New White Paper on Sizing SAP Solutions on Azure Public Cloud

We have released a new white paper¬†detailing how to size SAP solutions on Microsoft Azure public cloud. The document is attached to this blog. Initial work on this topic is mentioned in this blog: How to Size SAP Systems Running on Azure VMs.   Microsoft is Executing and Publishing SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark on… Read more

SAP MaxDB, SAP liveCache and SAP Content Server are certified to run in Microsoft Azure Cloud

We are pleased to announce certification and support for the three new SAP products on Microsoft Azure cloud: SAP MaxDB database SAP liveCache SAP Content Server   SAP MaxDB Database SAP MaxDB is one of the three databases owned by SAP. You can use the SAP MaxDB database in different context, for example as standalone… Read more

SQL Server AlwaysOn – Summary

AlwaysOn is a very large feature in SQL Server and we needed to talk about all of the parts so that you could understand how important different configuration steps are. But now we know you want to configure an AlwaysOn landscape and going back through all 12 blogs to make the list of the steps… Read more

VMWare Vulnerability can cause Database Inconsistencies

SAP released a “Hot News” (SAP Note 2229228) on a significant problem using VMWare vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection with VMWare ESXi 6.0. Backing up a virtual machine (VM) with Changed Block Tracking (CBT) enabled fails after upgrading to or installing VMWare ESXI 6.0.  You might encounter the following: Databases running inside a VM can develop… Read more

Data distribution and SQL Plans

For customers of SAP (and others) it is very important that the runtime of the different reports or programs is predictable, fast and stable. From time to time it happens that former fast query executions deteriorate in their runtime and need much more time than before. For most of the customers it is totally unclear… Read more

SAP GUI is supporting Windows 10 as operating system

As of 10/08/2015, SAP GUI is supported to run on the Windows 10 operating system. This includes the usage of IE11 in conjunction with SAP GUI as well. The new Edge browser will not be supported since it is not running Active-X which would be essential for some of the SAP GUI scenarios. The exact… Read more

World Record SAP Sales and Distribution Standard Application Benchmark for SAP cloud deployments released using Azure IaaS VMs

In this article we want to talk about four SAP 3-Tier benchmarks that SAP and Microsoft released today. As of October 5th 2015, the best of these benchmarks sets the World Record for the category of SAP Sales and Distribution Standard Application Benchmarks executed in the cloud deployment type. The benchmarks were conducted on Azure Virtual… Read more

Foodstuffs North Island Retire Legacy Technology and Lower Costs by Moving Decommissioned SAP Systems to Azure on Demand

SAP Retail Customer Saves Money by moving legacy Info Assets to Azure Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI) is a $6 Billion Dollar Supermarket and Retail chain in New Zealand with 400 stores distributed across the North Island New Zealand.  A decommissioned SAP implementation ran ECC 6.0 and BW 7.0 on IBM AIX and DB2 running on… Read more

Global Advisory Firm Improves SAP BW Performance and Lowers Costs by Moving SAP Landscape to Windows & SQL Server on Azure and Hyper-V

The Australian subsidiary of a Global Advisory and Accounting Practice has migrated their SAP landscape from HPUX/Oracle running on Superdome UNIX servers to Windows and SQL Server running on Azure and Hyper-V. At the same time SAP BW performance has improved greatly and SAP Business Warehouse Accelerator has been decommissioned and replaced with SQL Server… Read more

Required SQL Server patch for Columnstore

This blog has been re-published at This blog post might be outdated by now. The latest documentation regarding SQL Server Columnstore on SAP is available in This week we increased the minimum required SQL Server 2014 patch for using the Columnstore with SAP BW. You should upgrade to: SQL Server 2014 SP1 Cumulative… Read more