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We performed a comparison between Oracle Database In-Memory and SAP HANA based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Relational Databases Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Oracle Database In-Memory vs. SAP HANA Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"Security is the most valuable feature.""The most valuable feature is that Database-In-Memory is more consistent and faster than traditional databases as it requires fewer CPUs to process instructions.""The on-premise version is stable. We have different teams and resources for the server side, for admin, and for development. We can easily take care of all the services and applications."

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"The solution operates well.""It is very stable and very innovative. You can integrate many applications with it.""The solution is very stable.""The solution is stable.""The solution offers advanced features that the company was struggling to implement.""It is difficult for me to narrow down what the best features are in SAP HANA because they work together to provide the overall functionality of the solution. However, the Fiori application is very good.""The UX experience is very good.""SAP HANA is a stable solution."

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Cons
"Oracle should include column store or advanced query optimization so a database can be optimized by enabling analytic queries to run faster.""Lacks sufficient integration with other tools.""The query optimization and backup features should be added."

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"In a future release, SAP HANA should add a module for taxation, such as income tax and withholding tax.""The product lacks some flexibility in its settings and configurations.""I would have rated the solution higher if this version was not missing some key features the newer version has.""The initial setup of SAP HANA is complex. We did the implementation of one site, and a global deployment will take another three to four years.""The SAP ERP processes are quite complex and it can be challenging.""The relationship with a partner that sells SAP could be better. We depend much more on our own development, and the partner is for selling us the solutions, so we need them to be able to supply help and answers. The partner isn't very helpful, and we have to rely on our own knowledge and research.""When we are using SAP HANA we have some difficulty with the customization. We would like to be able to add and make customized menus.""Unlike other databases, it lacks management features that legacy databases like Oracle or SQL servers have. They need to make the solution easier to manage and offer tools that make management more effective. A lot of things you have on traditional databases you have to develop into HANA."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Database In-Memory is priced a bit higher than its competitors like Microsoft."
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  • "The price of the solution could be reduced, it is expensive."
  • "The price of this product is good."
  • "We pay $200 on a monthly basis."
  • "The price is high and could be a bit cheaper."
  • "A monthly or yearly license must be purchased, although its utility will be based on the cost-benefit analysis that is reached by the individual customer."
  • "We pay for a maintenance license, and the licensing cost is high. In general, it is a very expensive solution."
  • "The price of SAP HANA is very expensive and it is paid annually."
  • "We pay annually for the license of the solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The application development is very user-friendly.
    Top Answer:The product is quite expensive. Organizations should be prepared for a rather high price tag. Our clients may end up moving to an open-source option to lower costs.
    Top Answer:The pricing could be improved. It would ideal if it was more reasonable. The design isn't that great. It's kind-of buggy and doesn't seem to cater to the Korean market. There seems to be issues… more »
    Top Answer:We are spending about 20,000 to 30,000 euros on the solution. It is a one-time implementation. To integrate everything and do the gap analysis, and then implement all of that as per our requirements… more »
    Top Answer:SAP Business One works with SQL or HANA. My experience in HANA is configuring and administrating the database. We will also use it for the virtualization of all of our machines. We use SAP Business… more »
    Top Answer:I am a client as well as a consultant. In both enterprises that I am responsible for, we bought SAP Business One for HANA. We are in the process of installing HANA 2.0. It's a good investment. I'd… more »
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    Also Known As
    SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance, HANA
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    Overview

    Oracle Database In-Memory transparently accelerates analytics by orders of magnitude while simultaneously speeding up mixed-workload OLTP. With Oracle Database In-Memory, users get immediate answers to business questions that previously took hours.

    Oracle Database In-Memory delivers leading-edge in-memory performance without the need to restrict functionality, or accept compromises, complexity and risk. Deploying Oracle Database In-Memory with any existing Oracle Database compatible application is as easy as flipping a switch - no application changes are required. Oracle Database In-Memory is fully integrated with the Oracle Database’s renowned scale-up, scale-out, storage tiering, availability, and security technologies making it the most industrialstrength offering on the market.

    The ability to easily perform real-time data analysis together with real-time transaction processing on all existing applications enables organizations to transform into Real-Time Enterprises that quickly make data-driven decisions, respond instantly to customer demands, and continuously optimize all key processes.

    For more information on Oracle Database In-Memory, visit Oracle.com

    SAP HANA, also known as SAP High-performance Analytics Appliance, is a multi-model database that stores data in its memory, allowing users to avoid disk storage. The product combines its robust database with services for creating applications. SAP HANA is faster than other database management systems (DBMS) because it stores data in column-based tables in main memory and brings online analytical processing (OLAP) and online transaction processing (OLTP) together.

    The column-oriented in-memory database design allows users to run high-speed transactions alongside advanced analytics, all in a single system. This provides companies with the ability to process very large amounts of data with low latency and query data in an instant. By combining multiple data management capabilities, the solution simplifies IT, helps businesses with innovations, and facilitates digital transformation.

