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Getting Started with SAP HANA Cloud (Free Trial)

With this blog series we provide an update with the latest information on getting started with SAP HANA Cloud on the SAP Cloud Platform.

  1. About SAP HANA Cloud <=
  2. SAP HANA Cloud Getting Started
  3. SAP HANA Cloud and SAP Business Application Studio
  4. HDI with SAP HANA Cloud
  5. SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office and SAP HANA Cloud
  6. Cloud Foundry Advanced (space travel, multiple instances, defining schema names)
  7. SAP HANA Cloud, JWT Provider, and Certificate Collection with Purpose JWT
  8. Data masking and data anonymization
  9. Predictive Analysis Library (PAL) and Automated Predictive Library (APL)
  10. Remote data sources and virtual tables
  11. OData with SAP HANA Cloud
  12. SAP HANA Cloud Graph
  13. Role Attributes
  14. SAP HANA Cloud and Smart Data Integration

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SAP HANA Cloud Free Trial  

As of June 30, 2020 the free trial of SAP HANA Cloud is now available.

Check out the Getting Started with Trial mission or the Trial Learning Track.

The trial period is valid for 30 days but you have the option to extend your trial for an additional 30 days twice (90 day maximum).


Data & Analytics Solutions in the Cloud

SAP HANA Cloud, announced at SAP TechEd 2019, was first release in March 2020. Together with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud it is one of the three data and analytics solutions in the cloud, initially introduced as SAP HANA Cloud Services but this portfolio name is today no longer used.

In previous posts, we already provided a bit of background about earlier cloud-based SAP HANA offerings (including SAP HANA Cloud from 2012) plus information about the technologies used, like Docker and Kubernetes.

As interesting as the topic is, for those not all that familiar with containers, Dockers, or Kubernetes do not need to worry about a steep learning curve ahead as this all operates deep-down in the machine room of the cloud provider. The SAP HANA Cloud service itself, as you would expect, is easy to use.

This is the best place to start learning about the new SAP HANA Cloud service is the microsite We will cover some resources below like the Onboarding Guide and video tutorials but make sure to check the Resources section for Quick Answers, use cases, and webinars. In addition, the Cloud tab of the  SAP HANA product page has also been updated. Here you will find more webinars, solution briefs, and other marketing material.


SAP HANA Academy

Just released, a new video tutorials series by Philip MUGGLESTONE covering all aspects of SAP HANA Cloud including provisioning an instance, working with schemas, connecting clients, binding and developing apps. We will cover these videos in more detail in the next blogs.



Onboarding Guide

To familiarise yourself with the service, start with the Onboarding Guide. Five learning modules covering

  • Getting Started
  • Data Integration
  • Data Management
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Development

See also the blogs by Helena Nacinovic


SAP HANA Cloud Services on YouTube

Apart from making great software, SAP Product Engineering now also has started to produce great videos. You can find them on the SAP HANA Cloud Services YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe.



SAP Developer Center Tutorials 

On the SAP Developer Center we also find the first hands-on tutorials for SAP HANA Cloud




For the documentation set go to the SAP Help Portal. Here we find guides similar to the SAP HANA platform edition, like the Feature Scope Description, Administration Guide, Security Guide, and several development guides. Also included is a Getting Started Guide, different from the one cited above.

We will cover feature scope and what’s new in an upcoming blog.


SAP Product Support

For support information, search component HAN-CLS-HC.


SAP Community

To stay update with SAP HANA Cloud, follow the hashtags on the SAP Community.

Not specific to SAP HANA Cloud, but still a good resource to visit


Cockpits and Database Explorer

Creating a new SAP HANA Cloud instance is simple and fast (and similar to the previous SAP Cloud Platform SAP HANA service, for those familiar).

  1. Provide instance name with the credentials of DBADMIN (no more SYSTEM)
  2. Specify memory, compute, and storage for the instance
  3. Optional: provide the specs for the Data Lake
  4. FIrewall settings: whitelist IPs to keep your environment secure

Once the instance is up and running, the endpoint is listed for client connections. From here we can access the SAP HANA Cockpit for system administration and the SAP HANA Database Explorer for the SQL Console and development.

At first sight, the SAP HANA Cockpit and Database Explorer are very similar to what we use for the on-premise platform and express editions. However, SAP HANA Cloud provides the most significant update of SAP HANA since 2010. More on this in the next blog.

SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA Cloud, Create Instance

SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit, Open Instance in SAP HANA Cockpit

SAP HANA Cockpit for SAP HANA Cloud

SAP HANA Database Explorer for SAP HANA Cloud


SAP HANA 2.0 – An Introduction

Just getting started with SAP HANA? Or do have a migration to SAP HANA 2.0 coming up? Need a quick update covering business benefits and technology overview. Understand the role of the system administrator, developer, data integrator, security officer, data scientist, data modeler, project manager, and other SAP HANA stakeholders? My latest book about SAP HANA 2.0 covers everything you need to know.

