Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) acceleration for SQL 2016 in Windows Azure

Today we want to show you the speed improvements we get by supporting the Intel AES-NI instruction set for transparent data encryption (TDE) on Windows Azure. This instruction set reduces the CPU overhead of turning on Transparent Data Encryption for SQL Server databases. For the testing scenario we used an Azure DS15 virtual machine with… Read more

Using Columnstore on ERP tables

SQL Server columnstore indexes are optimized for aggregations of large amounts of data. Therefore, they are successfully used in SAP’s data warehouse system SAP BW since years. ERP systems typically still use rowstore (b-tree) indexes, because they are optimized for the most common data access pattern of ERP systems: Directly reading a few rows specified… Read more

More Questions From Customers About SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption – TDE + Azure Key Vault

Recently many customers have been moving from AIX and HPUX to Windows 2016 & SQL Server 2016 running on Azure as these UNIX platforms are no longer mainstream, developed or invested by their vendors Most of these customers are deploying TDE to protect the Database files and backups. Encrypting databases with strong ciphers like AES-256… Read more

SAP on SQL: General Update for Customers & Partners March 2017

SAP and Microsoft are continuously adding new features and functionalities to the SAP on SQL Server platform. The key objective of the SAP on Windows SQL port is to deliver the best performance and availability at the lowest TCO and simplest operation. This blog includes updates, fixes, enhancements and best practice recommendations collated over recent… Read more

Large Australian Energy Company Modernizes SAP Applications & Moves to Azure Public Cloud

This blog is a technical overview of a project recently completed by a large Australian Energy Company (the Company) over the past 12 months to transform the Company’s SAP Solution from an End of Life HPUX/Oracle platform to a modern SQL Server 2016 solution running on the Azure Public Cloud. This blog focuses on the… Read more

SAP Business Objects support of SQL Server 2016 and Azure products

These days, we get a lot of questions around SAP Business Objects components supporting SQL Server 2016. As of February 2017, the support situation looks like: SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1: As of SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1 SP09, SAP introduced support for SQL Server 2016 which got released for SAP NetWeaver in 2016 already… Read more

Windows 2016 is now Generally Available for SAP

Windows 2016 has been released by Microsoft and is now Generally Available for any SAP NetWeaver 7.0 or higher components. Release information can be found in SAP Note 2384179 – SAP Systems on Windows Server 2016 This blog discusses the relevant SAP Notes and release information. For the official release status of individual SAP applications… Read more

BW Queries by factors faster using FEMS-pushdown

Complex SAP BW queries often contain FEMS-filters. These filters used to be applied on the SAP application server, which was not very efficient. A new SQL statement generator in SAP BW implements an optimized algorithm for FEMS processing. We have seen performance improvements up-to factor 100. The actual performance improvement varies heavily for different BW… Read more

Recent SAP BW improvements for SQL Server

Over the course of the last few months we implemented several improvements in SAP BW. We already blogged about two improvements separately: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2016/11/14/simplified-and-faster-sap-bw-process-chains https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2016/11/25/improved-sap-compression-tool-msscompress In this blog we want to describe a few, additional improvements BW query performance of F4-Help Some BW queries were not using intra-query parallelism, because the BW statement generator did not… Read more