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Default database for SAP BW

Hello experts,

I am new to SAP BW & HANA. This could be a very basic question.

In SAP BW, on its own, where does the data get stored when you do an ETL from other SAP/non SAP systems? Am not talking about the data targets like infocube, DSOs .. but instead where does these data targets get stored? Is it oracle? or is this database a customer choosen one during the client installation? or does SAP give a default database?

This question has come into my mind when am trying to understand the concept of migrating or building SAP BW on HANA.

HANA is an in memory database and the current BW systems (7.3 or above) can be put on the new HANA database... If this is the case, are we saying we are potentially changing the database of SAP BW from Oracle (if my above perception is true) to HANA?

Also while going through some material related to HANA, I understood that below are the options available to introduce HANA in an organisation

  1. Option 1 - New BW Instance - Creating a totally new BW instance, and connect it to the SAP HANA database -> Does this mean take license of a BW system and choose the database as HANA/
  2. Option 2 - Change BW's DB -> Does this mean change the existing database of BW from ORacle (or whatever it is ) to HANA?
  3. Option 3 - Run in parallel -> Does this mean, we will have two BW systems - One exisiting BW insance which runs on the existing database and the other new BW instance which runs on the new HANA database. But this approach has redundancy in data?

Any little help is very much appreciated.

Thank you 😊

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    Oct 28, 2015 at 04:21 PM

    Hi Sandi,

    SAP BW is like any other Application that needs a Database to store data

    Depending on the organization that is using the SAP BW system one of the multiple supported Databases(Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase etc..) is chosen for the setup

    Now that SAP has its own RDBMS HANA, SAP suggests to use HANA for various benefits of the customer

    Quick feedback on your points:

    Option1: If a customer is implementing SAP BW for the first time they could directly setup SAP BW with Database on HANA(need to buy license for HANA)

    Option2: Any SAP BW Database on non HANA Database could be migrated to HANA

    Option3: The data from non HANA RDBMS of SAP BW can be replicated to a HANA Database and SAP transactions can be repointed to this data from HANA instead of the current non HANA Database. So here you have 2 Database's not 2 SAP BW systems

    More information is available under the below SCN link

    Good starting point would be to read the below blog and refer to other documents under this blog

    Hope it helps


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