Get it from SAP Press or Amazon:



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      Author's profile photo Mihir Jha
      Mihir Jha

      Much awaited .. as always thanks for your effort!

      Author's profile photo Jasbir Khanuja
      Jasbir Khanuja

      Lots of questions answered, always come up in mind for SAP Cloud Services.

      Thanks for putting it in one place ?

      Author's profile photo Feng Liu
      Feng Liu

      Thanks for sharing

      Author's profile photo Joao Paulo Flores Carmo Dos Reis
      Joao Paulo Flores Carmo Dos Reis

      Hi Denys van Kempen,

      It's now that finally after the communication made in October 2019, SAP HANA Cloud it's available (even if today only from Azure), nevertheless I thought that it would be available for SAP Applications database as SAP S/4HANA, BW/4 HANA or even an SAP ERP 6.08 on HANA, and this isn't the case, correct?

      If I understand correctly your blog and youtube videos attached right now there are limitations:
      - Server instance with maximum of 900GB RAM, DataLake 90TB of storage, and can't be used as HANA database for SAP Business Suite, S/4HANA or BW/4HANA?¿

      Thanks in advance

      Joao Paul oReis

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

      Hi Joao Paul,

      Thank you for your comment. I count two questions but first would like to make a remark about the "finally". You are right that at SAP TechEd 2019 it was mentioned that availability of SAP HANA Cloud was planned for Q4 (SAP News). However, anyone who has attended SAP presentations (or webinars) will have been informed about the disclaimer at the start concerning any future plans: these may change.

      The software industry is very competitive. There may be more examples of products and services released too early rather than too late. Releasing too early means money is coming in, good for the numbers (stock performance) but you might find the customer doing the testing. Not exactly putting the customer first.

      Real artists ship, Steve Jobs is quoted to have said (I wrote about this quote in my blog post on SAP HANA Technology). The recent tweet of Gerrit Kazmaier about release it rather than letting it escape also made me smile. Large software projects are incredibly complex. I do not know the reason why there was some delay but I am pretty sure it was not because the developers took time off to enjoy a drive along the winding road to Hana, Hawaii. It takes leadership to withstand the pressure to release too early. My point of view.

      SAP HANA Cloud is SaaS like S/4HANA Cloud, BW/4HANA Cloud, etc. Most cloud software is moving from a virtual machine-based architecture to containers. How will this impact SAP SaaS solutions? I don't know. What is powering the stack (hardware, virtualisation, OS, database, application server, etc.) is transparent to the end-user and typically not something SaaS vendors elaborate on. I have not seen any material yet about using SAP HANA Cloud as primary persistence for SAP Applications on-premise and it would seem to me not the most likely use case. You can find two use cases on the SAP HANA Cloud microsite. I am sure more will follow. > Sign-up for the newsletter.

      All software has limitations. These are documented in the release notes. When available I will put a link here but this will also be part of the documentation set SAP HANA Cloud on the SAP Help Portal.

      Hope this answers your questions.

      Stay safe.

      Author's profile photo Jason Bjoern
      Jason Bjoern

      Hi Denys,

      Thanks for summarising all these great resources!

      I have a commercial question which is relevant for partners and customers.  When I compare the pricing of this new offering with the existing HANA service offering on SAP CP - it looks like the new offering is drastically more expensive to use.  While the whole marketing pitch is that this new offering should lower the TCO for those who use HANA.  Are we getting something wrong when comparing these estimates below using the SAP CP estimator?

      • Current HANA service on AWS costs for 744 hours with 2x16 (32) GB Blocks = 726.14 EUR / MONTH
      • New SAP HANA cloud on Azure costs for 744 hours with 32GB GB memory = 1,170.00 EUR / month

      Dear SAP - this is a whopping 60% of price increase!  I understand and appreciate that there's many new features (and future flexibility) that one can add on top.  But for these very core application development scenarios where partners and customers may need 32, 64 or 128 GB HANA instances - instead of making the new HANA Cloud to be more cost affordable option, it's now even becoming more expensive to develop with and run.

      Please educate us where is here the justification for a 60% price hike (without the marketing hype)?  We really need to see how we can lower the cost and overall TCO of running HANA-based multi-tenant scenarios in the cloud.

      Thank you!

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

      Hi Jason,

      Thanks for commenting on these commercial aspects. Unfortunately, it is a topic I have had no exposure to at all. I will ask around a bit and see if we can get you a response. Apologies for the delays.

      Author's profile photo Jagjot Singh
      Jagjot Singh

      Great analysis and Good Question.
      Isn't Azure is more expensive? I guess it is in comparison to AWS. But Azure has more robust and stable infrastructure for SAP applications as compare to AWS.

      One of my customer, After 3 OnPrem - Cloud migration cycles found Azure expensive and now we are in transition from Azure to AWS.

      Based on that can we drive the calculation for New SAP HANA cloud on AWS costs for 744 hours with 32GB GB memory?


