Design an Azure Infrastructure for SAP Workloads


Azure Infrastructure for SAP Workloads
Project Plan
11m 3s
16m 17s
3m 8s

Designing the Azure infrastructure for SAP workloads is a crucial and fundamental step in the migration process. SAP systems are complex and demanding, relying on high-speed and high-capacity hardware and networks.

In this course, we look at the SAP-specific Azure products and features, as well as how generic Azure services can be utilized to architect a high-performance, resilient and secure environment to host SAP workloads. Microsoft has been a provider of SAP hosting infrastructure for many years, and as such, offers a range of solutions for hosting very modest landscapes to the biggest in the cloud.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the elements of a migration project plan
  • Learn about the SAP-certified compute options available on Azure
  • Learn about the Azure storage options available and which ones to use for various scenarios
  • Understand how to create a performant SAP network using Azure
  • Learn about different SAP system deployment models in the context of infrastructure design

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone looking to understand the Azure infrastructure options available, certified, and suitable for various SAP deployments.


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



Hi, welcome to this course on Designing an Azure infrastructure for SAP workloads. In this course, we will look at infrastructure options available on the Azure cloud platform that are certified and suitable for various SAP deployments.

Some of you will already be familiar with the Azure platform and may have non-SAP workloads already deployed to Azure. Still, for completeness, I'll be starting with the assumption that you are all relatively new to Azure. I won't be spending too much time on non-SAP or generic Azure topics, so just be aware that if you are new to Azure, there are cloud and Azure-specific concepts that may be unfamiliar to you. If that is the case, take time out to view one of our fundamentals courses and come back to this one when you have filled the knowledge gap.

Also, I would strongly recommend viewing the "Assessing your Current SAP Landscape" course before beginning this course.  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 reach out and get in touch with us at with any feedback, positive or negative.

As with other cloud computing providers, Azure delivers services in 3 basic formats, infrastructure as a service - IaaS, platform as a service - PaaS, and software as a service - SaaS. Because we are using Azure to host SAP, a third-party software solution with strict system requirements, we will be almost exclusively dealing with Azure's IaaS offerings. Like SAP software, the infrastructure needed to host it is complex, with multiple interdependent elements that we will look at.

Before we start with infrastructure design, I want to briefly overview what an SAP landscape migration project should look like. This will give us an insight into the scale and complexity that we face. In terms of infrastructure design, we'll start with compute, which is the hardware that the SAP software will run on.

Then we'll move onto storage, which is analogous to on-premises hard drives — followed by networking, which is an essential component in a multi-node environment like SAP. Finally, I'll look at the interaction of SAP deployment options and infrastructure choices

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.