Author: Samruddhi Raut, Cloud Engineer.
SAP on Azure
Microsoft azure provide scalable, compliant, and enterprise-proven platform for critical SAP workload. You get the scalability, flexibility, and cost savings of Azure. SAP on Azure Architectures are built on the pillars of security, performance and scalability, availability and recoverability, and efficiency and operations. Microsoft Azure is the eminent public cloud for running SAP applications. With the expanded partnership between Microsoft and SAP, you can run SAP applications across development and test and production scenarios in Azure and be fully supported. From SAP NetWeaver to SAP S/4HANA, SAP BI on Linux to Windows, and SAP HANA to SQL, we’ve got you covered. Azure supports SAP applications on Linux and Windows across development, test, and production environments. Combining your SAP and Azure operations can provide several benefits that are difficult to obtain with SAP or Azure alone. These include greater flexibility of operations, scalability, and integration of solutions.
SAP HANA on Azure
SAP HANA is an in-memory system for managing relational databases. Because HANA is based on a columnar structure, and stores all data in memory, data can be retrieved with very high performance compared to traditional RDBMS systems. SAP HANA is commonly used for next generation applications, business intelligence, and analytics. HANA is a relational database management system (RDBMS) built on column-oriented, in-memory operations. You can use it as an application database to perform real-time analytics, gather business intelligence, or centralize your operations. In Azure, HANA runs on a single instance.
SAP HANA on Azure (Large Instances) is a unique solution to Azure. In addition to providing virtual machines for deploying and running SAP HANA, Azure offers you the possibility to run and deploy SAP HANA on bare-metal servers that are dedicated to you. Azure SAP dedicates virtual machines and bare metal servers on which you can run SAP HANA. These are part of a larger SAP-certified environment, including servers, storage components, and network configuration. This is known as the Tailored Datacenters Integration (TDI). SAP HANA on Azure (Large Instances) offers different server SKUs or sizes. Units can have 36 Intel CPU cores and 768 GB of memory and go up to units that have up to 480 Intel CPU cores and up to 24 TB of memory.
Azure supports SAP HANA with:
- On-demand, SAP certified virtual machines (VMs) with up to 12TB memory
- SAP HANA optimized instances with up to 20TB storage
- Scaling up to 60 or 120TB supported by TDIv4 or TDIv5 authorization
- Service level agreements (SLAs) for 99.99% availability
SAP NetWeaver on Azure virtual machine
Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Services, Microsoft offers a comprehensive Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform. SAP Net Weaver based applications are supported on Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS). NetWeaver is a solution you can use as a platform for application integration and development or as an application server. It enables you to centrally develop, provision, and manage your applications regardless of whether they are SAP applications. You can use it to customize existing SAP solutions or to integrate your solutions with SAP.
Azure supports SAP NetWeaver with:
- On-demand VMs with attachable storage for non-production environments
- SLAs guaranteeing 99.95% availability for multiple VMs or 99.99% availability for a single VM
- SAP Certified operations on RedHat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, or Windows servers
Benefits of SAP on Azure
More than 90 percent of the Fortune 500 companies currently use SAP on Azure because of the system’s cost-effectiveness. A simple migration to the Azure platform brings down a business’s IT costs by 45%-75%, depending on whether the model being employed is Azure-only or Hybrid-structure. Additionally, the massive integration benefits which Microsoft Azure offers, help an enterprise build upon its existing infrastructure without having to exceed its budgetary limitations.
Microsoft Azure provides the capacity your company needs to tackle its next phase of growth. With operations in more than 30 regions across the globe, it’s evident why the majority of Fortune 500 companies favors Microsoft Azure for their ERP hosting.
Microsoft is at the leading edge of cybersecurity. Because of the partnership forged between SAP and Microsoft, vulnerabilities that can exist with the use of SAP in other cloud platforms are eliminated in Azure.
The performance statistics of SAP on Azure are nothing short of phenomenal. With its massive computing power that supports both, R/3 and S/4 HANA workloads, Azure provides a smooth run to most SAP applications. This, in turn, augments user experience and ensures that all business requirements are handled without a glitch.