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Is HANA a German abbreviation ? What does it mean ?

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I see that HANA stands for "high-performance analytic appliance" in English but is the abbreviation applicable in German as well ?

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in 'former times' it was

High Performance Analytic Appliance.

But SAP changed it to a 'standalone' name, as it is no longer an appliance.

So HANA officially is a name and no abbreviation any more...

Best regards


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According to former (and first) SAP 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 (video unit 1 at 00:07:29),

The High Performance Analytic Appliance acronym was introduced for marketing purposes (for obvious reasons). First mention is from SAPPHIRE 2010 (May). Again, announcement from Vishal Sikka:

As mentioned by Jan, 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), hence the acronym was no longer used.

If you like to learn more, I can warmly recommend (as author) the book SAP HANA 2.0, An Introduction. For more information, see my blog


By the way, if you translate fiori (flowers) into Japanese, you also get hana ( 花 ).

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Developer Advocate

HANA is not used an abbreviation for years now. It is just a product name.

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and I guess this not SAP baby as this was acquired by SAP and improved a lot after that.