SAP HANA vs. SQL Server

SAP HANA is ranked 8th in Relational Databases with 1 review vs SQL Server which is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 30 reviews. The top reviewer of SAP HANA writes "Provides us with predictive capabilities for asset maintenance, and real-time forecasts". The top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Just like a Windows PC needs basic defragmentation maintenance to run effectively, SQL Server needs its own regular maintenance". SAP HANA is most compared with Oracle Database In-Memory, SQL Server and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise. SQL Server is most compared with Teradata, SAP IQ and Oracle Database.
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Pros
Provides us with predictive capabilities for asset maintenance, and real-time forecasts.

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This solution has proven stability and operational power.Tuning Advisor suggests where to add indexes and from where to remove them. It works like an adviser.SQL Server Profiler makes finding and debugging easy.I use it to fine tune my procedures and functions.Enables us to convert to bigger DBs and more easily move or upgrade between branches.Without any doubt the Integration Services and Analysis Services are the most widely used. These are the basis for data quality, data gathering, ETL process, as well as collation for the data warehouse, Cube-generation, and ad-hoc processes. The ease in which you may mold a process flow or even modularly add in new structures is something which is much needed in my job.It's a very capable, efficient, price-performant OLAP server.SSAS is the most interesting feature to organize the data and let the users play with it.

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Cons
Needs graphical programming without coding.

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Improvements to the indexing, columnstore indexing, and high availability groups are good improvements for future versions.Third-party services from Redgate should be built-in to it, like SQL Search.Debugging from the debugger tool functionality should be enhanced.From a DB administrator perspective, I would like to see more space requirements and space capacity history, so that we are able to see which DBs are growing, and by how much per day or week.An area for improvement would be the SQL Server process monitoring, which is quite basic and could sustain more information.The only item which I can list is application failure during Integration Services debugging, when restarting a process flow. In a number of instances the solutions fails. I have not given this much thought and simply stop and start the debugging service rather than restarting.The web interface and the command line interface could be better so we could manage and build some things around an API. If we could build our own solution, our own interface, and then manage the solution through that open API, that would be better.For a big amount of data, when we are speaking about IoT Segments, and Big Data projects, there are performance issues.

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The setup cost is high, but it will return every penny.My advice is quite straightforward. If you know the number of users who really and truly need access to the Server then it is a no-brainer. If you do not know, then get the basic package and minimum licenses and start from there. Needless to say, users can develop/use data structures outside and then deploy onto the Server.The price has been going higher and higher. The market is quite price sensitive.This is a downside of enterprise Microsoft products.Currently, almost all of my machines are in Azure and I think it is the best way of licensing now (VM+software).​We are a Microsoft shop, so we use Active Directory. That integrates well with this product, but we did look at Oracle. We also looked at IBM. This was the best price point for us for what we were getting.​​It has the easiest licensing.The free version is cumbersome to use and maintain. But $5000 for a licence is more expense than the benefit I would get from a licensed version. A licence might be worth the price to simplify management and speed up searches.

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Bruce GreeffReal User

The two are not really directly comparable. HANA DB is designed to run in-memory. It indexes every attribute and converts values to integer, offering real time performance. SQL Server is a more general purpose, inherently relational product. Depending on use case - either may be better. HANA is entirely next generation. SQL Server has to maintain legacy compatibility - but it is easier to use and you can scale the infrastructure cost down. HANA is designed for appliance deployment. Scaling is expensive. To get similar capabilities to HANA you might have to add something like SPARK and /or REDIS to your SQL Server. Then it starts getting expensive and complex too.

26 July 18
Joe FernandesReal User

SAP HANA runs queries "In Memory". Results of a query on large data volumes will appear lighting quick as a result. SQL Server is not an "In Memory" database. It is better suited while accessing smaller data volumes.

26 July 18
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Also Known AsSAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance, HANAMicrosoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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The SAP HANA® platform helps you reimagine business by combining a robust database with services for creating innovative applications. It enables real-time business by converging trans-actions and analytics on one in-memory platform. Running on premise or in the cloud, SAP HANA untangles IT complexity, bringing huge savings in data management and empowering decision makers everywhere with new insight and predictive power.

SQL Server is the Microsoft-driven relational database management system. This system is used to store data as well as retrieve it when necessary; these functions can be supported by individual users or by multiple users within a larger network. The Microsoft SQL Server has warehousing options, quality and integration services, management tools that are simple to implement, as well as robust tools for development.

Looking at the more technical end of things, Microsoft SQL Server uses query languages such as T-SQL and ANSI SQL. Disaster recovery is one of the product's most prominent features, in addition to in-memory performance, scalability, and corporate business intelligence capabilities.

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Sample CustomersUnilever, NHS 24, adidas Group, CHIO Aachen, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Bangkok Airways Public Company LimitedMicrosoft SQL Server is used by businesses in every industry, including Great Western Bank, Aviva, the Volvo Car Corporation, BMW, Samsung, Principality Building Society, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.
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