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SAP on Azure

Bring unparalleled performance to your entire SAP estate with Azure. Reliably run and deploy popular SAP products and solutions within minutes—on a secure, scalable, and enterprise-proven cloud platform.

Why SAP on Azure

Learn how moving your SAP estate to Azure offers you scale and agility.

SAP solution offerings

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Why SAP on Azure

Run your SAP applications in a robust and reliable cloud environment that features the broadest global footprint, largest compliance portfolio, embedded security, enterprise-grade SLAs, and industry-leading support. Azure supports the largest SAP HANA workloads of any hyperscale cloud provider.

20+ years

More than two decades of SAP partnership in innovating solutions

50 regions

Azure offers you more global regions than any other cloud provider

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Flexible scaling for SAP HANA with 99.99% SLA

Trust a partnership built on decades of experience

In 2017, Microsoft and SAP expanded an alliance lasting more than two decades by enabling Microsoft to use SAP S4/HANA to enhance financial analysis and SAP to migrate critical SAP S/4HANA systems to Azure. The result is a joint ecosystem that brings unique insights and rich product integration to help make the most of running SAP solutions and applications in the cloud—accelerating your performance, productivity, and innovation with seamless enterprise-class support.

"The strategic partnership announced between Microsoft and SAP is an extremely important development for the Coca-Cola System. The value of aligned engineering, sales, and delivery between these two strategic partners will allow our system to accelerate our digital agenda."

Barry Simpson, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Meet your compliance and security needs

Protect your data with the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider. Microsoft is committed to the highest levels of trust, transparency, certifications, and regulatory compliance, helping you address your security and privacy needs through a broad suite of cloud products and services, including Azure Security Center, Azure monitoring and management applications, and single sign-on capabilities with Azure Active Directory.

Increase your scale and performance with SAP-certified infrastructure

Get high-performance SAP-certified infrastructure for SAP HANA applications such as SAP S/4HANA and SAP NetWeaver-based applications such as SAP Business Suite or ECC on AnyDB. Run your SAP applications with your choice of database, including SAP HANA, SQL Server, Oracle Database, IBM Db2, and SAP ASE, on your choice of operating system, including Windows, SUSE Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Oracle Linux.

On-demand Azure virtual machines certified for SAP

Get SAP-certified on-demand virtual machines for SAP NetWeaver applications, such as SAP Business Suite, as well as SAP HANA-based applications, such as SAP S/4HANA.

  • Spin up your SAP infrastructure on-demand in minutes, instead of weeks on-premises.
  • Bring your own SAP licenses to the cloud and be fully supported.
  • Save 40 to 75 percent for dev-test workloads with Azure automation such as DevTest Labs.
  • SAP HANA-certified virtual machines will be available soon, ranging from 448 GB to 4 TB.
  • Simplify management with built-in services for backup and disaster recovery.

Run SAP HANA on Azure large instance configurations

Get purpose-built SAP HANA infrastructure called SAP HANA Large Instances with high-performance compute, storage, and network supporting up to 20 TB RAM on a single node.

  • Get SAP HANA TDI-certified instances with memory from 768 GB to 20 TB.
  • Certified for SAP S/4HANA, SAP BW/4HANA, SAP BW on SAP HANA, and Suite on SAP HANA.
  • Bring industry-leading performance with high-performance NFS storage and networking.
  • Use cutting-edge Intel Xeon E7-8890 V4 processors.
  • Get built-in support for backups through storage snapshots, high availability and disaster recovery, and scale-out configurations.
  • Provide 99.99 percent SLA for high-availability pairs and 99.9 percent SLA for a single node.

