Introduction

Different editions, options and “additional capabilities” are available when licensing SAP HANA. In this blog, I will provide an overview and list resources where you can find more information.

For the SAP HANA 1.0 SPS 12, see SAP HANA editions and options – by the SAP HANA Academy.

Tutorial video

This tutorial video is part of the playlist: SAP HANA Installation and Update.

Editions and Options

Initially, when SAP HANA was first released in 2012, three editions were available (and no options):

  • Platform
  • Enterprise, including BusinessObjects Data Services (ETL) and SLT Replication Server
  • Enterprise Extended, including Sybase Replication Server and Sybase ASE

Both enterprise editions bundled SAP HANA with other SAP products to include the technologies needed to replicate data from the source systems(s) to the In-Memory database.

Over the years, the HANA portfolio has become a bit more complex and we now have a wide range of editions and options.

Functionally, there are four different categories:

  • Application development
  • Advanced analytical processing
  • Data integration and quality
  • Database management

For application development, no license restrictions exist for features.

The same holds true for all the database management features, we find them in all the editions of SAP HANA, without any special license requirement, with two exceptions:
Dynamic Tiering (multitier storage) and active/active read-enabled replication (high availability); both are options.

Most features for advanced analytical processing for HANA 2.0 are bundled in the platform edition, with the exception of Spatial. In HANA 1.0, Spatial, Search and Test analytics are options. Streaming is an option in HANA 2.0.

Data integration and quality are a smörgåsbord of editions and options; read on.

Technically, there are four different categories:

  • Capabilities that are part of the HANA system (activated with system parameters)
  • Add-On products (delivery units) – need to be imported/installed into a HANA system.
  • Additional products that are integrated with HANA (separate download/install)
  • Additional products that can work with HANA but also stand-alone, often licensed separately.

For options and editions, no distinction is made between these categories. That is, we find core capabilities listed as options and add-on products listed as editions, or vice versa.

For example, with SAP HANA 2.0, the enterprise edition includes the data replication products: SLT and Smart Data Integration (using Data Services technology). However, real-time data replication is now also an option, and then includes SLT, Replication Server, and Remote Data Synch (SQLAnywhere).

Spatial is an option for SAP HANA 1.0 SPS 12 but in SAP HANA 2.0 it is an edition, bundled together with Data Warehouse Foundation (DWF), also an SAP HANA 1.0 option.

See also SAP HANA Options (Earlier Releases) on the SAP Help Portal.

Text Search, Text Analysis and Mining in SAP HANA 1.0 SPS 12 together comprise the Advanced Data Processing option. In SAP HANA 2.0, they are licensed with the enterprise edition. Technically, Text is part of any HANA system, you cannot take it out.

As the SAP HANA server does not perform any license check on the technology used (only on the amount of memory), you might expect that built-in technology – features and functions that come with the server and without an on/off switch – would be listed as option, and add-on products as an edition, but is not the case. All four categories are all mixed together. So let’s just accept that the labelling is a commercial / legal effort and take a look at our options (and editions).

Below all the SAP HANA 2.0 editions and options in a single table.

A green box in the Built-in column means that the functionality is included with the HANA server. You cannot take it out, at the most you need to enable it using a system parameter but often this not required.

A green box in the Add-On / HALM (HANA Application Lifecycle Management) column means it is provided as a delivery unit (DU) and requires SAP HANA XS(A) to run, whereas a green box in the HDBLCM (HANA Platform Lifecycle Management) column indicates that the product is installed as a HANA component. In both cases, you will need to download the component and install (and configure) it. Apart from PAL, all are listed as a separate product in the Product Availability Matrix.

A green box in the Installer column means that the product has its own installer and also with their own entry in the Product Availability Matrix, also used in scenarios not related to SAP HANA.

A green box in the License column means that the product requires its own license. This is typically the case with independent technologies (SLT running ABAP) or acquisition technologies (Business Objects, Sybase).

Editions

In the Feature Scope Description for SAP HANA, four editions are listed:

  • base
  • spatial
  • platform
  • enterprise

They are cumulative, so the enterprise edition comprises all the features and functions of the platform, which contains spatial, and so on.

The SAP HANA, express edition for developers and the SAP HANA, Edge edition, advanced version for SMEs are not listed in this HANA scope description.

