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 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

SAP on Azure: General Update – June 2018

SAP and Microsoft are continuously adding new features and functionalities to the Azure platform. The key objective of the Azure cloud platform 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 months. 1. M-Series is Certified… Read more

Flat Cube became default in SAP BW

Overview The following features have been optionally available in SAP BW on Microsoft SQL Server for several years: SQL Server Columnstore for BW cubes (as of SAP BW 7.0) See also https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2018/04/26/columnstore-became-default-in-sap-bw Columnstore Optimized Flat Cube (as of SAP BW 7.4) The impact of these features is described in https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2017/05/08/performance-evolution-of-sap-bw-on-sql-server. Customer experience showed, that using… Read more

Columnstore became default in SAP BW

Overview The following features have been optionally available in SAP BW on Microsoft SQL Server for several years: SQL Server Columnstore for BW cubes (as of SAP BW 7.0) Columnstore Optimized Flat Cube (as of SAP BW 7.4) See also https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2018/04/26/flat-cube-became-default-in-sap-bw The impact of these features is described in https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2017/05/08/performance-evolution-of-sap-bw-on-sql-server. Customer experience showed, that using… Read more

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

Setting Up Hana System Replication on Azure Hana Large Instances

This blog details a recent customer deployment by Cognizant SAP Cloud team  on HANA Large Instances. From an architecture perspective of HANA Large Instances, the usage of HANA System Replication as disaster recovery functionality between two HANA Large Instance units in two different Azure regions does not work. Reason is that the network architecture applied… 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