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Author's profile photo Hardik Patel

Announcing the Free download of SAP HANA + SUSE Linux Virtual Machine

Doing a startup is a risky business. According to a study by Mashable, 75% of all startups and 90% of all products fail. At SAP Startup Focus, we are in the business of helping startups increase those odds considerably. We do this by providing them an amazing software platform SAP HANA they can build their solutions on and by helping them with the go-to-market side of things. Currently we have over 1,700 startups that are building solutions on our HANA platform, from more than 55 countries, with 130 validated solutions available for sale to customers.

As compared to a few years ago, it has indeed become a lot easier and a lot cheaper to build an application you can take to market, or shop around to investors. With widespread adoption of the Cloud and increasing usage of Mobile as a consumption mechanism, even scrappy startups can now develop sophisticated products without getting a 2nd mortgage on the house.

And that is where our very valued partners at SUSE come in. They understand unequivocally that for startups to succeed in a brutally competitive global environment, they not only need access to cutting edge technology like SAP HANA but also need it in a manner that is uniquely suited to their geographic and financial situation. For e.g. in several emerging markets access to commercial-grade bandwidth remains an ongoing issue which means that developing on a platform that is only available in the Cloud remains a logistical challenge.

Hence, we are very proud to announce that starting right now qualified startups in the SAP Startup Focus program will be eligible to receive for a 6-month period a comprehensive developer version of SAP HANA on SUSE Enterprise Linux Server as a single, downloadable Virtual Machine (VM). A single VM reduces the barriers to adoption for the SAP HANA platform, and will allow for startups to quickly evaluate and rapidly prototype solutions while running a developer version of SAP HANA on their local machine.  This will significantly reduce cost, and increase the agility of a startup in the initial product development phase of their lifecycle.

Additionally, startups will also receive free training via SUSE’s Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) Academy, a $2,375 USD value. Pre-sales electronic support and membership in SUSE’s partner program operated by PartnerNet®, which provides access to additional SUSE software, is also included.

To download the VM, please visit the SAP HANA Marketplace, the destination for startups to discover, try and buy the SAP HANA platform as well as applications based on SAP HANA, located at

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      Author's profile photo Kumar Mayuresh
      Kumar Mayuresh

      Hi Hardik Patel

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Can you please share the "HOW To Guide" for the same as it re-directs me to SAP JAM where I get the Access Denied message.


      Kumar 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member


      thank you for this very important information.


      Thameur Mejri

      Author's profile photo trupti agarwal
      trupti agarwal

      Thank you for this Guideline.

      Best Regards,

      Trupti Agarwal


      Author's profile photo Cornell Schimkus
      Cornell Schimkus


      the Link is not working anymore. Is it still possible to download an image?

      I found only offers like CAL to deploy on Amazon but nothing to deploy in a private DC.



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member


      After Downloading and opening with vmware workstation its asking for password.

      Please suggest me how to proceed with this.


      Author's profile photo Hardik Patel
      Hardik Patel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Sunny,

      This VM is only for qualified startups in SAP Startup Focus program. To apply for the program, please check



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi I have download VM it is asking for password. Also I am register for Could you please suggest how to start from here?

      Thanks in advance,


      Author's profile photo Andrew Lunde
      Andrew Lunde

      Hi Jitendra,

      Access to the HANA VM is a secondary option for providing HANA for startups during the development accelerator phase of our program.  Now that your startup has registered for the program, it will evaluated by our recruiting department for suitability for the development phase.  I am forwarding your information to our EMEA contact for further action.  If indeed using the VM is the appropriate solution, the password to unlock it will be provided.

      Thanks for your interest.