Dear CAL Users and everyone in the community,
As already outlined in this blog (SAP Cloud Appliance Library now supports Microsoft Azure) we now give you the first time ever chance to instantly deploy SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure, the cloud platform from Microsoft. You won’t need to bring in your own hardware and spend time installing the software on your own. Instead you rent the infrastructure from Microsoft and with SAP Cloud Appliance Library we take care of the provisioning of the systems in your cloud account.
I’m more than thrilled to let you know about a couple of new features which we enabled in the last weeks exclusively for our Azure users of SAP Cloud Appliance Library as well as new things that are on the horizon.
Static IP Addresses
Now you can associate a static public IP address to your instance in Microsoft Azure by just checking the “Static IP Address” option in the instance creation wizard. Technically we associate a Reserved IP to the corresponding cloud service and this IP address will remain associated to your solution instance even if it gets suspended. You can read more about Reserved IPs and its pricing details in the Microsoft Azure Documentation (external link).
Geo Location Support
We decided to make all geo locations of Azure available for you right away. It does not matter if you are located near Amsterdam; Australia; Boydton, VA; Brazil; Cheyenne, WY; China; Chicago, IL; Des Moines, IA; Dublin, Ireland; Hong Kong; Japan; Quincy, WA; and San Antonio, TX – there is always a Microsoft Azure datacenter around the corner, and we enabled them all. More details on those data centers can you find here (external link).
New Solutions on Microsoft Azure
We now also have the ABAP on HANA or more precisely the “SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP & SAP Business Warehouse 7.4 SP8 on SAP HANA 1.0 SP8 [Developer Edition]” available on Azure. You are now able to use this brand new SAP Development environment for ABAP and BW on SAP HANA on the Azure platform as well. You can use this system for the Developer Garage that is planned for SAP TechEd && d-code in Berlin as well. This blog will give you more information what you can do with the system: How to get your ABAP on HANA system on the Developer Garage at SAP TechEd && d-code (#SAPtd) Berlin
China Mainland enablement (soon)
Yes, this is correct – we are currently planning to extend our comprehensive Azure data center footprint beyond the regular Azure datacenters. The China Mainland region is on the list and we are working hard to enable this region for all our developers in China as well. This will allow everyone in China to experience the SAP HANA Developer Edition as well as the ABAP on HANA Developer Edition in local Chinese datacenters – which includes benefits like low latency and better bandwidth. Once ready we will make a proper announcement here in SCN.
New instance types (soon)
You may have read this (external link) blog from Microsoft’s CVP Jason Zander. He talks about an upcoming new generation of Azure virtual machines, the G-Series. This new generation comes with up to 448GB of main memory and 6.5TB of super-fast SSD storage. On top, the blog also announces the upcoming Premium Storage option that provides “more than 50,000 IOPS per VM at less than one millisecond latency for read operations”. For sure, as soon as those instance types are public, we make them available for you in SAP Cloud Appliance Library.
If you are new to Microsoft Azure as cloud provider for SAP Cloud Appliance Library, more information and a step-by-step guide on the deployment of our SAP solutions on Azure is available here (external link).