SAP Cloud Platform Environments – Cloud Foundry Vs Neo

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In this article, I will explain the difference between Neo environment and Cloud Foundry environment in SAP Cloud Platform.

Note: SAP provides FREE trial account for both Neo and Cloud Foundry. Refer to below articles to know more about it.

SAP Cloud Platform provides two different development environments: Cloud Foundry and Neo. The availability of different environments provides choices for technologies, runtimes, and services when using SAP Cloud Platform, thereby allowing for great flexibility in your development process.

Cloud Foundry Environment

SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Foundry environment contains the Cloud Foundry Application Runtime, which is based on the open-source application platform managed by the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

Application developers can use the Cloud Foundry environment to enhance SAP products and to integrate business applications, as well as to develop entirely new enterprise applications based on business APIs that are hosted on SAP Cloud Platform.

The Cloud Foundry environment allows you to use multiple programming languages such as Java, Node.js, and community/bring-your-own language options.

Neo Environment

SAP Cloud Platform Neo environment contains SAP propriety runtime. Neo is a feature-rich and easy-to-use development environment, allowing you to develop Java, SAP HANA XS, and HTML5 applications. You can also use SAPUI5 to develop rich user interfaces for modern web-based business applications.

The Neo environment also lets you use virtual machines, allowing you to install and maintain your own applications in scenarios that aren’t covered by the platform. A virtual machine is the virtualized hardware resource (CPU, RAM, disk space, installed OS) that blends the line between Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service.

For more information about regional availability of the Neo environment, see Regions and API Endpoints Available for the Neo Environment

Difference between Cloud Foundry and Neo

Which SAP Cloud Platform environment shall I use?

Based on the use case and business need, you can choose which environment is most suitable for you.

Use Cases for the Cloud Foundry Environment

Application developers can use the Cloud Foundry environment to enhance SAP products and to integrate business applications, as well as to develop entirely new enterprise applications based on business APIs that are hosted on SAP Cloud Platform.

The Cloud Foundry environment allows you to use multiple programming languages such as Java, Node.js, and community/bring-your-own language options.

We can use Cloud Foundry environment for micro-services-based applications, for Internet of Things and machine learning scenarios, and for developing applications using SAP HANA extended application services, advanced model (SAP HANA XSA).

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