FAQ - AWS Prescriptive Guidance


This section provides answers to commonly raised questions about cost optimization, migrations, and automations for SAP workloads on AWS.

How does AWS pricing work?

With AWS, you pay only for the individual services you use. Pricing models are available that provide discounts based on commitments and volume. For more information, see AWS Pricing.

Where can I find more information about AWS Savings Plans?

AWS offers a variety of Savings Plans designed to meet your needs and budget.

How does SAP work on AWS?

For a general overview of how to use SAP solutions on AWS, see Get Started with SAP on AWS.

How do I migrate SAP workloads to AWS?

You should start to consider cost optimization opportunities before the migration. For example, estimating the total cost of ownership (TCO) is an important calculation when defining your conceptual, future-state architecture during the assess phase of the migration. For an overview of how to migrate your SAP workloads to AWS, see SAP on AWS migration methodology. AWS Professional Services and the AWS Partner Network offer services to assist you with your migration.

Does automating SAP operations reduce costs?

Automation can help you reduce cloud infrastructure costs and reduce the costs associated with your SAP administrators frequently performing tasks that are manual, repetitive, and time-consuming. For example, you can use AWS Systems Manager to automatically start and stop SAP systems, reducing your operating costs. Also, you can use Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling to automatically add or remove Amazon EC2 instances according to SAP application server demand, optimizing performance while minimizing costs. For more information about automation opportunities, see Automation strategy for SAP operations in the AWS Cloud.

What types of services does AWS offer for SAP?

AWS manages the physical infrastructure of the SAP system up to the virtualization layer. You manage the operating system and any SAP applications and databases running above the virtualization layer. If a managed service is required, AWS has a network of partners who offer SAP consulting and managed services on AWS. To find an AWS Partner who has demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in SAP implementations and migrations, see AWS SAP Competency Partners.

Which SAP use cases does AWS support?

SAP customers and partners use AWS for use cases ranging from running a single SAP test system to hosting a complete SAP production environment. To learn more about how SAP customers and partners use AWS, see Get Started with SAP on AWS.