Express has its own Feature Scope Description. For Edge, see the Solution Brief.

So let’s unbox the editions.

SAP HANA, base edition

The base edition contains all the features and functions of database, integration and application services. For the whole list, see the scope description.
This means that you do not need a separate license for scaling out (distributed systems / clusters), for multi-tenancy, partitioning, federation, encryption, etc. The only exception is the Active/Active Read-Enabled system replication option (see below, under Options).

SAP HANA Accelerator for SAP ASE

The SAP HANA 2.0, base edition also includes the SAP HANA Accelerator for SAP ASE. For SAP HANA 1.0 SPS 12 it is an option. Enables to run reports in SAP HANA using the data in SAP ASE for real-time analytics, either by replicating the data from SAP ASE to SAP HANA or by creating virtual tables in SAP HANA which access SAP ASE data.

SAP HANA, spatial edition

The spatial edition contains all of the above, plus

  • Spatial
  • Data Warehousing Foundation (DWF)

Spatial

For more information about Spatial, see the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANASpatial.

Data Warehousing Foundation (DWF)

For more information about DWF, see the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANADWF. Includes four new videos about native DSO for SAP HANA 2.0.

SAP HANA, platform edition

The platform edition contains all of the above, plus:

  • Series
  • Graph
  • Predictive Application Library (PAL) + R
  • Text Search
  • Text Analysis and Mining

Series

For more information about Series, see the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANAseries

Graph

For more information about Graph, see the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANAgraph and the tutorial video: SAP HANA Academy – Graph: Getting Started [SPS 12]

Predictive Application Library (PAL) + R

For more information about PAL and R, see the playlists on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANAPAL and  http://bit.ly/HANAR, and the tutorial video: SAP HANA Academy – PAL: 116. Getting Started with the Predictive Analysis Library [2.0 SPS 00]

Text Search, Text Analysis and Mining

Text Analysis was introduced with SPS 05 (2013) but the technology goes back to Xerox PARC and Inxight, acquired by Business Objects.

For more information about Text Search, Text Analysis and Mining, see the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANAText

SAP HANA, enterprise edition

The platform edition contains all of the above plus:

  • SAP Landscape Transformation (SLT) Replication Server
  • SAP HANA Smart Data Integration (incl Enterprise Semantic Services)
  • SAP HANA Rules Framework (HRF)
  • SAP IT Operations Analytics (ITOA)
  • SAP Enterprise Architecture (EA) Designer, edition for SAP HANA

SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server (SLT)

SLT has been included in the enterprise edition since day 1. This replication technology from SAP is trigger-based and operates on the ABAP level, logical replication, in other words. Used only to replicate data from a SAP system (Business Suite / Business Warehouse) to SAP HANA. For more information, see the SLT Community.

Smart Data Integration (SDI)

SDI, or Smart Data Integration, was also included in the enterprise edition from the start, albeit under the name BusinessObjects Data Services. Classic ETL tooling to extract, transform and load data from any source into SAP HANA (and elsewhere). Very mature technology, just like Text Analysis, it goes back to Business Objects and before that, ActaWorks. For an overview, see https://blogs.sap.com/2016/01/18/hana-smart-data-integration-architecture/

For more information about SAP HANA Smart Data Integration (and Smart Data Quality, not included in the edition but available as an option, see below), see the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANASDI

SAP HANA Rules Framework (HRF)

For more information about SAP HANA Rules Framework, see Noam Gilady’s blog: https://blogs.sap.com/2016/12/19/hana-rules-framework-hrf-blog-of-blogs/ and  the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANAHRF

SAP HANA IT Operations Analytics

For more information about ITOA, see the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANAITOA

SAP Enterprise Architecture (EA) Designer, edition for SAP HANA

SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer was introduced with SAP HANA 2.0 and runs as an SAP HANA XS application. It it based on SAP PowerDesigner technology.

For more information about SAP EA Designer, see SAP Note 2390650 – SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer v1.0, edition for SAP HANA Technical Release Information and the SAP EA Designer Guide on the SAP Help Portal.

 

Options

For the SAP HANA options, we have two sources, the mentioned Feature Scope Description for SAP HANA and the SAP HANA Options and Additional Capabilities page on the SAP Help Portal.

