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.
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SAP HANA Cloud Free Trial
As of June 30, 2020 the free trial of SAP HANA Cloud is now available.
- Experience SAP HANA Cloud: Free Trial Now Available! by Mike Paola
- Get up and running with your trial of SAP HANA Cloud in three easy steps by Helena Nacinovic
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.
- Smart, Simple and Secure Technology powered by SAP HANA and SAP Cloud Platform Helps Customers Realize the Intelligent Enterprise – SAP News, May 2019
- SAP Empowers Intelligent Enterprises with New Data-Driven Cloud Services – SAP News, October 2019
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 saphanacloudservices.com. 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.
- SAP HANA Cloud (playlist)
To familiarise yourself with the service, start with the Onboarding Guide. Five learning modules covering
- Getting Started
- Data Integration
- Data Management
- Advanced Analytics
See also the blogs by Helena Nacinovic
- Get up and Running with SAP HANA Cloud in Three Easy Steps
- Get up and running with your trial of SAP HANA Cloud in three easy steps
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.
- 2970209 – SAP HANA Cloud – Central Note
- 2904098 – SAP HANA Cloud: Information needed by Product/Development Support
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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).
- Provide instance name with the credentials of DBADMIN (no more SYSTEM)
- Specify memory, compute, and storage for the instance
- Optional: provide the specs for the Data Lake
- 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
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