On Monday, Microsoft and SAP announced integrated offerings to provide enterprise customers better options in the cloud (press release).
According to Microsoft around 100.000 companies are using solutions from Microsoft as well as from SAP. The expanded partnership offers SAP customers a trusted part to the public cloud and provide a commitment to offer joint SAP and Microsoft solutions.
As part of the commitment SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) will be available on Microsoft Azure which allows customers to run SAP S/4HANA in a secure, managed cloud. Additionally, Microsoft will deploy SAP S/4HANA on Azure and SAP will deploy key internal business critical systems to Azure.
The transition to S/4HANA is an import step for many SAP customers. SAP HANA as well as S/4HANA are running on Linux and customers want to make sure they have got the same performance and functionality in the public cloud as on premises.
As mentioned in a Microsoft blog (German), SAP customers are desirous to implement S/4HANA on Linux, which is an important reason for the relationship between SAP and Mircosoft. Azure has been optimal designed for SUSE Linux, which will provide the best performance for S/4HANA.
Implementing SAP HANA on the Azure cloud using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications provides stable environments for SAP environments that achieve bare-metal performance and reliability.
If you want to learn more about the transition to SAP S/4HANA or SAP applications on Azure, check out the following web pages: