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Install and explore HANA on your laptop - HANA Express Edition

SAP has been providing the developer edition for developers/admins and ISVs to learn HANA. Although it is free, you needed to pay the service fee to AWS or Microsoft Azure.

SAP HANA Express Edition - install HANA for free on your laptop

Now SAP has released a version of SAP HANA - SAP HANA Express Edition - that you can install on personal computer, small server or in the cloud. You can use the applications that you develop on this edition both for production and non-production scenarios, unlike Developer Edition which was available for non-productive use alone.

The express edition, however, restricts access to some of  the feature such as smart data streaming, system replication, remote data synchronization and smart data integration.

The express edition is free for use up to 32 GB of memory, and is extensible to 128 GB by paying license fee. It is supported on Windows (SAP ships it with a VM), Mac OS X (VM again) and Linux. You can also run express edition on small Intel servers running on SLES or RHEL. When using on cloud, you have pay the service fee to the cloud service providers.

The software come with two packages
  • Express edition server package
  • Tool package, including SAP Web IDE, and administration tools such as SAP HANA Cockpit

Following are the features available on Express Edition:
  • Core data services (restricted list)
  • Advanced data processing services
  • Smart data access

The following features are not available on Express Edition:
  • Data warehousing foundation
  • High availability
  • Disaster recovery
  • System replication
  • Multihosting and scaleout
  • Dynamic tiering
  • Remote data synchronization
  • SAP Solution Manager
  • Smart data integration
  • Smart data quality
  • Smart data streaming

To download the express edition you have to register at

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