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Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform – by the SAP HANA Academy


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.

For the blog about Microsoft Azure, see


The full playlist can be accessed here


This blog is part of a series:

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

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 at 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 GCP solution: SAP HANA, express edition

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

The recommended version is labeled “server + applications” and includes the built-in XS application server, advanced model (XSA)


The other version concerns the server-only one.


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:


SAP Blogs

SAP Developer Tutorials

SAP Notes


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      Author's profile photo Subarna Saha
      Subarna Saha

      Hi Denys,

      Thanks for this wonderful blog.

      I have registered in GCP.

      However I do not see SAP HANA here.

      Thanks & Regards,


      Author's profile photo Denys van Kempen
      Denys van Kempen
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Subarna,

      SAP HANA, express edition is no longer available on the GCP marketplace.

      Today, SAP proposes SAP HANA Cloud, a cloud-native, Kubernetes-based DBaaS. For information, visit


      Should you still want to lift-and-shift express into the cloud, you can use SLES for SAP (or RHEL)  and install SAP HANA, express edition


      Note that the latest version of express is still SPS 04 from 2019. 

      Author's profile photo Subarna Saha
      Subarna Saha

      Hi Denys,

      Thanks for the quick reply.

      I will explore both the options.

      Thanks & Regards,