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SAP Standard Application Benchmarks in Cloud Environments

In 2012 the SAP Benchmark Council Meeting finalized the rules for running SAP Standard Application Benchmarks in Cloud Environments. The rules specify how SAP Standard Application Benchmarks can be performed in Cloud Environments and what customers have to be aware of, when interpreting the benchmark results.

SAP BW Enhanced Mixed Load (BW EML) Standard Application Benchmark Results (500,000,000 records)
 

Date of Certification
(mm/dd/yyyy)
Technology Partner
Number of records 
Ad-Hoc Navigation Steps/ Hour 
Operating System - Release Database Server
RDBMS Release 
SAP NetWeaver Release 
Number & Type of Database/Application Servers
Certification Number
01/17/2014 Amazon Web Services 500,000,000 113,390 SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SAP HANA 1.0 SAP NetWeaver 7.31 1 database server:  Amazon EC2 cr1.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2670, 2.60 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 20 MB L3 cache per processor, 244 GB main memory; 2 application servers: Amazon EC2 c3.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v2, 2.80 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 25 MB L3 cache per processor, 60 GB main memory 2014001
04/10/2014 Amazon Web Services 500,000,000 137,510 SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SAP HANA 1.0 SAP NetWeaver 7.31 1 database server:  Amazon EC2 r3.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2670 v2, 2.50 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 25 MB L3 cache per processor, 244 GB main memory; 2 application servers: Amazon EC2 c3.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v2, 2.80 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 25 MB L3 cache per processor, 60 GB main memory 2014013

SAP BW Enhanced Mixed Load (BW EML) Standard Application Benchmark Results (2,000,000,000 records)
 

Date of Certification
(mm/dd/yyyy)
Technology Partner Number of records Ad-Hoc Navigation Steps/ Hour Operating System - Release Database Server RDBMS Release SAP NetWeaver Release 
Number & Type of Database/Application Servers Certification Number
04/11/2014 Amazon Web Services 2,000,000,000 177,590 SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SAP HANA 1.0 SAP NetWeaver 7.31 5 database servers:  Amazon EC2 r3.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2670 v2, 2.50 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 25 MB L3 cache per processor, 244 GB main memory ; 3 application servers: Amazon EC2 c3.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v2, 2.80 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 25 MB L3 cache per processor, 60 GB main memory 2014014

SAP BW Enhanced Mixed Load (BW EML) Standard Application Benchmark Results (5,000,000,000 records)
 

Date of Certification
(mm/dd/yyyy)
Technology Partner Number of records Ad-Hoc Navigation Steps/ Hour Operating System - Release Database Server RDBMS Release SAP NetWeaver Release 

Number & Type of Database/Application Servers
Certification Number
05/05/2015 Amazon Web Services 5,000,000,000 303.270 SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SAP HANA 1.0 SAP NetWeaver 7.40 17 database servers:  Amazon EC2 r3.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2670 v2, 2.50 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 25 MB L3 cache per processor, 244 GB main memory; 3 application servers: Amazon EC2 c4.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2666 v3, 2.90 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 25 MB L3 cache per processor, 60 GB main memory 2015019
05/05/2015 Amazon Web Services 5,000,000,000 258,020 SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SAP HANA 1.0 SAP NetWeaver 7.40 14 database servers:  Amazon EC2 r3.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2670 v2, 2.50 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 25 MB L3 cache per processor, 244 GB main memory; 3 application servers: Amazon EC2 c4.8xlarge, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2666 v3, 2.90 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 25 MB L3 cache per processor, 60 GB main memory 2015017

 

Cloud Awareness

SAP Benchmarks in cloud environments.
Things you should be aware of when interpreting SAP Standard Application Benchmarks in cloud environments results:

Shared Resources

Network and Storage are shared resources in typical cloud offerings. There might be a impact from other cloud subscribers on the network and storage performance. Network and Storage SLAs should be defined to minimize the risk of performance impacts.

WAN Connectivity

In a typically Cloud Offering the Customers are connected via a WAN connection (Internet or VPN) to the cloud provider computing center. The performance of the WAN is not part of the cloud provider nor SAP responsibility. Please be aware of this. The Cloud Provider should offer a tool to measure the actual WAN performance from customer location to the Cloud.

Hardware Changes

Underlying hardware of a cloud container might change over time.

Single Computing Unit (SCU) Performance

Some SAP applications for example SAP CRM, SAP SRM and SAP EWM benefit from a very good SCU performance in order to ensure fast response times. With changing hardware in a cloud environment there might also be changes in SCU Performance. SLAs should be defined to guarantee a constant Single Computing Unit Performance for constant application performance.

Flexibility (elasticity) of the cloud infrastructure

How fast can infrastructure be adapted to customer needs. How big can be the largest container in the Cloud environment, needed for scaling in multitier environments. These are two questions that should be taken into account when you are planning to subscribe to a cloud offering.

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