TechEd: SAP unveils HANA 2 platform, new microservices

SAP has used its TechEd developer-focused event in Barcelona this week to launch the next generation of its SAP HANA platform, HANA 2.

It is the first major update to the platform since its launch in 2010.

The full version of HANA 2 to be released to customers on November 30, with an express edition available soon after for organisations looking to fast-track new development projects. Updates to the platform will be released twice a year.

“SAP pioneered in-memory computing with the launch of SAP HANA in 2010 and throughout our journey we have driven breakthrough innovation on a highly stable core data platform for our customers,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the executive board, products and innovation, SAP SE.

“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.”

Among the new features cited by SAP are improved database management, including enhanced high availability, security, workload management and administration enhancements; enhancements to enterprise modelling, data integration, data quality and tiered storage; enhancing analytical processing engines for text, spatial, graph and streaming data; as well as a new file processor API and bring-your-own-language support.

The release includes a new edition of the SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer Web applications to allow IT organisations to manage complex information architectures and visualise the impact of new technologies.

SAP also announced the release of a new range of microservices in the cloud through SAP Hybris as a Service, designed to allow developers to enhance applications with analytical insight using simple APIs and any language or development platform. These services include Text Analysis Entity Extraction, Text Analysis Fact Extraction and Text Analysis Linguistic Analysis.

“SAP HANA 2 represents a continuation of technology innovation by SAP, designed to enable organisations to address the fast-changing aspects of digital business,” said Carl Olofson, research vice president, IDC.

“SAP HANA 2 features new and enhanced functions that can enhance data management and accelerate application development for digital transformation. In addition, new 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.”

On the launch, Constellation Research VP and principal analyst Holger Mueller commented that it’s good to see SAP pushing HANA forward.

“There are a number of good new capabilities in the area of data management, machine learning, analytics and bring-your-own language. But we have to see if this is truly a new platform, or just a well marketed ‘fork’ in the product,” Mueller said in a blog post.

“Ultimately it is a sign of success for the HANA platform. Some customers are looking for stability and no changes, as they are in production, and other customers want or need to push the envelope with the latest and greatest.”