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Planned Release of SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 06

Ten years ago, when we launched SAP HANA as the first in memory database, it raised the bar for enterprise-class data processing. SAP HANA continues to provide the data management foundation needed to deliver the Intelligent Enterprise, and, now, more than 33,000 customers run their most mission critical workloads on SAP HANA. Today, I am pleased to share the planned release of SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 06 in December 2021.

As SAP HANA continues to grow and change, we remain committed to supporting our customers in maximizing and safeguarding their existing investments as their chart their path into the future. This is why several improvements in TCO and usability, as well as a continued focus on stability and quality, are planned for SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 06. This includes extensions for backup and recovery, online DDL, and capture and replay.

We have also planned improvements to SAP HANA smart data access, including support for new versions of Oracle and Microsoft SQL, as well as improved SAP HANA machine learning capabilities thanks to new PAL algorithms coming with support for Python 3. There are also further updates to SAP HANA native storage extension, which complete the big data capabilities of SAP HANA and enable reduced TCO for larger database instances. In addition, SAP HANA cockpit SPS 13 is planned for Q2/2021.

Since SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 05 is our long-term maintenance release, SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 06 is planned for a standard, two-year maintenance window.

As you can see, we have many exciting features and updates for SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 06, and we’re looking forward to seeing how our customers continue to use SAP HANA to gain business value from their data!

If you have any questions, please make sure to visit the SAP Community Q&A for SAP HANA or submit your question directly.

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      Author's profile photo Peter Baumann
      Peter Baumann

      Hi Bare Said,

      thank you for the news about the next steps of SAP HANA. It starts 10 years ago as a groundbreaking innovation which is becoming core of every SAP application in the future.

      It seems now that HANA is no part of the innovation strategy of SAP anymore (or let's say only in the cloud?). Or do we expect to see SAP HANA 3.0 in a near future which goes a more and faster innovation path?

      Author's profile photo Lars Breddemann
      Lars Breddemann

      It definitively sounds a lot less innovative than a few years ago.

      "... we remain committed to supporting our customers in maximizing and safeguarding their existing investments as their chart their path into the future...." (emphasis mine)

      This is legacy-language at best.

      Claiming that HANA was the first in-memory DB ten years ago (ok, it was the first one that supported NetWeaver) sounds a bit like recalling the high-school sports achievement in your 40s...

      Finishing the post off with basically saying: if you have any questions, don't ask us (SAP) but see if the forum members (mostly non-SAP) spend time and effort doing that for free.

      I believe SAP could do a lot better communication around HANA and probably should do a lot better if it still should play a part in the technology platform offered to customers.

      Right now, it's rather hard to make the case for using HANA for any non-NetWeaver-platform based development. Nearly every cloud-based offering is more affordable and has a much better support/developer community (not hard, since SAP HANA doesn't really have one).

      I like looking back to the "HANA years" as much as most people that "have been there to see it", but I'd much rather see an outlook to the next years - especially when reading a post called "Planned release..."

      Author's profile photo Remi ASTIER
      Remi ASTIER

      Hi Bare, you might have been misinformed, support for python 3 has been delivered for several years 🙂


      Author's profile photo Joerg Latza
      Joerg Latza

      Correct, Python 3 is long supported for HANA client for Python and HANA ML python client

      What is meant here is, that we will internally migrate from Python 2 to Python 3 in order to reduce the risk of vulnerabilities.  This also includes Python scripts that are delivered with HANA.

      Author's profile photo Michael Cocquerel
      Michael Cocquerel

      With HANA 1.0, SAP was delivering innovations every 6 months via SPS until SPS12
      With HANA 2.0, innovations were delivered on yearly basis until SPS05.
      HANA 2.0 SPS06 is now announced 18 months after SPS05 and seems to be more a stabilization release rather than an innovation release.
      On the other hand, HANA Cloud that has been released beginning of 2020 seems to be a kind of "HANA 3.0" were innovations are currently delivered every 3 months.
      SAP announced some year ago that HANA Studio will not be supported anymore with next HANA major release and that we have to migrate to HDI advanced model (WebIDE / BAS). This SAP announcement became a reality with HANA Cloud were HANA studio has been fully decommissioned.
      I have the feeling that futur of HANA will be on the cloud (and maybe in the cloud only). Do you confirm ?

      Author's profile photo Joerg Latza
      Joerg Latza

      When we started with SAP HANA 10 years ago, we aimed for fast innovation in short cycles. It was called “timeless software” approach and worked very well in the beginning. Soon we learned from our customers who were running mission critical systems on HANA, that they were unable to update their systems without skipping releases and requested a longer cycle, which we, in the best interest of our customers, did by starting to deliver new versions only on a yearly basis.

      Now with SAP HANA 2.0 SPS05 we have just delivered a very mature product version with a very comprehensive feature set, and again, we listened to our customers who want to have a stable version with long term maintenance to run their mission critical systems.

      Given the overall trend to the Cloud and SAP’s corporate strategy we have shifted priorities towards SAP HANA Cloud to support our customers in their way to the cloud as they expect the qualities of SAP HANA on-prem also in the cloud.

      As for new innovations in SAP HANA Cloud, we continuously reflect if it makes sense and is needed by our customers to also deliver them for SAP HANA on-prem.

      In every case we are committed to continue to invest into SAP HANA on-prem with the clear focus on Stability, Quality and TCO Reduction as it has been recently proven by the adoption of Intel‘s Optane persistent memory technology.


      Author's profile photo Werner Dähn
      Werner Dähn

      When will SP5 be available for Hana Express?

      Author's profile photo Joerg Latza
      Joerg Latza

      We are working on it, current plan is to release until end of this quarter.

      Author's profile photo Werner Dähn
      Werner Dähn

      Thanks, Joerg Latza !

      Author's profile photo Pradeep Vaswani
      Pradeep Vaswani

      Bare Said We entered in 2022 . Can you let us know when SP06 will be releasing ?




      Author's profile photo Christoph Heimann
      Christoph Heimann

      Dear Pradeep,

      HANA 2.0 SPS 06 was already released in early December 2021.

      Best regards, Christoph