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In this course, we discuss planning for data recovery, including disaster recovery of SAP workloads in AWS. We present and discuss some of the design and best practices gathered by AWS customers, AWS Experts, and SAP Specialists running SAP workloads on AWS.

Learning Objectives

We introduce best practices for business continuity and disaster recovery related to SAP workloads on AWS. The recommendations are aligned with the Reliability pillar of the Well-Architected Framework and focus on planning for data protection and recovery of SAP solutions implemented using AWS services.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for SAP architects and SAP Operators who deploy and maintain SAP workloads on AWS. This course also aligns with the objectives of the AWS Certified: SAP on AWS Specialty (PAS-C01) exam.


To get the most from this course, you will need to meet the requirements for the AWS Solutions Architect Associate or AWS SysOps Associate certifications or the equivalent experience. This includes the function, anatomy, and operation of core AWS services that are relevant to SAP implementations, such as: 

  • The AWS global infrastructure, Amazon VPCs, Amazon EC2, EBS, EFS, S3, Glacier, IAM, CloudWatch, CloudTrail, the AWS CLI, Amazon Route 53
  • The Well-Architected Framework

It is also assumed that you are familiar with SAP software workloads and their implementation. SAP is well known for enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, including SAP Business Suite, SAP Net weaver, SAP S/4HANA solutions, and supporting products.


Summary. In this course, we discussed some of the best practices for planning data recovery, including disaster recovery of SAP workloads in AWS. SAP workloads on AWS are implemented using Amazon EC2 instances or elastic containers, with the corresponding SAP software installed and configured. We introduced the requirements for Amazon EC2 support for SAP which in general entails selecting a supported AMI. It also entails to verify that the AWS data provider for SAP is installed on EC2 instances. The AWS data provider is a tool that collects key performance data on an EC2 instance that SAP applications can use to monitor transactions. We discussed AWS database support for SAP, SAP Licensing, and SAP support requirements on AWS. 

We also discussed the two main patterns for SAP deployment on AWS, which are all in in AWS and SAP Hybrid AWS Architectures. As a general review, we discussed the AWS Well-Architected Framework, its main pillars, and the SAP lense document. With regards to reliability, we discussed general backup and recovery strategies, the AWS Backup Service, and AWS Disaster Recovery scenarios corresponding to the Recovery Time Objectives, Recovery Point Objectives, and Mean Time To Recovery metrics. These were some of the general design and best practices gathered by AWS customers, AWS experts, and SAP specialist running SAP workloads on AWS. For Cloud Academy, this is Jorge Negron, thanks for watching.


About the Author
Jorge Negrón
AWS Content Architect
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Experienced in architecture and delivery of cloud-based solutions, the development, and delivery of technical training, defining requirements, use cases, and validating architectures for results. Excellent leadership, communication, and presentation skills with attention to details. Hands-on administration/development experience with the ability to mentor and train current & emerging technologies, (Cloud, ML, IoT, Microservices, Big Data & Analytics).