For starters, SAP HANA is short for High-Performance ANalytic Appliance. SAP HANA has created a revolution in how the SAP database and applications perform.

SAP has launched its flagship product HANA to foster simplified and inexpensive IT architectures hana2enabling unprecedented speeds of data operations in real-time. Architects of SAP HANA product have realized that there is very little difference between OLAP and OLTP in terms of their operation cycles of data. Hence SAP HANA has been optimized for both transactional and reporting purposes. In addition, SAP HANA is also capable of processing massive amounts of data in real time to support Big Data applications. SAP HANA will enable SAP customers to simplify their technology stack, dramatically reducing multiple layers of hardware and software complexity and making user experience simpler.