Very Large Database Migration to Azure – Recommendations & Guidance to Partners

SAP systems moved onto Azure cloud now commonly include large multinational “single global instance” systems and are many times larger than the first customer systems deployed when the Azure platform was first certified for SAP workloads some years ago Very Large Databases (VLDB) are now commonly moved to Azure. Database sizes over 20TB require some… Read more

SAP on SQL Server: General Update – January 2018

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

SAP on Azure: General Update – January 2018

SAP and Microsoft are continuously adding new features and functionalities to the Azure cloud platform. This blog includes updates, fixes, enhancements and best practice recommendations collated over recent months. 1. M-Series, Dv3 & Ev3-Series VMs Now Certified for NetWeaver Three new VM types are certified and supported by SAP for NetWeaver AnyDB workloads. AnyDB refers… Read more

Improve SAP BW Performance by Applying the Flat Cube

Overview SAP released the Columnstore Optimized Flat Cube over two years ago. We want to give a brief explanation of the benefits and advantages of using the Flat Cube – and in consequence engage customers to apply it. The Flat Cube has many benefits, for example, improved BW query performance and faster Data Transfer Processes… Read more

Customer Experience with Columnstore on ERP

SAP released the report MSS_CS_CREATE a few months ago. Using this report, customers can create an additional Nonclustered Columnstore Index (NCCI) on any SAP ERP table. This has already been described here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2017/04/13/using-columnstore-on-erp-tables. In the meanwhile, several customers tested this feature. They reported performance improvements for reporting scenarios using huge aggregations (see below). Other customers… Read more

Distributed Availability Groups extended

SQL Server 2016 supports distributed availability groups (AG) as additional HA feature of the engine. Today we want to show how this feature can be used to transfer near-real-time productive data around the globe. Based on Jürgens Blog about SQL Server 2016 Distributed Availability Groups we set up a Primary AG with the SAP Database (e.g…. Read more

Few interesting findings on HANA with MDC

Few interesting findings on HANA with MDC I was working on HANA with MDC and had few very interesting learnings. If you have been using non- MDC HANA databases, you may come across those scenarios. This article summarizes the issues and their resolutions. Setup Configuration I had following setup for SAP HANA during my testing…. Read more

Protecting SAP Solutions with Azure Site Recovery

Protect SAP Applications Most large and medium sized SAP solutions have some form of Disaster Recovery solution. The importance of robust and testable Disaster Recovery solutions has increased as more core business processes are moved to applications such as SAP. Azure Site Recovery has been tested and integrated with SAP applications and exceeds the capabilities… Read more

High Available ASCS for Windows on File Share – Shared Disk No Longer Required

SAP Highly Available ASCS Now Supports File Share UNC Source SAP has released documentation and a new Windows Cluster DLL that enables the SAP ASCS to leverage a SMB UNC source as opposed to a Cluster Shared Disk. The solution has been tested and documented by SAP for usage in non-productive systems and can be… Read more

Customer experience with SAP BW FEMS-Pushdown

A few months ago we released a new SAP BW statement generator, which increases BW query performance for complex queries containing FEMS filters, see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2017/03/06/bw-queries-by-factors-faster-using-fems-pushdown. In the meanwhile, a few customers who tested the new feature, provided feedback to the “SAP on SQL Server development”. Based on this feedback, we further improved the performance of… Read more