SAP Solution Manager: Private Cloud Edition for SAP RISE Customers

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⇨ SAP Cloud ALM is an alternative Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution that is provided to SAP customers with active cloud services.

⇨ Cloud ALM does not support the same scenarios as Solution Manager.

⇨ Layer Seven Security's Cybersecurity Extension for SAP can be deployed to both SAP Solution Manager and SAP Focused Run.

Usage rights for SAP Solution Manager are included in SAP support and maintenance agreements for on-premise SAP solutions. The rights include database licenses for SAP HANA and ASE. Customers with  Enterprise Support agreements have usage rights for all functional areas of Solution Manager, whereas customers with Standard Support agreements have restricted rights that include commonly used areas such as Change and Release Management (ChaRM), System Recommendations, and System Monitoring, but excludes areas such as Custom Code Management and Business Process Analytics.

SAP Cloud ALM is an alternative Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution that is provided to SAP customers with active cloud services. It can be used for both cloud and on-premise SAP solutions. Enterprise Support customers have usage rights for Cloud ALM but customers with cloud services and no on-premise solution supported by SAP do not have usage rights for Solution Manager.

There is currently no feature parity between Cloud ALM and Solution Manager. In other words, Cloud ALM does not support the same scenarios as Solution Manager. Since many customers require ALM functions that are not provided by Cloud ALM, SAP provides cloud-only customers with the option to subscribe to SAP Solution Manager, Private Cloud Edition (PCE).

Solution Manager PCE is the successor to SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA Cloud and like its predecessor, it is available in two versions: Project Documentation and Full. The main difference between the two versions is that the project documentation version is deployed as a single-system landscape, whereas the full version is deployed as a dual-system landscape, similar to on-premise installations. The full version is required to support the deployment of agents to managed systems.

SAP Solution Manager PCE is delivered as a cloud service through the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (CAL). The baseline template for Solution Manager PCE in CAL includes SAP Solution Manager 7.2 SP17 and SAP HANA, platform edition 2.0. The template can be installed by RISE customers in private cloud accounts provided by Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Once installed, Solution Manager PCE can be activated by cloud customers using a zero-cost license from SAP and connected to target SAP solutions in the same cloud platform. CAL includes a cost calculator for estimating cloud provider charges. For example, the estimated costs for SolMan PCE with region us-east-1 in AWS, 64 cores and approximately 1GB memory is USD $7.00 per hour.

The Cloud Appliance Library also includes templates for SAP Focused Run (FRUN). FRUN is a high-volume ALM platform optimised for system monitoring. However, unlike Solution Manager and Cloud ALM, usage rights for FRUN are not included in support agreements or cloud services.

The Cybersecurity Extension for SAP can be deployed to both SAP Solution Manager and SAP Focused Run. This includes Solution Manager PCE for RISE customers.

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