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SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) - How It is different from SAP Cloud Platform?

From last few years, SAP is exponentially growing its business in Cloud market. The SAP Cloud Platform has been placed as the center of SAP's innovation and strategy. At the same time, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) helps customer to guide them in their cloud roadmap.
In this article, we will try to explain what is SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) and how it is different from SAP Cloud Platform.

Note: It is advisable to know the difference between about private and public cloud to understand HANA Enterprise Cloud more clearly. Please refer to the article Difference between Private and Public Cloud

What is SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC)?

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is a private cloud offering by SAP. It allows customers and partners to deploy HANA application, SAP ERP, CRM, SAP BW etc. in their private cloud, which is fully managed and supported by SAP. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud also supports custom HANA applications, including non-SAP centric ones.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) - How It is different from SAP Cloud Platform?

SAP makes the HANA Enterprise Cloud available via data centers worldwide. HEC managed services include backups, patching, provisioning and upgrades, restore and recovery, infrastructure monitoring and event detection-all in a private cloud environment.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) - How It is different from SAP Cloud Platform?

Customers can bring their own (already licensed) SAP applications into HEC or tap into subscription-based pricing on SAP software.

Difference between HEC and a traditional hosting provider?

The primary characteristic of HEC is that it is a complete managed service by which SAP provides the infrastructure as well as the deployment and management of the applications.

In addition, customers benefit from SAP's deep expertise in SAP technologies and HANA. The data centers are run entirely by SAP team. Other benefits, include a reduction in IT management costs and the ability for customers to offload system upgrades to SAP.

How does the SAP Cloud Platform fit in to SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud?

SAP Cloud platform is a Platform-as-a-Service offered by SAP for customers and partners to develop and deliver cloud applications, extensions and solutions. SAP Cloud Platform is the PaaS layer of the HANA Enterprise Cloud solution. This enables customers and partners to extend functionality of their applications hosted in the HANA Enterprise Cloud and also build new applications. In this case applications built on SAP Cloud Platform are essentially running on SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud.
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HEC is an intermediate solution - It gives customer a Low-Risk Deployment Option

For both business and IT executives, choosing the right deployment is all about risk reduction and cost avoidance, and HEC enables customers to avoid 'all or nothing' decisions. With HEC, the customer could avoid both the capital cost and its resulting depreciation expense. This enables the financial risk to be avoided.

SAP Cloud Solutions - Difference between HEC, SAP Cloud Platform and S/4HANA Cloud

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) - How It is different from SAP Cloud Platform?

Apart from HANA Enterprise Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform, SAP also provides multiple cloud products as Software-as-a-Service. For example, SAP S/4HANA cloud edition, SAP Concur cloud edition, SAP SuccessFactors cloud edition etc.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud edition
SAP S/4 HANA Cloud edition is Software as a Service (SaaS) that lives on SAP's servers and is maintained by SAP, with innovations applied quarterly. S/4HANA is fully built on the in-memory SAP HANA Platform.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) - How It is different from SAP Cloud Platform?
SAP S/4HANA Cloud supports the most important business scenarios you need to run your company, from finance to procurement to manufacturing and supply chain. Functionality offered includes finance, accounting, controlling, procurement, sales, manufacturing, plant maintenance, project system, and product lifecycle management, plus integration with SuccessFactors Employee Central, Ariba Network, SAP hybris Marketing, Field Glass and SAP JAM.

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11 thoughts on “SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) – How It is different from SAP Cloud Platform?

  1. Umesh says:

    excellent explanation. Thanks

  2. Aasish Varghese says:

    Thanks. Excellent explanations.

  3. Mohit Vashist says:

    Great article. Helped in understanding the basic overview of SAP Cloud Platform.

  4. Hi,

    Plz let us know , if SAP PI is supported on HEC. Do we get any cost advantage , if we use SAP public cloud ( SCP ) in terms of PI licensing ?

    Best regards


  5. Any idea about where are HEC data center? I am interested in HEC services outside US legislation.

  6. Hi ,
    We want to know if Customer’s existing ECC 6 can be migrated to HEC . If yes, plz specify the minimum level of EHP/SP , which is mandatory.

  7. TRR says:

    Lucid explanation on various offerings of HANA on cloud.

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