Having “HANA” in the platform offering’s name posited a necessity to run the SAP HANA database service when adopting SAP Cloud Platform 2017, which is not the case. Although SAP HANA can be leveraged when using SAP Cloud Platform 2017, it is by no means the only service that companies adopt when deploying this PaaS offering from SAP.
So to avoid any confusion going forward, SAP decided to remove the “HANA” from SAP Cloud Platform. The platform’s emphasis is as an enterprise cloud platform that covers for a wide range of use cases to help organizations navigate their digital transformation journey.
Originally introduced three years ago, SAP Cloud Platform 2017 has evolved to become the digital enterprise platform of choice for thousands of companies thanks to its breadth of capabilities that connect smart devices and machines with people and processes.
As a refresher to readers, SAP Cloud Platform 2017 is an open PaaS that provides an in-memory database and services for creating and customizing enterprise applications on-premises or on the cloud. Using SAP Cloud Platform, users can quickly build, extend, and integrate modern, mobile-enabled apps new applications to meet critical business needs.
Sign up for a free developer account [SAP Cloud Platform 2017 , developer edition]
The SAP Cloud Platform, developer edition is a fast, easy and FREE way to get started in a
shared environment so you can quickly learn how to create cloud apps.
The developer edition is a free, perpetual license for you to use for evaluation and development purposes. In addition to 1GB shared SAP HANA and the comprehensive set of platform services, you’ll also gain early access to beta functionality.
The SAP Cloud Platform, developer edition allows you to:
- Create column views using both HANA Studio and SQL commands via JDBC
- Connect to your HANA instance on SAP Cloud Platform easily via Eclipse
- Deploy your apps on Cloud Foundry based runtimes and backing services
- Connect to up to 2 on-premises systems
- Create unlimited HTML apps
- Test drive your Java applications
Source: SAP NEWS