Customers doing great things with SAP on Azure

Thread manufacturer Coats spins its future in the cloud

"Being able to crunch massive amounts of data across dozens of variables requires monstrous processing power, and Azure gives us high-performance virtual machines customized for HANA."
Harold Groothedde, Technology Solutions Director, Coats

Malaysia Airlines has more than its planes in the cloud

"By paying only for what we use and by expanding and contracting those resources to meet business needs, we manage SAP much more effectively on Azure than we ever did in our own datacenter."
Tan Kok Meng, Chief Information Officer, Malaysia Airlines

Using SAP and Azure to help the world grow the food it needs

"We acquired a supply-chain modeling solution, and we were able to spin up the necessary compute in Azure in literally hours. In our traditional datacenter model, that would have taken us weeks."
Doug Mills: Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mining new frontiers of efficiency and agility in the cloud

"With SAP running in Azure, we can deploy needed infrastructure faster and thus respond faster to pricing volatility in commodities, exchange rate fluctuations, and business needs."
Steve Somerville, Head of Enterprise IT Services, Rio Tinto

Finding sweet success with cloud infrastructure for SAP HANA

"Our success depends on our ability to try, evaluate, and deploy innovation quickly. And we believe Azure cloud services will help us to succeed."
Brad Huggins: Manager, Innovation Group, Technical Development Team, Tate and Lyle

Transforming data-driven business using SAP on Azure

"Having SAP hosted on Azure eliminates the headaches of building and managing our own infrastructure because security and maintenance are handled by Microsoft."
Bob Marchant, Head of IT Supplier Management and SRM, Co-op

SAP solution offerings

Learn what you can do by running a broad array of SAP products and scenarios across dev-test and production scenarios in Azure—and be fully supported. From SAP NetWeaver to SAP S4/HANA, Microsoft has you covered.

Run the SAP products you already use

SAP Business Suite/ SAP NetWeaver

Develop, provision, and manage your mission-critical SAP and non-SAP applications across a heterogeneous software environment. SAP NetWeaver provides the foundation for operating and customizing products such as SAP Business Suite—a set of fully integrated applications including SAP ERP, SAP CRM, SAP SCM, and SAP SRM.

With SAP NetWeaver on Azure, you get:

  • Cost savings and agility for non-production environments by spinning VMs on-demand, as well as cost-effective storage options.
  • Industry-leading SLAs for VMs running SAP NetWeaver with 99.9 percent availability for a single VM and 99.95 percent for VMs in an availability set.
  • Certification that SAP NetWeaver will run on Windows as well as SUSE Linux Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
"We acquired a supply-chain modeling solution, and we were able to spin up the necessary compute in Azure in literally hours. In our traditional datacenter model, that would have taken us weeks, since we would have needed to acquire and install a new server."

Officer Doug Mills, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Mosaic


Get unparalleled choice to run even your largest SAP HANA workloads. Handle both transactions and analytics in-memory on a single data copy to accelerate your business processes, deliver more business intelligence, and simplify your IT environment.

With SAP HANA on Azure, you get:

  • On-demand M-series virtual machines optimized for SAP HANA with scale up to 4 TB.
  • SAP HANA instances that can scale up to 20 TB on a single node.
  • 99.99 percent SLA for large instances in a high availability pair and 99.9 percent SLA for a single SAP HANA large instance.
"By moving SAP HANA to Azure, we have been able to speed up planning cycles and accelerate delivery of finished goods to our customers " our whole production engine can now speed up."

Richard Cammish: Chief Information Officer, Coats

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud with Azure

Run SAP S/4HANA in a secure, managed cloud. Bring the best in managed services for SAP S/4HANA and the best cloud infrastructure together for seamless enterprise-grade sales and support.

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Drive instant value across all lines of business with an intelligent enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite designed specifically for in-memory computing. Whether you want to run SAP S/4HANA in a greenfield implementation or migrate from SAP Business Suite to SAP S/4HANA, Azure has you covered.

