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SAP's HANA in-memory analytics engine now available

Chris Kanaracus | June 20, 2011
SAP's HANA (high performance analytic appliance) in-memory computing engine is now available to customers worldwide.

HP is selling HANA boxes based on ProLiant servers in a total of six size configurations, according to company documents. It has also developed a series of implementation services for HANA.

Fujitsu's site touts its past experience building in-memory appliances with SAP's previously released Business Warehouse Accelerator product. It's offering HANA appliances in five configurations using Primergy RX servers.

IBM is offering six HANA configurations built with its System x3690 X5 and x3950 X5 servers. A number of HANA services are available as well.

Dell is basing HANA systems on its PowerEdge R910 server platform, while Cisco will use its Unified Computing System product family.

Overall, there should be some parity across all hardware vendors' HANA offerings, as SAP has created a specific bill of materials for the various sizes, according to Sikka.

Since HANA only serves as a computational engine, other software is needed to deliver analytics and reports to end-users.

HANA supports the common SQL and MDX query languages, meaning it can be compatible with any third-party BI (business intelligence) software that uses those standards, but has been optimized for SAP's Business Objects 4.0 BI platform, which is set for release in July.

SAP is also releasing a series of specialized applications that sit on top of HANA, such as Strategic Workforce Planning, which companies can use to analyze the effect of large-scale changes to their employee base.

HANA will also support transactional workloads as well as analytics. SAP plans to eventually present HANA as an option for customers now running its Business Suite on Oracle's database.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is


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