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Question to SAP: What does the H stand for in hdb....?

Now that HANA 1.0 reached GA status I was reading the "SAP In-Memory Database - Server Installation and Update Guide". In this guide I see the prefix "hdb" all over and it makes me wonder what does this hdb stand for? Is it an abbreviation for:


- Hybrid DB? (columnar storage + row storage)

- HassoDB?

- "s" was already used by MaxDB so some random letter was chosen and pure chance decided to use "h" for the IMCE



  • SAP Employee

Hmm... sdb was obviously taken from SapDB.

For hdb it's similar. The name HANA had been around in SAP for a long time (far earlier than the official product name).

And there are quite a lot ex-MaxDB developers involved with HANA development in different areas...

Since we need to have a three-letter acronym for NetWeaver integration hdb seemed to fit in.

hope that answer eases your mind



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