Getting Started with SAP HANA Cloud (Free Trial)

With this blog series we provide an update with the latest information on getting started with SAP HANA Cloud on the SAP Cloud Platform.

  1. About SAP HANA Cloud
  2. SAP HANA Cloud Getting Started
  3. Connecting SAP Analytics Cloud using the HANA Analytics Adapter (HAA)
  4. Cloud Foundry Advanced (space travel, multiple instances, defining schema names)
  5. Data masking and data anonymization
  6. Predictive Analysis Library (PAL) and Automated Predictive Library (APL)
  7. Remote data sources and virtual tables
  8. SAP Web IDE for HANA Development, SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Foundry environment
  9. SAP HANA Cloud and Smart Data Integration
  10. OData with SAP HANA Cloud
  11. HDI with SAP HANA Cloud

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For more information about the free trial, see

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Update October, 2002: Added Support section


SAP HANA Cloud Free Trial  

As of June 30, 2020 the free trial of SAP HANA Cloud is now available.

Check out the Getting Started with Trial mission or the Trial Learning Track.

The trial period is valid for 30 days but you have the option to extend your trial for an additional 30 days twice (90 day maximum).


Data & Analytics Solutions in the Cloud

SAP HANA Cloud, announced at SAP TechEd 2019, was first release in March 2020. Together with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud it is one of the three data and analytics solutions in the cloud, initially introduced as SAP HANA Cloud Services but this portfolio name is today no longer used.

In previous posts, we already provided a bit of background about earlier cloud-based SAP HANA offerings (including SAP HANA Cloud from 2012) plus information about the technologies used, like Docker and Kubernetes.

As interesting as the topic is, for those not all that familiar with containers, Dockers, or Kubernetes do not need to worry about a steep learning curve ahead as this all operates deep-down in the machine room of the cloud provider. The SAP HANA Cloud service itself, as you would expect, is easy to use.

This is the best place to start learning about the new SAP HANA Cloud service is the microsite We will cover some resources below like the Onboarding Guide and video tutorials but make sure to check the Resources section for Quick Answers, use cases, and webinars. In addition, the Cloud tab of the  SAP HANA product page has also been updated. Here you will find more webinars, solution briefs, and other marketing material.


SAP HANA Academy

Just released, a new video tutorials series by Philip MUGGLESTONE covering all aspects of SAP HANA Cloud including provisioning an instance, working with schemas, connecting clients, binding and developing apps. We will cover these videos in more detail in the next blogs.



Onboarding Guide

To familiarise yourself with the service, start with the Onboarding Guide. Five learning modules covering

  • Getting Started
  • Data Integration
  • Data Management
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Development

See also the blogs by Helena Nacinovic


SAP HANA Cloud Services on YouTube

Apart from making great software, SAP Product Engineering now also has started to produce great videos. You can find them on the SAP HANA Cloud Services YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe.



SAP Developer Center Tutorials 

On the SAP Developer Center we also find the first hands-on tutorials for SAP HANA Cloud




For the documentation set go to the SAP Help Portal. Here we find guides similar to the SAP HANA platform edition, like the Feature Scope Description, Administration Guide, Security Guide, and several development guides. Also included is a Getting Started Guide, different from the one cited above.

We will cover feature scope and what’s new in an upcoming blog.


SAP Product Support

For support information, search component HAN-CLS-HC.


SAP Community

To stay update with SAP HANA Cloud, follow the hashtags on the SAP Community.

Not specific to SAP HANA Cloud, but still a good resource to visit


Cockpits and Database Explorer

Creating a new SAP HANA Cloud instance is simple and fast (and similar to the previous SAP Cloud Platform SAP HANA service, for those familiar).

  1. Provide instance name with the credentials of DBADMIN (no more SYSTEM)
  2. Specify memory, compute, and storage for the instance
  3. Optional: provide the specs for the Data Lake
  4. FIrewall settings: whitelist IPs to keep your environment secure

Once the instance is up and running, the endpoint is listed for client connections. From here we can access the SAP HANA Cockpit for system administration and the SAP HANA Database Explorer for the SQL Console and development.

At first sight, the SAP HANA Cockpit and Database Explorer are very similar to what we use for the on-premise platform and express editions. However, SAP HANA Cloud provides the most significant update of SAP HANA since 2010. More on this in the next blog.

SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA Cloud, Create Instance

SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit, Open Instance in SAP HANA Cockpit

SAP HANA Cockpit for SAP HANA Cloud

SAP HANA Database Explorer for SAP HANA Cloud


SAP HANA 2.0 – An Introduction

Just getting started with SAP HANA? Or do have a migration to SAP HANA 2.0 coming up? Need a quick update covering business benefits and technology overview. Understand the role of the system administrator, developer, data integrator, security officer, data scientist, data modeler, project manager, and other SAP HANA stakeholders? My latest book about SAP HANA 2.0 covers everything you need to know.

Get it from SAP Press or Amazon:



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