SAP Upgrades HANA Platform to Increase Customer Engagement

SAP is making key updates to its SAP HANA platform, providing new high availability and disaster recovery features along with hardened security and unified administration for cloud and on premise deployments.

“Customers are choosing SAP HANA to run, understand, and transform their business,” said Marie Goodell, head of the SAP HANA platform marketing team. “It’s not just an in-memory database, it is a holistic platform and that keeps customers choosing it and expanding their projects on it.”

The update to Support Package Stack (SPS) 11 features hot standby which enables organizations to regain faster access to data by switching over to a standby database that is continuously updated with log replays from the primary data source. The ability to analyze database logs and parameters while the database is down and to restart it from where it failed can also help shorten database recovery time. 

Additionally, SAP HANA SPS11 introduces enhanced text analytics, such as the ability to identify relationships among the elements of a sentence and improved language support for text mining algorithms to help organizations gain greater insight from unstructured content.

New spatial features such as clustering and the ability to partition spatial data help accelerate analysis and enrich location intelligence. In addition, a reverse coding capability enables organizations to pin-point a location’s latitude and longitude and display specific addresses within a given radius which can help assess the impact of disaster or health care risk.

SAP HANA SPS11 now delivers more than 70 predictive algorithms out-of-the-box, including those that run on live streaming, series, and spatial data. These algorithms can adapt and self-improve to facilitate machine learning and automate processes.

In addition, the application server in SAP HANA SPS11 has been re-architected to scale independently from database services, enabling developers to deploy highly scalable applications. New programming languages including Java and JavaScript on node.js are supported to offer developers greater flexibility, while support for open source code management tools such as Git/GitHub and Maven streamline development processes.

With SAP HANA SPS11 large data volumes can be managed transparently with policy-based data movement from memory to disk and Hadoop using the data lifecycle management capability of the SAP HANA Data Warehousing Foundation feature. This allows organizations to fully optimize performance-price considerations based on business needs.

“There’s something in this for all of the different personas that work with the system that they’ll be pleased to see,” said Lori Vanourek, head of project management. Customers who are already using SAP or are running mission-critical applications on SAP will benefit from these enhancements along with a variety of users, Goodell added.

“There’s a great openness in the administrative features, which is another benefit,” Goodell said. “We are seeing new customers coming to HANA because of this unique capability to do text, spatial, or predicative analytics so fast.”

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