    The solution is structured into five groups of capabilities, categorized as:

    • Database design
    • Database management
    • Application development
    • Advanced analytics
    • Data virtualization

    There are three more SAP products that work alongside SAP HANA and complete the experience for users together. SAP S/4HANA Cloud is a ready-to-run cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP). SAP BW/4HANA is a packaged data warehouse, based on SAP HANA, which allows users to consolidate data across the enterprise to get a consistent view of their data. Finally, SAP Cloud is a single database as a service (DBaaS) foundation for modern applications and analytics across all enterprise data. All three products can combine with SAP HANA to deliver to users an optimized experience regarding their data.

    SAP HANA Features

    Each architectural group of capabilities of SAP HANA has various features that users can benefit from. These include:

    • Parallel processing database: SAP HANA utilizes a single platform to run transactional and analytical workloads.

    • ACID compliance: This feature ensures compliance with requirements for Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability (ACID) standards.

    • Multi-tenancy: This feature allows multiple tenant databases to run in one system while sharing the same memory and processors.

    • Multi-tier storage and persistent memory support: SAP HANA's native storage extension is a built-in capability to manage between memory and persistent storage, including SAP HANA Cloud Data Lake.

    • Scaling: The scaling feature supports terabytes of data in a single server and distributes large tables across multiple servers in a cluster to scale further.

    • Data modeling: This feature consists of graphical modeling tools that enable collaboration between stakeholders and the creation of models to execute complex business logic and data transformation in real time.

    • Stored procedures: The product has a native language to build stored procedures and uses advanced capabilities to create complex logic.

    • Administration: This feature consists of administration tools for various platform lifecycle, performance, and management operations and automations.

    • Security: SAP HANA provides its users with real-time data anonymization features to extract value from data while protecting privacy.

    • Availability and recovery: The tool supports high availability and disaster recovery through an array of techniques, including backup, storage mirroring, synchronous, asynchronous, and multitarget system replication.

    • Extended application services: Through its built-in application server, users can develop services such as REST and ODATA, as well as web applications that can run on multiple locations.

    • Client access: The product offers clients the ability to access it via other application platforms and languages, including Java, JavaScript, R, and Go.

    • Application lifecycle management: This set of features facilitates the building and packaging of applications, transporting them for development to test to production, and then deploying them.

    • Application development: This feature consists of a set of tools that offer application development on premises and in the Cloud. The programming language ABAP includes additional optimized features to build extensions to SAP applications.

    • Search: The search feature uses SQL to locate text promptly across multiple columns and textual content.

    • Spatial processing: This product feature provides native support for spatial data types and spatial functions.

    • Graph: Through this feature, users of the product can store and process highly connected data using a property graph.

    • Streaming analytics: This feature combines various data sources that users can utilize to discover trends over a set period.

    • Data integration and replication: The solution offers comprehensive features to handle all data integration scenarios.

    • Data federation: This feature allows users to perform queries on remote data sources in real time with data federation.

    • Caching: The capacity to cache data provides users with the ability to optimize federated queries against remote sources of data.

    SAP HANA Benefits

    SAP HANA provides many benefits for its users. These include:

    • This solution offers a high level of data and application security, beginning from a secure setup and providing continuous support.

    • SAP HANA offers augmentation for applications and analytics with built-in machine learning (ML).

    • The solution works in a timely manner, as it provides a response to queries within seconds in large production applications.

    • SAP HANA simplifies work, as it provides a single gateway to all user data with advanced data virtualization.

    • The product is very flexible, as it allows users to deploy applications in a public or private cloud, in multiple clouds, on premises, or hybrid.

    • SAP HANA scales easily for data volume and concurrent users across a distributed environment.

    • This is a powerful solution in terms of querying large datasets with a massively parallel processing (MPP) database.

    • SAP HANA is a versatile product that supports hybrid transactional and analytical processing as well as many data types.

    • The product provides a smaller data footprint with no data duplication or advanced compression, and reduces data silos.

    Reviews from Real Users

    According to a database consultant at a pharma/biotech company, SAP HANA is a very robust solution with good data access.

    Bruno V., owner at LAVORO AUTOM INF E COM LTDA, likes SAP HANA because the product offers advanced features, helps reduce hours, and makes it easy to find what you need.

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    Sample Customers
    Shanghai Customs
    Unilever, NHS 24, adidas Group, CHIO Aachen, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Local Government9%
    Retailer9%
    Insurance Company9%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government6%
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    Energy/Utilities Company15%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Retailer9%
    Pharma/Biotech Company9%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Oracle Database In-Memory vs. SAP HANA
    November 2022
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    Oracle Database In-Memory is ranked 14th in Relational Databases Tools with 3 reviews while SAP HANA is ranked 4th in Relational Databases Tools with 32 reviews. Oracle Database In-Memory is rated 8.4, while SAP HANA is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Oracle Database In-Memory writes "On-premises solution provides security for BFSIs and banking systems". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP HANA writes "Very robust solution with good data access". Oracle Database In-Memory is most compared with Progress OpenEdge RDBMS, SQL Server, MySQL, IBM Db2 Database and MariaDB, whereas SAP HANA is most compared with Oracle Database, SQL Server, MySQL, IBM Db2 Database and Teradata. See our Oracle Database In-Memory vs. SAP HANA report.

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