Step 1. Prepare Your AWS Account - SAP HANA on AWS

Step 1. Prepare Your AWS Account


If you already have an AWS account, skip to step 2.

  1. If you don't already have an AWS account, create one at by following the on-screen instructions. Part of the sign-up process involves receiving a phone call and entering a PIN using the phone keypad.

  2. Use the region selector in the navigation bar to choose the AWS Region where you want to deploy SAP HANA on AWS.

    Amazon EC2 locations are composed of Regions and Availability Zones. Regions are dispersed and located in separate geographic areas.

                        Choosing an Amazon EC2 region

    Figure 4: Choosing an AWS Region

    Consider choosing a region closest to your data center or corporate network to reduce network latency between systems running on AWS and the systems and users on your corporate network.


    This Quick Start supports the R3, R4, R5, X1, or Amazon EC2 High Memory instance type for the SAP HANA part of the deployment. We recommend that you check the availability of AWS services before you choose a region. Otherwise, deployment will fail.

  3. Create a key pair in your preferred region. To do this, in the navigation pane of the Amazon EC2 console, choose Key Pairs, Create Key Pair, type a name, and then choose Create.

                        Creating a key pair

    Figure 5: Creating a key pair

    Amazon EC2 uses public-key cryptography to encrypt and decrypt login information. To be able to log into your instances, you must create a key pair. With Windows instances, we use the key pair to obtain the administrator password via the Amazon EC2 console, and then log in using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), as explained in the step-by-step instructions in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide. On Linux, we use the key pair to authenticate SSH login.

  4. (Production deployments only) If necessary, request a service quota increase for the instance type you're using. If you already have an existing deployment that uses this instance type, and you think you might exceed the default quota with this reference deployment you will need to request an increase. To do this, on the Service Quotas console, for each instance type that you want a service quota increase, choose the instance type, choose Request quota increase, and then complete the fields in the quota increase form. It might take a few days for the new service quota to become effective. For more information, see the AWS documentation.

                        Requesting a service limit increase

    Figure 6: Requesting a service limit increase