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Navigate to Blockchain Services on SAP Cloud Platform

02/18/2019

Register for an SAP Cloud Platform trial account, understand the structure of the Cloud Foundry environment, and access blockchain services.

You will learn

  • An overview of SAP Cloud Platform, its environments, and wider infrastructure
  • An understanding of how blockchain services are represented on SAP Cloud Platform
  • The difference between global accounts, subaccounts, and spaces on SAP Cloud Platform
  • How to navigate to SAP Cloud Platform Service Marketplace and locate blockchain services


Step 1: Navigate to SAP Cloud Platform

SAP Cloud Platform is an open platform as a service for developing cloud business applications, such as SAP’s blockchain services, in a fully provisioned environment. SAP Cloud Platform is effectively an umbrella over several cloud environments, providing the infrastructure for SAP and SAP’s customers for enabling best-of-breed cloud experience.

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SAP Cloud Platform supports the following environments: Neo, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, and ABAP.

  • Neo: Custom SAP developed cloud infrastructure for running cloud-centric Java applications
  • Cloud Foundry: Environment for scalable web applications running in the cloud
  • Kubernetes: For hosting container landscapes
  • ABAP: Complete ABAP systems running in a cloud environment

To achieve a worldwide footprint, SAP Cloud Platform uses different infrastructure providers:

  • SAP own computer centers
  • Amazon AWS
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Google GCP
  • Alibaba

SAP’s blockchain services are available in SAP Cloud Platform’s Cloud Foundry environment. This environment offers an initial free 30 day trial period, with the possibility to extend this to 60 and 90 days if required. By registering for a trial account you are able to test our Hyperledger Fabric, MultiChain, Quorum, and Blockchain Application Enablement services.

For further details about trial accounts, read the SAP Cloud Platform documentation

To register for a trial account, navigate to SAP Cloud Platform trial page and click Register.

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Step 2: Register for trial account

Enter your personal information, set a password, and agree to the Terms & Conditions, before then clicking Register

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An email containing an activation link is sent to your supplied email address. Within this email click Click here to activate your account.

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Your account is now activated, giving you trial access to the SAP Cloud Platform for an initial 30 days.

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Click Continue, taking you back to the SAP Cloud Platform home page.

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Step 3: Access Cloud Foundry trial environment

Click Cloud Foundry Trial.

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You can then select which region you wish to run the trial environment from and click OK. The blockchain services are available in the following environments, so select the one relevant to you:

  • Europe / Frankfurt (EU10)
  • US East / Virginia (US10)

In our example we are using the Frankfurt / Europe (EU10) region.

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After selecting your region, the SAP Cloud Platform automatically activates the creation of your global account, subaccount, and space.

Which SAP Cloud Platform environment is the blockchain service available?
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Step 4: Understand SAP Cloud Platform structure

With a normal SAP Cloud Platform global account, subaccounts and spaces are created manually, enabling you to define your account structure as you wish. At this stage it is important to understand how this structure works when accessing the blockchain services. Here you have:

  • Global Account: These often represent an entire company and can be viewed as an empty shell used for billing, recording data consumption, and grouping resources together. They can’t be used to directly run applications or services, however.

  • Subaccount: This is the selection of a specific environment, hosted at a specific provider, in a specific region. As such, global accounts can house one to many sub-accounts at any one time.

  • Space: These allow organizations to divide their sub-accounts into specific teams or projects, helping to map the structure of their organization into clearly defined areas.

Before advancing to your space, we will look at blockchain entitlements.

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Step 5: View blockchain entitlements

All SAP Cloud Platform global accounts are allocated a number of resources to use, including the distribution of memory between applications and services (such as the Hyperledger Fabric service). This process is known as enabling and assigning entitlements, something which is handled manually by global account administrators using a paid SAP Cloud Platform account.

With a trial account in the Cloud Foundry environment, you are automatically allocated the following blockchain entitlements (with links to further documentation provided):

Service Available Service Plans
Blockchain Application Enablement 2 x Proof-of-Service, 2 x Proof-of-History, 2 x Timestamp
Hyperledger Fabric 1 x dev, 1 x channel
MultiChain 1 x trial
Quorum 1 x dev

Click Go to Space to open your SAP Cloud Platform space.

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To view your blockchain entitlements from here, click on your Global Account (in our example this is “Account Name”) and then Overview.

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Then scroll down to your Quota section.

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Step 6: Navigate to blockchain service

After viewing your entitlements, you should now navigate to the blockchain service.

Click Spaces.

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Select your space:

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Open the SAP Cloud Platform - Service Marketplace.

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Blockchain services on SAP Cloud Platform are available within the Service Marketplace as several services, each of which can be provisioned individually as required.

At a technology level, there are services for Hyperledger Fabric, MultiChain, and Quorum. Any of these services can be used to provision the relevant blockchain technology. In addition, SAP offers a set of blockchain agnostic services, which are grouped within the Blockchain Application Enablement service. These services are for example a timestamp service, or integration with HANA database.

Scroll down to your required blockchain service.

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