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Step by step: Provision an SAP HANA Cloud, ASE database

Adaptive Server Enterprise became a new database offering within SAP HANA Cloud some days ago. This enables you to use ASE, Data Lake and HANA database services side by side in any kind of combinations for your applications – while the databases are fully operated by SAP in the SAP HANA Cloud.

In this blog post I will show step by step how to provision an SAP HANA Cloud, adaptive server enterprise database. More blog posts about special features, tools, … will follow frequently.

Prerequisite: You need to have access to the SAP BTP Cockpit and a valid Subaccount / Space.

One note before we start

You may have noticed already, but service names in SAP HANA Cloud now adhere to a strict form that may take some getting used to.

Firstly, full names are prefixed with “SAP HANA Cloud,” (notice the comma in there?). Secondly, you’ll notice that the service name part is in lower case; for example, SAP HANA Cloud, adaptive server enterprise.

In introductory paragraphs in the documentation where we typically refer to services by their full names, these naming conventions may slow down your reading comprehension until you get used to them. However, in non-introductory paragraphs, we use the shortened form of the name (e.g., ‘ASE’), which you’ll find much easier to read.

(Thanks to Laura Nevin for that paragraph!)

How to start?

We start with our activities in the SAP BTP Cockpit. Go to your Subaccount, then go into your Space. From there you can access the SAP HANA Cloud area.

Click on ‘Create’ and you will find two new entries in the drop-down menu. This is ‘Adaptive Server Enterprise’ and ‘Adaptive Server Enterprise Replication’. We will review the ASE Replication service in another blog post. Now, let’s find out which options we have to provision an ASE database.


The Database Creation Wizard in action

A pop-up will open and you see the Database Creation Wizard. These are the information we need to give:

Step 1: Location & Basics

  1. Instance name (However you want to call it, but use no spaces in the name)
  2. Instance description: Not mandatory, but give some description in 40 characters.
  3. Lisense: Is it a Production system, or for Test/ Development?
  4. The user ‘aseadmin’ needs a password. Type it twice for confirmation.

Step 2: Size

Specify the compute, memory type, and total storage of your ASE instance. Memory will be allocated automatically depending on the compute and memory type choices.
Minimum configuration
  • 4 vCPUs
  • Standard Memory Type
  • 16 GB Memory
  • 128 GB Total Storage
Maximum configuration
  • 60 vCPUs
  • Ultra-Premium Memory Type
  • 960 GB Memory
  • 65536 GB Total Storage

Step 3: Advanced settings

Now for some more advanced settings. We need to specify the storage distribution, page size, the backup frequency and retention, character set settings and connections.

Please be aware: These settings can’t be changed after the instance is created:

  • Page size
  • Character Set
  • Sort Order

Now it’s time to click ‘Create instance’. You instantly will see your system with status ‘creating’ in the list and once you see the status ‘running’ you are ready to go!

This is it. We have provisioned our ASE database in SAP HANA Cloud.

More Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) Cloud documentation is of course also available in the SAP Help Portal.

Stay safe!


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