Designing an SAP to Azure Migration Strategy

Migrating an SAP landscape to Azure is a complicated task with lots of moving parts. Apart from the sheer volume of data, a migration can involve software upgrades and data conversions. Not only will a landscape need to work properly once migrated, but in most cases, the migration needs to happen quickly as SAP systems are usually the information backbone of an organization.

Once the target environment structure has been finalized the next important phase is planning the migration so that system downtime is kept to a minimum. There are different migration strategies to suit multiple scenarios and this course looks at which strategy works best for each scenario. We then look at ways to optimize a migration, and its pros, cons, and issues to look out for.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the main scenarios and considerations when migrating from SAP to Azure
  • Learn the two methods for getting your data into Azure
  • Understand the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous migration
  • Understand how the database migration option available in SAP can be used to migrate your data to Azure
  • Learn about the SAP HANA Large Instances service from Azure

Intended Audience

  • Database administrators
  • Anyone looking to migrate data from SAP to Azure


To get the most out of this course, you should have a basic knowledge of both Microsoft Azure and SAP.


Hi, and welcome to this Designing an SAP to Azure Migration Strategy course. In this course, we will look at the various migration options available to migrate an SAP installation to the Azure cloud platform. As well as the different migration methods, we will also look at general considerations and possible issues that crop up when designing a migration strategy. We will look at various target database management systems, but as you no doubt know, SAP HANA is the preferred or favored DBMS for SAP.

As the name implies, this course is all about the "what to do" of migration rather than the "how to do," which is covered in the Deploy and Migrate course. We will not be looking at setting up the Azure target landscape, which is covered in the Designing an Azure Infrastructure for SAP HANA course. While you don't need to have in-depth and hands-on SAP or Azure experience, familiarity with SAP, and Azure concepts is essential. This course does assume that you are coming from an SAP background of some description.

My name is Hallam Webber, and I'll be your instructor for this course. We welcome all comments and feedback, so please feel free to get in touch with us at with any feedback, both positive or negative.

About the Author
Learning Paths

Hallam is a software architect with over 20 years experience across a wide range of industries. He began his software career as a  Delphi/Interbase disciple but changed his allegiance to Microsoft with its deep and broad ecosystem. While Hallam has designed and crafted custom software utilizing web, mobile and desktop technologies, good quality reliable data is the key to a successful solution. The challenge of quickly turning data into useful information for digestion by humans and machines has led Hallam to specialize in database design and process automation. Showing customers how leverage new technology to change and improve their business processes is one of the key drivers keeping Hallam coming back to the keyboard.