Explainer: Understanding SAP HANA Cloud and SAP HANA, EE Cloud, Private Edition
When it comes to completing your digital transformation, it’s essential to have the best tools for the job. Whether your organization is in the earliest stages of launching a hybrid data strategy or on track to be a cloud-first company, you need to have the right solution to see your plan through.
Flexibility is critical, as every organization’s journey to the cloud is different. For over ten years, SAP HANA has continued to deliver a high-performance in-memory database that speeds data-driven, real-time insights and actions. In 2020, SAP launched SAP HANA Cloud, not as a replacement but as the next evolution of SAP HANA, providing customers a fully managed in-memory cloud database as a service (DBaaS).
As the cloud-native data foundation for SAP Business Technology Platform, SAP HANA Cloud integrates data from across the enterprise, enabling faster decisions based on live data. For customers who have built SAP HANA on-premises landscapes looking for a quick path to the cloud, enter SAP HANA, EE (Enterprise Edition) Cloud, private edition. SAP HANA Cloud and SAP HANA, EE Cloud, private edition help simplify digital transformation. Both solutions share the same SAP HANA heritage while offering capabilities to support the various scenarios common to environments moving to the cloud.
This blog post will explain key capabilities for SAP HANA Cloud and SAP HANA, EE Cloud, private edition to help you understand where they fit in your implementation plans.
SAP HANA Cloud and SAP HANA, EE Cloud, Private Edition
Let’s start with SAP HANA Cloud. SAP HANA Cloud is a cloud-native implementation of SAP HANA. SAP HANA Cloud is a fully managed database as a service (DBaaS) offering SAP HANA’s in-memory power and performance. That means greater flexibility with independent compute and storage, elastic scale for unpredictable workloads, ease of scalability, and multi-cloud support to connect to your vendor of choice. SAP HANA Cloud provides for multi-tier data storage based on demand. In addition to the high-performance in-memory tier, the built-in data lake provides a petabyte-scale data storage tier, managing large data volumes cost-effectively with fast analytic processing.
SAP HANA, EE Cloud, private edition launched with RISE with SAP, a business transformation as a service offering dedicated to helping organizations, particularly those using SAP S/4HANA, transition to the cloud. SAP HANA, EE Cloud, private edition is geared for customers who want a fully-managed service while preserving custom development and maintaining environmental control in a scalable, secure, and private cloud business model. Use of SAP HANA, EE Cloud, private edition applies to SAP applications and adjacent stand-alone use cases. Customers can relocate existing on-premises “side-cars” to SAP HANA, EE Cloud, private edition in a “lift and shift” type approach.
When to Use SAP HANA Cloud
- Do you have many data sources and solutions you want to unite with a single data access layer?
- Do you want a platform to create new applications or gain new cloud capabilities for your existing applications?
- Is the ability to scale compute and storage vital to you?
- Are you already using or preparing to use a public cloud provider?
If you’re a yes for any of these, then SAP HANA Cloud might be the right solution for you.
The use cases for SAP HANA Cloud are varied. Many organizations want to innovate – for example, by gaining all-new geospatial data capabilities, using SAP HANA Cloud as their enterprise geodatabase. Others want to extend their on-premises investments as they transition to the cloud. Organizations often unite their on-premises, cloud, SAP, and non-SAP data (to name just a few sources) to create a central access layer that makes it easy to get insights. The NHL, meanwhile, wanted to gain all-new data tiering capabilities for better performance and improved cost savings made possible through the built-in data lake.
Being cloud-native, SAP HANA Cloud is a flexible and open solution built to handle various use cases. It’s also the premier cloud database offering from SAP.
When to Use SAP HANA, EE Cloud, Private Edition
- Are you planning a cloud strategy for your current SAP HANA landscapes?
- Is your first step on the path to cloud readiness starting with new SAP HANA development, and you want an environment you have more control in?
- Do you have a requirement to co-locate existing SAP HANA “side-cars” with your S/4HANA applications?
SAP HANA, EE Cloud, private edition may be for you. Unleash the power of SAP HANA both to extend your SAP applications as well as for stand-alone use cases.
When to Use Both
Everyone’s cloud journey is different. SAP HANA Cloud delivers on elasticity and low total cost of ownership while also retaining the in-memory multi-model features of SAP HANA. For customers looking to move from on-premises landscapes to the cloud, SAP HANA, EE Cloud, private edition will provide the commercial qualities of the cloud. And for many, it makes sense to consider both. For example, customers moving to SAP HANA, EE Cloud, private edition can also leverage the SAP HANA Cloud, data lake petabyte capabilities, mixing both cloud offerings.
Wherever you are in your SAP HANA Cloud journey, SAP can support your path toward digital transformation.