What is SAP HANA?
SAP HANA is both a database (in the traditional sense) and a database platform (in the modern sense).
In its current form SAP HANA can be used for four basic types of use case:
1. Agile Data Mart (Stand-alone database for reporting)
2. SAP business suite accelerator (secondary database for SAP business suite for reporting, calculation and analysis purpose)
3. A primary database for SAP Netweaver warehouse.
4. A development platform for new applications
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