SAP late last week rolled out a handful of new initiatives aimed at making it easier for customers to deploy the SAP HANA Cloud platform within their organization, including claims of flexible, straightforward pricing and new deployment options.
The move comes as SAP continues to grow and enhance its cloud services and applications.
SAP added three different options for its SAP HANA Cloud Platform, including those for application services, database services, and SAP HANA Infrastructure services, and is allowing customers to try and purchase those services and applications via the SAP HANA Marketplace. Customers can choose between deployments ranging from 128 GB to 1 TB of memory. Pricing is based on a flexible subscription model, according to SAP.
The SAP HANA Cloud Platform itself was created to allow customers to build, extend and run applications on SAP HANA, in the cloud.
"Customers buy through a consumption model and can either implement end-to-end platform use cases or choose additional options as needed, such as predictive analytics, spatial processing and planning," SAP said in a statement. "This significantly increases the opportunities to get started with SAP HANA and affords customers the ultimate ability to innovate."
A new world record and a new SAP Business One
SAP also announced that it, and a collection of other vendors, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Red Hat, had broken the record for the world's largest data warehouse using the SAP HANA platform and SAP IQ software. The 12.1 petabyte warehouse holds the Guinness World Records title, making it official, and is four times as large as the previous record holder, according to SAP.
SAP also recently announced it would be running both its Ariba Network and its SuccessFactors software, both of which run on the cloud, on the platform by the time its 2014 SAP Sapphire Now conference is held in Orlando this June.
SAP also now estimates that there are now more than 200,000 people using the SAP HANA platform in one form or another.
In other news, SAP announced the general availability of the 9.0 version of SAP Business One, available on-premises, in the cloud, or hosted by SAP partners.
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