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Applying the Right Sizing Method and Using the Right Sizing Tool

In this blog post, I would like to describe the different sizing methods at SAP and want to provide some guidance about the usage of the different sizing tools. Focus of this blog entry is the sizing of SAP S/4HANA. However, for the sake of completeness some definitions and methods which are not primarily in the focus for SAP S/4HANA are being introduced as well.

Before I start explaining the different methods and tools, I would like to provide a short introduction into hardware sizing in general. It’s important to understand that conducting an adequate sizing exercise is only possible when a software application is scalable. Within SAP, we make sure that every software application that is shipped to the market is scaling. The purpose of hardware sizing is to determine the hardware resources necessary to process performance-critical business processes, thus preventing hardware resources from becoming bottlenecks. In general, sizing is the process of translating business requirements into hardware requirements. In this context, sizing means determining hardware requirements, such as physical memory, CPU power (SAPS), disk I/O, disk space, and network bandwidth to make sure that software applications run smoothly.

There are different deployment models for SAP S/4HANA available:

  • SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud
  • SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud
  • SAP S/4HANA On-Premise

In the following I would like to discuss these topics more in detail:

  • What are the different sizing methods at SAP?
  • Why do you need a sizing in the Cloud?
  • Which sizing tools should be used?
  • How and why to size SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud?
  • How and why to size SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud?
  • How to size SAP S/4HANA On-Premise?
  • Where to get more information about sizing at SAP?

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What are the different sizing methods at SAP?

Generally, we differentiate between Greenfield, Brownfield and Expert Sizing.

Greenfield Sizing: If you want to size a new SAP system from scratch.

Brownfield Sizing: If you have an SAP system running that you want to extend with new functionality and/or add new users or migrate to SAP HANA.

Expert Sizing: If you are working in a large company with complex business structures, and/or custom coding, perform expert sizing.

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Why do you need a sizing in the cloud?

You may ask yourself why sizing in the cloud is required at all. Customers usually subscribe for specific cloud offerings and in general they are not interested to know how many application servers they need or how much memory they have to allocate.

Traditionally, sizing information is provided to customers on www.sap.com/sizing and customers are conducting the sizing exercise by themselves since they best know their business processes. Once the sizing is done, the hardware vendors or IaaS providers will provide a system that fulfills the customers’ requirements.

For SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP as the SaaS provider operates the customer’s SAP S/4HANA tenant in the cloud. In that sense, SAP takes care of sizing and provisioning. But customers are still interested in sizing because this directly impacts the pricing calculation.

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Which sizing tools should be used?

Greenfield Sizing

If you plan to perform a greenfield sizing, you should use the Quick Sizer or apply the sizing guidelines. Depending on the use case, there are different Quick Sizer versions available:

Quick Sizer HANA Version: Please use this version, if the product that you want to size uses SAP HANA as database, e.g. SAP S/4HANA, SAP BW/4HANA, etc. The tool is pre-dominantly used for onPremise software.

Quick Sizer Cloud Version: Please use this version, if the product that you want to size shall run in the Cloud.

Quick Sizer Classic Version: Please use this version only, if the product that you want to size shall run on a non-HANA database.

Brownfield Sizing

If you plan to perform a brownfield sizing, you should apply a different sizing approach. In case you want to extend your system by additional users (also called Re-Sizing) or additional functionalities (also called Delta Sizing), the following procedure is recommended:

  1. Monitor CPU utilization, table growth, and memory use
    1. Relate it to a meaningful business entity, such as the number of concurrent users or the number of active projects
  2. Different procedures according to goals
    1. Re-sizing: Add the load coming in through the additional users and projects causing the same load structure
    2. Delta sizing: Treat like a new sizing and add calculated load
  3. Judge whether your current hardware is sufficient, or whether you may need to buy new hardware

Brownfield sizing can also be the migration from an SAP NetWeaver source system to SAP HANA. The SAP S/4 HANA sizing report /SDF/HDB_SIZING (SAP note 18721170) should be used to estimate the hardware requirement (HANA memory, disk space and SAPS) if you plan to migrate your SAP NetWeaver-based ECC system to SAP HANA.

If you want to estimate the hardware requirements of an SAP Business Warehouse system after migration to SAP HANA, you should run the BW sizing report (SAP note 2296290).

The following picture summarizes the different migration scenarios and provides an overview about the relevant sizing approach:

Expert Sizing

Typically, in an expert sizing, more profound analyses on the results of a tool-based sizing (Quick Sizer, Sizing Reports, etc.) are performed. There are no standard tools available to conduct expert sizing, but there is a large range of possibilities for such additional analyses.

In case of very complex sizing tasks (e.g. when multiple products / components are involved in a sizing exercise) a detailed exploration of some core business processes may be required, both on functional and technical level.

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How and why to size SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud?

SAP S/4HANA Public cloud is a complete modern SaaS ERP solution with full public cloud benefits. For SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP as the SaaS provider takes care of sizing and provisioning. However, sizing information is still important for customers of SAP S/4HANA Cloud. The SAP S/4HANA Cloud subscription includes a certain amount of SAP HANA memory for tje customers’ business data (currently 100 GB of SAP HANA database memory). In a pay-per-use scenario some forecast calculations are necessary to decide on the most adequate subscription model. To predict the SAP HANA memory required by an application within the customer’s business context, SAP offers sizing procedures for both greenfield as well as brownfield.

Greenfield Sizing:

If you want to conduct a sizing, you should use the Cloud Quick Sizer version:

As a first step, you have to determine the number of licensed users into the tool. After choosing your relevant business scenarios, you need to insert your relevant business input (e.g. number of concurrent user and/or number of business objects that are processed within a certain time period). Once you are finished with that, the Quick Sizer calculates a result for HANA Memory for business data which can be used as input for the calculation of the licensing costs.

Brownfield Sizing:

If you want to migrate your landscape from an ECC system to SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud you can use the above-mentioned sizing report (/SDF/HDB_SIZING). The result provides the “Estimated Memory size of business data” (see graphic below), which is the input to decide on the most adequate subscription model.

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How and why to size SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud?

SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud offers a rapid conversion of existing SAP ERP/ECC environments to a modern, Cloud-based architecture. Customers subscribing to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition receive the full S/4HANA scope. The SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud is the gradual transformation to a pure SaaS landscape.

Greenfield Sizing

Due to the fact that customers can get the full, extensive ERP functionality, the recommendation is to use the HANA Quick Sizer. Please note that not all applications are part of Quick Sizer. If you can’t find the application in the Quick Sizer, you should also have a deeper look at the S/4HANA sizing guidelines.

Brownfield Sizing:

If you want to migrate your landscape from an ECC system to SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud you can use the sizing report (/SDF/HDB_SIZING) to determine the expected HANA memory size.

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How to size SAP S/4HANA On-Premise?

On-Premise customers should use the HANA Quick Sizer for greenfield sizing and the sizing report (/SDF/HDB_SIZING) for migrations (customer moving their BW to HANA have to use BW Sizing Report).

The HANA Quick Sizer delivers a wide range of relevant sizing results, such as Application and Database memory and SAPS, Disk I/O and disk space. These results help you to pin­point the hardware requirements for your specific implementation.

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Where to get more information about sizing at SAP?

All sizing relevant information and access to Quick Sizer, Sizing Guidelines, Sizing Reports, etc. can be found on www.sap.com/sizing. You can also find more information in the Sizing Decision Tree.

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