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SAP AI Core & SAP AI Launchpad: Free tier is out now!

Update: Follow along this new tutorial to setup free tier for SAP AI Core and SAP AI Launchpad using boosters.


This is it: SAP AI Core & SAP AI Launchpad are now available in SAP BTP free tier! 🎉

What does it mean for you?

As a customer, partner, or even individual developer, you can start trying out SAP Business Technology Platform services for free without any time limit. You can learn, understand, and try SAP BTP services while preserving a seamless path to productive use. Check out the blog post by my dear colleague Anja Schneider for more info.

Starting now, you can leverage the capabilities of SAP AI Core & SAP AI Launchpad for free and start building your productive AI use cases on SAP BTP. Once you require more resources for your running AI use cases, SAP BTP free tier allows you to easily upgrade to paid service plans while maintaining the work you have already done. Finally, you get access to our amazing community which provides you with free technical resources, including inspiring blogs and in-depth tutorials, and guides you to your very first AI use case.

Community: SAP AI Core | Community: SAP AI Launchpad

Free Tier vs Trial?

If you other SAP BTP capabilities via a trial account in the past, it is important to understand the difference between free tier and trial. That is why I have the pleasure to share this very short TikTok-style video where our colleague and innovation specialist Vivien Boche explains the difference in only one minute:

Simply put, a trial is only for testing purposes, whereas free tier allows you to move to production without losing any of your previous work.

What are SAP AI Core and SAP AI Launchpad? ⁉

SAP AI Core is a runtime for heavy-load AI. It allows you to train and deploy your AI models cost-efficiently at scale. Make your choice from a broad range of storage, CPU and GPU service plans and benefit from auto scaling and accelerated performance with GPU support.

SAP AI Launchpad, on the other hand, is the central application to access and manage your AI use cases. Connect to multiple runtimes, such as SAP AI Core, and streamline the AI lifecycle management of your use cases. Leverage SAP AI Launchpad to monitor your models and continuously improve their performance.

How to get started? 💡

Your learning journey starts with creating your SAP BTP account and enabling the free service plans, as explained in this video:

Once you are set and ready, I recommend starting your journey with this tutorial: Create Your First Machine Learning Project using SAP AI Core

Remember, you can do most of our tutorials within the limits of free tier! 😲

What are the limits? 🔝

Free tier for SAP AI Core & SAP AI Launchpad allows you to leverage all the capabilities of the two products, up to certain limits. But what are those limits?

In SAP AI Core, you can choose from many resource plans for the training and deployment of your AI scenarios. In case you are not familiar with the term, a resource plan is basically a combination of CPUs, memory, and possibly GPUs. With free tier, we provide you with the Starter resource plan for free and once you require more resources, you can seamlessly upgrade to a larger resource plan. With the Starter resource plan, you are able to train and deploy a machine learning model to, for example, predict house prices, as explained in our tutorial. Find more details about the free tier limits here.

In SAP AI Launchpad, you can connect, manage, and operate multiple AI runtimes for the full AI Lifecycle Management. One of the mentioned AI runtimes can be SAP AI Core but you are not limited to that. With free tier, you can connect to one AI runtime and leverage all capabilities of SAP AI Launchpad. For instance, you can manage and operate your created house price prediction use case that runs on SAP AI Core, or you can connect to Business Entity Recognition or Data Attribute Recommendation which are part of the SAP AI Business Services. Find more details about free tier here.

But does this mean I can build my AI use cases with SAP AI Core and manage and operate them with SAP AI Launchpad for free? Absolutely, you can build, manage, and operate a whole AI use case and the associated AI lifecycle management within the bounds of free tier!

Stay tuned for more content to come in which we show you all the things that you can do with free tier!


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      Author's profile photo Selva Lakshmanan
      Selva Lakshmanan

      Could not able to see AI Core and SAP AI Launchpad in Free tier entitlements.  Is any other process to be followed to include the entitlements in free-tier.

      Selva.

      Author's profile photo Tobias Knietzsch
      Tobias Knietzsch
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Selva,

      without any further details, a diagnosis is tough.
      Please be mindful about the difference between free tier and trial for SAP BTP. The difference is explained in the blog above.
      While trial is a different environment, free tier is simply a new service plan in the productive environment. Therefore, you need a global account on SAP BTP to use free tier. Find more info here.

      You can also follow along this tutorial to setup free tier.

      Regards, Tobias