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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.

  • Blog I – About SAP HANA Cloud with some background information and references.
  • Blog II – Creating an instance, connecting clients, sample app, and working with HDI containers.
  • Blog III – Connecting SAP Analytics Cloud using the HANA Analytics Adapter.
  • Blog IV – Cloud Foundry space travel, working with multiple instances, and defining schema names.
  • Blog V – Data masking and data anonymization
  • Blog VI – Predictive Analysis Library (PAL) and Automated Predictive Library (APL)
  • Blog VII – Remote data access (multicloud) using remote sources and virtual tables

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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 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


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  • 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

    • 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.

  • 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 2×16 (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!

    • 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.

    • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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