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What does HANA mean? | SAP HANA 2.0 – An Introduction

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What does HANA mean?

Every once in a while the question comes up in fora and according to Guru99 it is even on the

target="_blank" href="https://www.guru99.com/sap-hana-interview-questions.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Top 15 SAP HANA interview questions.

What would be your answer?

  1. HANA is an acronym and stands for High Performance Analytical Appliance
  2. HANA is an acronym and stands for Hasso’s New Architecture
  3. HANA is a place on Maui island (Hawaii).
  4. HANA means flower in Japanese (花), like fiori in Italian.
  5. SAP HANA is a modern, in-memory database and platform that is deployable on premise or in the cloud.
  6. Business data platform that is SAP’s flagship in-memory database, available both on premise and as a service in the cloud. It enables businesses to process and analyze live data and make business decisions based on the most up-to-date information, a requirement in today’s digital economy. The innovative architecture in SAP HANA allows both transactional processing for data capture and retrieval, and analytical processing for business intelligence and reporting. It reduces time-consuming database and data management tasks and underpins intelligent applications that use advanced analytic processing. It includes features such as text analysis, multitenant database containers to support multiple isolated databases in a single SAP HANA instance, as well as external machine learning libraries.

You are a winner! All answers are correct.

Answer 6

From the SAP HANA entry in the Glossary of the 2018 SAP Integrated Report.

Answer 5

As defined in the SAP HANA Master Guide on the SAP Help Portal.

Answer 4

You would have known this as native speaker (or student) of Japanese. It has nothing to do with SAP HANA but it is a curious resemblance that out-of-the-blue, just after the release of HANA, SAP released a new user interface named Fiori from “flowers” in Italian. Both SAP’s Chief Design Officer (CDO) Sam Yen and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Vishal Sikka at the time are no longer working for SAP, so this mystery be hard to uncover, but should you have any inside information on this topic, please comment below.

Another curiosity is that, as the languages are in no way related, hana (گل) also means flower in Persian/Farsi.

Answer 3

You can drive the scenic Road to Hana. The Hana Highway is listed on the national register of historic places.

For it’s relation with SAP HANA, see the next answer.

Answer 2

According to SAP’s former and first CTO Vishal Sikka:

And I remember that night as I was driving home, I had just come back from Hawaii, and as I was driving home that night, it was very clear that this was a fundamentally new idea, not only in databases but in how we can apply the database to rethink the architecture of the application itself. And so that night, I thought of the name HANA, as Hasso’s new architecture. That’s sort of where the HANA name comes from. August 2006, right here in Palo Alto.

See An Introduction to SAP HANA by Dr. Vishal Sikka (video unit 1 at 00:07:29),

SAP’s founder Hasso Plattner inspired me to do an experiment we dubbed Hana, for Hasso’s new architecture (and also a beautiful place in Hawaii), our teams working together with the Hasso-Plattner-Institut and Stanford demonstrated how an entirely new application architecture is possible, one that enables real-time complex analytics and aggregation, up to date with every transaction, in a way never thought possible in financial applications.

Timelessness: Timeless Software, October 22, 2008 Vishal Sikka

Answer 1

The High Performance Analytic Appliance acronym was introduced for marketing purposes; someone at the time must have vetoed the previous one. First mention is from SAPPHIRE 2010 (May). Again, announcement from Vishal Sikka:

With the introduction of the tailored data integration (TDI) program with SPS 06 (2013), HANA was no longer exclusively available as appliance –hardware with pre-configured software– and the acronym is since no longer used by SAP marketing. It’s origins as appliance is no longer very relevant either as a cloud-service.

However, appliance vendors and other hardware and software partners still use the term commonly, e.g.:

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