SAP's latest HANA release offers big data hooks

With the launch, SAP is putting HANA into the overall analytics mesh that most enterprises will have.

SAP on Tuesday launched the latest version of its HANA platform with features that integrate the Internet of things, plug into the latest Hadoop distributions and scale better.

HANA SPS10 was unveiled at the SAPinsider conference in Nice, France.

SAP noted that the latest HANA would be implemented across its suites including SAP S/4HANA and its cloud offerings.

With the launch, SAP is putting HANA into the overall analytics mesh that most enterprises will have. Large companies are likely to have everything from data warehouses to Hadoop-powered data lakes.

Among the key features:

  • A remote data sync feature that couples HANA and remote data sources such as sensors and other end points.
  • Integration with Hadoop distributions from Cloudera and Hortonworks and data transfer with Spark SQL.
  • Support for scale-up data centers with more than 12TB of memory is offered via non-uniform memory access.
  • Text mining that supports 32 new language and linguistic support for Polish. The latest HANA will also support 3D and 4D objects.

SAP's release of the latest HANA reflects the reality that the in-memory database is going to have to connect into multiple systems. In addition, HANA implementations are going to have to start small within an enterprise and build from there. SAP said it has 6,400 HANA customers and 815,000 active users. The company said S4/HANA has 370 customers in 2015 while its HANA Cloud Platform has 1,400 customers in the fold.

Separately, SAP said that Qatargas, the large liquid natural gas company, is using HANA. The company also rolled out the 2.2 version of SAP Predictive Analytics, which is generally available.

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