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SAP Remote Access and Connectivity (SAP RAC)

Are you an SAP partner or ISV(Independent Software Vendor) looking for SAP system access to a variety of SAP maintained systems to:

What is SAP Remote Access and Connectivity (SAP RAC) Service?

SAP Remote Access and Connectivity (SAP RAC) offers partners a quick and easy way for highly-flexible, low-cost and no-maintenance SAP system landscape. This service enables subscribers some ready-to-use SAP business solutions that can be instantly accessed to kick-start SAP projects or test their own products’ integration.Subscribers can opt for the latest SAP solutions – such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA express edition, SAP Global Trade Services etc. Most of the SAP systems available with SAP RAC include the extensive database of IDES (Internet Demo and Evaluation System).They can choose between exclusive-use or low-cost shared systems.

Traditionally,ISVs/partners systems set-up required special expertise and infrastructure investments.Below example (Fig.1 ) depicts how SAP RAC is efficient compared to traditional systems set-up.

Fig. 1 Traditional SAP system set-up vs SAP RAC


  • SAP RAC offers a professionally hosted and maintained landscape of fully configured  SAP IDES systems addressing the needs of ISVs/partners. For SAP S/4HANA from 1909 version only Fully Activated Appliance is available
  • Less maintenance cost for partners as the system set-up and maintenance is done by SAP RAC team
  • Simplifies integration testing of your interface to SAP solutions and saves time on your certification project
  • Provides easy access and is available via the internet anytime, anywhere and unlimited usage time within service period
  • Dedicated e-mail support for connectivity and other system issues
  • Systems hosted on both cloud and on-premise servers
  • SAP RAC exclusive/premium systems can additionally be used to connect to the partners’ SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) account and IDES data can be used for testing purposes

Fig. 2 Key benefits of SAP RAC

Available SAP Systems in SAP RAC:

SAP RAC offers almost all latest SAP on-premise solutions.Few of the mostly used applications are listed below

  1. SAP S/4HANA
  4. SAP NetWeaver
  5. SAP Process Integration
  6. SAP CRM
  7. SAP SCM
  8. SAP Solution Manager

 SAP RAC subscriptions and pricing options:

There are 2 SAP RAC subscription models available : 1) Shared Environment and 2) Dedicated Environment

Shared Environment: A shared system used by multiple RAC subscribers concurrently.     

SAP RAC Standard: This offers access to 3 shared hosted systems. Partners can choose access to 3 SAP systems from list of systems available in SAP  RAC (shown above). Shared systems generally allow for testing any type of standard SAP integration to open and released SAP APIs.

SAP RAC Standard SAP S/4 HANA: This is a variant of SAP RAC Standard for subscribers who are only looking for access to SAP S/4HANA system. This offers access to 1 SAP S/4 HANA shared hosted systems. It can be used for for testing any type of standard SAP integration to open and released SAP APIs.

Fig. 4 SAP RAC Standard subscription options for system access


Dedicated Environment: A dedicated system used by a single RAC subscriber.       

SAP RAC Premium: This offers a dedicated, well-managed SAP environment with quality support for remote testing and development. It is an ideal service for software vendors who wish to do extensive system customisations that would not be possible in a shared environment.You can develop and own the IP.

SAP RAC Exclusive: This offers a dedicated SAP environment with no additional application or DB support. This environment can be used for extensive customisations that would not be possible in a shared environment.You can develop and own the IP.

Fig. 5 SAP RAC Premium and Exclusive subscription options for system access

Both SAP RAC Standard and SAP RAC Premium are very cost effective as vendors do not require hardware/resources to administrate the system and also they need not require to procure the system licenses, the access fee is all they incur and can do away with their high cost in-house system maintenance.

If you are not sure on which one fits for your purpose please refer the below “popular use cases” section.

Sign up now:

After reviewing the SAP RAC subscription options (please see above), choose the subscription option that is appropriate for your needs.

1. Request contracts at SAP RAC application form

2. Select the required SAP solution.

3. SAP RAC will send you the contracts.

4. Once we receive your signed contract, our SAP RAC support team will contact you immediately to help you with the system access.

Popular use cases:

The below are the most popular use cases we have encountered while working with software companies. If you do not find a particular scenario described here, please provide your comments, so that we can come up with suitable scenario

Example of Usage
Type of Integration
Suitable RAC Flavour
Integrate with SAP Business Technology Platform (using SAP systems as backend ) SAP Integration Suite/SAP Extension Suite ALL
Interface integration with SAP NetWeaver/SAP Application Standard Communication:RFC,BAPI,SOAP etc Standard
Integration using Java or .Net connectors to SAP Applications SAP Connectors Standard
Build XI Content (data structures, interfaces, mapping programs, integration processes) Process Integration  Standard
ABAP coding for creating own reports, transactions, etc. ABAP Development Premium
Connect from mobile applications(using SAP as backend infrastructure) Mobile Apps ALL
Develop Mobile applications Mobile Apps Premium
Design business process using SAP’s Enterprise Services ESOA Standard


“We are very happy and satisfied with the services and commitment of SAP RAC. Especially the uncomplicated and quick reaction of the staff overwhelms us again and again. For example, if we need any snapshots or want to go back to old system stalls, an email is sufficient and usually things are available on the same day. Therefore, we are really satisfied” Hubertus von Malsen-Ponickau, Managing Director, mformatics GmbH 


If you have questions about use-cases, or whether this service is right for you? Please provide your requirements to SAP RAC team [email:].

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      Author's profile photo Imran Khan
      Imran Khan

      Thanks Ashish for this. I shall point our partners to this post!

      Author's profile photo Zoey Pinto
      Zoey Pinto

      It was a very nice blog to learn about SAP RAC. Thanks for sharing

      Author's profile photo Harish Mangtani
      Harish Mangtani

      Thanks, Ashish. Very informative.

      Author's profile photo Gregor Wolf
      Gregor Wolf

      Dear Ashish Kumar,

      I would be interested in the S/4HANA Standard RAC System. Can you please clarify the following questions:

      1. Will the System that we use be upgraded to each new SAP S/4HANA Release?
      2. Will the System also receive Feature Pack Stack Upgrades?
      3. Is the data in the system refreshed on a regular basis?
      4. Do the users share the system using different clients or do all users share the same client?
      5. Is the connection from BTP a direct connection via HTTP(S) / RFC or does SAP host a Cloud Connector that needs to be connected to my BTP Subaccount?
      6. Can business objects like Business Partners, Orders, etc. be created or is it a read only access?

      Looking forward for your answers.

      Best Regards

      Author's profile photo Prashanth Kalur
      Prashanth Kalur

      Please reach out to or

      Author's profile photo Gregor Wolf
      Gregor Wolf

      Hi Prashanth Kalur,

      why can't an answer be just posted here? It will help everyone else having the same questions.

      Best Regards