Discovering the Value of SAP HANA Cloud and Other Database Services

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Discover the value of SAP HANA Cloud
  • Describe other SAP BTP database services

SAP HANA Cloud

The root step of the Data to Value concept is storing data in storage systems like databases. The SAP BTP offers SAP HANA Cloud as the strategic database of choice. You can also enhance your SAP HANA Cloud with data lake capabilities. In addition to that, you can also utilize things like SAP ASE as a service or other services like an Object Store service. However, let's stay focused on SAP HANA Cloud.

What is SAP HANA Cloud?

SAP HANA Cloud is a fully managed in-memory multi-tier cloud database as a service (DBaaS). As the cloud-based data foundation for SAP Business Technology Platform, SAP HANA Cloud integrates data from across the enterprise, enabling faster decisions based on live data. SAP HANA Cloud is one of the four pillars of the SAP Business Technology Platform and provides the data services to handle constantly growing data volumes in central place.

SAP HANA Cloud Value Proposition

Use Cases for SAP HANA Cloud

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. Let's take a look at some examples of where SAP HANA Cloud can be used:

  • To provide the database for next generation applications that require super-fast performance on huge data volumes at scale.
  • To power data warehouses including SAP Datasphere and custom data warehouses. Also, to power analytics including SAP Analytics Cloud by connecting to and coordinating distributed data into a single, consistent data model.
  • To extend the data storage and processing capacities of on-premise applications, for example, when large numbers of new users are on-boarded.
  • To extend the functionality of existing SAP applications using cloud-based services.

Learn more about provisioning SAP HANA Cloud in our learning journey: https://learning.sap.com/learning-journey/provisioning-and-administration-with-sap-hana-cloud

Read more about SAP HANA Cloud on product page: https://www.sap.com/products/hana.html or in the SAP Discovery Center: https://discovery-center.cloud.sap/serviceCatalog/sap-hana-cloud?region=all

SAP BTP Data Services

Almost any type of cloud application can be developed and operated on the SAP Business Technology Platform. Besides the use of the powerful SAP HANA in-memory database in the SAP Business Technology Platform, data capabilities can also be implemented using other services such as Object Store, Redis, hyperscaler option, or PostgreSQL Service.

To discover all existing services regarding databases and data management, look here: https://discovery-center.cloud.sap/serviceCatalog?provider=all®ions=all&category=databaseanddatamanagement

Object Store
Object Store service on SAP BTP lets you store and manage objects, which involves creation, upload, download, and deletion. This service is specific to the IaaS layer such as Azure Blob Storage, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform.
PostgreSQL, hyperscaler option
PostgreSQL, hyperscaler option provides a managed relational database service based on native PostgreSQL offerings from hyperscale providers like AWS and Microsoft Azure. Using the PostgreSQL, hyperscaler option service, you can provision and manage PostgreSQL databases on hyperscalers (AWS RDS PostgreSQL, or Azure Database for PostgreSQL) from SAP BTP and bind them to your business applications running on the Cloud Foundry environment.
Redis on SAP BTP, hyperscaler option
Redis on SAP BTP, hyperscaler option provides a managed in-memory data store service, based on native Redis offerings from hyperscale providers like AWS and Microsoft Azure. Using the Redis, hyperscaler option service, you can provision and manage Redis cache instances on hyperscalers (AWS ElastiCache for Redis or Azure Cache for Redis) from SAP BTP and bind them to your business applications running on our Cloud Foundry environment.

Key Takeaways Of This Lesson

SAP HANA Cloud is a fully managed in-memory multi-tier cloud database as a service (DBaaS). It’s providing a next-generation digital platform that can power both existing and new applications, either on-premise or cloud or hybrid. On top of that the SAP Business Technology Platform includes data storing capabilities such as Object Store, Redis, hyperscaler option, or PostgreSQL Service.

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