Characteristics That Make SAP HANA Use Cases Suitable for Cloud Deployment

Cross posted from my blog at the SAP Community Network

So I’ve decided to take an approach that might sound backwards: discussing use cases and opportunities for a certain deployment option of SAP HANA without first looking at business requirements. While I’d never start a business case this way, I think it’s instructive to decompose the technical characteristics of cloud applications, see how they mesh with the characteristics of SAP HANA applications, and relate these to potential requirements of use cases.

 Typical Characteristics of Cloud Applications

Those more familiar with traditional SAP HANA deployments may be less familiar with the world of native cloud applications.The best definition of cloud computing that I’ve seen was created by the National Institute of Standards. Part of this definition of cloud computing is 5 essential characteristics:

  • On-demand self-service
  • Broad network access
  • Resource pooling
  • Elasticity
  • Measured service

While the service model in which you subscribe to a cloud application may not provide the subscriber of a service all these characteristics, they are inherent in the supporting infrastructure.

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[SOURCE: From ASUG 2012 Annual Conference © SAP and Asuret, used with permission]

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