SAP on Alibaba Cloud

Bring the reliability, security, and smart solutions of Alibaba Cloud to your SAP workloads.

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Overview

Alibaba Cloud is a trusted partner of SAP, offering the reliability and security that your business requires. The mature service infrastructure and platforms of Alibaba Cloud, when combined with the world-leading applications and Database Management System (DBMS) services of SAP, can help to simplify your overall IT infrastructure and accelerate the digital transformation of your enterprise.

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Your Challenge

As business operations grow in complexity, a company may struggle to accurately predict business workloads.

Our Solution

  • This is a standard solution to deploy your SAP S/4HANA system. With this solution, your company can deploy your S4/HANA system on cloud for lower cost of ownership.

  • Features

    Deploy your S/4HANA system with the minimum cost.

Elastic Compute Service

An online computing service that offers elastic and secure virtual cloud servers.

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Smart Access Gateway

An end-to-end cloud deployment solution for connecting hardware and software.

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Hybrid Backup Recovery

An easy-to-use BaaS solution that protects your data on premises and on the cloud.

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Your Challenge

Customers may be worried about the software failure for a standard deployment. Therefore, a high availability deployment is required with an online secondary as a standby.

Our Solution

  • This is a typical solution to deploy your SAP S/4HANA system. Choose the primary/secondary nodes for your S/4HANA system on different Alibaba Cloud ECS instances in an availability zone.

  • Features

    Deploy primary/secondary nodes for NetWeaver applications with multiple ECS instances in your target zone.

Elastic Compute Service

An online computing service that offers elastic and secure virtual cloud servers.

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Smart Access Gateway

An end-to-end cloud deployment solution for connecting hardware and software.

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Hybrid Backup Recovery

An easy-to-use BaaS solution that protects your data on premises and on the cloud.

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Your Challenge

Even with the HA inner zone solution, some customers are still worried about the complete site failure, so a HA cross zone feature is required.

Our Solution

  • This is a typical solution to deploy your SAP S/4HANA system. Choose the zones in which you want to deploy the primary/secondary nodes of your S/4HANA system within your target region.

  • Features

    Deploy primary/secondary nodes for NetWeaver applications in two zones.

Elastic Compute Service

An online computing service that offers elastic and secure virtual cloud servers.

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Smart Access Gateway

An end-to-end cloud deployment solution for connecting hardware and software.

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Hybrid Backup Recovery

An easy-to-use BaaS solution that protects your data on premises and on the cloud.

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Your Challenge

For business sensitive systems, especially SAP systems, a complete site failure tolerance is required to keep business downtime as few as possible. Without the disaster recovery plan, your business may be blocked when a complete availability zone failure happens.

Our Solution

  • Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive portfolio of disaster recovery plans to ensure the online availability of your SAP S/4HANA systems, with different plans to suit your specific business requirements.

  • Features

    Deploy primary/secondary nodes for NetWeaver applications with multiple ECS virtual machines in a single zone, and deploy disaster and recovery nodes for HANA databases across multiple zones.

Elastic Compute Service

An online computing service that offers elastic and secure virtual cloud servers.

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Smart Access Gateway

An end-to-end cloud deployment solution for connecting hardware and software.

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Hybrid Backup Recovery

An easy-to-use BaaS solution that protects your data on premises and on the cloud.

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Solution Highlights

Flexible Billing Models

With Alibaba Cloud, you have the choice to choose a flexible billing model that best suits your specific requirements. You can purchase resources on a subscription basis for a lower rate, or opt for pay-as-you-go billing for greater flexibility. With our pay-as-you-go billing model, there are no upfront processing fees.

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Ensured Availability

Given the high reliability and availability models of Alibaba Cloud, which have been laid out in several different service layers and across all of our service regions, you can be assured that your SAP applications, wherever they may be deployed, will run smoothly and be secure on Alibaba Cloud.

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SAP-Specific Solutions

Alibaba Cloud has developed several exclusive SAP-related solutions. In particular, Alibaba offers such solutions as SAP systems monitoring with DataV and HANA cloud backup to Alibaba Cloud OSS using backint, and solutions that allow for better integration between SAP applications and your services running on Alibaba Cloud.

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SAP Certifications

Alibaba Cloud has SAP certifications for ECS instances, databases, SAP Netweaver based applications, and more applications as below.

