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SAP applications are a crucial part of your customer’s digital transformation, but with SAP’s move to SAP S/4HANA, this can also present a challenge.

Luckily, this doesn’t have to be a showstopper. You can embrace the power of the cloud to drive your transformation and host SAP HANA.

SUSE and Microsoft offer jointly engineered solutions built to support SAP on SUSE in Azure Cloud and drive your organization forward today and tomorrow.

Here are a list of useful resources that can help in your journey as you deploy or migrate your SAP applications to the cloud:

Simplified Infrastructure deployment based on Microsoft SAP Reference Architecture on SUSE

Tools from SUSE

SUSE Microsoft Solution Templates

Solution templates are designed to simplify and automate the creation of the required infrastructure for deploying SAP Netweaver and SAP HANA on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications premium images in Azure. These templates will create:

  • Several virtual machines
  • Virtual network and subnet
  • Several disks depending on the solution sizes
  • Availability Sets and load balancer if High-Availablity (HA) is selected

Find them here 

SUSE Github – SUSE Microsoft Solution Templates

This repository provides several predefined solution templates for SAP Applications from SUSE and Microsoft for simplified deployment on Microsoft Azure

Benefits of Solution Templates:

  • Use SAP certified instance types
  • Use the right size and performance disk drives for production SAP instance
  • Make use of the right Azure features needed for productive instance (accelerated disk and networking)
  • The Github version allows customization if the marketplace version does not fit.
  • In addition it allows partners to collaboratively work on it.

Find them here 

Automated SAP/HA Deployments in Public/Private Clouds with Terraform

Find Terraform configuration files by Public or Private Cloud providers, each  containing documentation relevant to the use of the configuration files and to the cloud provider itself.

Find them here

Tools from Microsoft

Automating SAP deployments in Microsoft Azure using Terraform and Ansible

Use this set of highly customizable templates to automatically deploy complex SAP landscapes in the Azure Cloud. The templates are split into:

  • Terraform modules which deploy the infrastructure components (such as VMs, network, storage) in Azure and then call the:
  • Ansible playbooks which run different roles to install and configure SAP HANA and required applications on the already deployed infrastructure.

Supported Scenarios

  • HANA single-node instance
    • single-node HANA instance
  • HANA high-availability pair
    • single-node HANA instance, two-tier HSR (primary/secondary)
    • Pacemaker high-availability cluster, fully configured with SBD and SAP/Azure resource agents

Find them here 

You might also like to read this Microsoft blog for more information.

Older scripted deployment from AzureCAT Team for POCs

This ARM template is used to install SAP HANA on a single VM running SUSE SLES 12 SP3. This is more useful for conducting Proof of Concept (PoC).

Find it here

Note : Both MSFT tools, as of today, do not care about production instances. However, customers (and partners) still need to choose the right sizes and features themselves.

Links to Documentation

The available documentation is constantly updated, incorporating feedback from customer deployments and issues identified. So do bookmark these pages and refer to the latest versions available online.

Using Azure for hosting and running SAP workload scenarios

All the documentation related to SAP on Azure

High availability of SAP HANA on Azure VMs on SUSE

Azure Virtual Machines high availability for SAP NetWeaver

SUSE Best Practice Guides for SAP

Sources:

Microsoft Azure Marketplace

SUSE GitHub


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  • SAP applications are a crucial part of your digital transformation, but with SAP’s move to SAP S/4HANA, this can also present a challenge. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be a showstopper. SUSE and Microsoft offer jointly engineered solutions built to support SAP on SUSE in Azure Cloud; Continue reading Useful Resources for deploying SAP Workloads on SUSE in Azure

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