SAP woos SMB developers with an ‘express’ edition of Hana

SAP has made no secret of the fact that its bets for the future rest largely on its Hana in-memory computing platform. But broad adoption is a critical part of making those bets pay off.

Aiming to make Hana more accessible to companies of all shapes and sizes, the enterprise software giant on Monday unveiled a downloadable “express” edition that developers can use for free.

The new express edition of SAP Hana can be used free of charge on a laptop or PC to develop, test, and deploy production applications that use up to 32GB of memory; users who need more memory can upgrade for a fee. Either way, the software delivers database, application, and advanced analytics services, allowing developers to build applications that use Hana’s transactional and analytical processing against a single copy of data, whether structured or unstructured.

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