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Explore the latest SAP HANA releases and updates
Continuous innovation is a key component of our SAP HANA in-memory computing platform strategy. Uncover the new features and updates introduced in the latest service pack stacks (SPS) – and stay up-to-date with breaking news. Use the drop-down to explore specific release versions.
What’s new in SAP HANA version SPS 11?
Discover the powerful features introduced in SAP HANA SPS 11. Here’s how they can help you develop and manage modern applications, accelerate time to insight, and simplify your IT landscape.
SPS 11: Database enhancements
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High availability and disaster recovery

Regain instant access to data after a system failure. SAP HANA version SPS 11 adds support for hot-standby configurations. This capability helps you minimize business disruption because applications can regain immediate access to data by failing over to up-to-date, standby databases.

Security

Strengthen user and data security with SQL injection prevention functions that impede the execution of malicious code. Consistently manage user credentials across applications and databases. Implement default security policies across SAP systems. And monitor KPIs in a real-time security dashboard.

Administration

Leverage a unified Web-based administration tool, on premise or in the cloud. It supports dynamic tiering, smart data access, remote data sync, and our SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise accelerator. Administrators can use it to perform delta backups to diagnose and troubleshoot unresponsive systems.  
Data processing enhancements
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Predictive algorithms and streaming data processing

Increase business agility with advanced analytics on streaming data. SAP HANA SPS 11 adds predictive algorithms that leverage machine-learning techniques to automatically refine partitions based on changing patterns and trends detected in live streaming data.  

Spatial data processing

Accelerate the analysis of location-based data with spatial data partitioning – added in SPS 11. Distribute and process location-based data across multiple nodes to improve performance. And leverage external geospatial data for broader analysis with OGC certification.  

Text analytics and mining

Extract more value from unstructured data with enhanced text analytics and mining capabilities. Identify relationships among elements of a sentence – and leverage on-demand text analysis, row-level language identification, and a larger number of supported languages.  
Application services and development tools enhancements
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Web and application services

Use more programming languages – JAVA on Apache TomEE, JavaScript on Node.js, and C++ runtimes – to flexibly architect your applications with microservices. Our new extended app service lets you scale out independently from database services – to help optimize your system resources and ensure high application performance.  

Development tools

Take advantage of standardized tools that let you leverage your existing expertise and help you expedite application development. SAP HANA Service Pack Stack 11 adds support for open source code management tools, including Git, GitHub, and Maven. Additionally, it supports calculation views in SAP PowerDesigner.  
Data integration and quality enhancements
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Multi-temperature data management and Hadoop integration

Now you can move Big Data between in-memory, disk, and Hadoop databases while maintaining instant data access and full transparency. Leverage multi-temperature data management via SAP HANA Data Warehousing foundation. And accelerate queries between Apache SPARK and SAP HANA.  

Data integration

Seamlessly access data from a larger number of sources. With new data provisioning adapters, you can transparently access data from the following sources: SAP Business Suite, SAP Business Suite on SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise, MS Excel, and SOAP Web services.

Data quality

Rely on more accurate data through advanced data cleansing and enrichment capabilities. Leverage survivorship rules that let you create some of the most accurate data records. And use reverse geocoding functions to identify addresses within a given geographical perimeter.
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What’s new in SAP HANA version SPS 10?
SAP HANA SPS 10 focuses innovation on the areas of running mission-critical applications, connecting the enterprise to the Internet of Things (IoT), processing Big Data – and facilitating the development of next-generation applications.
Database enhancements
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Multi-tier storage

Find out about SAP HANA dynamic tiering enhancements – including new support for multitenant database containers, graph tables, automatic failover, backup and recovery, and monitoring.  

Workload management and load balancing

Learn how new workload classes in SAP HANA SPS 10 can help you refine resource allocation for users and/or applications. The result? Better workload prioritization and optimized resource use.  

Multitenancy

See how you can use multitenant database containers in conjunction with dynamic tiering and smart data streaming. And manage database containers from SAP HANA Cockpit and SAP DB Control Center.  

Administration and security

Hear how database administrators can now perform installations, upgrades, backups, system replication, role assignments, and certificate management from anywhere – with simplified tools.  

Virtualization

Explore the expanded list of virtualization options – including VMware vSphere 5.5 in scale-out deployments (controlled availability) and logical partitioning in IBM and Hitachi Data Systems.  

Hardware

See how SPS 10 can process transactions up to 6X faster than earlier versions – with support for IBM POWER8 systems on SUSE Linux for SAP BW on SAP HANA, and Intel Haswell processors with TSX.
Data processing enhancements
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Advanced algorithms and spatial data processing

Learn about new processing capabilities that include: Application Functional Modeler improvements, Predictive Algorithms Library extensions, the ability to add custom algorithms to the Application Functional Library, and spatial data processing enhancements.

Series data

Explore resources covering SPS 10 enhancements to series data capabilities – improved usability, new aggregate and window functions, and more. Understand how they allow you to store data efficiently, even when you are dealing with high throughput sensor data.
Application services and development tools enhancements

Development tools

Benefit from a number of powerful new features in the SAP HANA Web-based developer workbench. These include GitHub integration, new calculation viewer editor features, SQLScript debugging, and modeling capabilities.  
Data integration and quality enhancements
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Hadoop integration

Support the latest Hadoop distributions, deliver faster data transfers with Spark SQL, and use a single user interface to manage both SAP HANA and Hadoop data. SAP HANA Cockpit and Apache Ambari integration makes it possible.  

Remote data synchronization

Learn about the remote data sync capabilities introduced in SPS 10. They allow thousands of databases at the edge of your network to exchange data in a transactionally consistent manner – through one centralized SAP HANA instance.  
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What’s new in SAP HANA version SPS 09?
SAP HANA SPS 09 provides numerous updated features developed by SAP and our partners. This release focuses on accelerating cloud adoption, providing a powerful platform for both transactional and analytical applications, creating instant value from Big Data assets – and facilitating co-innovation with our customers and partners.
Database enhancements
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Multi-tier storage

Discover our new dynamic tiering functionality – which adds a disk-based column store to the SAP HANA system to manage warm data.

High availability and disaster recovery

SAP HANA SPS 09 made a number of performance improvements to ensure higher availability – and added disaster recovery for geo clusters.

Multi-tenancy

Discover multitenant database containers, a new architectural option that manages multiple fully isolated tenant databases as one.

Security

Review SAP HANA SPS 09 security enhancements for authentication, user and role management, authorization, encryption, and audit logging.

Administration and monitoring

Find out about new administration features in SAP HANA SPS 09 – including the SAP HANA cockpit and SAP DB Control Center.  

Workload management

Find out how to control parallelism and resource consumption with new workload management capabilities in SAP HANA SPS 09.

Scalability

Hear about fundamental scalability changes, the advantages and disadvantages of scaling up or out – and the impact on performance.
Data processing enhancements
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Event stream processing

Learn about SAP HANA smart data streaming, a new optional component for real-time event stream processing (complex event processing or CEP), which also allows contiguous queries.

Series data

Discover SAP HANA SPS 09 capabilities for storing and analyzing data from sources that show periodically, at fixed or variable intervals (e.g. machines or stock market data).

Text analytics

Find out about the text analysis functionality in SPS 09, which includes full-text search via OData as well as native text mining capabilities which expose JavaScript APIs.

