Express edition of SAP HANA arrives

Developers looking to build apps on the SAP HANA platform from wherever they are can now access a fully downloadable version of the platform from the SAP developer centre.

SAP HANA, express edition, was unveiled at the SAP TechEd conference in Las Vegas this week.

This free version of the HANA platform has a streamlined selection of features optimised for fast and continuous development of data-driven applications, and comes packaged with tutorials and sample code. Developers can use the express edition to develop, test and deploy productions applications that use up to 32 GB of memory for free or upgrade for a fee for more memory.

“Today’s fast-paced digital economy requires businesses to be extremely agile, with the ability to gain unlimited knowledge from any data type and data source located inside or outside the company,” said Irfan Khan, GM and global head, database and data management, SAP.

“SAP HANA, express edition, is easy to download and free of charge so developers can quickly start building powerful, modern applications using their programming language of choice rather than managing complex IT frameworks and infrastructures.”

The application can be installed on commodity servers, desktops or laptops using a binary installation package with support for either SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or installed on Windows or Mac OS by downloading a virtual machine installation page that is distributed with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

“With this new starter SAP HANA, express edition, we have been able to jump-start our development immediately, using our existing personal computers,” said Jean Safar, chief architect, Calypso Technology Inc.

“With the preconfigured virtual machine option, it has been really simple to get hands-on experience with in-memory technology and develop our initial version on sample risk-related data sets. Additionally, the availability of flexible upgrade options to full-use editions will help us further experiment and leverage SAP HANA to support our future technology innovation plans.”

Register to download SAP HANA, express edition, for free at the SAP developer center. SAP HANA, express edition, is also available via SAP Cloud Appliance Library, which provides deployment options for public cloud platforms.