Instance Types RAM Scenarios
ecs.c5.8xlarge 64 GB SAP Business One
ecs.g5.8xlarge 128 GB SAP Business One
ecs.r5.16xlarge 512 GB OLAP/OLTP
ecs.r5.8xlarge 256 GB OLAP/OLTP
ecs.r5.8xlarge 256 GB SAP Business One
ecs.r6.13xlarge 384 GB OLAP/OLTP
ecs.re4.20xlarge 960 GB OLAP/OLTP
ecs.re4.40xlarge 1920 GB OLAP/OLTP
ecs.re4e.40xlarge 3840 GB OLTP
ecs.sel.14xlarge 480 GB OLAP/OLTP
ecs.sel.14xlarge 480 GB SAP Business One
Certified databases Definition Features
SAP HANA SAP HANA is an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system developed and marketed by SAP. Its primary function as database server is to store and retrieve data as requested by the applications. In addition, SAP HANA performs high-performance analysis and real-time data processing to address customers’ rapidly growing requirements on business analysis.
SAP MaxDB SAP MaxDB is the database management system developed and supported by SAP SE. SAP MaxDB is available on Microsoft Windows, Linux and UNIX and for the most prominent hardware platforms as well as Public Cloud.
Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed and marketed by Microsoft. Microsoft SQL server on Alibaba cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) just like when you installed on-premises, you are responsible for installation, administering the database, including backups and recovery, patching the operating system and the database.
SAP ASE SAP ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise), originally known as Sybase SQL Server, and also commonly known as Sybase DB or Sybase ASE, is a relational model database server which modernize and accelerate your transaction-based applications on premise and in the cloud. This high-performance SQL database server uses a relational management model to meet rising demand for performance, reliability, and efficiency in every industry.
IBM Db2 IBM Db2 is a family of data management products that helps you more effectively manage structured and unstructured data in on-premises and cloud environments. SAP NetWeaver based applications with IBM Db2 have been certified on Alibaba Cloud as standalone and HA without cluster manager scenario.
Certified applications Definition Features
SAP S/4HANA SAP S/4HANA is an ERP business suite based on the SAP HANA in-memory database that allows companies to perform transactions and analyze business data in real-time. SAP released S/4HANA in February 2015 to much fanfare, and the company now views it as one of its flagship products that customers will migrate to as the next-generation successor to the SAP Business Suite ERP platform.
SAP Business Suite SAP Business Suite is a bundle of business applications that provide integration of information and processes, collaboration, industry-specific functionality and scalability. SAP Business Suite is based on SAP's technology platform called NetWeaver SAP Business Suite has five constituents: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).
SAP Business Warehouse SAP Business Warehouse (BW) integrates data from different sources, transforms and consolidates the data, does data cleansing, and storing of data as well. SAP Business Intelligence (BI) means analyzing and reporting of data from different heterogeneous data sources. It allows you to acquire data from multiple data sources, data staging, which can be further distributed to different BI systems.
SAP Business One SAP Business One is business management software designed for small and medium-sized enterprises. It was designed with the idea that smaller companies need ERP software to help manage their business, but not the kind of ERP that large and complex organizations need. It has functional modules for finance, customer relationship management (CRM), warehousing and production management, purchasing and procurement, and reporting and analytics.
SAP BW/4HANA BW/4HANA is an evolution of BW that is completely optimized and tailored to SAP HANA. The BW/4HANA code can only run on SAP HANA as it is interwoven with SAP HANA engines and libraries.
Certified applications Definition Features
SAP Content Server The SAP Content Server is a stand-alone component in which a large quantity of electronic documents of any format and with any content can be stored. The SAP applications concerned must support the use of the SAP Content Server. The documents can be saved either in one or more MaxDB instances or in the file system.
SAP Livecache SAP LiveCache is a database which resides in memory that is used to speed up material planning scenarios in SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM). With SAP LiveCache you can complete resource-intensive material planning activities, such as demand planning (DP) as a forecast up to on demand available to promise (ATP) scenarios.
SAP Data Hub SAP Data Hub is a data sharing, pipelining, and orchestration solution that helps companies accelerate and expand the flow of data across their modern, diverse data landscapes. SAP Data Hub provides visibility and access to a broad range of data systems and assets; allows the easy and fast creation of powerful, organization-spanning data pipelines; and optimizes data pipeline execution speed with a “push-down” distributed processing approach at each step.
SAP BusinessObjects SAP BusinessObjects (BO or BOBJ) is an enterprise software company, specializing in business intelligence (BI). Its components provide performance management, planning, reporting, query and analysis, as well as enterprise information management. BusinessObjects also offers consulting and education services to help customers deploy its business intelligence projects.
Operating System What does it support Required versions
RedHat Linux It supports to run SAP NetWeaver based applications but not HANA and is available on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 (RHEL7) or later.
SUSE Linux It supports to run SAP NetWeaver based applications and also SAP HANA. SUSE Linux Enterprise is available as public image on Alibaba Cloud, and SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP is available on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 (SLES12) or later.
Windows Server It supports to run SAP NetWeaver based applications. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016, or 2019.

Alibaba Cloud Ecosystem for SAP

Customer Success Stories

See how companies large and small are leveraging Alibaba Cloud to grow and improve their business with SAP applications.

With Alibaba Cloud, Adira has successfully implemented the core SAP S4/HANA development, test, and production systems, and has quickly deployed SAP PO and SAP Fiori systems in the cloud. The deployment of SAP systems has helped to decrease overall IT costs and operation resource spending, allowing Adira to focus more on its core business.

Through the certificated ECS instances, block storage, and best practice guide provided by Alibaba Cloud, BSS was able to migrate their SAP systems to the cloud in a seamless manner. Via the VPN services Alibaba Cloud offers, the SAP systems could be accessed from BSS's local offices quickly and securely. Overall, migration to the cloud has helped BSS to jump start digital transformation while also achieving a lower TCO.

PT Bina Sarana Sukses (BSS), based in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a company engaged in the business of mining services and heavy equipment rental. Till now PT Bina Sarana Sukses has more than 6,000 registrars and 4,000 applications on its way to world-class mining contractor on the basis of high performance, synergy, kinship, professionalism, and resilience.

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