Dear community members,

You may have seen the announcement that SAP and Microsoft recently launched (more details). This announcement covers a couple of strategic opportunities both companies are going to tackle and one of these opportunities is working closely together on cloud – specifically the support of the Microsoft Azure platform as an additional cloud provider for SAP Cloud Appliance Library. We are more than happy to announce that as of today you are able to launch SAP appliances from the Library on the Microsoft Azure platform. Today, we also made the HANA Developer Edition available on the Azure cloud and within the next weeks we plan to migrate the other solutions from the Library as well.

If you are new to SAP Cloud Appliance Library (http://cal.sap.com) or if you have been using it for quite a while, one question you might have is:

Q: Are there any differences between the HANA Developer Editions on both platforms?

A: No, there are no differences.

But then you might ask …

Q: How does this actually work? Is SAP producing two HANA developer editions which are then made available on two different IaaS cloud platforms?

A: SAP only has one HANA Developer Edition that is made available on both platforms at the same time

It now makes sense to look behind the curtain and explain how SAP software is delivered with SAP Cloud Appliance Library (CAL). Most of you might already know, but we actually don’t deliver images (SAP + Operating System) on which the SAP software is already installed. No, what really happens is the following (now it gets technical).

  1. When you click on the “Activate” button in the CAL UI the CAL back end notifies the cloud provider to share/copy a couple of virtual disks (AWS: snapshots / Azure: VHDs) which hold the SAP system with/into your cloud account/subscription. Depending on which cloud provider you have and the copy technology they provide, these virtual disks are available in your account/subscription sooner or later.
  2. After this step is complete you usually choose to create an instance (“Create Instance” button in the CAL UI) which walks you through a guided procedure asking a couple of questions. After all information is collected you press the Finish button and then the following happens. CAL picks a pre-defined and publically available operating system image and starts an instance of it. During this process the virtual disks are attached to the instance and CAL then does the magic of unpacking/configuring the SAP system. A couple of minutes later the SAP system is deployed and you can start using it.
  3. If you suspend and restart your instance in the future, the waiting time until the SAP system is up and running is dramatically reduced because the initial deployment already happened in step 2 once.

One topic which you might be interested in (also from a security point of view) is that fact that we use a publically available operating system image for CAL deployed SAP workloads. Of course, this is not a random image because the degree of automation in CAL requires a highly standardized image on all IaaS cloud providers that we support. In this area we work very closely with SUSE to optimize SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for the pre-configured SAP solutions in CAL and deliver an operating system platform that is highly reliable, scalable and secure for public cloud deployments. By working with SUSE we ensure that this image is always up to date and delivers a seamless automated installation process that reduces deployment time and speeds time to value for SAP Systems.

Having said all that, enjoy the next leap we took with SAP Cloud Appliance Library by enabling another cloud provider so that you now have choice.

Regards,

  Hannes

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    1. Stanimir Eisner

      Hello,

      Microsoft Azure will appear in the list when the terms and conditions for at least one solution available in this cloud provider are accepted. As of today SAP HANA, developer edition 1.0 Rev 72 is the only solution that has been already migrated on Microsoft Azure. If you’d like to proceed with it you may open the link above.

      Best regards,

      Stanimir

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        1. Stanimir Eisner

          Hello Mr. Treichel,

          Did you upload your management certificate to Microsoft Azure at the end of the account creation process?

          If not, you can go back to Accounts, select your account, go to Cloud Provider and click on Renew. Then download the certificate and upload it to the Microsoft Azure Portal. You may have a look at how to do the upload here:CAL FAQ – Specific questions for Microsoft Azure

          Best regards,

          Stanimir

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          1. Ahmed Al-Moayed

            Hello Mr Eisner,

            I have the same Problem with “SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP and SAP BW 7.5 on SAP HANA SP10”. I am able to create an instance on AWS but i am not able to select Azure as an account. The management Certificate is uploaded successfully and the test connection to azure is also successful.

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            1. Stanimir Eisner

              Hello Mr. Al-Moayed,

              Please note that the solution above is not available in Azure. Alternatively you could use “SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP and SAP BW 7.40 SP10 on SAP HANA [developer edition]”.

              If you have further questions please open a new discussion in the forum.

              Best regards,

              Stanimir

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  1. Michael Nigbor

    MSDN licenses include $150/month in Azure credits. An “A7” costs $1.29/hr to run which means the credit pays for about 116 hours of run time each month. Running full-time would cost about $790/month.

    Like Frank, I found the process of creating an Azure-based HANA instance difficult to accurately follow. Initially, I too failed to upload my Azure certificate the first time around. There were significant delays that misled me into thinking I’d done something wrong.

    Because the Azure VM is created remotely by cal.sap.com, users don’t have the ability to set the region and VLAN.  These are set to “West Europe” and “sapcalwe.”

    For security and performance reasons, I believe end users should be able to run in any region and connect to their own VLANs.

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    1. Hannes Kuehnemund Post author

      Hi Michael,

      we are already working on providing choice for the regions (similar when choosing AWS as the cloud provider in CAL) – the cloud providers certainly don’t make it easy to create a new unified view on top of their offerings. Small differences here and there, which keep us busy 😉

      Regards,

        Hannes

      Best Regards / Freundliche Grüße / 敬具 / 此致敬礼 / Поздрави

      Hannes Kuehnemund | Product Owner – SAP Cloud Appliance Library
      SAP Labs, LLC – USA –
      http://scn.sap.com/community/cloud-appliance-library

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  2. Adi Mogilevsky

    Hello When SAP All in one will be available on Azure? It was spoken end of Q2, but today is almost end of June – still just one solution is available.

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  3. Hardik Patel

    Hello,

    I have launched one instance (HANA Rev80) on Azure using CAL and now I want to launch same instance but CREATE INSTANCE option is disable. does anyone know how to enable?

    Also, Can I launch the instance in America region? I dont see any option for Americas.

    please let me know if you need any further information.

    Regards,

    Hardik

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    1. Hannes Kuehnemund Post author

      Hello Hardik,

      any free trial version of SAP can only be instantiated once. If you want to have more instances available you would need to purchase the CAL subscription which unlocks all features of CAL.

      In regards to the regions, we are working on enabling other regions gradually. The current plan is to have Americas support by end of this year.

      Regards,

        Hannes

      Best Regards / Freundliche Grüße / 敬具 / 此致敬礼 / Поздрави

      Hannes Kuehnemund | Product Owner – SAP Cloud Appliance Library
      SAP Labs, LLC – USA –
      http://scn.sap.com/community/cloud-appliance-library

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  4. Frank Treichel

    Hello,

    there is only the option  ‘Western Europe’ on Azure, when I try to install the CAL instance HANA DEV 8.

    To create an instance – I will try it.

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    1. Hannes Kuehnemund Post author

      Hi Frank,

      In regards to the regions, we are working on enabling other regions gradually. By early next week we plan to have the Hong Kong region available. Other will follow.

      Regards,

        Hannes

      Best Regards / Freundliche Grüße / 敬具 / 此致敬礼 / Поздрави

      Hannes Kuehnemund | Product Owner – SAP Cloud Appliance Library
      SAP Labs, LLC – USA –
      http://scn.sap.com/community/cloud-appliance-library

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