SAP Cloud Platform (formerly SAP HANA Cloud Platform) is an environment which allows for creating autonomous cloud applications, extending the existing applications operating in the cloud, and also boosting the functionality of systems operating on-premise with new possibilities offered by clouds. This platform is a key element of SAP Cloud Strategy, combining on-premise systems with the cloud. Currently, it is provided as PaaS, Platform as a Service. It means that customers pay only for the service of using the environment which can be used in any manner. Users do not have to care about updating or infrastructure – this all is guaranteed by SAP.
Furthermore, SAP Cloud Platform includes HANA database, thus providing a user with access to the processing of in-memory data and rich analytical functionalities of this solution. It significantly boosts the processes and by means of certified data centres it guarantees data safety at the top level.
SAP Cloud Platform by means of HANA Cloud Connector exchanges data with any SAP installation or other on-premise system, and also with HEC (Hana Enterprise Cloud) and any cloud or on-premise solution.