This year, we are celebrating 10 years of SAP HANA. In that time, we have seen incredible innovation and rapid customer adoption. SAP HANA continues to provide the data management foundation needed to deliver the Intelligent Enterprise and run the world’s most mission critical workloads. We are committed to helping our customers maximize and safeguard their existing investments as they chart their path into the future. Therefore, we are excited to announce our intent to release SAP HANA 2.0 SPS05 at the end of June 2020, which is consistent with our history of annual innovation releases for SAP HANA. In the coming months, we will share more details about new features and enhancements included with the release in our usual program of webinars and blog posts. In the meantime, however, we wanted to provide a short overview of the planned maintenance schedules for SAP HANA:
- SAP HANA 1.0 SPS12 – In 2016, when we announced that SAP HANA 1.0 SPS12 was the final release of SAP HANA 1.0, we committed to a five-year maintenance term continuing through May 2021. We are re-affirming that maintenance timeline and encourage our remaining customers using this version to make plans to upgrade to HANA 2.0 SPS05 before the end of maintenance in May 2021.
- SAP HANA 2.0 SPS03 – As with all SPS releases for SAP HANA 2.0, the maintenance strategy for SAP HANA 2.0 SPS03 allowed for two years of support after the release to customer in April 2018. As SPS05 will be released in June, we have decided to extend the maintenance period for SPS03 by two additional months to the end of June 2020 to match that timeline.
- SAP HANA 2.0 SPS05 – Recognizing the need for a maintenance period longer than two years, we have decided to identify SAP HANA 2.0 SPS05 with long-term maintenance extending for five years after release to customer. This means SAP HANA 2.0 SPS05 will be supported through June 2025. To be clear, this should, in no way, be interpreted as the last SPS release for SAP HANA 2.0. In fact, we plan to continue to invest in and provide innovation releases for SAP HANA going forward – including SAP HANA 2.0 SPS06 in 2021. This is well aligned with the recently announced plans for longer maintenance timelines for applications based on SAP HANA. By providing a five-year maintenance term for SAP HANA 2.0 SPS05, we provide a clear path for customers using SAP HANA 1.0 SPS12 to plan and execute their upgrade along with the security of knowing that they can remain on the target version for an extended period.
We are consistently impressed by the many ways that our customers use SAP HANA to deliver unique business value. With the release and maintenance strategy outlined here, our goal is to continue to provide our customers with the ultimate flexibility between innovation adoption and platform stability.