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SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Vs SAP Cloud Platform Vs SAP HANA Cloud

In this blog post, I am trying to bring 3 different concepts with SAP cloud offering and demonstrate how these are different from other. First, we will discuss about SAP HANA Enterprise cloud and then narrow down to discuss about SAP HANA Cloud platform to understand about cloud foundry environment and then we will further narrow down to understand SAP HANA Cloud database features and new innovations.


SAP HANA Enterprise cloud (HEC)

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud depicts the future of ERP cloud flavor, providing previously unachievable visibility, TCO and agility.

HEC is an Infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) tool that enables companies to run SAP-based operations in a hosted environment with the advantages of being on cloud.

You can move your software landscape to a cloud-based, subscription model using your choice of Hyperscaler or SAP data center.

HEC Optimizes by bringing your SAP software landscape closer to standard code -dramatically saving you time, resources, and money.

Business can unlock the Innovation by building smart applications and functionality on top of SAP Cloud Platform using pre-defined services alongside intelligent technologies such as AI, IoT and Machine Learning.


SAP HANA Cloud Platform / SAP Cloud Platform (HCP)

SAP HCP offers a platform-as-a-service (PAAS) tool intended for application development.

SAP Cloud Platform is an integration and extension platform for the Intelligent Enterprise that enables you to connect your landscape and create the application extensions based on business needs.

SAP Cloud Platform is SAP’s innovative cloud development and deployment platform running on multiple cloud infrastructure providers. The multi-cloud foundation supports multiple environments such as Cloud Foundry, ABAP and Kyma as well as multiple different regions and varieties in choice of programming languages.

Since HCP has moved to Cloud Foundry for the management of the development lifecycle using open source standards and micro services architecture. As XS Classic does not use Cloud Foundry, the customers with XS classic do not have the resources to develop the applications.

XS Advanced also uses Cloud Foundry architecture and so applications can be written once  and deployed either on-premise or in cloud with no redevelopment.

SAP HANA has already moved to a micro services architecture, the applications are divided up into small chunks to allow the developer to choose the development language and there by result in elastic computing.

Below is the architecture of Cloud platform with cloud foundry environment, which allows creation of multi-target application as well as HANA artefacts using variety of language interfaces.

With newer SAP Cloud Platform, the official website also illustrates use cases involving Azure integration.


SAP HANA Cloud is Database As A Service offering for the customers who want to more easily use the high speed of the in-memory database SAP HANA, use a relational data lake to handle larger amounts of data, and want to enjoy the benefits of the cloud such as low TCO and elasticity.
A cloud-native platform that offers the power and performance of SAP HANA with full capabilities to manage data storage, virtualization, and run powerful applications – where in you can bind HANA DB to applications  which are running on SCP or elsewhere, .
With this you can migrate your existing assets to SAP HANA Cloud, especially for customers who are currently using SAP HANA on-premise.

The below diagram demonstrates the concept of HDI container, and a modeler can access the table from classical schema with the help of a synonym. From the application development point of view how we can bind our application to the HDI container.

So, this is one tool for both – modeler and UI5 developer to develop the model and applications making use of In-memory HANA database and a built-in data lake.


HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) was introduced to transform, migrate and operate mission critical applications in a private cloud environment. By making use of this private managed cloud service with the trusted, partner-run data centers – organizations can get benefit of all that cloud has to offer. Like these customers can not only move their entire on-premise SAP landscape to cloud additionally they can build applications using HCP on top of in-memory capabilities of the SAP HANA Cloud. The service can be used stand-alone solution or as an extension to your existing on-premise environment.

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      Author's profile photo Denys van Kempen
      Denys van Kempen

      As the names are so similar, this topic indeed can be confusing:

      • In 2012, SAP HANA Cloud database-as-a-service (DBaaS) and SAP NetWeaver Cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) were brought together as SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) PaaS.
      • On premise, new product releases introduced SAP Business Warehouse and SAP Business Suite “powered by SAP HANA”; later evolving into SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW/4HANA.
      • In 2013, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) was launched as a managed service (SaaS): SAP applications hosted on SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

      • In 2017, the Cloud Foundry environment was added to the platform as application development and runtime environment next to the original NetWeaver Cloud (also known as NetWeaver on-demand or Neo) environment. As the SAP HANA database was only one of many of the platform services, the name of the platform was changed to SAP Cloud Platform (SCP).
      • In 2020, a container-based version of SAP HANA was released as SAP HANA Cloud.

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      Author's profile photo Misaq Tonse
      Misaq Tonse
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Denys van Kempen for updating the series of events according to the release dates and sharing the wonderful blogs by you. Much appreciated.

      Author's profile photo Samuel Ifeanyi Ogbogbo
      Samuel Ifeanyi Ogbogbo

      That's the shortest reader friendly blog to shed even better light on the metamorphosis of HANA + Cloud and her usual suspects - thnx  Denys van Kempen

      Author's profile photo Atta Alvi
      Atta Alvi

      Thanks, you have cleared better than the original writer

      Author's profile photo Mahesh Chilukuri
      Mahesh Chilukuri

      Thanks Denys van Kempen sharing the wonderful blog. Much appreciated.

      Author's profile photo Samuel Ifeanyi Ogbogbo
      Samuel Ifeanyi Ogbogbo

      Thanks for addressing this 'Trichotomy' - HEC, HCP & HC. We've  more Acronyms @SAP than BTC has Satoshis. Would've loved to see you blend in SAP ECS  - Enterprise Cloud Services too. Maybe in your next Blog Ver1.0  SP01 edition - Welldone  Misaq Mohammed Abbas Tonse

      Author's profile photo Jeff Lu
      Jeff Lu

      It's a great sharing and awesome article !

      Author's profile photo Harsha Shivakumar
      Harsha Shivakumar

      Very well written. You’ve explained it better.