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With this blog series we provide an update with the latest information on getting started with SAP HANA Cloud on the SAP Cloud Platform.

  1. About SAP HANA Cloud

  2. SAP HANA Cloud Getting Started

  3. SAP HANA Cloud and SAP Business Application Studio

  4. HDI with SAP HANA Cloud <=

  5. SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office and SAP HANA Cloud

  6. Cloud Foundry Advanced (space travel, multiple instances, defining schema names)

  7. SAP HANA Cloud, JWT Provider, and Certificate Collection with Purpose JWT

  8. Data masking and data anonymization

  9. Predictive Analysis Library (PAL) and Automated Predictive Library (APL)

  10. Remote data sources and virtual tables

  11. OData with SAP HANA Cloud

  12. SAP HANA Cloud Graph

  13. Role Attributes

  14. SAP HANA Cloud and Smart Data Integration

For more information about the free trial, see

For the new features overview posts, see

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Schrödinger's dumpster! Source: Richard Feynman.

HANA Deployment Infrastructure | HDI

philip.mugglestone just added another video tutorial to the SAP HANA Cloud series. In this blog, you will find the video embedded with some additional information and resources.

HDI, short for HANA Deployment Infrastructure, for some is a bit like Schrödinger's cat: conceptually challenging. You may have heard it has to do with containers, but not related to the containers of MDC (multi-tenant database containers), Docker, Kubernetes, or Cloud Foundry. Something to do with runtime objects and development artifacts? A build tool?

Yet, new it is not. The technology has been with us for a while as HDI was introduced in 2015 (SAP HANA 1.0 SPS 11) together with XS Advanced (XSA), at the time the next-gen built-in application development and runtime environment for SAP HANA. Although often confused, HDI and XSA are related but do not depend upon each other. While HDI is highly relevant for application development with SAP HANA Cloud, XSA is not even included (you can use the Cloud Foundry instead).

So what exactly is HDI (again)?

Below a brief video tutorial that tells you all you need to know on the topic. You can watch it in about 17 minutes. What you learn is

  • Where HDI originates and what problem it solves

  • Why HDI is relevant for SAP HANA Cloud

  • What design-time artifacts are in the context of HDI

  • How HDI technically works

  • How to address the conceptual challenges when working with HDI

  • Where to find more information

Video Tutorial | HDI - Under the Hood

In this video tutorial, Philip Mugglestone goes "under the hood" of HDI to explain how HDI containers are architected and how to make best use of them. After providing context and background, Philip covers the topics of schema-less development, design-time artefacts and isolation including examining real-world examples hands-on. Key conceptual challenges are also addressed and a summary of key benefits to using HDI is provided.

00:00 - Introduction

00:37 - Evolution of SAP HANA

03:10 - HANA Cloud

04:16 - Design-Time Artefacts

07:18 - Under the Hood

12:20 - Conceptual Challenges

15:32 - Reference Guide

16:16 - Summary and Benefits

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HDI has its own reference guide, which explains exactly how this all works.

SAP Community Blogs

From the blogosphere, we have the original post introducing the topic and a later post explaining how we can use HDI without XSA or Cloud Foundry, both by thomas.jung.

Also of interest are these post which focus on the SQL API, developer productivity, and best practises.


For the actual Node.js packages, see

SAP Support

For the release notes and support information, see the SAP ONE Support Launchpad

Post Scriptum: Empty When Full

Richard Feynman was an American bongo player who won Nobel prizes as theoretical physicist.

He is dead but you can follow Prof Feynman on Twitter. Strange, no? Like the cat.

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Over the years, for the SAP HANA Academy, SAP’s Partner Innovation Lab, and à titre personnel, I have written a little over 300 posts here for the SAP Community. Some articles only reached a few readers. Others attracted quite a few more.

For your reading pleasure and convenience, here is a curated list of posts which somehow managed to pass the 10k-view mile stone and, as sign of current interest, still tickle the counters each month.

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