SAP HANA is the world’s leading in-memory database platform. SAP HANA is an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system (RDBMS) that's designed to support transactions and complex query processing on the same data set.
In The Forrester Wave™: In-Memory Database Platforms, Q3 2015 Report, market analyst Forrester writes “SAP HANA continues to have the highest adoption, largely because of its distributed and integrated solutions with SAP applications.” Its marketing messages focus on the in-memory platform, real-time analytics, columnar data format, advanced compression, and data services layer. SAP continues to invest significantly in HANA in engineering and marketing, specifically focusing on dynamic data tiering, big data, granular security, cloud, modeling, and enhanced levels of automation. SAP has gained more than 7,000 customers since HANA's launch in 2011.
For customers that want to leverage in-memory on a cloud platform, SAP offers the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, an open platform-as-a-service providing an in-memory database and application services to build, extend, or integrate business applications. Hana is also available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), although most AWS customers are small and medium-sized businesses.