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SAP HANA and Linux

SAP HANA is an in-memory database that helps organize and analyze big data for SAP’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications—and the SAP HANA database runs exclusively on the Linux® open source operating system (OS). 

The relationship between SAP and Linux goes all the way back to 1999, when SAP claimed to be the first major ERP vendor to offer its customers business solutions on Linux. In 2005, SAP decided that every new SAP app would be developed to run natively on Linux. So when SAP began developing new enterprise data storage software that could execute ERP algorithms in real-time, it chose to do so on Linux. A year later in 2010, SAP released that database as SAP HANA.

Today, more than 32,000 customers manage their data using SAP HANA, and SAP has asked all 440,000 customers to adopt SAP HANA by 2027 to get the full benefits of real-time analytics. 

What is SAP HANA?

HANA stands for high-performance analytical appliance, and it is SAP’s in-memory database. SAP HANA can be installed on a set of on-premise servers (like IBM Power Systems), in a private cloud, or as a cloud service (hosted by a cloud provider like AWS or Microsoft Azure). SAP HANA uses random access memory (RAM) to access, organize, and analyze data. Users interact with SAP HANA using Structured Query Language (SQL)—a common relational database programming language. As an in-memory database, SAP HANA can run petabytes of complex ERP computations in real-time.

What is Linux?

Linux is an open source OS that manages app requests to hardware—facilitated by the Linux kernel. Linux has the largest OS user base in the world and is released under a license that allows anyone to run, study, share, and modify it. Linux systems have robust command line interfaces (CLIs) that grant direct access to the computer. Paired with the freedom to modify the source code (a staple of open source software), Linux CLIs give users unrestricted access to the hardware below the OS and apps running above it.

Why Red Hat?

Because Red Hat and SAP share a vision of the future. A future where big data and analytics are supported by emerging open source technologies that reach across clouds to the edge.

We can be your full-stack infrastructure and platform vendor, with products that hold world records for powering SAP applications. And we work with SAP to deliver integrated support across traditional infrastructure software—like Linux, virtualization, and OpenStack®—to transformative automation and Kubernetes platforms.

If you’re a developer, we have tools to help you get started. If you want to see what other companies did, check out Mann & Schröder Cosmetics and Molecular Health’s SAP HANA migrations. If you’re ready, we have an SAP-specific Linux variant and training to help you master Linux as you migrate your database.

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