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Documents regarding SAP Products with IBM Cloud

Important: IBM Cloud is available in several flavors: bare metal only (Classic) and virtual server instances (VPC). In addition, IBM Cloud offers the managed Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.11 that has been verified for SAP Data Hub 2.7 application.

MUST READ | For the "must read" IBM whitepapers regarding planning, implementation and deployment for SAP applications with IBM Cloud, see the following links:

SAP Notes Related to Public Cloud or Virtualized Environments

InformationWhere to find
SAP Central Note for Public Cloud Environments
  • 1380654: SAP support in public cloud environments
Linux in Virtual Environments
  • 1122387: Linux: SAP Support in virtualized environments
Windows in Virtual Environments
  • 1409608: Virtualization on Windows
  • 1409604: Virtualization on Windows: Enhanced Monitoring

SAP Notes Related to IBM Cloud

SAP NoteRelevant for IBM Cloud flavor
2414820: SAP on IBM Cloud Infrastructure: Support prerequisites
  • Classic
  • VPC
2414097: SAP Applications on IBM Cloud Infrastructure: Supported DB/OS and IBM Cloud Bare Metal Server Types
  • Classic
2927211: SAP Applications on IBM Virtual Private Cloud: Supported DB/OS and IBM Gen 2 Virtual Server Instances (VSI)
  • VPC
2134316: Can SAP ASE run in a cloud environment?
  • Classic
  • VPC
2279688: Support of SAP BusinessObjects BI platform on IBM Cloud
  • Classic
  • VPC
2058870: SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA on public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms
  • Classic
2686169: Prerequisites for installing SAP Data Hub 2
  • Managed

Supported SAP Applications

SAP supports all applications listed in SAP Note 2414097 and SAP Note 2927211. For details on configuration requirements and supported versions, check the mentioned SAP Notes.

Supported SAP Applicationson IBM Cloud flavor
Applications running on WebAS ABAP and/or Java as part of SAP NetWeaver or ABAP Platform
  • Classic
  • VPC
TREX
  • Classic
  • VPC
SAP Content Server
  • Classic
  • VPC
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (SAP BI)
  • Classic
  • VPC
SAP Business One on HANA
  • Classic


Supported IBM Cloud Bare Metal and Virtual Instance Server Types

With IBM Cloud Classic, SAP supports its applications on the bare metal server types that are listed in SAP Note 2414097. Additionally, the SAP applications which are supported on IBM Cloud bare metal server types are also supported with VMware ESXi. For details on VMware versions and configuration requirements,see SAP Note 2414097. Be aware that in this case the ESXi host is customer-managed which means that customers must take care of the proper maintenance and operations so that the server and the whole software stack complies to SAP requirements and remains supported.

With IBM Cloud VPC, SAP supports its applications on the virtual instance server types that are listed in SAP Note 2927211.

Supported Guest Operating Systems by SAP

The table below provides a short overview on supported guest operating systems. For detailed information on your SAP product, check SAP Note 2414097 and SAP Note 2927211.

SAP Application
Guest OS
Applications based on SAP NetWeaver AS
IBM Cloud Classic
Applications based on SAP NetWeaver AS
IBM Cloud VPC
Windows Serversupported (*1)not supported
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)supported (*2)supported (*3)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)supported (*4)supported (*5)
Oracle Linuxnot supportednot supported

(*1) released as of Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016
(*2) released as of RHEL 6 or higher
(*3) released as of RHEL 7 or higher
(*4) released as of SLES12 SP2 or higher
(*5) released as of SLES12 SP4 or higher

Supported Databases

The table below provides a short overview on supported databases. For detailed information on your SAP product, check SAP Note 2414097 and SAP Note 2927211.

SAP Application
Database
Applications based on SAP NetWeaver AS
IBM Cloud Classic
Applications based on SAP NetWeaver AS
IBM Cloud VPC
SAP HANAsupported (*1)supported (*1)
IBM Db2 for LUWsupported (*2)supported (*2)
SAP MaxDB, liveCachesupported (*3)supported (*3)
Microsoft SQL Serversupported (*4)not supported
Oracle Databasenot supportednot supported
SAP ASEsupported (*5)supported (*6)

(*1) for SAP HANA support, see HANA Directory
(*2) released as of IBM DB2 LUW 10.5 or higher
(*3) released for MaxDB 7.9 most recent patch highly recommended
(*4) released for MS SQL Server 2012 or higher
(*5) released for ASE 16.0 SP03 or higher on RHEL7 or higher, Windows Server 2016, SLES12 SP2 or higher
(*6) released for ASE 16.0 SP03 or higher on RHEL7 or higher, SLES12 SP4 or higher

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  1. An update would be needed, with the IBM Cloud Power VS capability  (OSS  2923984  &  2855850) . Embedding a support for SAP / Oracle / IBM Cloud (wink)

  2. Note, that IBM Power Systems Virtual Server is a separate offering, apart from IBM Cloud Infrastructure that is described above. Thus the table “Supported Databases” is still valid.

    See here more details about the IBM Power Systems Virtual Server offering → https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SS6QJ7/about-power-virtual-server.html.