SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure
In this blog series you will find quotes, backgrounds, suggested further readings and other information related to my latest book SAP HANA 2.0, An Introduction published by SAP Press.
As the goal of the book is to provide an introduction, we could not spend as much time and pages on each and every topic as we wished at times. One of those topic was SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure. In this blog, I will cover it in a bit more detail and include references where to find more information.
Right from the start, SAP has worked closely together with partners to deliver SAP HANA and many of its innovations. In the early days, as High Performance Analytical Appliance, this mainly involved hardware partners like Cisco, Dell, IBM, Hitachi, NEC, and Fujitsu with SUSE for Linux. Later, under the tailored datacenter integration (TDI) program, this was extended to include IBM Power Systems (see blog SAP HANA on Power) and virtualisation solutions like VMware. More recent examples include the partnership with Intel on persistent memory.
- Intel and SAP – Partners in Accelerated Insights (Intel)
- SAP HANA Servers for Infrastructure Solutions (IBM)
- Join the best. SUSE and SAP Strategic Alliance (SUSE)
Now that future development of SAP is taking place in the cloud first, of course, it was time to add the hyperscalers (and global strategic service partners) to the list as announced at SAPPHIRE last year with project Embrace. One thing led to another, and 6 months later SAP and Microsoft made a public announcement about their expanded partnership.
- SAP Partners with Microsoft for First-in-Market Cloud Migration Offerings
- Microsoft and SAP join forces to give customers a trusted path to digital transformation in the cloud
Several service partners have already welcomed the relationship.
Tell Me More, Tell Me More
For the ins and outs, customer stories, video material, and other resources, see
- SAP on Azure (Microsoft)
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There is extensive documentation about SAP on Azure. For SAP HANA, there are two sections zooming in on:
HANA Large instances (HLI) covers running SAP HANA on dedicated bare-metal servers. For a bit of privacy on the public cloud, that is. Installation and administration (operations) remains customer responsibility.
Packt has published the SAP on Azure Implementation Guide, which is available for download as free e-book from Microsoft, about how to architect your SAP environment on Azure, covering topics like SAP HANA on Azure, identity management, SAP Hybris, and SAP Data Hub.
You can get certified on Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty.
Microsoft Certifications [aka.ms/TrainCertPoster]
Exam AZ-120: Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads tests on
- Migrate SAP Workloads to Azure (10-15%)
- Design an Azure Solution to Support SAP Workloads (20-25%)
- Build and Deploy Azure SAP Workloads (35-40%)
- Validate Azure Infrastructure for SAP Workloads (10-15%)
- Operationalize Azure SAP Architecture (10-15%)
To prepare there is a 4-day ILT course AZ-120T00-A but also some labs the AZ-120-Planning-and-Administering-Microsoft-Azure-for-SAP-Workloads lab GitHub and a Planning Azure for SAP learning path.
For a more comprehensive list about what you need to know to get certified see the excellent blog post by Chin Lai The on LinkedIn:
What is in the Box?
Supported configurations are documented in section Certified IaaS Platforms in the hardware directory.
Availability depends per region
- Available SKUs for HLI (Microsoft)
Find Certified IaaS Platforms
Read the Notes
For the small print, as always, make sure to check the notes on the SAP ONE Support Launchpad (login required).
- 2316233 – SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure (Large Instances)
- 1928533 – SAP Applications on Azure: Supported Products and Azure VM types
- 2015553 – SAP on Microsoft Azure: Support prerequisites
SAP One Support Launchpad
SAP HANA 2.0 – An Introduction
Just getting started with SAP HANA? Or do have a migration to SAP HANA 2.0 coming up? Need a quick update covering business benefits and technology overview. Understand the role of the system administrator, developer, data integrator, security officer, data scientist, data modeler, project manager, and other SAP HANA stakeholders? My latest book about SAP HANA 2.0 covers everything you need to know.
Get it from SAP Press or Amazon:
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