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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 is SAP HANA 2.0?

The next-generation of our in-memory platform, SAP HANA 2.0, simplifies database and data management – and makes it easier for application developers to deliver smart, insight-driven apps. The platform’s new capabilities are optimized for innovation and can help your business compete more effectively in the digital economy. And because SAP HANA 2.0 is a continuation of the existing platform, you’ll have access to a stable, highly available, and secure data environment for your applications.

Adopt SAP HANA 2.0 at Your Pace

SAP now offers you a choice on how rapidly you would like to adopt innovation. Here is what you need to know to decide.
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  • Bring new ideas to life with technology enhancements delivered via support package stacks (SPS)
  • Get technology enhancements twice-a-year; for example, SPS 01 and SPS 02
  • Upgrade required after two SPSs are released to remain compliant with maintenance support (Example: SPS 00 is supported until SPS 02 is released)


  • Run applications in a constant environment without the disruption of support package stack (SPS) upgrades
  • Obtain maintenance revisions (but no new SPSs) until May 2019
  • Upgrade to SAP HANA 2.0 at any time

What’s new in SAP HANA 2.0?

Gain answers to key questions about the next generation of the
SAP HANA platform, optimized for innovation.
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Learn why this new release is ideal for supporting digital transformation in organizations that want to use the latest in in-memory technology to run their business.

SAP HANA Academy

Get the latest videos from the SAP HANA Academy showcasing SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 00 new features and functionality.

Database Enhancements

High availability and disaster recovery/ backup and recovery

  • Load balance read-intensive operations between a primary and secondary instance of SAP HANA with the active / active-read enabled mode
  • Automate orchestration of HA/DR processes with enhanced SAP Landscape Management integration
  • Optimize workload for 3rd party backup tools by consolidating SAP HANA log backups  


  • Protect data at rest by using SAP HANA’s comprehensive encryption for data and redo log files
  • Reduce TCO by using existing LDAP groups for automatic role assignment
  • Simplify monitoring of security alerts and configuration of security and users in the new SAP HANA cockpit


  • Manage one instance, multiple tenants or thousands of SAP HANA instances within the SAP HANA Cockpit administration and monitoring tool 
  • Prevent run-away queries and manage system thresholds with enhanced workload management
  • Reduce time and cost when implementing change by capturing, comparing and analyzing multiple workload replays

Advanced Analytical Processing Enhancements


  • Find information faster with improved searching and filtering on dates
  • Dynamically configure search rules for duplicate detection
  • Run search rules in “batch mode” to check a large number of records in a single call

Text analytics

  • Extend the smarts of your applications that use text analysis to all languages using spaces between words
  • Easily embed natural-language processing into your products with a new native SQL interface
  • Manage your own domain-specific custom dictionaries and rules within the Web IDE for SAP HANA

Graph data processing

  • Analyze graph data more efficiently and achieve results faster with new visualizations
  • Leverage existing Cypher query language skills with SAP HANA support for Cypher for pattern matching  

Predictive analytics and machine learning

  • Create richer predictive applications using more pre-packaged algorithms
  • Run scoring functions faster with parallel processing across large-scale partitioned data

Application Development and Tools Enhancements

Application server

  • Reduce TCO with Bring Your Own Language and Runtimes by running these applications within the XS Advanced framework
  • Build native applications in multi-tenant (MDC) landscapes without restriction
  • Reduce effort of supporting JAVA based applications with enhanced JAVA / JavaScript runtime supportability and trace features

Tools, languages, and APIs

  • Accelerate application development with enhanced modeling for calculation views, core data services, and data types (i.e. spatial, text, graph, etc.)
  • Directly create and query hierarchies without dependency on the graphical modeler
  • Test and develop MDX based queries and statements against SAP HANA views and leverage additional MDX capabilities
  • Increase productivity with improved syntax error troubleshooting and expanded impact and lineage analysis

Data Management Enhancements

SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, Edition for SAP HANA

  • Perform enterprise architecture and business process modeling, as well as architect and plan physical data models that target SAP HANA, with this new web-based tool that compliments existing SAP HANA modeling tools

Multi-tier storage (*targeted release in near future)

  • Simplify management of large volumes of data with multi-store tables
  • Integrated management of Dynamic Tiering with support for encrypted extended store, system replication and delta back-ups

Data integration

  • Simplify and accelerate data movements with parallel data loads, automatic recovery, and data integration with SAP ABAP-based systems (via BAPIs that support virtual procedures)
  • Gain access to more data sources with added support for Microsoft Access and SharePoint

Data quality and data federation

  • Improve the accuracy of location-based data by taking advantage of enhanced address cleansing  capabilities
  • Leverage remote metadata synchronization to simplify alignment with remote data schema copies

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.

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.


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.


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.  


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.  


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.  


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.  

Additional resources

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