How to create SAP Datasphere service instance in the SAP BTP Platform?

Introduction

In this blog, you will learn, detailed steps required to create an SAP Datasphere Service Instance in the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP), If you’ve signed the Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) or Pay-As-You-Go for the SAP Business Technology Platform. SAP Datasphere is the next generation of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, which is a unified service for data integration, data cataloging, a semantic modeling layer, data warehousing, and virtualizing workloads for critical SAP and Non-SAP business data.

Pay-As-You-Go or CPEA BTP accounts enable you can access the SAP BTP cockpit and view all currently available services in a global account. Here, we are focusing on the SAP Datasphere service. In the beginning, you need to structure this BTP global account into subaccounts and create other related artifacts, like directories, spaces, entitlements, services, environment instances, etc. Free tier service plans are open to customers, partners, and individual developers and let you try out and know more about the SAP BTP services for free. These account types enable you to test your proof-of-concept business scenarios and offer the option to upgrade to paid service plans.

Contents

  1. Types of SAP BTP offerings
  2. Prerequisites to create an instance
  3. Steps to add SAP Datasphere services entitlement to the cloud foundry subaccount
  4. SAP Datasphere instance service plans
  5. Create an SAP Datasphere Instance (Tenant) using SAP BTP Cockpit
  6. SAP Datasphere upgrade the free plan to the standard plan
  7. Summary

Types of SAP BTP offerings

  1. Service: Consume service by creating an instance. e.g. SAP Datasphere service instance.
  2. Environment: Create an environment instance.e.g. Cloud Foundry runtime instance.
  3. Application: Create a subscription to that application. e.g. SAP Build, SAP BAS

SAP Datasphere, is a service type offering in the SAP BTP Platform. Let’s learn about the important essentials (prerequisites) required before creating a service instance from the BTP subaccount.

Prerequisites

To create your SAP Datasphere service instance in SAP BTP, you need the following prerequisites:

  1.  SAP BTP global account has a commercial entitlement via cloud credits i.e.consumption-based model.
  2.  A Cloud Foundry environment subaccount is entitled to the SAP Datasphere.
  3. SAP BTP administration authorization on the subaccount that is entitled to SAP Datasphere.
  4. Recommended browser Google Chrome to properly view popups in SAP BTP.

 

Steps to add SAP Datasphere services entitlement to the cloud foundry subaccount

    1. In your SAP BTP Cockpit, navigate to the Account Explorer, then Subaccounts, and select a subaccount where you want to create an SAP Datasphere service instance. Example: HANA Cloud
    2. Click on Entitlements in the left-hand sidebar. Click on Configure Entitlements to switch the table into edit mode.
    3. Click on the button Add Service Plans.
    4. Search for the “Datasphere” service plan, and select the service with plans Free or(and) Standard, next click on the Add Service Plan button. Once you’re done, choose Save to save the changes and exit edit mode for that subaccount. More details: Standard Service and SAP Datasphere capacity unit estimator tool.
    5. To verify, you should be able to see SAP Datasphere in the table of the list of service plans as seen below. This step is completed.

SAP Datasphere Instance Service Plans

To create an SAP Datasphere service instance in SAP BTP, you need to choose the service plan. There are two service plans while creating a service instance:

Free SAP Datasphere tenant for a limited time (90 days) for trial use.
Standard SAP Datasphere tenant for productive and non-productive use.
  • Note: Only one free tenant under the global account is permitted.

Create an SAP Datasphere Instance (Tenant) using SAP BTP Cockpit

  1. In the SAP BTP cockpit, navigate to the space where you want to create the service instance or Create new space if required.We will select existing space created i.e. hanacloud
  2. Click on the Service Marketplace in the left-hand sidebar. Search for “Datasphere”, and click on the …(dots), Create.
  3. A wizard opens, in which you can select or specify the following parameters. Click Next.
    Parameter Name Value
    Service SAP Datasphere
    Plan Standard or Free
    SAP Datasphere Instance Name Enter a name to identify your instance (up to 32 alphanumeric characters, periods, underscores, and hyphens; cannot contain white spaces).
    Subaccount Space

    *Select the SAP BTP space where you want to create the service instance.

    *No selection is required if you’re creating the instance from the subaccount space area.

    No action is required at this stage.

    Runtime Environment

    Cloud Foundry (This is a subaccount environment)

    No action is required at this stage.


  4. Enter the following information about the SAP Datasphere system owner, who will be notified when the service instance is created. Click Next.
    • Email address.
    • First name and Last name.
  5. On the final page of the wizard, review your selections, and then click Create to exit the wizard. An information message is displayed service instance creation is in progress.
      • Note: The creation of the Datasphere instance can take a while. Please wait and take a coffee break. Once ready go to the next step.
      • Note: If the creation of the service instance “failed” status is displayed, you must first delete the failed instance and then create a new SAP Datasphere service instance.
      • Once the service instance is created, the SAP Datasphere system owner receives an email confirming its availability, and a link to navigate to the SAP Datasphere tenant.
  6. To view Datasphere Instance, Goto your subaccount space, and services Instance page. In the search box put ‘Datasphere’, now you should see the newly created Datasphere instance with the status as Created (you can view the progress of its creation). Then on the rightmost side click on 3 dots(…) and then View Dashboard ( or Check the email box to find a URL of the newly created SAP Datasphere tenant). It will launch the SAP Datasphere instance service. Hurray!!! It’s time to do some Datasphering with unified data experience.

How to update your SAP Datasphere free plan to a standard plan in the SAP BTP platform? 

SAP Datasphere service instance with a free plan in SAP BTP, which you can use up to 90 days of the time limit. There is an option to change from a free plan to a standard plan with no time limitation for productive purposes. The number of days before the expiration is displayed in the top panel of SAP Datasphere.
To update the plan, you must have SAP BTP administration authorization on the subaccount that is entitled to SAP Datasphere and follow the below steps:
  1. In the SAP BTP cockpit, select the subaccount and the space where the SAP Datasphere service instance with a free plan was created.
  2. Navigate to the Instances and Subscriptions page.
  3. In the Service Instances page, find the SAP Datasphere service instance with the free plan, click the button at the end of the row, and select Update.
    • Note: You can update a service instance from a free plan to a standard plan at least 6 hours after the service instance with the free plan has been created.
  4. In the Update Instance dialog, select standard and click Update Instance. You can view the progress of the update. The status of the instance becomes green when the update is completed.

    • Note: During the update process (about 30 mins), some features may not work as expected.

Summary

If you’ve signed the Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) or Pay-As-You-Go for SAP Business Technology Platform(BTP), you can simply create and set up the SAP Datasphere service instance by following the steps mentioned in this blog. Service plan type Free, provides exceptional flexibility with a quick-start try-out approach and knowing more about the SAP BTP services for free and making hands dirty. The free service time limit is for 90 days with an option to upgrade to the Standard plan for productive business scenarios.

I believe this blog will help and guide you in setting up the SAP Datasphere service instance for a unified data experience. Please give it a try to explore the unparallel and unique capabilities of the SAP Datasphere. Start your journey TODAY!

References

  1. Configure Entitlements
  2. SAP Datasphere Help
  3. Administering

 

 

Original Article:
https://blogs.sap.com/2023/03/17/how-to-create-sap-datasphere-service-instance-in-the-sap-btp-platform/

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