SAP HANA is an in-memory data platform that can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. Organizations use the SAP HANA platform to analyze large volumes of data and develop and deploy applications in real time.
SAP HANA combines SAP software components that are optimized on proven partner-provided hardware. Two models are available for on-premises deployment, as shown in the following figure:
Figure 1. SAP HANA appliance model and TDI model comparison
An SAP HANA appliance includes integrated storage, compute, and network components by default. The appliance is certified by SAP, built by one of the SAP HANA hardware partners, and shipped to customers with all its software components preinstalled, including the operating systems and SAP HANA software. Dell EMC provides preinstalled SAP HANA appliance solutions for a quicker time-to-market and easy integration into an existing or new SAP landscape.
The SAP HANA appliance model presents the following limitations to customers:
With the TDI model, customers can choose from a broad portfolio of SAP HANA certified servers that can be combined with certified network and storage components. The storage and network components can be shared by different workloads to optimize total cost of ownership (TCO). Customers can seamlessly integrate SAP HANA into existing data center operations such as disaster recovery, data protection, monitoring, and management, reducing the cost, time-to-value, and risk of an overall SAP HANA adoption. For more information, see the following documents: