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Author's profile photo Jeff Wootton

SAP HANA as a Service: What’s New in June 2018

What is the SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA service?

The SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA service gives you cloud instances of SAP HANA on-demand, that are is managed by SAP and purchased on either a subscription or consumption basis. It’s the easiest way to deploy and use HANA.

What’s new with the latest release – June 2018 (for the Cloud Foundry environment)

Here is what’s new with the latest release of the SAP HANA Service in the SAP Cloud Platform, Cloud Foundry environment:

  1. Now available in more regions: the newest version of the service is now available in four AWS regions (EU/Frankfurt, US/East, Japan and Brazil) as well as in Google Cloud Platform (GCP – US/Iowa).
  2. On-demand Self-Provisioning: create HANA instances in the Cloud Foundry environment whenever you need them, with nothing more than a few mouse clicks from the Services “marketplace”. Note that integration with the Cloud Cockpit has changed for HANA  in Cloud Foundry.  Your new HANA instance is ready to use in a few minutes.
  3. New pricing model: we are introducing a new pricing model that gives you flexbility on the size of your HANA instances.  Purchase as many blocks of 16 GB of HANA memory as you need, and choose the size when you create a new instance.  Pay-per-use is also supported* through Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreements (CPEA – also known as cloud credits). With Cloud Credits you only get charged for what you use, and memory and storage use are metered separately. The new pricing is scheduled to become available next week (June 11)
  4. Elastic scale: change the size of your HANA instance as your needs change.
  5. Secure WebSocket connectivity from anywhere: using standard HANA clients  (hdbsql, JDBC, ODBC, and Python)

Get started!

You can try the SAP HANA service now, in the context of the SAP Cloud Platform runtime environment. For a free trial, sign up here. You can learn more about SAP HANA here


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      Author's profile photo Christian Lechner
      Christian Lechner

      Hi Jeff,

      thanks for the update. Is there anywhere a more detailed description about the elastic scalability? The area on that topic is not very informative on that only stating that a service ticket is needed to resize the system memory. It would be interesting what is the impact on the subscriber of that service (downtime, any manual tasks needed after the resizing etc.

      Also looking forward to the new details on the pricing.

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Murali Shanmugham
      Murali Shanmugham

      The new pricing was made available few days ago in Looks like its being worked on currently.


      Author's profile photo Christian Lechner
      Christian Lechner

      Hi Murali,

      thanks for the hint, indeed pricing was updated. However, the information about the scalability is not (yet?) available

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Gregor Wolf
      Gregor Wolf

      Hi Christian,

      at Find the Right Guide I've found the documentation for SAP HANA service in the Cloud Foundry environment. The page Service Requests lists cases when a service request must be submitted. Resizing is one of this cases. I would also like to know if this will result in a downtime.

      Best regards

      Author's profile photo Christian Lechner
      Christian Lechner

      Hi Gregor,

      thanks for the hint, I already saw that at my first search, but to be honest - if this represents the announced "elasticity" of a DB as a service in a cloud offering, I would say that this is at least disappointing and from my point of view is not state of the art. Opening a ticket in the SAP support portal is not what I would expect especially comparing it to the DB-as-a-Service offering of e. g. AWS where I can scale the DB form the web-based console or via CLI (see RDS docu e. g. for PostgreSQL) I am also missing a more detailed description what comes along with the resizing (downtimes etc.).


      Author's profile photo Philip MUGGLESTONE
      Philip MUGGLESTONE

      Should you want to see how to use the new SAP HANA service you can find hands-on video tutorials by the SAP HANA Academy here.