In a previous blog, I explained how you can use the SAP Cloud Appliance Library to run SAP HANA, express edition in the cloud. For this solution, the available cloud providers are Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

As recently announced, a new option is now available: Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

You can sign up for a free trial and get to spend $300 on Google Cloud Platform for one year. The developer license for SAP HANA, express edition, of course, remains free (for up to 32 GB).

A 4 vCPU / 26 GB virtual machine runs for about $ 0.30 cents an hour. So, that’s about 1,000 hours of development, free of charge.


The console of the Google Cloud Platform is very intuitive, easy to use. For those familiar with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, you will be up and running in no time.

There is world wide coverage, you can select all the available geographical zones to host the VM.


SAP HANA Academy

So what are the steps you need to take?

In the tutorial video below, I show you how you can sign up for the free Google Cloud Platform trial, how to start and configure a virtual machine for SAP HANA, express edition, and how to interact with the SAP HANA database on the command line (SSH) and access HANA XS in your browser.




For the full playlist about SAP HANA, express edition, see

For the partnership, see the blogs

For SAP HANA, express edition, see

For running SAP solutions on the Google Cloud Platform, see

Lucia Subatin has published a number of blogs about SAP HANA, express edition and the Google Cloud Platform. See Five stars to SAP HANA Express Edition on Google Cloud Platform and also, from the Tutorial Catalog: SAP HANA, express edition, in Google Cloud Platform Launcher.

Thank you for watching

The SAP HANA Academy provides free online video tutorials for the developers, consultants, partners and customers of SAP HANA.

Topics range from practical how-to instructions on administration, data loading and modeling, and integration with other SAP solutions, to more conceptual projects to help build out new solutions using mobile applications or predictive analysis.

For the full library, see

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  1. Lars Golhar

    Hi Denys,

    did you manage to establish a connection to a tenant database on GCP via HANA studio?

    I want to work with the PAL in HANA Express via GCP and find no solution to get this running.

    Kind regards,



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