Yesterday SAP released SAP Notes around Azure as IaaS platform for SAP software. With the release of these SAP Notes SAP officially supports Azure as a platform for production systems with a combination of SAP products, Operating Systems and DBMS systems.
Let’s go through the information briefly and comment on it.
First SAP Note to read is Note 1928533 – SAP Applications on Azure: Supported Products and Azure VM types
This Note gives information about the SAP products (currently restricted to certain releases of SAP NetWeaver based applications), Guest OS releases (Windows Server 2008 R2 and more recent) and DBMS (SQL Server 2008 R2 and more recent). Please understand this as a start. We will add more SAP applications, OS and DBMS over time.
As of VM types, you might be surprised only finding the A5 VM type being supported and described in terms of sizing. Some of you are running larger VM types for non-productive SAP systems in Azure already. The restriction on A5 is temporary and is not motivated by scalability concerns at all. SAP and Microsoft decided on such a restriction for the first 2-3 months to evaluate all the processes around deployment and support. As soon as SAP and Microsoft sees everything running fine, the SAP Note will list larger VM types with the sizing information around those larger VM types.
Second SAP Note to read is Note 2015553 – SAP on Microsoft Azure: Support Requirements
In this note, we go through some of the requirements to be supported by SAP running productive SAP systems on Azure. Most important requirements (but not all) commented on here are:
The second SAP Note mentions three different pieces of documentation that is released. The documentation can be found here:
Study all of the required documentation thoroughly in order to deploy SAP software as specified in SAP Note 1928533 – SAP Applications on Azure: Supported Products and Azure VM types . There are a lot of specifics documented which address the supported configurations and the monitoring aspect for SAP with Azure deployments.
First guide to read is titled: ‘ SAP NetWeaver on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Services – Planning and Implementation Guide ’. This guide presents details about:
It is vital to study the guide to get knowledge about specifics of Azure related to SAP deployments. After studying this guide and taking SAP Note 1928533 into consideration you should be able to qualify which existing or future of your SAP systems are able to be deployed in Azure Virtual Machine Services.
Second guide to be studied would be: ‘ DBMS Deployment Guide for SAP on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Services ’. This guide will document details about deploying SAP related DBMS systems in Azure. The guide is separated into a generic part and a DBMS specific part. In the DBMS specific part, the only documented DBMS system is SQL Server. However the guide will be extended as soon as there are other DBMS systems supported by SAP as well. Aspects of:
Are discussed in general and in details for the different DBMS systems.
The third guide is called ‘ SAP NetWeaver on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Services – Deployment Guide ’. This guide is a hands-on guide that describes in detail how to deploy VMs that are used for SAP applications. The guide covers:
This guide will refer to PowerShell scripts which were developed especially for the purpose of deploying and configuring the Azure Monitoring Extension for SAP. The scripts can be downloaded here:
The architecture and design of the Azure related monitoring for SAP is already described in the ‘ SAP NetWeaver on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Services – Planning and Implementation Guide ’. As you see the guides are building up on each other.
In all the guides you will find many links to general Azure documentation or SQL Server/Azure related documentation which will give you further background on different specifics of Azure.
Please study the information well. The deployment of SAP systems into Azure does not start with the Azure Portal, but with collecting enough background on Azure and solid planning. We will keep you updated and will dive into different aspects of deploying SAP systems on Azure on this blog site in the future.
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