With SAP S/4HANA on Azure, you get:

  • Seamless connectivity for users who need to access SAP Fiori-based applications when using Azure ExpressRoute.
  • 99.99 percent SLA for your mission-critical ERP instances by running all products instances of SAP S/4HANA in a high available pair in two Azure regions.
  • Backup for SAP S/4HANA in seconds with a very low recovery time objective—even for multi-terabyte databases.
  • Certification that SAP S/4HANA will run on SUSE Linux Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise Linux—plus, GS5 and SAP HANA on Azure Virtual Machines and SAP HANA on Azure Large Instance machines are certified to run SAP S/4HANA.
Oryx Gas-to-Liquids
"Microsoft Azure enabled us to start our S/4HANA migration immediately and avoid the usual delays in hardware delivery."

Ehad Abdel-Rahman, Head of IT Operations, Oryx GTL


Collect and connect to any data in real time with this next-generation data warehouse built entirely on SAP HANA.

With SAP BW/4HANA on Azure, you get:

  • Optimization of your SAP Business Warehouse and analytics environments.
  • Peace of mind with an SAP Business Warehouse configuration that’s uniquely resilient to any failures.
  • Flexible scaling—SAP HANA Large Instances support up to 32 TB in scale out SAP Business Warehouse configurations, with a configuration of up to 16 nodes of 2 TB instances.
  • Certification that SAP BW/4HANA will run on SUSE Linux Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise Linux—plus, GS5 for single node deployments and SAP HANA on Azure Virtual Machines and large instance machines are certified to run SAP BW/4HANA.
"We are running one of the largest SAP HANA business warehouses on Azure for our own business, giving us the reliable performance and agility we need for our financial reporting systems."

Andrew Wilson, CIO, Accenture

SAP Business One

Increase control over your small business with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application that captures all your business data in a single system. Get more agility with an on-demand VM infrastructure from Azure by spinning up VMs in minutes. Save costs for non-production systems by using automation capabilities in Azure to shut VMs down.

With SAP Business One on Azure, you get:

  • Industry-leading SLAs for virtual machines—99.9 percent availability for a single VM and 99.95 percent availability for VMs in an availability set.
  • Certification that SAP Business One will run on Azure Virtual Machines for both SQL Server and SAP HANA databases, as well as on SUSE Linux Enterprise on Azure DS14_v2 VMs offering 16 vCPUs and 112 GiB of memory.

SAP Hybris

Deliver an unmatched customer experience with this customer relationship management (CRM) application. Bring more agility with an on-demand virtual machine infrastructure from Azure by spinning up VMs in minutes. Save costs for non-production systems by using automation capabilities to shut VMs down.

With SAP Hybris on Azure, you get:

  • Business continuity by using high availability and disaster recovery services such as Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery.
  • Industry-leading SLAs for virtual machines—99.9 percent availability for a single VM and 99.95 percent availability for VMs in an availability set.
"By running SAP Hybris on Azure at scale, we gained business agility with real-time insights into our supply chain, and we automated orders and drop shipments for our dealers across Europe."

Luis Ramos, Corporate Chief Information Officer, ADVEO

Architectures and documentation

Learn what you can do by running a broad array of SAP products and scenarios across dev-test and production in Azure—and be fully supported. From SAP NetWeaver to SAP S4/HANA, Microsoft has you covered.

Implement end-to-end SAP scenarios on Azure

    • Get high availability of mission-critical systems and robust disaster recovery capabilities when you run your SAP landscape in Azure. Use Azure Virtual Machines if your organization requires heavy compute, storage, and network resources, in minimal time, to avoid lengthy procurement cycles of on-premises cloud setups.

      SAP HANA

      Achieve high availability through a highly resilient architecture with active and standby systems that have databases running with data replication. Azure takes advantage of SAP HANA high-availability and disaster recovery capabilities with SAP HANA large instances, including:

      • Storage replication—replicate data to another SAP HANA large instance stamp in another Azure region.
      • SAP HANA system replication—allow the replication of data in SAP HANA to a separate SAP HANA system.
      • Host auto-failover—recover from the failure of a SAP HANA host with a local, fault-recovery solution.

      Virtual machines

      Set up high availability for SAP HANA in multiple cloud environments using Azure Virtual Machines.

