It has been a long while since we published the last whitepaper about SAP workload on SQL Server. It also has been a long while that we were working on a successor paper. Too long because we needed to revise the document several times in order to include new product releases and new functionalities. Since we feel that we have a good state now, we wanted to release the paper in this blog. We also will work with SAP to get the paper into SCN. But for now this is the latest and greatest. If there are already more recent releases of products like System Center Data Protection Manager or other products we introduced here, we apologize. We’ll try to correct with the next release of the paper. You might miss references to SQL Server or SQL Server and SAP deployment on Azure Infrastructure as a Service. For this specific area, we have a whole lot of documentation collected here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-sap-getting-started/ . Did the paper get a bit overboard and is more like a book. Well, we guess so. Let’s see how we can provide the same information in the future in shorter cadence and in a less voluminous form in the future. This blog site could play a more important role in the future in providing information that we so far tried to bundle in papers like this one.