Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SAP have worked together closely to certify the AWS platform so that companies of all sizes can fully realize all the benefits of the SAP HANA in-memory platform on the AWS Cloud. With SAP BW/4HANA on the AWS Cloud you can:

  • Achieve faster time to value - provision infrastructure for SAP BW/4HANA in hours vs. weeks to months, allowing your business to get to market faster.
  • Scale infrastructure resources - as your data requirements increase over time so does your AWS’ environment. Scale up and down as needed to meet the demands of your analytics.
  • Achieve a higher level of availability - by combining Amazon EC2 Auto Recovery, multiple Availability Zones and SAP HANA System Replication (HSR) you can achive a higher level of avilablty than possible in a single datacenter.

Overview
AWS provides SAP customers and partners with SAP-certified cloud infrastructure to run SAP HANA. With AWS, SAP HANA infrastructure can be rapidly provisioned without needing to make any capital investments or long-term commitments. SAP HANA on AWS can be deployed on either the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) or the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) X1 instance types offer up to 4 TB memory and are powered by up to four 2.3 GHz Intel® Xeon E7 8880 v3 (Haswell) processors. In addition, X1 instance types offer up to 25 Gbps of network bandwidth and up to 14 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) at no additional cost.

For additional information about the Amazon EC2 instance types certified for SAP HANA, see the SAP HANA Certified IaaS Platforms Directory

Deployment
The SAP HANA on AWS Quick Start provides an automated process to deploy fully functional SAP HANA systems on the AWS Cloud, following best practices from AWS and SAP. The Quick Start ensures that AWS services and the OS (SLES or RHEL) are optimally configured to achieve the best performance for your SAP HANA system.

Licensing
SAP BW/4HANA on AWS uses a bring-your-own-license model for the SAP HANA license. SAP customers can use their existing or new SAP HANA licenses to run SAP HANA on AWS.SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system licenses are provided by AWS and their relevant license fees are combined with the base hourly fee of the respective Amazon EC2 instance type.

Supported use cases
SAP HANA BYOL on AWS is supported for both production and non-production use cases.

Supported HANA scenarios
The following HANA scenarios are supported by SAP for production on AWS.

- SAP BW/4HANA
- SAP Business Warehouse and BPC on HANA
- Native HANA Applications
- Data marts and analytics
- SAP S/4HANA
- SAP Business Suite (ERP, CRM, etc.) on HANA
- SAP HANA Live / Sidecar
- SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA

Memory sizes available

  • Scale-out - OLAP workloads like SAP BW/4HANA, data marts, analytics, SAP Business Warehouse (BW), and SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) are supported on multi-node / scale-out configurations providing up to 34 TB of memory, when using the x1.32xlarge instance type.
  • Scale-up - OLTP workloads like SAP Business Suite applications (e.g. ERP) and SAP S/4HANA are supported on a single-node / scale-up configurations with 4 TB of memory, when using the x1e.32xlarge instance type.

For additional information about the Amazon EC2 instance types certified for SAP HANA, see the SAP HANA Certified IaaS Platforms Directory

Pricing
The following tables provide estimates of sample SAP BW/4HANA configurations on AWS. To estimate the pricing for a multi-node / scale-out SAP BW/4HANA cluster, multiply the cost of a single SAP BW/4HANA node configuration with the number of nodes required. For additional information about estimating AWS infrastructure pricing for SAP solutions, see the SAP on AWS Pricing Guide.


SAP HANA Server

1 Amazon EC2 instance for both the SAP HANA DB and SAP NetWeaver AS

EC2
Instance Type
vCPU Memory
(GiB)
Supported for
production*
Monthly
cost
r4.2xlarge 8 61 No See estimate
r4.4xlarge 16 122 No See estimate
r4.8xlarge 32 244 Yes See estimate
r4.16xlarge 64 488 Yes See estimate
x1.16xlarge 64 976 Yes See estimate
x1.32xlarge 128 1,952 Yes See estimate
x1e.32xlarge 128 3,904 Yes See EC2 pricing

*For additional information about the different SAP HANA on AWS configurations supported by SAP for production, see SAP note #1964437 (access to the SAP Support Portal is required to view SAP notes)
 

 

SAP HANA Server + NetWeaver Application Server

1 Amazon EC2 instance for the SAP HANA DB + 1 Amazon EC2 instance for the NetWeaver AS

HANA System   NetWeaver AS System  
EC2
Instance Type
vCPU Memory
(GiB)  
 Supported for 
production*
EC2
Instance Type
vCPU Memory
(GiB)  
Monthly
cost
r4.4xlarge 16 122 
No r4.large 2 15.25  See estimate
r4.8xlarge 32 244 
Yes r4.xlarge 4 30.50  See estimate
r4.16xlarge 64 488  Yes r4.2xlarge 8 61.00  See estimate
x1.16xlarge 64 976  Yes r4.2xlarge 8 61.00  See estimate
x1.32xlarge 128 1,952  Yes r4.2xlarge 8 61.00  See estimate
x1e.32xlarge 128 3,904 Yes r4.4xlarge 16 122.0 See EC2 pricing

*For additional information about the different SAP HANA on AWS configurations supported by SAP for production, see SAP note #1964437 (access to the SAP Support Portal is required to view SAP notes) 

 

Purchasing options
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) offers multiple purchasing options for EC2 instances. The two most relevant options for an SAP HANA system are On-Demand Instances and Reserved Instances. (See an overview of the different Amazon EC2 purchasing options.) The pricing estimates provided in the previous table are based on the 1 Year Term - No Upfront Payment - Reserved Instance purchasing option. If you would like to compare the cost to an On-Demand Instance, you can change the Billing Option for the instance on the Services tab.

Pay for only what you use
With the On-Demand purchasing option, you only pay for the hours the instance is running. For non-production systems, you can reduce your cost significantly by running the system only during the hours it is required online. The pricing estimates provided in the previous table are based on 24x7 utilization. If you do not need to keep the system online 24x7, you can adjust the billing option (as described previously) and the utilization level in the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator to see the effect on the monthly price.

Regions available
SAP HANA Infrastructure Services on AWS is currently available in all AWS regions except for Bejing. For additional information about AWS regions, see the Global Infrastructure webpage.

How to get started
The SAP HANA on AWS Quick Start helps you deploy fully functional SAP HANA systems on the AWS Cloud, following best practices from AWS and SAP. The Quick Start ensures that AWS services and the OS (SLES or RHEL) are optimally configured to achieve the best performance for your SAP HANA system.