Introducing Astera Centerprise’s New SAP HANA Connector

By |2020-12-15T23:30:53+00:00December 15th, 2020|

As an end-to-end data integration solution, Astera Centerprise is designed to improve efficiency across a wide variety of enterprise architectures. Key to this objective is our range of out-of-the-box connectors, which allow users to seamlessly link their dataflow pipelines to a disparate array of databases, applications, file systems, and storage platforms at both source and destination. Now, we’re looking to push those capabilities even further with our new SAP HANA connector.

SAP HANA Connector

What is SAP HANA Connector

Touted by SAP executives as the fastest-growing product in the company’s history, SAP HANA (high-performance analytic appliance) has created an outsized impact in the database market over the past decade. This widespread adoption made the platform an obvious choice for our data integration solution and explains why we chose it as a connector. It allows different applications to integrate via an open system with SAP technologies. The connectors are means for technical interoperability of SAP components (written in ABAP or ABAP Objects) and other components (e. g. written in Java, C++, Visual Basic, .NET, etc.).

How Is SAP HANA Different from Microsoft SQL?

Since people are often in the dilemma of SAP HANA vs Microsoft SQL, we decided to clear out this confusion. Both Microsoft SQL and SAP HANA are relational database management systems, and as database servers, their purpose is to save and retrieve data that other software requests. Having said that, both of them are different than each other in many key areas, such as:

  1. Speed and Scalability: SAP HANA is much faster and scalable as compared to Microsoft SQL as it doesn’t move the data first to RAM for processing it.
  2. Strategic Direction: SAP HANA has a focused, organized, and clear roadmap, while Microsoft SQL alters and changes to meet the unique needs of its customers.
  3. Analytics Functionality: SAP HANA allows for real-time analytics as all data is stored in BI tools and RAM but Microsoft SQL users need a different third-party vendor or data warehouse to perform analysis.

Who Uses SAP HANA?

SAP HANA is used by various enterprises across different industries. Users of diverse needs and skill-sets leverage on the SAP HANA connector’s functionalities, such as:

 SAP HANA Connector For Users of High-Performance Hardware

SAP HANA’s in-memory capabilities allow the database to process inputs more quickly than its counterparts that store their data on disk. The database is also optimized to take advantage of IT architectures boasting multiple CPU cores, MPP, and large cache memories. These features are further augmented by advanced partitioning and query optimization tools.

By adding SAP HANA to our list of connectors, we aimed to help organizations leveraging the database’s performance-focused functionalities.

 SAP HANA Connector For Analytics-Focused Users

SAP HANA combines OLTP and OLAP structures in a single database, allowing both transactional and analytics-based queries to be processed simultaneously.

These capabilities are enabled by HANA’s columnar storage structure, which groups together data at a more granular level in smaller files according to their data type. This arrangement facilitates data compression and speeds up aggregate calculations or any other functions required for advanced analysis.

With SAP HANA as a source, we hope to hasten the data-to-insights journey for users that rely on the database’s analytics-ready focus.

 SAP HANA Connector For Source-Agnostic Users

SAP HANA database integrates easily with third-party applications and other data sources through its built-in virtualization functionality. The platform also supports a variety of programming languages including C++, Python, and SQL for advanced querying.

As a result, we can bolster the number of sources our own platform supports through SAP HANA, including a number of HANA-based apps available through SAP’s library as well as numerous web and mobile apps that have been built on the database platform.

SAP HANA Use Case

The SAP HANA connector supports  real-time analytics for different use-cases, such as:

  • Monitor and improve telecommunications network
  • Improve retail and supply chain networks
  • Maintain security and detect frauds
  • Predict and report profitability
  • Optimize energy usage

How Does the SAP HANA Connector Work in Astera Centerprise

Like any of our database connectors, SAP HANA can be integrated into a dataflow or workflow as either a source or destination through our intuitive drag-and-drop UI. Users can configure this connector to point towards a relevant table and data to this object as required.

We have also aligned the SAP HANA connector with certain database-specific functionalities. First, because SAP HANA is used for development as well as reporting and analytics, the database generally contains multiple schemas. To prevent all of these structures from importing into Astera Centerprise when the SAP HANA database source is selected, the configuration window provides an option to define source table schema. As a result, only relevant schemas are brought into our interface, which substantially improves dataflow performance at runtime.

Second, to accommodate SAP HANA’s columnar storage capabilities, we’ve provided an option that allows users to define the output type for tables in their destination database. Using the dropdown menu, you can select either row-stored or column-stored formatting for your target object.

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Selecting Column-Based Output in SAP HANA Database Destination

Apart from the features mentioned above, the database will function as usual at either source or destination. This means that you can use SAP HANA tables with Database Lookups, SQL Query Lookups, and SQL scripts in a workflow and apply various advanced transformations to these objects in Astera Centerprise. To optimize performance, this SAP data integration tool can also push down these operations to the SAP HANA database in ELT mode.

Stay Tuned for More Updates!

Over the new year, we’ll further expand the range of out-of-the-box connectors and transformations supported in Astera Centerprise. For more information on any of our current and upcoming functionalities, feel free to reach out to our team for a no-obligation consultation, or check out our product for yourself by downloading a trial version of our latest release, Astera Centerprise 8.