You can offload most — but not all — management, handle it in-house or try something in between. Here’s a rundown of the HANA deployment choices, ranked by administration effort.

SAP HANA deployment options — from purely on-premises through cloud deployments — can be a bit difficult to navigate.

The real gain from moving to a cloud platform comes from tasks the organization no longer needs to perform, so it can be best to look at the deployment continuum from this perspective.

SAP HANA deployment options range from those in which you have to manage everything from the metal on up, to those with push-button upgrades. No solution yet exists that makes the system a fully managed platform as a service (PaaS), where upgrades are transparent and the system always remains on the latest version.

Let’s enumerate the SAP HANA deployment options from most administration effort to least.

On-premises Tailored Data Center Integration is for companies that want to install and run HANA on their own hardware and networking infrastructure, rather than installing a prebuilt HANA appliance in their data center.

Appliance is the most common of the on-premises SAP HANA deployment options. You can buy a prebuilt appliance from an SAP partner with HANA installed on it. The hardware is standard and certified to perform at the level required.

Virtualized refers to the virtualization options for development, test and, in some cases, production use with HANA, which allows you to abstract hardware management.

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