SAP unveils SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud

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Previously, SAP HANA – the company’s in-memory platform – was bound to physical hardware and could only be deployed on-premise.  With SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, customers can instead consume SAP HANA-based applications as cloud-services – an option that’s simpler, leaner, faster, and cheaper.

A cloud-deployment option allows customers to harness the power of SAP HANA without establishing or maintaining a data-center infrastructure. With SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, there’s no need for specialty hardware, no dedicated training-costs, and no capital expenditure. (Instead, customers pay a monthly fee out of their operational budget.)

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud also has rapid-provisioning capabilities. The time it takes to get a project up-and-running “collapses from weeks to hours,” according to SAP Co-founder and Chairman Hasso Plattner.

The new deployment option, which includes both application hosting and managed services, is born of the company’s aim to offer customers greater flexibility and reduced time-to-value with its in-memory platform. “It’s all about making SAP HANA adoption simple,” says Stefan Sigg, senior vice president of SAP HANA product and development.

SAP HANA instances will run on ‘bare metal’ for top performance – specifically servers with hundreds of terabytes of RAM and built-in high-speed, low latency networking, joined together and configured in “cells.”

“This is not virtualization,” emphasized Wes Mukai, Vice President, SAP Cloud Computing.

HANA Enterprise Cloud up-and-running, available now 

Initially, SAP will offer the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service through its own data centers and a network of partner facilities. Customers can choose where to locate their data based on their specific requirements for geography, transactional volume, and vertical expertise. Later, hosting partners will also be able to run the service, in keeping with SAP’s open ecosystem strategy.

The SAP HANA Enterprise cloud today contains 750 terabytes of data. It’s expected to house twice that amount by year’s end.

Next page: Not just for the simple stuff

Sixty-some customers currently have SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud projects in the works. Sugar-producer Florida Crystals is the first to go live. According to the company’s CIO Don Whittington. Florida Crystals completed the app-migration and cloud on-boarding for its SAP ERP and Business Warehouse software in just two months.

Additionally, more than 400 start-up companies are currently building applications with SAP using a dedicated, cloud-based, HANA-powered platform.

Interested? Customers can get started with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud right now.

The service has a “bring your own license” model, meaning that before they can use the service customers need to have (or obtain) licenses for SAP HANA and any of applications they wish to run. Then customers pay a montly subscription fee for the managed cloud services, commensurate with the size and scale of their data.

Not just for the simple stuff 

Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board, hopes that SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will debunk the assumption that only simple applications are well-suited to run in the cloud.  Accordingly, Sikka says all of SAP’s SaaS (software as a service) applications will eventually run on the HANA Enterprise Cloud.

“After today, people will think of the cloud for enterprise applications,” he said, “because it’s the perfect way to do it.”