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SAP HANA Cloud Capacity Units: A Simple, Flexible, Consumption-Based Model for Cloud Database Services

In the first of a new three-part series dedicated to SAP HANA Cloud pricing and packaging, we’ll explore what sets SAP’s pricing strategy for SAP HANA Cloud apart and how a simple yet flexible pricing model enables users to get the most out of any budget while maintaining a competitive advantage.

When organizations make the move to the cloud, they’re seldom afforded the flexibility to consume the individual cloud database services they require under a single consumption metric. In most cases, they’re forced to subscribe to several separate cloud database services in order to meet their needs. This is especially true of cloud database services where organizations are required to select one service for OLTP, one service for a Data Lake, another for OLAP, and so on.

This is where SAP HANA Cloud changes the game. As a pioneer of digital transformation, SAP understands our customers’ needs. That’s why we’re proud to offer SAP HANA Cloud’s fully pre-integrated platform of comprehensive database services, consumed under a single metric: SAP HANA Cloud Capacity Units.


Competitive Advantage

SAP HANA Cloud’s Capacity Unit-based consumption metric provides organizations with the flexibility to consume the cloud database services they require using a single, easy to understand pricing model. SAP HANA Cloud Capacity Units function as credits which can be allocated to the cloud database services of a customer’s choosing.

Unlike disjointed pricing models where various cloud database services must be consumed separately, SAP HANA Cloud allows all cloud database services to be consumed on a single platform, under a single metric. SAP HANA Cloud customers can also scale up or even stop cloud database services during downtime, never again locked into paying for services they aren’t using or forced to guess which database services they require.


A Perfect Balance Between Flexibility and Simplicity

With SAP HANA Cloud Capacity Units, customers have the ability to leverage a fully transparent cloud native pricing model with unmatched potential for customization. SAP HANA Cloud allows users to allocate Capacity Units to configure and scale their cloud environment based on desired CPU, Memory, and Storage. And while SAP has given customers the flexibility to fully customize their cloud environment, we also understand that not all customers may know their exact sizing requirements at the outset, especially during periods of growth.

That’s why SAP HANA Cloud also offers customers the simplicity of pre-configured environments which are a great place to get started on their cloud journey. As organizations grow and additional database services are needed, adding in a data lake for example, Capacity Units can be simply and easily allocated across all desired cloud database services.

SAP HANA Cloud also allows customers to share and move Capacity Units amongst their various instances and services, providing total flexibility and cost management. With detailed usage reports available, customers can decide how and where to spend Capacity Units for complete control of their cloud landscape. Curious to find out more about SAP HANA Cloud’s flexible pricing options? Build your own custom configuration or simply choose from one of our easy to use pre-configured deployment sizes here.


Be First In Line For New Services

SAP HANA Cloud is constantly evolving, with new features and services frequently being added. As new services are rolled out, they immediately become available to all existing SAP HANA Cloud customers. Best of all, each new cloud database service available for SAP HANA Cloud can be consumed using the simplicity and flexibility of SAP HANA Capacity Units.

Want to get started with SAP HANA Cloud? You can sign up for the free trial here.

In the next blog in this series, we’ll look at the various deployment options available to our customers. From a subscription-based model to the extremely flexible pay as you go model, SAP has you covered.

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