stephen Cherian 3 pm CET 1 hour Playback Recording
Dec 13 What’s New – Performance Management Tools Lukas Kiesow 5 pm CET 1.5 hours Playback Recording
Dec 14 What’s New – SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering Foundation Courtney Claussen, Ruediger Karl, Robert Waywell 5 pm CET 1 hour Playback Recording
Dec 15 What’s New – Dynamic Tiering Operations Courtney Claussen, Ruediger Karl, Robert Waywell 5 pm CET 1 hour Playback Recording

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      Author's profile photo Mutheeshwaran S
      Mutheeshwaran S

      Nice! Looking forward to understand the innovation by SAP

      Author's profile photo Carlos Spacil
      Carlos Spacil

      Hello Lori.
      Can these sessions be watched by SAP Customers and Partners?
      Thanks in advance,
      Carlos Spacil

      Author's profile photo Lori Vanourek
      Lori Vanourek
      Blog Post Author

      Yes, absolutely.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      HANA 2.0 means more compression 🙂

      Author's profile photo Lars Breddemann
      Lars Breddemann

      How so?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Lori.
      Does dynamic tiering support for capabilities of SAP HANA System Replication
      and Scale out?

      Author's profile photo Kaan Turkes
      Kaan Turkes

      SAP HANA Cockpit is not working. XS Advanced Engine is not installing either. Any solutions for them?

      Author's profile photo Jose Ramos
      Jose Ramos

      Hi Kaan,

      In HANA 2.0, the cockpit is no longer an XS application and as you've noticed, it's an XSA application.

      The new cockpit is installed as an entire stack, meaning that you simply run the install script and everything gets installed and set up for you (cockpit app, XSA runtime, and persistence). You can install cockpit on the same HANA 2.0 machine, or use a dedicated machine. We recommend that you use a dedicated machine for the new cockpit, making sure that it has the minimum system requirements (SUSE 12.1 and 16 GB RAM).

      One last thing: the cockpit setup files are not included in the HANA 2.0 stack that you download in the "Installations and upgrades" section of the SMP. Instead, they are in the "Support packages and patches" section. Under the entry "SAP HANA Platform Edition 2.0", you'll find the download for "SAP HANA Cockpit 2.0".

      Author's profile photo S. Marie
      S. Marie

      Stuck at hospital with my both hands burnt to 3rd degree, I can only use an ipad to view/review the presentation. Adobe sucks on ipad. is there a way to get access just to the slides ?

      Author's profile photo Julia Leibner-Ernst
      Julia Leibner-Ernst

      yes that would be really great to get additionally all the slides to the presentations...

      Author's profile photo Aaron Benner
      Aaron Benner

      Hope your recovery has gone well!

      Author's profile photo Julia Leibner-Ernst
      Julia Leibner-Ernst

      Hello colleagues,
      the link to is not working at all to register. I think you need to change it to either -> under Community there is the button to "request access" or directly to

      Author's profile photo Luis Benavides Andrade
      Luis Benavides Andrade

      Hi Lori,

      Thanks for the article, I wondering if I can translate this information to spanish. Keeping the author right and copyright.

      Thanks in advance,

      Author's profile photo Patrick BECH
      Patrick BECH

      Hi, can you please post the last 2 sessions (Dynamic Tiering) recordings?

      Author's profile photo Marco Mainini
      Marco Mainini

      Dear experts,
      we're evaluating to migrate our SAP ERP 6.0 EHP5 + MS SQL 2012 to SAP ERP 6.0 EHP8 + HANA: since we would like to adopt the latest HANA 2.0, we need to know when EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 will be supported on HANA 2.0.

      Checking the Product Availability Matrix, so far HANA 2.0 support "SAP NETWEAVER 7.5" ("Application Server ABAP") but apparently right now "EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0" ("Central Appliactions") supports only HANA 1.0 as Database Platform (see
      Do you have any visibility (a date) on the support of EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 on SAP HANA 2.0? Maybe with SPS 6 of EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 (planned for week 18), HANA 2.0 will be supported?
      Unfortunately I can't find any information regarding the support of HANA 2.0 for EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0.
      Thank you for your help.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Man,

      Thank you. Absolutely perfect! I was SOOOOO excited after seeing the blog and these instructions were absolutely wonderful! You’re a life saver!

      I want your expert advice for following SAP Business One HANA environment.
      1. SAP Business One Server tools is installed in Server01
      2. SAP HANA Database is installed in Server02, where real time replication is done on Server03 based on SAP HANA High Availability configuration.
      We are trying install Backup Service in server tools but, got an error that "Database is not running on current server".
      is it possible to install backup service alone separately in Server02 and Server03, and schedule backup through either SLD or RSP.

      Appreciate your effort for making such useful blogs and helping the community.

      Irene Hynes