      Author's profile photo Satya Srighakolapu
      Satya Srighakolapu

      Thank you, Denys!

      Author's profile photo Andrea Davoli
      Andrea Davoli

      Hi Denys,

      as per your knowledge, will the Text Analytics (TA) incorporated into SAP HANA Cloud?



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

      Hi Andrea,

      SAP HANA 2.0 enterprise edition includes the Search and Text Option (Search, text analysis, and text mining f.k.a. SAP HANA advanced data processing) cf. SA{ HANA Feature Scope Description - SAP HANA, Search and Text Option

      Search is included in SAP HANA Cloud, Text Analysis and Text Mining are not, cf. SAP HANA Cloud Compatibility Reference.

      Author's profile photo Andrea Davoli
      Andrea Davoli

      Hi Denys,

      thanks for your prompt reply.

      We did a project based on Text Search, Analysis & Mining on HANA 2.0 enterprise edition on-prem...

      What i was hoping is Text Analysis & mining on HANA cloud...

      There are a lot of HANA Enterprise platform functions used around the world...

      Analytic privileges...


      Do you know a SAP Cloud Platform similar to Text Analysis?




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

      Hi Andrea,

      The Text Analysis technology comes from a company called Inxight going back to Xerox PARC (1996) acquired by Business Objects (2007) and SAP (2008). Here is an old news clipping.


      Today, machine learning is more commonly used for text analysis and mining. On the SAP Cloud Platform you will find two Leonardo MLF services:

      Author's profile photo Michael Schliebner
      Michael Schliebner

      There is a beautiful OpenSAP course with 4 weeks of insights:

      Building Applications with SAP Cloud Application Programming Model



      Author's profile photo Jagjot Singh
      Jagjot Singh

      Thanks Denys, Just One Question, Is SAP going to add SAP HANA Cloud (For Instance launch) Service for trial edition?
      If they it will be amazing. We have those in AWS/AZure/GCP, anyone can spin up a Instance anytime but not in HANA CLOUD. Do you agree?


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

      Hi Jagjot,

      Indeed, there will be a trial edition available for SAP HANA Cloud. I understood it should be there pretty soon. SAPPHIRE NOW is coming up and usually the place for announcements. Best to sign up for the newsletter on



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


      SAP plans to have an open trial for SAP HANA Cloud for early July.

      Author's profile photo Christophe Vandeweghe
      Christophe Vandeweghe

      Dear Denys,

      I use to follow your POST on linkedin, they are always exceptional with high value add content. So, thanks for this, really appreciated. May I request your support for you to point me to the best documentation/blog about integration of S/4HANA (HANA) with data lake. Is SAP VORA the best and only solution ?

      Sorry to bother you and thank in advance.

      KR. Christophe

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

      Hi Christophe,

      Thanks for kind remarks. Good to hear you find these posts useful.

      Regarding your question: from product management, I understand that Vora is no longer required for your scenario as Data Intelligence can directly extract data (initial/delta) from S/4HANA (or ECC) to file storage in data lakes (e.g. S3) as referenced in blog

      Would that answer your question?

      Note that SAP Vora was integrated with Data Hub in 2017. Earlier this year the product was rebranded to Data Intelligence (DI) to match the name of the cloud service. 



      Author's profile photo Muhammed Abdelaziz
      Muhammed Abdelaziz

      Thanks for your efforts  .

      Author's profile photo Jens-Peter Schleinitz
      Jens-Peter Schleinitz

      Hi Denys,

      where can I get support for HANA on Cloud free trial  errors? I set up a remote table replication scenario via SAP Cloud Connector . After CREATE REMOTE SOURCE I clicked on the remote source and got the error -10719 connect failed, invalid servernode from the HDBODBC driver?

      Thanks, Peter

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

      Hi Peter,

      Right here! (on the SAP Community, that is). For trials, there is community support.

      Best to raise the issue (copy/paste) on as many others will be notified.

      FAFAIK support for SCC is coming up with QRC 4 release, so this may explain your issue.

      Author's profile photo Mark Gearhart
      Mark Gearhart

      When registering for the free trial, I get this:



      Your request for information is being reviewed. Once approved, you’ll receive an e-mail with additional instructions.


      Seems to be a recurring problem with trial software. HXE, Mobile SDK, now HANA Cloud Trial. It sometimes takes months of trying, to get past this. In the case of the Mobile SDK, I could never get past the registration. It would be great if SAP could work out the problems with this.

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

      Hi Mark,

      From previous comments, noticed you have had a few sorries in the past. Sounds like there is an issue with the e-mail.

      I’ll try to get some information about what can be done. 

      Author's profile photo Mark Gearhart
      Mark Gearhart

      Maybe at the least, the error message should say why the request is deferred or denied. My company, Deutsche Bank, is a highly regulated global bank. If it has been flagged for manual scrutiny, a message to that effect would clear things up.

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

      I can only agree; will question what can be done once I receive a response.