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SAP HANA Cloud, Adaptive Server Enterprise and Data Lake for Financial Services

SAP ASE and SAP IQ have seen wide-spread use across industries, with some—especially regulated industries like financial services—utilizing them heavily. Data captured in SAP ASE and SAP IQ has driven mission-critical systems of record and decision making by thousands of organizations for years, or even decades. More than ever, financial services organizations continue to need reliable, cost-effective database solutions to manage their needs in an evolving data landscape.

Operating a database in the cloud is a complex task: significant engineering requirements are needed to enable secure on-demand operations. But the ease of use and scaling of SAP’s cloud-native database services saves huge amounts of time and resources when compared to the on-premise equivalent. That’s why SAP HANA Cloud’s new managed services for SAP ASE and SAP IQ workloads offer significant advantages to organizations looking for a gateway database in the cloud.

These cloud services will be available across multiple hyperscalers, and keep compatibility with current on-premise releases. Organizations will be able to continue to make use of their existing investments, and operate a common team and skillset across their on-premise and multi-cloud databases. Here’s a look at how customers, from financial services and beyond, will benefit from SAP HANA Cloud.


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SAP ASE and SAP IQ: Cornerstones of Banking & Financial Services

Simply speaking, SAP ASE, SAP IQ, and SAP Replication Server are used for a few key reasons.

  • SAP ASE is known for its Extreme Online Transactional Processing (XOLTP) capabilities. Transactional data is data describing an event or change as a result of a transaction, and SAP ASE’s high-performance, low latency engine supports highly efficient transactional data processing.
  • SAP IQ, meanwhile, is known as the master of big data. It’s a column-based relational database that can ingest, store, and analyze massive data volumes at a low cost.
  • SAP Replication Server is used by customers to power data replication and integration across their data landscapes, often replicating data between different SAP ASE instances or from SAP ASE to SAP IQ databases.

SAP ASE cut its teeth in the demanding front office environment of Capital Markets. The core of the SAP ASE engine has been designed and enhanced to offer unparalleled transaction performance with minimal tuning and operational support. This, combined with its record for reliability, makes SAP ASE the go-to database for high performance, low cost of ownership requirements. It’s become the cornerstone of mission-critical financial systems all around the world. Out of the biggest 50 banks globally, 90% of them use SAP ASE in their trading operations.

Across banking & capital markets, sell-side, buy-side, market infrastructure and many application and industry service providers rely on SAP ASE to reliably capture all the transactions, market data and related information that underpin their businesses. Whilst the front office often gets a lot of the press, post-trade functions such as risk, finance, clearing & settlement and regulatory reporting also utilize SAP ASE heavily.

A number of these also use SAP Replication Server to efficiently move their data to SAP IQ, where massive volumes of data, often in the petabyte range, are stored and analyzed on demand. Here we see a lot of internal MI reporting, market and credit counterparty risk analysis, and regulatory reporting (including immutable requirements) being driven by SAP IQ’s market-leading price/performance ratio for large-scale analytical workloads.

But as with many other industries, the financial services industry is having to contend with an exponential rise in data at a time where interest rates and returns are low. This is driving organizations to seek better cost efficiency without compromising on functional capability. For traditional on-premise databases, this rise in data means a considerable amount of effort: acquisition and installation of hardware, hardware maintenance and upgrades, and regular service thereafter.

With SAP HANA Cloud’s new services, however, scaling is easier than ever. SAP HANA Cloud, adaptive server enterprise is made for SAP ASE workloads, and will contain a replication service based on SAP Replication Server. SAP HANA Cloud, data lake is built on SAP IQ, and newly upgraded to support existing SAP IQ databases. More storage space or computing power can be added with a click, removing the need for all that manual effort.

On top of scalability, SAP HANA Cloud offers world-class data encryption, ensuring that sensitive data stays safe and protected—always a top priority for financial services. And with cloud-native backup and disaster recovery, clients won’t have to worry about losing their data even if it’s not on-premise.

SAP HANA Cloud’s consumption-based pricing ensures that users have a clear overview of what they’re paying for—and that they only pay for what they use. With a variety of database type instances at their fingertips, customers can react to changing business demands by utilizing the right service for their needs.

And SAP HANA Cloud’s developer-friendly environment is already serving as a launching pad for different types of applications and rules engines. Want an example? You can read about how Palladris, a financial technology company based in London, supports SAP HANA Cloud as their chosen platform here.


SAP ASE and SAP IQ Across Industries


Outside of financial services, different industries utilize SAP ASE and SAP IQ in a multitude of ways. While finance-related applications are common, their use cases go far beyond these:

  • In telecommunications, SAP ASE is used for logging vast amounts of call information.
  • Ecommerce sites use SAP ASE for processing transactions, and SAP IQ for storing and analyzing customer data.
  • Transportation authorities all over the world rely on ASE for processing commuter payments and information.
  • Big data analytics companies use SAP IQ for ingesting and analyzing huge amounts of sensor data (you can read an example of how MLOGICA is using SAP IQ and its new cloud offering, SAP HANA Cloud, data lake, here).
  • The healthcare industry uses SAP ASE for processing patient information and insurance claims.


If you’re not already familiar with SAP ASE, SAP Replication Server and SAP IQ, you’ll have no doubt spotted their characteristics of high performance, high reliability and low cost of ownership. Their legacy is one of mission-critical data across all different types of industries.

And as database technology continues to evolve, clients want to ensure that they can continue to make use of their existing data landscapes, skills and investments: that’s why SAP HANA Cloud will preserve compatibility with existing SAP ASE and SAP IQ databases. While SAP ASE and SAP IQ will remain supported on-premise, customers will be able to move or create new databases with SAP HANA Cloud, ensuring that past investments carry forward far into the future.




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