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A data center is the nerve center of a company and the place where most of the critical processes are run. Find out why data centers are necessary, what they contain, and how they operate.

How a Data Center Works

Our customers expect ironclad information security for their on-premise, cloud, and mobile environments. For this reason, we work continuously to strengthen and improve security features in all of our software and service offerings, while protecting our own company and assets.
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Wind depicting protected power supply to the SAP cloud data center

Power Supply

The data center is connected to two separate grid sectors operated by the local utility company. If one sector fails, the second one continues to supply power. The data center also houses 13 diesel generators in a separate building. Together, they produce a total of 29 megawatts.

Thermostat depicting data center best practices for keeping the cloud data center stable


All electronic components and processors generate heat when operated. If it is not dissipated, the processor’s efficiency may decrease to the point that the component could fail. Therefore, cooling a data center is essential – and costly, due to the concentrated computing power.

Safe depicting the secure data center from SAP

Controlled Access

SAP data centers are the backbone of our cloud business. We use state-of-the-art technology and apply rigorous security methodologies to protect data virtually and physically against data breaches, fires, terror attacks, and other threats. Our data centers meet the highest security standards.

How we secure our data centers

As a leading software provider and a cloud company, we’re dedicated to building – and keeping – your trust by protecting your data with a cloud security foundation that’s based on the highest security standards.

How secure is the data center

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Server stack depicting data center tiers


All virtual and physical servers, SAP HANA databases, storage units, and networks access a pool of physical hardware. If individual components fail, the load can be directly reallocated to other components without impairing system stability. If hardware fails due to a fire, data can be recovered from the backup system.

Fire hydrant depicting disaster recovery best practices of the SAP cloud data center

Fire Protection

The data center is subdivided into many fire compartments. Thousands of fire detectors and aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs) monitor every room and detect specific gases from overheating electronic components to set off a preliminary alarm and alert the fire department. Should a fire break out, the affected room is flooded with extinguishing gas (INERGEN)and the fire is smothered.

Building depicting tier 4 data centers managed by SAP


The data center consists of 100,000 metric tons of reinforced concrete and rests on 480 concrete pillars – each extending 16 meters into the ground. The exterior walls are 30 centimeters thick and made of reinforced concrete. Server rooms are further surrounded by three concrete walls. This design provides effective protection against threats ranging from storms to a small airplane crash.

Data security lock depicting data center compliance of privacy requirements

Data Privacy

SAP ensures compliance with data protection provisions. Data falls under the jurisdiction selected by our customers and is not forwarded to third parties. SAP support services ensure that data protection is also maintained during required maintenance operations.

Multiplying files depicting backups to secure data centers


Backups are performed in the form of disk-to-disk copies, which enables rapid data creation and recovery. Interim versions are created several times a day and archived, like all backups, at a second location for security purposes.

Multidocuments depicting safe, protected access to data

Access to data

An intrusion detection system monitors incoming data and identifies suspicious activities, while firewalls from various manufacturers protect data. Backup files and data are exchanged with customers in an encrypted format or transmitted through secure fiber-optic cables.

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