Introducing SAP HANA Cloud

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe SAP HANA Cloud capabilities

What is SAP HANA Cloud?

What is SAP HANA Cloud?

SAP HANA Cloud is a fully managed, in-memory, data platform. SAP HANA Cloud is the data management layer of SAP Business Technology Platform.

SAP HANA Cloud includes a number of software services. The core service is the SAP HANA Database, there are other services including a data lake.

SAP HANA Cloud can power any SAP application as well as any third-party application to provide ultra-fast performance using in-memory technology and advanced parallel processing.

Using built-in technologies, data can be physically replicated to SAP HANA Cloud in real-time or scheduled from any data source. SAP HANA Cloud can also access live data remotely in real-time from any data source. Data of any type can be sourced from any application, SAP and non-SAP.

SAP HANA is also available as an on-premise deployment. SAP HANA Cloud appeals to customers who would like to implement SAP HANA but who do not want to commit resources to the installation and running of SAP HANA on-premise. Also, they do not want to own or lease their own infrastructure (hardware, networks, and so on). SAP HANA Cloud can be provisioned in minutes and be up and running with developers getting started immediately.

SAP HANA Cloud is run by SAP and its cloud hosting partners who take care of the provisioning of the service. The customer simply consumes SAP HANA Cloud services as if it were a utility, just like electricity or water. And they pay only for what they use

Key Services of SAP HANA Cloud

There are two key services of SAP HANA Cloud:

SAP HANA database is the core service that provides the in-memory database. As well as the database, SAP HANA Cloud includes tools to support the development of advanced data models that run raw data into business information.

SAP HANA Cloud, data lake is an optional service and provides a warm tier data layer. This means that very large data sets can be stored and queried directly, or accessed in real-time from SAP HANA database.


SAP HANA Cloud services are named as follows: SAP HANA Cloud, <service-name>.

For example, SAP HANA Cloud, SAP HANA database or SAP HANA Cloud, data lake.

SAP HANA Cloud Elastic Scale

SAP HANA Cloud is deployed using a web browser. During deployment, choices are made relating to the size of computing power (CPU) and data storage (memory and disk) and any additional cloud services that might be needed such as data lake. These choices can be changed at any time.

One of the most appealing aspects of SAP HANA Cloud is its elasticity regarding compute and data storage. Customers can easily increase or decrease their compute and/or data storage using a simple browser interface.

The elasticity of SAP HANA Cloud is very appealing to SAP HANA on-premise customers who can use SAP HANA Cloud to provide additional, sometimes temporary, compute and storage resources to extend their on-premise SAP HANA landscape.

Data Tiering Pryamid

Watch this video to learn about the SAP HANA Cloud storage.

Use Cases for SAP HANA Cloud

Where can SAP HANA Cloud be used?

SAP HANA Cloud is central to SAP’s strategy of providing a next-generation digital platform that can power both existing and new applications, either on-premise or cloud or hybrid. These applications can be either SAP or non-SAP applications.

SAP HANA Cloud can be used in a large number of different IT scenarios.

Watch this video to learn about some use cases for SAP HANA Cloud.

SAP HANA Cloud in a Hybrid Landscape

SAP HANA Cloud can also play a key role in a hybrid landscape. As customers move more of their applications to the cloud they often continue to run on-premise applications with their on-premise databases, side-by-side.

Watch this video to learn how SAP HANA Cloud can play a key role in a hybrid landscape.

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