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SAP HANA on Azure | SAP HANA 2.0 – An Introduction

For an update about how the AZ-120 exam and certification, see:

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.

Last Update: May 2020


Better Together

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.

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.

Several service partners have already welcomed the relationship.

YouTube Playlist: Microsoft and SAP are Better Together (Microsoft Azure, 2019)


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Microsoft Docs

There is extensive documentation about SAP on Azure. For SAP HANA, there are two sections in Microsoft Documentation zooming in.

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.

SAP HANA on Azure VMs is the regular virtualised IaaS offer. Installation guides and High Availability guides help you get started plus a number o f tutorials.

SAP Developer Center

There are several missions and tutorials related to Azure on the SAP Developer Center.


Implementation Guide

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.


Get Certified

You can get certified on Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty.

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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%)

Learning Path

For those that can access the Microsoft Partner Network, you can find them listed here

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

Find Certified IaaS Platforms 


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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.

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      Author's profile photo Joao Paulo Flores Carmo Dos Reis
      Joao Paulo Flores Carmo Dos Reis

      Nice resume about SAP on Azure.

      Author's profile photo Sunil Kollabathini
      Sunil Kollabathini

      Thanks Denys for excellent information.


      Author's profile photo Kalyan Sarkar
      Kalyan Sarkar

      Thanks Denys for putting all the information in one place.This will be a very helpful link for AZ-120 certification.