Unfortunately, both sources do not correspond exactly. For example, the Help Portal lists the Data Warehouse Foundation as an option, as was the case with HANA 1.0, whereas according to the scope description with HANA 2.0 it is no longer an option but now is part of the Spatial edition.

Below, the options from the feature scope description.

SAP HANA Active/Active Read-Enabled

Active/Active read-enabled system replication is new with SAP HANA 2.0. This feature enables read access to a secondary SAP HANA system, typically on another location.

For more information, see the tutorial video SAP HANA Academy – SAP HANA 2.0: What’s New with Administration III [2.0 SPS 00], where Active/Active read-enabled system replication is addressed.

Full playlist: system replication

SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering

Dynamic tiering adds disk-based extended storage to the SAP HANA database. Often labelled as a native big data solution as it supports large or huge data sets, for scenarios where storing all data in memory would neither not be desired or required.

From an architecture point of view, this combines both smart data access technology, where tables are presented virtually in the SAP HANA database with the columnar storage of SAP IQ.

For more information, see the tutorial video SAP HANA Academy – SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering 2.0: What’s New?.

Full playlist: Dynamic Tiering.

 

SAP HANA Smart Data Streaming

Smart data streaming provides streaming analytic capabilities for the SAP HANA platform. Like Dynamic Tiering, leverages former Sybase technology: Event Stream Processor (ESP).

For more information, see the tutorial video SAP HANA Academy – SAP HANA Smart Data Streaming 2.0: What’s New?.

Full playlist: Smart Data Streaming.

 

SAP HANA Smart Data Integration and SAP HANA Smart Data Quality

SDI and its sibling SDQ have been addressed above, under the SAP HANA, enterprise edition.

 

SAP HANA real-time replication

The real-time replication option bundles three technologies, one of which we already encountered  in the SAP HANA, enterprise edition:

  • SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server (SLT)
  • SAP Replication Server (SRS)
  • SAP HANA remote data sync (RDS)

SAP Replication Server can be used to replicate, at the log level, data from an SAP ASE source database to an SAP HANA target.

SAP HANA remote data sync enables the synchronization of SAP SQL Anywhere remote databases with a consolidated database, based on a session-based synchronization technology.

 

SAP Operational Process Intelligence, powered by SAP HANA

SAP Operational Process Intelligence enables process participants and lines of business managers to drive the execution of their operational business processes through process visibility and performance management by defining their goals, milestones, and KPI’s and measuring the process success along easy-to-understand process phases, simulations, and predictions.

For more information, see the SAP TechEd Online 2016 recording or the product page on sap.com.

 

IoT Foundation for SAP HANA

IoT foundation for SAP HANA provides technologies for handling data in Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios.:

  • SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering
  • SAP HANA Smart Data Streaming
  • SAP HANA Remote Data Sync
  • IoT SIM Management for SAP HANA
  • SAP HANA Vora
  • SAP Dynamic Edge Processing

Dynamic Tiering, Smart Data Streaming and Remote Data Synch have been addressed above.

For SAP Dynamic Edge Processing, see the product page on sap.com.

For SAP HANA Vora, see the openSAP Course: Big Data with SAP HANA Vora, see the product page on sap.com or the playlists on the SAP HANA Academy for SAP HANA Vora 1.3

 

 

More Information

Playlists

SAP HANA Spatial
SAP HANA Data Warehousing Foundation
Series Data
SAP HANA Graph
Predictive Analysis Library
R Integration for SAP HANA
Text Analysis, Text Mining and Search
SAP HANA smart data integration & smart data quality
SAP IT Operations Analytics
SAP HANA System Replication
Dynamic Tiering
Smart Data Streaming
SAP HANA Vora 1.3

Tutorial Videos

SAP HANA Academy – Graph: Getting Started [SPS 12]
SAP HANA Academy – PAL: 116. Getting Started with the Predictive Analysis Library [2.0 SPS 00]
SAP HANA Academy – SAP HANA 2.0: What’s New with Administration III [2.0 SPS 00]
SAP HANA Academy – SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering 2.0: What’s New?
SAP HANA Academy – SAP HANA Smart Data Streaming 2.0: What’s New?
SAP HANA Academy – Vora 1.3: Video Series Overview

