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SAP HANA Cloud free tier model now available!

Today at TechEd 2021, Juergen Mueller shared some exciting news regarding the free tier model for SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP).   Building on the initial free tier launch back in July, today’s announcement focused on the news of additional free tier services – including SAP HANA Cloud!  Juergen also announced the expansion of the SAP BTP free tier model to individual developers – now they can freely explore and gain hands-on experience with SAP BTP services – a benefit already available to CPEA/PAYG customers and partners today.

This blog post will focus on the availability of the free tier model for SAP HANA Cloud.  While developers to date have been able to freely explore SAP HANA Cloud with the Trial version, the new free tier model offers some additional benefits including:

  • Availability on many more landscapes – This includes several AWS and Azure landscapes in regions spanning the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The specific list available today includes for AWS: AP10, AP11, AP12, BR10, CA10, JP10, US10 and for Azure: AP20, AP21, EU20, JP20, US20, US21.  More landscapes (including EU10 and GCP) will follow at a later date.
  • Seamless upgrade from free tier to paid tier service plans – With the free tier model for SAP BTP you start with a productive account right away and have access to both free and paid tier plans. This means you can try out the SAP HANA Cloud free tier services and, with the click of a button, upgrade them to paid tier, without losing any work!
  • No expiry date – Your access to free tier will always be there – provided you have an SAP BTP account. No more trial expiry dates to contend with!

To use the HANA Cloud free tier service plans, you must first ensure they are enabled in your subaccount Entitlements.  And, if you wish to upgrade your SAP HANA Cloud free tier instances to paid plans at a later date, you should also enable the paid service plans.  The standard paid service plans are:

  • hana: required to create SAP HANA database instances
  • relational-data-lake: required to create SAP HANA Cloud, data lake instances
  • hana-cloud-connection: required if you wish to create an association (connection) between your SAP HANA database instance and your data lake instance

The free tier versions of these plans are:

  • hana-free
  • relational-data-lake-free
  • hana-cloud-connection-free

To help you get started with SAP HANA Cloud free tier, the following learning journeys are available:

Jump Start Your SAP HANA Cloud, SAP HANA Database (free tier model or trial)

Get Started with a Standalone SAP HANA Cloud, Data Lake

We look forward to hearing about your SAP HANA Cloud free tier experience!

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      Author's profile photo Michael Beining
      Michael Beining

      Hi Mike,

      thanks for this great announcement!

      As a long time SAP implementation partner with quite a lot of paid SAP BTP services (including one HANA Service for Neo, one for MC and since some weeks the "new" HANA Cloud) I am wondering how I can use/activate the new free tier services within our existing SAP global partner account.

      After some research on the SAP Partner Edge Portal I found that this seems currently not possible?

      Note: Due to technical limitations it is not possible at this point to use the subscription model for test, demo, and development and Pay-As-You-Go for SAP BTP for partners in the same global account.

      Is it currently really necessary to create a new separate global account to use the free tier services?

      Thanks for your support!


      Author's profile photo Mike Paola
      Mike Paola
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Michael - the free tier services are only available for the CPEA/PAYG model - not the subscription model.  If you want to use a free tier service (like the just announced SAP HANA Cloud free tier) then you would need to have a CPEA/PAYG global account setup - and there you can enable both "free" plans and "test and development" plans for any services that offer them.  Hope that helps clarify.  If you have more partner-specific contract questions, then you may want to check with your partner group contacts.  Best regards, Mike

      Author's profile photo Mike Paola
      Mike Paola
      Blog Post Author

      Michael - to expand on my last comment, I just found out about the "hybrid account" concept.  Apparently, you can buy and assign a PAYG order to the same global account where your subscription exists - which would give you access to free tier.  So to your original question, this would mean you do NOT have to create separate global accounts.  Hope that helps.

      Regards, Mike

      Author's profile photo Michael Beining
      Michael Beining

      Hi Mike,

      thanks for your response, that sounds promising! I will follow your hint and if I have further questions will contact my parter manager.

      Thanks, Michael

      Author's profile photo Jaime Rodríguez Capote
      Jaime Rodríguez Capote

      Hi Mike,

      Any estimated date for EU10?

      Thank you.

      Author's profile photo Mike Paola
      Mike Paola
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Jaime - SAP policy prevents me in announcing specific dates - but keep checking the Community for any news over the next few months.  In the meantime, if you want to try out free tier in a European landscape, EU20 is available right now.

      Best regards, Mike