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In the upcoming weeks, we will be posting new videos to the SAP HANA Academy to help you get started on the Google Cloud Platform.

The full playlist can be accessed here: Getting Started with SAP HANA on the Google Cloud Platform.

In this blog, I will provide the references and some background to the first four videos where we get started.

SAP + Google Cloud Platform = Intelligent App Challenge

The August 1, 2017 deadline is fast approaching but you still have a couple of week to win up to $20,000 of GCP credits, tickets to SAP TechEd 2017 and SAPPHIRE NOW 2018, and on-stage publicity at SAP TechEd 2017. Click Intelligent App Challenge to register and here to access the Google Cloud Launcher for SAP HANA, express edition.

See the References section below for additional information.

1. What is a Cloud Platform?

For those new to the topic, you can watch the first video from the series to get an overview and learn about some of the basics:


For more information about the Google Data Centers, see the Google Data Center 360º Tour video (view in Chrome for 360º) and


GCP is currently hosted from the following locations:


How GCP maps to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure is documented here:


2. Sign Up for the $300 Free Trial

Google currently offers a free trial program, which we discuss in the second video:


To sign up, all that is needed is a Google account and a credit or debit card. Note that there is no autocharge after the free trial ends, no hidden costs, so no nasty surprises. The trial is valid for 12 months.

For the FAQ, see


3. Create a Project

Before you can do anything on the Google Cloud Platform, you first need to create a project. This is discussed in the third video:

For more information about projects, see and How-to Guide, Creating and Managing Projects.

Note that the free trial allows for the creation of 6 projects. When you shut down (delete) a project it is first archived for 30 days before final deletion. This means that you cannot create and delete too many projects too often but you will receive a warning when your quota runs out.


4. Launch the SAP HANA, express edition Solution

In the fourth video, we discuss the ins and outs of the SAP HANA, express edition Google Cloud Launcher solution provided by SAP:


The Google Cloud Platform includes a marketplace for partner solutions, Google Cloud Launcher  “so you spend less time installing and more time developing”.


One of those 160 solutions is SAP HANA, express edition, provided by SAP:


Similar to SAP’s own Cloud Appliance Library, a solution in GCP is a pre-configured system.

Note that GCP is not yet available as cloud provider on CAL, only Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.



For more information see:

Intelligent App Challenge


SAP Blogs

SAP Developer Tutorials

SAP Notes


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 SAP HANA Academy Library – by the SAP HANA Academy.

For the full list of blogs, see Blog Posts – by the SAP HANA Academy.

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