The Benefits of SAP HANA and How To Reduce The TCO

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

HANA has dramatically improved the database industry by combining database, data processing and application platform capabilities in a single in-memory platform. HANA also provides libraries for predictive planning, text processing, spatial and business analytics – all on the same platform. It’s simple and fast, and processes massive amounts of data and provides access to important data that business users can act on in real-time. Simply put – HANA is the platform for building and deploying next-generation, real-time applications and analytics.

What makes SAP HANA different?

Massive speed

SAP and IntelR engineers tested the scan speed of a HANA database across a variety of Intel CPU processors. These tests achieved results of 3.19 billion symbol scans per second, per core.

Radical efficiency

A SAP application development team ran a simulation of productive customer data with a 100 million-line financial accounting data set. Porting the data from a classic database to HANA, eliminated unnecessary index and aggregate tables, enabling operational reporting directly within HANA and reducing the data footprint by a factor of 37.

Extreme scale

SAP, with its partners, set a new record for the world’s largest data warehouse using the HANA platform and SAP IQ software. The data warehouse is 12.1 PB of data – four times larger than the prior record. Approximately 50% of the data used in the data warehouse is structured and 50% is unstructured, representing today’s typically complex data warehouse. The data compression rate is approximately 4 to 1.

Reduced storage cost

A dual OLTP-OLAP architecture reduces the data footprint, which saves on storage costs. Eliminating the need for data extraction and transfer from OLTP to OLAP saves time and resources. Forrester projects 37% cost savings over four years when migrating to SAP Business Warehouse (BW) powered by HANA in year one, SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) powered by SAP HANA in year two and using HANA for custom application in year three.

More flexibility

HANA is an ideal big data analytics platform, capable of efficiently loading and rapidly analysing multiple data types in both structured and unstructured forms. With SAP Data Services traditional sources of structured data, such as point-of-sale transactions and customer records, as well as unstructured sources, such as website logs, social media, email and video can be loaded into HANA for seamless modelling and analysis.

Increased choice

HANA hardware appliances are ideal for large enterprises and companies that require on-site hosting. These appliances are available for industry-leading hardware Partners. HANA cloud options range from basic, entry-level instances to enterprise-class managed cloud offerings suitable for running ERP and business-critical applications. Cloud-based deployments are ideal for smaller deployments, start-ups and independent software vendors (ISVs) and for situations where a pay-as-you-go model is preferred over larger capital expenditure.

An open platform

HANA is an open platform that runs thousands of third-party applications on hardware from nine industry-leading partners. Its cloud offerings are provided by external hosting and management partners on three continents. Independent, third-party application developers and start-ups choose SAP HANA to run their applications and commercialise them via the SAP HANA Marketplace. SAP certification programs help third parties optimise their applications for integration with SAP and sell them to SAP’s global customer base.

Reducing the TCO

We have listed numerous benefits of SAP HANA, but there is still the small detail of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to consider.

SAP HANA appliance costs are coming down, but are still expensive and there are other costs to consider when migrating your data. Many people believe that you just simply migrate all your data to SAP HANA – why not, SAP HANA can handle it? Yes, it can handle it easily, and yes there is compression to consider, however, why would you take data that is of no benefit to your business onto such advanced technology?

Removing business complete data will significantly reduce your SAP HANA TCO. This reduction in TCO is the key aim of rightsizing data in readiness for SAP HANA migration.  If you’re planning to migrate to SAP HANA – or you’re already using it – we offer rightsizing for SAP HANA services that will simplify your SAP HANA journey. Have a look at our guide on the cost benefits of rightsizing data in preparation for SAP HANA migration .