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

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

Moving from SAP 2-Tier to 3-Tier configuration and performance seems worse

Lately we were involved in a case where a customer moved a SAP ERP system from a 2-Tier configuration to a 3-Tier configuration in virtualized environments. This was done because the customer virtualized the system and could not provide VMs large enough on the new host hardware to continue with a 2-Tier SAP setup. Hence… Read more

More offers in SAP Cloud Appliance Library for Azure

As you might already know, SAP has an offer called SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL – http://cal.sap.com ). SAP CAL offers you to deploy pre-configured software appliances on different public clouds, Azure being one of those public clouds. Advantages of SAP CAL are that you have an easy way to deploy and test these… Read more

SAP on SQL: General Update for Customers & Partners June 2016

Introduction 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. This blog includes updates, fixes, enhancements and best practice recommendations collated over recent months. 1…. Read more

New Azure PowerShell cmdlets for Azure Enhanced Monitoring

As part of the announcement during the keynote at SAPPHIRE NOW to support SAP on Linux on Azure we released 5 Azure Quickstart Templates on github and 4 PowerShell cmdlets. For a description of the Azure Quickstart Templates, read the blog Azure Quickstart Templates for SAP Azure PowerShell cmdlets SAP on Linux on Azure is only… Read more

Azure Quickstart Templates for SAP

As part of the announcement during the keynote at SAPPHIRE NOW to support SAP on Linux on Azure we released 5 Azure Quickstart Templates on github and 4 PowerShell cmdlets. For a description of the PowerShell cmdlets, read the blog New Azure PowerShell cmdlets for Azure Enhanced Monitoring Azure Quickstart Templates The quickstart templates can… Read more

Protecting SAP Systems Running on VMware with Azure Site Recovery

Introduction Azure Site Recovery delivers a powerful toolset to customers seeking to deploy or improve their Disaster Recovery solutions. The key differentiators between Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and competing technologies: Azure Site Recovery substantially lowers the cost of DR solutions. Virtual Machines are not charged for unless there is an actual DR event (such as… Read more

The Azure Monitoring Extension for SAP on Windows – Possible Error Codes and Their Solutions

The Azure Enhanced Monitoring Extension for SAP provides configuration information and performance data of the underlying Azure infrastructure and makes it available to the SAP application. It contains built-in self-diagnostics which enables identification of the health and completeness of the infrastructure data required by SAP services and support. For details on the setup and for… Read more

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