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SAP S/4HANA offerings in SAP Cloud Appliance Library

last update: November 22, 2023

This is an overview of the SAP S/4HANA offering in SAP Cloud Appliance Library. We have a set of solutions and product versions that we offer on a regular basis and others that are delivered for dedicated purposes like trainings or product launches. This blog focuses on the SAP S/4HANA solutions that come on a regular basis.

At the end of the blog you will find a table comparing the solution content and their use cases.

  • SAP S/4HANA production-ready (Product)
  • SAP S/4HANA (plain vanilla) (Appliance Template)
  • SAP S/4HANA, fully-activated (Appliance Template)
  • Enterprise management layer for SAP S/4HANA (Appliance Template)


SAP S/4HANA solutions and installation stacks delivered on a regular basis

SAP S/4HANA for Production use

… the new kid on the block and available for installations on Microsoft Azure. Unlike the other solutions here this is a product installation not coming as a pre-built appliance, but from a software stack that you can pick out of a set of suggestions or create by yourself with the embedded Maintenance Planner. You will download and install SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA DB, Software Provisioning Manager and SAP Kernel. Going through a deployment wizard all required configuration within the Azure Landing zone and the system set up can be defined by you. It will result in a production-ready standard SAP S/4HANA system without any preconfigured business content.

Latest Version and all details: SAP S/4HANA for Productive Deployments

We add a new set of installation plans per Release and FPS to the catalog.


SAP S/4HANA (plain vanilla)

… an appliance including a standard SAP S/4HANA system and an optional remote desktop for easy frontend access. The only polishing it brings is a pre-configured and activated SAP S/4HANA Fiori UI in client 100, with prerequisite components activated.

Use it for scenarios where you need a fresh system like you have it after installation without post steps. You can start from scratch and try what is new looking at tables, transactions and other updates in the new release.

Latest version and all details: SAP S/4HANA 2022 FPS01

We add one solution per Release and FPS to the catalog, usually a month after the general release date of the software.


SAP S/4HANA, Fully-Activated

… is the most comprehensive SAP S/4HANA appliance. It contains the fully-activated SAP Best Practices for all available countries and is enhanced by further demo scenarios in areas where no SAP Best Practices exist. SAP Fiori and sample master & transactional demo data for the US localization are also included. This makes it ideal for exploring the possibilities of SAP S/4HANA during a  proof-of-concept (PoC) or all situations where a sandboxing environment is needed in on-premise or private cloud projects Besides SAP S/4HANA, the appliance also contains a Windows frontend server, a JAVA server and an SAP BusinessObjects platform.

Latest version and all details: SAP S/4HANA 2022 FPS02, Fully-Activated Appliance

We add one solution per major release and feature package stack (FPS) to the catalog, usually around 8-10 weeks after the general release date of the software.


Enterprise Management Layer for SAP S/4HANA

… a preconfigured appliance landscape allowing a preview of the enterprise management layer.

The enterprise management layer is a service, ideal for new and existing customers operating in multiple countries and looking for a global template with enhanced end-to-end business processes, localized for up to 46 countries that can be used as the foundation for their productive landscape or as a sandbox.

To familiarize yourself with the enterprise management layer, we offer here a generic (not customer-specific) ready-to-use solution that includes the standard and optional scope.

Last version and all details: Enterprise Management Layer for SAP S/4HANA 2022 FPS00

We generally add two versions per year.


Overview of content and use cases

  SAP S/4HANA production-ready SAP S/4HANA (plain vanilla) SAP S/4HANA, Fully Activated Enterprise Management Layer for SAP S/4HANA
Purpose of usage run production-ready SAP S/4HANA on MSFT Azure with or without HA setup Sandbox for technical SAP S/4HANA scenarios PoC, sandboxing, fit-gap analysis etc. for SAP S/4HANA business scenarios (on-premise or private cloud) trial/preview of the EML service
Suitable for evaluation of RISE with PCE
(functional scope)
suited for RISE PCE evaluation purpose no Suited for on-prem / RISE PCE evaluation purpose Suited for production use with EML serivce in RISE PCE
Deployment on hyperscaler Azure AWS / Azure / GCP AWS / Azure / GCP AWS / Azure / GCP
on-Premise installation possible yes no yes no
Customizable stoftware stack
(Maintenance Planner integration)
yes no no no
Production use yes no no CAL: no
EML as service: yes,
with custom tailored scope
SAP Fiori enabled not yet yes yes yes
Activation of SAP Best Practices  no no All country localizations fully activated (detailed demo walk-throughs for US) partial BP scope, enhanced for multinational customers (parallel accounting, localization)
Additional business configuration no no yes
(for various areas where no SAP Best Practices exist)
(for various areas where no SAP Best Practices exist)
Sample business demo data no no yes (master & transactional demo data) yes (master data)
Full admin access yes yes yes yes
SAP Cloud Appliance Library subscription needed for > 30 days  no yes yes yes

Note that further SAP S/4HANA offerings are available in SAP Cloud Appliance Library, e.g.









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      Author's profile photo Imran Hussain
      Imran Hussain

      This is very helpful. Even I have used S/4HANA 2021 trial version offering and the overall experience was wonderful.

      Author's profile photo Priti Dhingra
      Priti Dhingra

      Great article, overview of content and use cases is very useful information, articulated clearly!!