There is likely no other topic in the IT Industry that generates as much controversy these days as blockchain.

SAP HANA – yet another Blockchain platform?

Neither SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain nor SAP HANA are a blockchain platform like Bitcoin, Ethereum or Hyperledger fabric. Blockchain is a concept based on collaboration and interoperability. SAPs strategy is not to establish yet another platform and create an SAP-centric blockchain ecosystem, but to integrate into existing enterprise blockchain platforms. SCP Blockchain currently supports Hyperledger fabric (SAP being a premier member of the Linux Foundations Hyperledger project) and MultiChain. With its modular approach, other blockchain platforms can be added easily in the future.

SCP Blockchain connects to any supported blockchain network via a cloud service on SAP Cloud Platform. SAP HANA Blockchain establishes a link between this cloud service and SAP HANA, which results in a representation of on-chain data in SAP HANA as a set of regular column store tables. Technically, this requires two components.

  • SAP HANA Blockchain service – A cloud service that is deployed with SAP Leonardo blockchain.
  • SAP HANA Blockchain adapter – An SDI connector that is deployed with your SAP HANA instance, available via the SAP ONE support launchpad (formerly Service Marketplace).

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