See the following for answers to frequently asked questions about SAP solutions on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. If you have a question that isn't covered here, please contact us.

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  • How does AWS for SAP work?

    For a general overview of how to use SAP solutions on AWS, see Getting Started.

  • What types of services does AWS offer for SAP?

    AWS manages the physical infrastructure up to the virtualization layer.  The operating system and any SAP appplications and databases running above the virtualization layer are managed by the customer.  If a managed service is required, AWS has a network of partners that offer SAP consulting and managed services on AWS. To find an AWS SAP partner, see Find an SAP Partner.

  • Does AWS offer SAP managed or hosting services?

    No. AWS is an SAP-certified Global Technology Partner and focuses on providing a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud. AWS does not offer services specific to SAP but does have a network of partners that can provide SAP consulting and managed services on AWS. To learn about the types of services offered and to find an AWS SAP partner, see Find an SAP Partner.

  • How can I find a partner that offers SAP solutions and services on AWS?

    Visit the Find an SAP Partner page.

  • How can I try or test SAP on AWS?

    Various SAP test drives, trials and developer images are available on AWS. For more information, see SAP Test Drive, Trial, and Developer Systems for AWS.

  • Which SAP use cases can AWS be used for?

    SAP customers and partners are using AWS for use cases ranging from running a single SAP test system to hosting a complete SAP production environment. To learn more about how SAP customers and partners are using AWS, see Getting Started with SAP on AWS.

  • How does SAP licensing work on AWS?

    Most SAP solutions on AWS use a Bring Your Own Software and Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model.  Some SAP solutions are available on AWS with on-demand, free trial, and free developer licenses.  To learn more, see Getting Started with SAP on AWS.

  • Does AWS sell SAP licenses?

    No, AWS does not sell SAP licenses.  There are SAP partners in the AWS Partner Network that resell SAP licenses. To find one, visit Find an AWS SAP partner.

  • Can I use my existing SAP licenses on AWS?

    Yes, SAP customers can use their existing SAP licenses on AWS. For technical information about SAP licenses on AWS, see SAP Note 1178686 (requires SAP Service Marketplace credentials).

  • How does SAP CPU-based licenses work on AWS?

    For SAP solutions that use a CPU-based licensing model, the number of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) virtual cores, not Amazon EC2 vCPUs, should be used to determine the number of CPU licenses required. The number of virtual cores per EC2 instance type can be found on the Virtual Cores by Amazon EC2 and RDS DB Instance Type page.

     

  • How does operating system licensing work on AWS?

    Operating system licenses are included in the hourly price of an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance.  To learn more, see Amazon EC2 Pricing.

  • How does database licensing for SAP solutions on AWS work?

    Database licensing for SAP solutions on AWS uses a Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model.

  • What are the different SAP HANA offerings available on AWS?

    Offering License Use cases

    Supported scenarios

    SAP HANA Developer Edition Free Dev / Test
    • Development and test
    SAP HANA Trials Free Trial
    • Trials
    SAP HANA One On-Demand Production and non-production
    • Native HANA applications
    • Data marts and analytics
    SAP HANA Bring Your Own License
    BYOL

    Production and non-production

    • Native HANA applications
    • Data marts and analytics
    • SAP Business Suite applications (e.g. ERP)
    • SAP S/4HANA
    • SAP BW/4HANA
    • SAP Business Warehouse
    • SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC)
    • SAP HANA Live / Sidecar
    • SAP Business One

    For additional information, see SAP HANA on AWS.

  • What are the different EC2 instance memory sizes available for SAP HANA on AWS?

    Instance type vCPU Memory (GiB) Production
    r4.2xlarge 8 61 No
    r4.4xlarge 16 122 No
    r4.8xlarge 32 244 Yes
    r4.16xlarge 16 488 Yes
    x1.16xlarge 64 976 Yes
    x1.32xlarge 128 1,952 Yes
    x1e.32xlarge 128 3,904 Yes
  • How do I deploy SAP HANA on AWS?

    Option 1: Automated - The SAP HANA Quick Start Reference Deployment provides an automated process to deploy all of the required AWS infrastructure components for an SAP HANA system.

    Option 2: Manual – The SAP HANA Manual Deployment Guide provides step-by-step instructions and guidelines how to provision the required AWS infrastructure components for an SAP HANA system.

  • How can I design highly available SAP HANA production solution on the AWS cloud?

    You can design custom multi AZ and multi region HA and DR HANA production solutions by leveraging Amazon CloudFormation, Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon EC2 Auto Recovery services with relative ease. E.g., you can use any of the below six HA/DR solutions to meet your various Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Recovery Time Objective (RTO), and cost requirements:

    For more details and recommendations see SAP HANA HA and DR Guide.

  • How do I backup my SAP HANA system on AWS?

    You can use native HANA backup functionality to backup your HANA database to an Amazon EBS volume. Once the HANA backup files are stored in the EBS volume, you can easily snapshot that volume to S3 using the EBS Snapshot feature. Alternatively, you can also use a custom script or one of the many of the third party products available in our marketplace to regularly copy your HANA backup files from EBS volume to an S3 bucket. Please refer to the SAP HANA Operations Guide for additional details.

  • Which SAP HANA scenarios are supported by SAP for production on the X1 instance type?

    The following scenarios are supported for production by SAP on the X1 instance type.

    • Native HANA applications
    • Data marts and analytics
    • SAP Business Suite applications (e.g. ERP)
    • SAP S/4HANA
    • SAP BW/4HANA
    • SAP Business Warehouse
    • SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC)
    • SAP HANA Live / Sidecar
     
    For additional information, see SAP note # 1964437 (requires SAP Service Marketplace credentials).
  • Is SAP HANA scale-out supported on the X1 instance type?

    Yes. For additional information see the SAP HANA Certified IaaS Platforms Directory

  • How do I migrate my existing HANA or non HANA databases from on-premises to X1 instances?

    Following are the different migration solutions to migrate your HANA or non HANA database to the AWS cloud:

    • HANA on premise to the X1 instance: You have multiple options to migrate your existing HANA database from on premise to the X1 instance and the AWS cloud, depending on various factors such size of your source database, network connectivity between your data center and AWS regions, and acceptable downtime. Since you are not changing your Database or Operating System, you can use standard SAP homogenous system copy tools like Software Provisioning Manager (SWPM) to migrate your HANA database from on premise to the X1 instance. Alternatively, you can also choose to use standard HANA backup/restore process or HANA System Replication to move your HANA database to the X1 instance.
    • Non HANA on premise to the X1 instance: You can migrate your non-HANA Database from on premise to HANA on the AWS by using SAP’s standard OS/DB Migration toolset for Heterogeneous System Copy like Software Update Manager (SUM) with Data Migration Option (DMO) or Software Provisioning Manager (SWPM).
    • HANA on R3 (Single node and Scale-out) to the X1 instance: You have multiple options to migrate your existing HANA database on AWS to X1 instances. You can launch a new HANA Database on the X1 instance using the Amazon Quick Start and perform a backup/restore to migrate your data to the new X1 instance. Alternatively, you can setup HANA System Replication (HSR) between your existing R3 instance and the newly launched X1 instance. When the systems are fully synced, you can failover the X1 instance with zero to minimal downtime.
  • How much does an SAP HANA system on an X1 instance type cost?

    Pricing of the X1 instance types can be found at Amazon EC2 Pricing. For pricing of SAP HANA specific configurations combining the X1 instance type and SAP certified Amazon EBS storage configurations, visit SAP HANA on AWS.