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6 Reasons to Extend SAP HANA to the Cloud

If you’re anything like thousands of other SAP HANA users, you’re probably satisfied with your setup. You’ve spent precious time and resources getting everything set up, including the right permissions, governance, and connections. Everything is running smoothly on-premise, and now you discover that there’s a new iteration of SAP HANA on the market – SAP HANA Cloud. SAP HANA Cloud is a cloud-native database as a service (DBaaS) that offers the power and performance that SAP HANA is known for, but with the flexibility of the cloud.

More organizations than ever are looking to leverage the benefits of the cloud. For SAP HANA users, leveraging on-premise investments while extending to the cloud has been an important goal. To help make that hybrid data strategy successful on an enterprise level, we created SAP HANA Cloud. This is a cloud-native database as a service (DBaaS) offering the power and performance that SAP HANA is known for, but with the flexibility of the cloud.

The launch of SAP HANA Cloud raises a big question many SAP HANA users have asked — “why should I extend my on-premise investment with SAP HANA Cloud?” That’s a question that we want to answer. This post will teach you about the new features and the advantages of extending.

Now, here are five reasons to make this SAP HANA extension happen.

Learn more about extending your on-premise investments to the cloud in this use case.

1. Increase Agility and Reduce IT Management Costs

Deploying a new data solution in your existing landscape can be a daunting task. The scale of data is growing rapidly, and so technology that deals with data is always changing. With all this going on, organizations can’t afford to miss out on the value generated by data.

Fortunately, SAP HANA Cloud gives you the flexibility to choose how to deploy without any disruptions. You don’t need to move every on-premise SAP HANA workload to the cloud. Instead, you can start small with a rapid deployment and ramp-up these workloads over time. The close integration between the on-premise and cloud versions of SAP HANA gives you agility when it comes to your data. Regardless of your goals or existing landscape, SAP HANA Cloud helps you launch your cloud strategy on your own terms.

2. Scale Up Easily

When the need to build out capacity strikes, it’s important to do it quickly and efficiently. Doing this on-premise can be a challenge – both from a time and a cost standpoint. However, taking action with SAP HANA Cloud only takes minutes.

You can scale up compute capacity easily and manage additional workload requirements through real-time data replication or virtual access. By offloading workloads to SAP HANA Cloud, you can improve the performance of your SAP HANA in-memory storage. Of course, once you don’t need the extra capacity offered by the cloud, you’re able to scale back down. This makes SAP HANA Cloud the perfect tool to extend your on-premise SAP HANA environment.

3. Low-Cost Storage with the Built-in Data Lake

It’s critical for organizations to not only store their data inexpensively, but to quickly access that data when needed. That’s what SAP HANA Cloud accomplishes with a built-in data lake and the freedom to store data based on your needs.

Through tiering, data can be managed through a reasonable life cycle. At the top of the tier, you have the high-speed SAP HANA in-memory storage and also the SAP HANA Native Storage Extension that you’re familiar with. What’s brand new in SAP HANA Cloud is the data lake. This sits in the middle of the data tier, simplifying and accelerating data access, even when dealing with large volumes.


Users can choose which tiers to store their data, and the data lake provides a single queryable environment that cuts down on complexity and cost. The data lake is a low-cost way of storing massive amounts of data that remains quickly accessible.


4. Multi-Cloud with SAP HANA Cloud

Data is coming in from more sources than ever before and connecting all those sources too often proves to be a challenge. That’s especially true now, as many companies need to connect both on-premise, multiple cloud sources, and data sources from applications. To solve this, SAP HANA Cloud allows you to easily connect to different data sources; on-premise, in the cloud, SAP, and non-SAP sources. You can choose to either replicate or virtualize your data via SAP HANA Cloud that allows you to get real-time access to the data. Through virtualization, you can also avoid data sprawl and duplicated cost, which could happen via data replication. SAP HANA Cloud cuts down on complexity and serves as the central point for storing and managing your data.

To further the concept of multi-cloud, SAP HANA Cloud can be deployed on your cloud vendor of choice – AWS, Azure, and later this year, Google Cloud.

5. Build Apps on the Cloud

When SAP HANA Cloud was being built, the needs of developers were at top of mind. In addition to being an effective center for an organization’s data, SAP HANA Cloud is the engine powering app development. It works smoothly with your existing SAP HANA setup to support transactional, analytical, and hybrid processes. This means you can build any app your organization needs.

To create an enabling environment for developers, SAP HANA Cloud makes it possible to read nearly all data sources as a virtual environment. More than 50 adapters help easily bring any data source in the hands of developers. Regardless of whether your app is using data from on-premise or the cloud or from SAP or non-SAP sources, all that data is brought together in one place. By setting up your SAP HANA development landscapes in the cloud, you’ll have complete control over which data, systems, and resources go to the cloud — and which will remain on premise.

With SAP HANA Cloud, your data makes an impact. Whether you’re building analytical applications, geographical apps with spatial engines, connecting to existing SAP applications, or creating something custom, SAP HANA Cloud ensures your data brings value to your organization.


6. It’s Easy to Extend from SAP HANA

To make SAP HANA Cloud as easy as possible to use, we created this learning track specifically designed for SAP HANA users. This guide is full of useful tutorials that show you how to complete a variety of important tasks, such as how to replicate data, how to virtualize data, and much more.

Get started with the SAP HANA to SAP HANA Cloud learning track.


Extend SAP HANA Today

SAP HANA Cloud lets IT departments build off their existing resources by extending SAP HANA to the cloud. With all these benefits, it becomes easier to focus on the high-value strategic work and successfully launch a hybrid data strategy. Sign up for the SAP HANA Cloud trial today.

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