The latest release of the SAP HANA platform announced yesterday at the Sapphire Now conference in Orlando, Fla., promises to bring enterprise customers some major new cloud capabilities. The SPS 12 update features a hybrid cloud approach to popular database management systems that SAP said will bring cloud capabilities to on-premises deployments.
“Our new beta program breaks down the traditional silos of on-premise and cloud, allowing customers to freely use both approaches for greater agility,” said Daniel Schneiss, senior vice president and global head, SAP HANA Platform and Databases, SAP.
The true hybrid model lets organizations test the impact of IT system change requirements in the cloud before they commit the upgrades to an on-premise environment -- ultimately promoting cost-effective IT management, Schneiss said. "We designed the program in close collaboration with our customers to shape the next wave of data management services in the cloud," he added.
Hybrid Cloud Model
The hybrid model offers lower total cost of ownership by requiring less hardware infrastructure and rapid integration across cloud and on-premise deployments, according to SAP. The release is also being accompanied by an invitation-only beta test that will give select customers early access to some new hybrid data management services provided through the cloud. The “capture and replay" service will enable IT departments to treat the cloud as extensions of their on-premise environments.
The service helps IT departments capture live workloads and replay them on target systems. That in turn allows them to evaluate new features, assess upgrade options, and measure their impacts before making changes to their live production systems. As a result, administrators can explore technology innovation with less downtime and cost, SAP said.
"Graph data processing," another key feature being introduced in the new upgrade, will allow organizations to visualize data connections to understand complex relationships. That should help enterprises address issues such as detecting fraud or uncover new business opportunities through greater market intelligence.
Targeting the SME Market
The latest version will also feature expanded maintenance options to give IT organizations a choice between consistent maintenance of their SAP HANA software environments for up to three years, or adopting the latest SAP HANA platform innovations twice a year.
SAP said it is also pursuing the small and midsize enterprise (SME) market with the latest release, thanks to an advanced version of SAP HANA called the Edge edition. The Edge edition will be offered at a price that's accessible to smaller businesses, while supporting a 32 GB database and 128 GB of dynamic tiering, the company said. The dynamic tiering should allow IT personnel to manage data as it grows by moving from in-memory to lower-cost storage as needed.
The Edge version will be packaged with SAP Predictive Analytics software to help SMEs analyze their data and predict future outcomes more easily.
Image Credit: SAP HANA SPS 12 screenshots via SAP.