Hana, a 'dedicated cloud' or hosted service?
One way to interpret Plattner's remarks is that a big user of Hanna can get economies of scale on a dedicated system by using most or all of the server or server cluster. I would hastily add, in Hasso's opinion. Hana on hardware dedicated to a single customer would still be operating in a "cloud-like" fashion if Hanna services could be accessed through an API by the customer from the outside, be started and stopped by the customer and possibly modified or customized by the customer. This would be operating in a private cloud-like fashion, with the cloud hardware and software off premises -- in a SAP data center. But it remains unclear to me also that that's what he's actually saying. It sounds more like a hosted service that SAP starts for you, manages and levies a predictable bill on a regular basis. That is, it's not a bill strictly based on the amount of use, and the system isn't under the customer's programmatic control. In that case, the use of the term "cloud" is either shaky or depending on your level of passion about such things, wrong.