New BLOG location

After many years being hosted on, we moved our blog to the Techcommunity site of Microsoft. The link to our new blog site, which also contains the old articles is We hope to serve you well on the new site… Read more

SAP on Azure High Availability Systems with Heterogenous Windows and Linux Clustering and SAP HANA

SAP HANA is the well-known technology from SAP, powering different SAP applications like SAP S/4 HANA, SAP BW for HANA, SAP Business Suite on HANA, etc.  High availability (HA) is a current commodity and must-have feature expected by many SAP customers running their productive SAP HANA systems in the Azure cloud. SAP HANA runs only… Read more

S/4H Installation in Azure – SETUP AND CONFIG IN ONE DAY

Overview You want to perform a setup of SAP S/4 HANA in Azure. And you do want to do it quick so that you can experience the overall process and get ready for your landscape deployment. If so, this document is for you. This document enables you to perform the setup and configuration of the… Read more

SAPS ratings on Azure VMs – where to look and where you can get confused

Moving SAP software to Azure, you need to decide which Azure VM types you want to use. One of the major criteria for selecting a certain VM is the throughput requirement of the SAP workload. SAP decided decades ago, to characterize the throughput in SAPS (SAP Application Performance Standard). To measure the SAPS a server… Read more

Moving SAP on SQL Server and Windows into Azure – what SQL Server and Windows release should I use

As Azure became a very popular secure and scalable platform to deploy mission critical workload like SAP application on it, Microsoft itself tries to lower the bar to move your application to Azure even more. One of the measures Microsoft took was announced in this blog: In essence, the blog announces free extended Security… Read more

Orica’s S/4HANA Foundational Architecture Design on Azure

This blog is a customer success story detailing how Cognizant and Orica have successfully deployed and gone live with a global S/4HANA transformation project on Azure. This blog contains many details and analysis of key decision points taken by Cognizant and Orica over the last two years leading to their successful go live in August… Read more

SAP Support for SQL Server 2017

We are happy to share that SAP released support for SQL Server 2017 for some SAP NetWeaver based systems. In this blog we will talk about how you can update your existing installations on SQL Server to SQL Server 2017, what you need to do when installing a new SAP NetWeaver based system on SQL… Read more

SAP on SQL Server on Azure – How to Bypass Proxy Server During Backup to URL

This short blog discusses how to avoid overloading an on-premises or Azure Proxy server with Backup to URL. Creating a typical .Net configuration file to disable a proxy server will allow BackupToURL.exe to communicate via https directly to Azure blog storage. 1. SQL Server Backup to URL Modern releases of SQL Server support backups to… Read more

Installation and Setup of Oracle 12.2 ASM on Oracle Linux on Azure – Installation Videos & Backup Strategies

This short blog contains videos showing the end to end installation process to setup Oracle 12.2 ASM on Azure. The videos and documentation in this blog are being used to get formal certification for Oracle 12.2 ASM on Azure. This process is still ongoing It is important to follow the procedure documented in this blog… Read more

Installation Procedure for Sybase 16. 3 Patch Level 3 Always-on + DR on Suse 12. 3 – Recent Customer Proof of Concept

In recent months we saw several customers with large investments into Hana technologies approach Microsoft for information about deploying large mission critical SAP applications on Azure with the Sybase ASE database. SAP Hana customers are typically able to deploy Sybase ASE at little or no additional cost if they have licensed Hana Database. Many of… Read more