Update January 2018
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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
This tutorial video is part of the playlist
Editions and Options
Initially, when SAP HANA was first released in 2012, three editions were available (and no options):
- 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).
In the Feature Scope Description for SAP HANA, four editions are listed:
They are cumulative, so the enterprise edition comprises all the features and functions of the platform, which contains spatial, and so on.
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
- Data Warehousing Foundation (DWF)
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:
- Predictive Application Library (PAL) + R
- Text Search
- Text Analysis and Mining
For more information about Series, see the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/HANAseries
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.
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.
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.
SAP HANA Spatial
SAP HANA Data Warehousing Foundation
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
Smart Data Streaming
SAP HANA Vora 1.3
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
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
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
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