At the time of its market introduction, SAP offered SAP HANA following an appliance model – a certified combination of hardware and software that could be deployed as an on-premise solution. Meanwhile, SAP is continuously working on increasing the flexibility and choice of deployment options for SAP HANA. For customers, it is essential to understand which deployment options exist, what their capabilities and limitations are, and which scenarios can be combined and run together on one SAP HANA server or database.
SAP HANA can be deployed in on-premises, in the cloud, or even as a hybrid deployment where on-premises and cloud are combined. Which option is chosen depends on the customer's requirements. A new customer might start with a 100% cloud strategy in mind, whereas a longtime SAP customer over time wants to move to cloud solutions.
With SAP HANA deployment options, you can distinguish between a preconfigured on-premise appliance, SAP HANA tailored data center integration (TDI) deployments, an SAP HANA Cloud deployment, or a hybrid deployment model that combines cloud and on-premise instances.