Blogs

SAP HANA 1.0 SPS 12 editions and options – by the SAP HANA Academy
SAP HANA Smart Data Integration
HANA Rules Framework (HRF) blog of blogs

Product Documentation

Feature Scope Description for SAP HANA – SAP Help Portal
Feature Scope Description for SAP HANA [PDF] – SAP Help Portal
SAP HANA, express edition Feature Scope Description
SAP HANA Options and Additional Capabilities – SAP Help Portal
SAP HANA Options (Earlier Releases) – SAP Help Portal
SAP HANA Accelerator for SAP ASE 2.0 – SAP Help Portal
SAP HANA Smart Data Integration and SAP HANA Smart Data Quality 2.0 – SAP Help Portal
SAP IT Operations Analytics
Active/Active (Read Enabled) – SAP Help Portal
SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering – SAP Help Portal

Product Home

SAP HANA
SAP HANA, express edition
SAP HANA, Edge edition – Real-time analytics packaged and priced for SMEs
SAP Solution Brief – SAP HANA, Edge edition, advanced version
SAP IT Operations Analytics
SAP Operational Process Intelligence powered by SAP HANA
SAP HANA Vora
SAP Dynamic Edge Processing

Communities

SAP HANA In-Memory Computing Community
SAP HANA iFG Community
SAP HANA Data Warehousing Foundation Community
SAP LT Replication Server (SLT) Community

Thank you for watching

The SAP HANA Academy provides free online video tutorials for the developers, consultants, partners and customers of SAP HANA.

Topics range from practical how-to instructions on administration, data loading and modeling, and integration with other SAP solutions, to more conceptual projects to help build out new solutions using mobile applications or predictive analysis.

For the full library, see SAP HANA Academy Library – by the SAP HANA Academy

For the full list of blogs, see Blog Posts – by the SAP HANA Academy

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  1. Andy Silvey

    Hi Denys,

    is there already a HANA 2.0 Revision which is recommended by SAP for running critical Production SAP systems ?

    Is HANA 2.0 going to have a stable Support Pack version which has a 3 years life, eg, like SPS12 in HANA 1.0 ?

    [Disclaimer – I’ve not checked the Notes yet, but these answers will add value to this blog – I’ll be doing my independent research as well.]

    We are thinking to go to HANA 2.0 in the summer.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Andy.

     

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      1. Andy Silvey

        Hi Denys,

        thank you. When I saw HANA 1.0 SPS12 being supported from May 2016 to May 2019, I saw that as a step in the roadmap of HANA’s journey towards maturity, I mean, we are all used to Oracle 10, or Oracle 11, or Oracle 12 being supported for a number of years and receiving Interim Patches on a periodic basis in between Version releases.

        And this has been a challenge in the HANA Administration and Operation, keeping up with the frequency and duration of support of HANA Support Packs. When I say support I mean a support pack version having a bug fix life of for example only 9 to 12 months.

        With HANA 1.0 SPS12, we got a bugfix life of 3 years which is more in line with what we are used to with Oracle, and I interpreted that as being intentional from SAP’s side to give Customers some breathing space regarding keeping up with the latest HANA Support Packs, but nevertheless in a well run Operation deploying Revisions on an annual frequency for the same Support Pack.

        Now when  I see that HANA 2.0 is going back to the previous model of releasing Support Pack versions every 6 months, I fear we are back to the situation where if we stay with a Support Pack version for more than 9 months, we can no longer be sure of getting bug fixes for that SP version and probably if we get a bug once the SP version is greater than 9 months old our only option will be a higher SP version deployment.

        And this suggests that the 3 years support for the HANA 1.0 SP12 was not actually to give Customers breathing space regarding major Version upgrades (SP Upgrades) of HANA 1.0, but infact, to give Customers 3 years to get off HANA 1.0 and onto HANA 2.0 ?

        Question, in HANA 2.0, what will be the duration lifetime of bug fix support for each Support Package version, 6 months, 9 months ?  This is very important for our Operation and I am sure others, because this dictates the frequency that we have to plan to apply Support Pack upgrades on the HANA Systems Landscapes, because if we plan to Support Pack Upgrade HANA 2.0 once per year, then we have the chance of for a period of time running an SP stack version which is no longer receiving bug fixes.

        Thanks and best regards,

        Andy.

