SAP HANA One – SAP HANA in a Light Bulb

Cross posted from my blog at

Consider for a moment what SAP HANA would be like if it were a light bulb? I don’t mean 25 megawatts of lighting for a small city, just a single 30 watt bulb. Two things should be immediately obvious. First, you could turn it on and off instantly. Need light? Turn it on. Don’t need it anymore? Turn it off and save electricity. Second, it would be very good for lighting a room, but too dim for lighting a football field at night. In this analogy, the 30 watt light bulb would be SAP HANA One – SAP HANA in the public cloud.


Like SAP HANA One, today’s modern light bulbs provide significant power in small wattage.

[SOURCE: ©Karl Baron, used under Creative Commons License]

Usage Scenarios for SAP HANA in the Cloud

SAP HANA One allows you and your customers to access a SAP HANA system in an on demand, elastic fashion without having to wait for hardware delivery or system setup. This is extremely helpful for light-bulb sized scenarios such as:

  • Supporting customer trials and test drives of your application
  • Implementation accelerators, and training systems for customers
  • Production deployments for smaller SAP HANA applications

The recent introduction of SAP HANA One provides a choice for deploying and accessing HANA systems, as summarized in the table below:

Deployment model

SAP HANA on-premise


RAM for In memory data storage 128 GB – 16 TB 30 – 32 GB
CPUs (cores) 2 CPUs / 20 Cores – 128 CPUs / 1280 cores 2 CPUs / 16 Cores
Hardware location In customers’ data center In AWS region
  • Upfront perpetual software licenses
  • hardware
  • power

  • $3.99 per hour of system usage on-demand*
  • $2.49 per system hour of reserved system usage*
Resiliency High Availability Capable Not High Availability Capable
Availability Weeks to months Minutes
Licensing Agent SAP AWS

*Hourly cost estimate including compute, storage, and data transfer. See SAP HANA One FAQ for more details

For more specifics about supported SAP HANA on premise hardware, see the SAP HANA Product Availability Matrix (S-user required).  SAP HANA One runs on the AWS EC2 8XL system which allows for 30 to 32 gigabytes of compressed data. For more specifics about SAP HANA One, see the Frequently Asked Questions.

SAP HANA in Cloud Applications

SAP HANA One is a great way to speed up sales cycles by getting your application into the customers’ hands quicker for evaluation and setup, even if productive use of your application requires the larger capabilities of an on premise system.  If your application deals with smaller datasets or has requirements such as being primarily accessed by mobile devices, SAP HANA One allows you to provide a cloud deployment option for your application to your customers.

How to get started with HANA One

Find out how SAP HANA One can help you get started with a productive SAP HANA system in minutes in the cloud.


  1. Hi,

    I really did hard research working for the price finding of SAP HANA One and now here is the answer. Is it correct that the price per month is 2872$? (30days x 24 hours x 3,99 $ per hour)

    • Yes, if you run it continuously. Remember, it’s like a lightbulb, turn it off when you aren’t using it to save money. There’s also additional charges in terms of storage and bandwidth. You can also also lower costs by using a “reserved instance”, but here you are paying a monthly fee in addition to usage.

      Finally, in addition to turning off HANA One when you aren’t using it, you can destroy it and stop paying, but you have to remember that destroying the logging storage is a separate step. If you don’t destroy it also (a few minutes later), then you still get charged and can be surprised.

      So, in summary, use AWS for what it’s good for – elasticity, and then you can manage your costs – only paying for when you are ACTUALLY getting value from the system, but you do have to pay attention about when its running and when you can stop it.

      BTW, this is more environmental too – how many of us leave our computers running all day even when we aren’t using them, just burning up electricity for no value?

  2. First time I’ve seen this level of detail, with practical advice on how to discern when to choose what offering – thanks Greg!

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