SAP HANA 2 platform: what we need to know

SAP HANA IndiaBusiness software major SAP SE announced – at SAP TechEd Barcelona — the SAP HANA 2 platform – focusing on digital transformation.

The German software major is offering the new SAP HANA microservices via subscription through the SAP Hybris as a Service marketplace.

“The release of SAP HANA 2 marks a milestone in the industry, as it represents the next generation of SAP HANA that will propel customers toward a successful and prosperous digital future,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the executive board, Products and Innovation, SAP SE.

SAO will be releasing SAP HANA 2 platform on November 30, 2016. The express edition of SAP HANA 2 will be available for delivery shortly after general availability to help organizations jump-start new development projects.

As an innovation platform, SAP HANA 2 will deliver technology enhancements twice a year to support agile IT.

New features to SAP HANA

Database management

IT organizations will be able to provide business continuity with enhanced high availability, security, workload management and administration enhancements. For example, the new active/active read-enabled option enables IT organizations to leverage secondary systems – previously used only for system replication – to off-load read-intensive workloads for improved operations.

Data management

Businesses are expected to leverage data, regardless of where it resides, with enhancements to enterprise modeling, data integration, data quality and tiered storage. A new edition of the SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer Web application that works with and is powered by SAP HANA allows IT organizations to manage complex information architectures and visualize the potential impact of new technologies before they are implemented.

Analytical intelligence

Developers are embedding rich insight into applications with enhanced analytical processing engines for text, spatial, graph and streaming data. For example, new algorithms for classification, association, time series and regression have been added to the predictive analytics library to empower data scientists to discover new patterns and incorporate machine learning into custom applications.

Application development

Developers are expected to build and deploy next-generation applications with enhanced functions for application servers, development tools and languages. For example, bring-your-own-language support provides a choice of additional third-party build packs and runtimes that can be used within SAP HANA extended application services, advanced model. Also, a new file processor API enables developers to extract text and metadata from documents to deliver deeper insights.

“SAP HANA 2 features enhanced functions that can enhance data management and accelerate application development for digital transformation. SAP HANA microservices in the cloud, accessible through SAP Hybris as a Service, are expected to increase innovation of insight-driven applications to deliver competitive advantage for SAP customers,” said Carl Olofson, research vice president, IDC.

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