HANA is a powerful and innovative platform for hosting SAP BPC. At the most basic level HANA is a high performance in-memory database appliance. Column5 has expansive experience implementing BPC on HANA. Is this platform right for your company?
What is HANA?
At its core, HANA is a database; you can run standard SQL queries against it. The HANA database holds all its data in-memory, meaning that data access and processing is very fast. As a result of the in-memory architecture and database design, query performance is stunning. HANA is delivered as pre-configured hardware with the software installed. As an alternative to purchasing a physical device a HANA appliance is available in the cloud. HANA in the cloud is hosted by SAP, Amazon, and a handful of other cloud service providers.
How can HANA be used?
- Pure HANA – HANA analytic applications can be developed on top of any data source.
- SAP Business Warehouse (BW) on HANA – Starting with SAP NW 7.3 SPS05 you can replace the relational database underlying a BW system with the SAP HANA database.
- HANA based RDS – SAP has developed a number of rapid-deployment solutions on HANA. These include pre-configured software and implementation services.
- BPC NW on HANA – BPC NW is available on HANA. BPC gains from the improved performance of the in memory database over the previous traditional relational database which would have been used.