      SAP NetWeaver

      Quickly deploy classic applications—including SAP NetWeaver-based advanced business application programming (ABAP), Java, or an ABAP and Java stack—using Azure Virtual Machines. Integrate Virtual Machines into your organization’s on-premises infrastructure, private cloud, and SAP landscape.

      Disaster recovery

      Exceed the capabilities of most on-premises disaster recovery solutions, and at a low total cost of ownership, with Azure Site Recovery—an Azure service that’s been tested and integrated with SAP applications.

      Zespri Kiwifruit
      "Microsoft has much vaster resources than we can afford to engineer"things like high availability and georeplication " Our brand rests on the continuity of our IT systems, which are now more available running in Azure."

      Andrew Goodin: Global Manager of Information Systems, Zespri International

    • Replace your existing on-premises or off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that’s reliable, secure, and cost-effective. Backup and restore your SAP data in the Microsoft Cloud with Azure Backup. Protect your critical SAP applications running in your datacenter with Azure Site Recovery—offering flexible recovery plans, low recovery point objectives, and low recovery time objectives.

      SAP NetWeaver

      Instead of treating the cloud as an endpoint or static storage destination, use Azure Backup to access a richer set of tools and capabilities that benefit SAP NetWeaver installations including:

      • Automatic storage management
      • Unlimited scaling
      • Multiple storage options
      • Unlimited data transfer
      • Data encryption
      • Application-consistent backup
      • Long-term retention

      SAP HANA

      Use Azure storage blob snapshots for SAP HANA large instances to ensure data consistency and backup your SAP HANA workloads running on virtual machines in Azure.


      Capgemini used Azure Backup, with the Azure Key Vault capability, for the backups of all the systems, both SAP and non-SAP at Mosaic.

    • Deliver SAP features faster and keep a comprehensive and collaborative set of development and testing tools for your team—on a scalable, high-fidelity, on-demand infrastructure.

      Azure development and test environments help you:

      • Build better applications for all the platforms you use.
      • Create dev-test environments in seconds, not weeks.
      • Minimize waste while maximizing control.
      • Stretch your budget with low dev-test rates and the ability to spin up resources only when needed.
      "With Azure, we can shut down demos when they"re not being used, such as at nights and on weekends. It"s very easy to do this and a very cost-effective way to operate."

      Neil Wilson, Senior Director of Technical Marketing, OpenText

SAP solution architectures and documentation

Start your SAP on Azure solution quickly with technical documentation and architectures that help you design and implement secure, highly available, performant, and resilient solutions.

SAP S/4HANA on HANA large instances with HA and DR

  1. Overview
  2. Flow

This solution architecture illustrates how a user request flows through an SAP landscape built on high-performance Azure Virtual Machines and an in-memory HANA database running on HANA large instances for unparalleled scalability and performance. This system takes advantage of OS clustering for database performance, high availability using HANA system replication, and a full disaster recovery (DR) configuration for guaranteed system availability.

  1. 1 In this example, an on-premises SAP user executes a sales order via Fiori interface, custom interface, or other.
  2. 2 Azure high speed express route gateway is used to connect to Azure Virtual Machines.
  3. 3 Request flows into highly available ABAP SAP Central Services (ASCS) and then through application servers running on Azure Virtual Machines in an availability set offering a 99.95 percent uptime SLA.
  4. 4 Request is sent from App Server to SAP HANA running on primary large instance blades.
  5. 5 Primary and secondary blades are clustered at OS level for 99.99 percent availability, and data replication is handled through HANA System Replication in synchronous mode (HSR) from primary to secondary enabling zero RPO.
  6. 6 In-memory data of SAP HANA is persisted to high-performance NFS storage.
  7. 7 Data from NFS storage is periodically backed up in seconds, using built-in storage snapshots on the local storage, with no impact to database performance.
  8. 8 Persistent data volume on secondary storage is replicated to dedicated DR system through a dedicated backbone network for HANA storage replication.
  9. 9 Large instance on DR side can be used for nonproduction to save costs by mounting both the QA storage and DR replicated volume (read-only).

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