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SAP has very tight integration with Azure cloud, taking the form of the Tailored Datacentre Integration (TDI) within the MS Azure cloud. SAP application layer runs on regular VMs. SAP HANA database runs on HANA Large Instances, in an isolated unit called a Large Instance Stamp, within the TDI environment.

Organizations running SAP solutions on Azure gain real-time and predictive insights that empower them to break into new ways of doing business. Azure offers the ability to tap into more than 100 cloud services, access SAP Cloud Platform, apply intelligent analytics, and also integrate with an organization’s existing productivity and collaboration tools such as Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Power Apps, and Microsoft Power BI.

Advantages of running SAP HANA in Azure -

1. Lower Upfront and Operational Costs: By migrating to SAP HANA, you can easily scale up or down using Azure infrastructure, providing flexibility and also significant cost savings. 

2. Faster Time to Market: Azure helps companies release new SAP instances quicker, reducing testing time and error-related delays.

3. Automated Backup and Disaster Recovery Systems: Because SAP integrates with Azure Site Recovery, critical workloads are easily replicated between on-premises and cloud. Another advantage is the ability to build multi- or single-region recovery systems to maintain required RPO and RTO values.

4. Improved Workflows and Data Sharing: Running SAP HANA on Azure enables collaboration across geographical regions and real-time file sharing on almost any device.

5. Integrated Offerings Supporting Large Scale Deployments: Azure offers extra-large instances supporting huge SAP HANA deployments, including Mv2 VMs with up to 6 TB of memory, and custom SKUs with up to 24 TB of memory and up to 480 Intel CPU cores.

6. Azure is Preferred by Larger Enterprises: Azure provides service reliability, innovative database services and other platform as a service (PaaS) offerings, and an extensive array of integrations. SAP products are certified, tested, and integrated with Microsoft Azure.

7. Adoption Among Large Enterprises: Before releasing its SAP offering to the public, Microsoft moved all its own SAP systems to Azure, paving the way for businesses of any size and complexity to shift their SAP activities to Microsoft’s cloud. 


There are many great choices for moving SAP HANA to the public clouds, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Platform (GCP) and IBM Cloud. Among these choices, Azure shines as a robust option that is highly suitable for large enterprise deployments. 

  • Category: Cloud
  • Date: 28-09-2022