Predictive Analysis Library (PAL)

Get an overview of enhancements made to the SAP HANA Predictive Analysis Library (PAL). You’ll also learn about some of the algorithms added in this release.
Application services and development tools enhancements

Developer experience

Discover new app development features and enhancements made in SPS 09. Topics include data modeling, SQL Script, developer tools, and programming model capabilities.
Data integration and quality enhancements

Data integration and data quality

Learn about the set of enterprise integration management (EIM) capabilities natively available in SAP HANA. These include real-time replication, processes to ensure data quality, and ETL features – eliminating the need for separate tools.
What’s new in SAP HANA version SPS 08?
This release of the SAP HANA in-memory platform focuses on accelerating deployments with a broader choice of hardware and software infrastructure. SPS 08 helps simplify IT environments with enhanced services for SAP and non-SAP applications. And with a productive development environment, it helps to promote innovation.
Database enhancements
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High availability and disaster recovery

Review the SPS 08 release features that support high availability and disaster recovery: synchronous replication and multiple hot standbys.

Administration, monitoring, and troubleshooting

SAP HANA SPS 08 updates include system monitoring from any device, near-zero downtime for software upgrades, and overall simplification.

Data modeling

View SPS 08 modeling enhancements – including usability improvements, support for mass copies, a performance analysis mode, and a production alert system.
Data processing enhancements
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Predictive Analysis Library (PAL)

Discover new predictive capabilities in SPS 08, as well as new predictive algorithms – including logistic regression, hierarchical clustering, and decision trees.  

Spatial processing

Learn all about the updated geospatial features in SAP HANA SPS 08 – including ESRI query layer integration and SHINE content for SAP HANA spatial processing.
Application services and development tools enhancements
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Application lifecycle management

Explore some of the extensive add-ons for managing content – object and development artifacts, and more – in SAP HANA version SPS 08.

Development tools

Learn how to get context-sensitive help from SAP and the developer community, directly from SAP HANA studio via SAP HANA Answers.  
Data integration and quality enhancements

Replication services

Understand how hardware resources and technical system configurations will impact data source, replication server, and target systems. And find out how to use SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server to successfully set up a data replication scenario for SAP HANA, with the lowest possible latency.
What’s new in SAP HANA version SPS 12?
Get an overview of all the new features and use cases introduced in the latest service pack stack (SPS 12). Watch this 6-minute SAP HANA Academy video for details.
SPS 12: Database enhancements
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Administration and security

Lower the risks of innovation adoption with workload capture and relay capabilities that simulate actual production workloads on test systems. Prioritize specific tasks, such as monthly closing, by enabling or disabling workload classes and constraints. And improve data security with enhanced authorization troubleshooting and simplified key management.

High availability and disaster recovery

Achieve near zero downtime with new move capabilities for tenants and clones databases, audit logging for cross-tenant scenarios, and access to granular information for systems monitoring. Plus, choose from more flexible options for replication and configuration, as well as data loading from backup snapshots if network throughput is sub-optimal. 
SPS 12: Data processing enhancements
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Graph data processing

Add a relationship dimension to your business data. Take advantage of ready-to-use graph transversal algorithms, as well as intuitive modeling and visualization tools that make it easier to extract insights from hyper-connected data. 

Text analytics and mining

Get more out of your text data with direct access to a text-mining index. Now you can capture the frequency of terms used in documents and zero-in on multi-word concepts – e.g. “fast food” or “retirement home” – for greater precision.

Spatial data processing

Support spatial data types – and build spatial algorithms – with our new application functional modeler (AFM). Automatically import common reference systems and integrate with third-party geospatial tools to simplify your spatial deployments. 

Application services and development tools enhancements
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Industry standard support

Choose from additional runtimes, such as JavaScript (Node.js) and Java on Apache TomEE/Tomcat. Avoid re-deploying them upon each service startup with partial runtime downloads. And leverage expanded support for standard code management tools, including improved workflow for Git approvals and code reviews.

Development tools

Streamline testing in our SAP HANA development environment. Analyze dependencies among objects with cross-object impact analysis and lineage analysis. And easily extend your applications with core data services (CDS) artifacts – now supported in both SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA and SAP PowerDesigner.
Data integration and quality enhancements

Data integration

Access data from a broader range of systems with new adapters for Google+, Informix, and e-mail files. In this release, you can also mask sensitive data during extract, transform, and load (ETL) processes to ensure compliance with data privacy and protection policies.
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