         

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        1. Joerg Latza

          Hi Andy,

          thanks for your comment.

          With HANA 2.0 we will deliver new features twice a year in the form of Support Packages Stacks.

          We will provide Maintenance Revisions between RTC of the following and the over-next SPS. These Maintenance Revisions contain only major bug fixes, identified to be relevant in particular for production environments.
          That actually means one year starting from RTC. E.g. SPS00 will be in maintenance until SPS02 will be released, SPS01 will be in maintenance until SPS03 will be released…

          See also here: https://websmp209.sap-ag.de/~sapidb/012002523100018101562016

           

          Hope this clarifies.

           

          Kind Regards,

          Joerg Latza

          VP HANA Platform Product Management

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          1. Andy Silvey

             

            Hi Joerg,

            another question, on the HANA 2.0 Upgrade and relevant to this blog and conversation and anybody considering upgrading to HANA 2.0.

            If you are unable to answer this question in this forum that will be understood and respected and I’ll use the regular SAP Support/Max Attention Channels to get the answer.

            If a SAP Customer upgrades to HANA 2.0 SPSxy, from HANA 1.0 SPSxy, are Technical Regresson Tests enough or does SAP recommend the Customer to do Business Functional Tests of the affected SAP Applications ?

            Page 14 of the presentation doesn’t answer the question https://websmp209.sap-ag.de/~sapidb/012002523100018101562016

            Basically, is HANA 2.0 bringing new functionality which is not in HANA 1.0 and which would dictate the Customer to do Business Tests as well as Technical Tests following the HANA 2.0  Upgrade ?

            No problem if that cannot be answered here.

            Thanks and best regards,

            Andy.

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          2. A. Wahjudi

            Hi Joerg,

            In the Revision Strategy v22 ppt, page 11, it’s says “Upgrade from any SAP HANA system running on SPS10 or newer is possible”, and we knew that HANA 2.0 SPS00 already had RTC last November.

            Because I don’t see any “restrictions”, I assume that we can upgrade SoH to HANA 2.0 as well?

            Page 14 also “suggest” the same direction, as it says “• If customers consider doing regression tests, then they might consider technical regression tests only, Business Acceptance tests are normally not required if no new features are used on application level”….so from here my interpretation is also the same, so if I can have SoH upgraded to HANA 2.0.

            Please do confirm/clarify if this is a correct interpretation.

            Thank you.

            Kind Regards,

            Andre Wahjudi

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  2. Jose Erickson

    Hi Denys !!!

    I would like to know when we will have SAP HANA 2.0 in the cloud ?. I can see that SAP HANA Express Edition 2.0 is in HCP but not SAP HANA. On SAP Hana Cloud trial as well the version is still 1.0. Any estimate about that ?.

    Kindest regards,

    José

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Hi José,

      You are probably not the only one asking! 😉

      I have not been able to get any date confirmed by anyone; best suggestion I can give you is to follow the SAP (HANA) Cloud Platform community page and the release notes:

      https://www.sap.com/community/topic/hana-cloud-platform.html

      https://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/SAPHCP/Release+Notes+for+SAP+HANA+Cloud+Platform

       

      Also, if you use Twitter, consider following @saphcp

      Best,

      Denys

       

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Hi Jan,

      Good question.

      All editions and options actually require a license. This column indicates that you need to install a separate license (typically because it is a separate product / technology).

      Makes sense?

      D

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      1. Jan Tretina

        Thank you Denys, but still not clear for me. As you stated:

        “The same holds true for all the database management features, we find them in all the editions of SAP HANA, without any special license requirement, with two exceptions:
        Dynamic Tiering (multitier storage) and active/active read-enabled replication (high availability); both are options.”

        I would therefore expect that Active/active replication requires a separate license, isnt it so?

        Thx,

        Jan

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        1. Denys van Kempen Post author

          Hi Jan,

          Sorry for not being clear.

          When you install SAP HANA server, a temporary license is activated and you will need to get a permanent license, which includes, for example, the amount of memory licensed but it does not store any information about features, capabilities, editions or options. In other words, the HANA server does not know if you have a license for active/active read-enabled replication.

          The products listed in the green “license” columns require their own physical license. You need to do something: get an additional license file or enter a license code in the setup program, etc.

           

           

           

           

           

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