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Microsoft enhances SAP public Azure cloud

Microsoft has announced enhancements to SAP’s public cloud platform including support for running the largest public cloud estates of SAP HANA, SAP’s PaaS offering, as a public preview on Microsoft Azure, and making Azure available as a deployment option for HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP’s secure private cloud offering.

A Microsoft spokesperson said, “We have invested deeply to ensure that Azure is the best public cloud for our customers’ SAP HANA workloads.

"Azure provides the most powerful and scalable infrastructure of any public cloud provider for HANA.

"Azure also offers customers the ability to extract more intelligence from their SAP solution environments with AI and analytics, and our broad, longstanding partnership with SAP includes integrations with Office 365 to help customer enhance productivity, too. Lastly, we have an enormous partner ecosystem ready to help enterprises succeed with SAP solution workloads.”

The enhancements include:

  • Support for running some of the largest public cloud estates of SAP HANA, across both virtual machines and Large Instance offerings.
    • To power SAP HANA and other high-end database workloads, M-Series virtual machines powered by Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v3 that support single node configurations up to 5TB memory are being introduced.
    • A range of new SAP HANA on Azure Large Instance SKUs, powered by Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4 from 4TB to 20TB memory.
    • Support for SAP HANA Large instances up to 60TB memory for potential future use for applications like SAP BW, and SAP BW/4HANA.
  • SAP Cloud Platform: SAP’s platform-as-a-service offering is now available as a public preview hosted on Microsoft Azure.
  • SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud: In co-operation with SAP, Microsoft is working to make Azure available as a deployment option for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP’s secure managed cloud offering.
  • SAP and Azure Active Directory Single-Sign-On: SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication Services are now integrated with Azure Active Directory. 

For further information on Microsoft’s announcements click here.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!


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