Overview - SAP Lens


Publication date: October 28, 2021 (Document history)

This paper describes the SAP Lens for the AWS Well-Architected Framework. It is a collection of customer-proven design principles and best practices for ensuring SAP workloads on AWS are well-architected. Use the SAP Lens as a supplement to the AWS Well-Architected Framework, which provides the foundations for building secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient applications and workloads on AWS.

The SAP Lens is based on insights that AWS has gathered from customers, AWS Partners, and our SAP specialist community. The lens has been designed to help you adopt a cloud native approach to running SAP. It highlights some of the most common areas for improvement, aligned to the five pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework — operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization.

In this content, we refer to SAP as the software running on AWS provided by the company SAP, best known for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. The guidance is intended to cover all of the SAP software that can run on AWS, including SAP Business Suite, SAP S/4HANA, and supporting products. Where a recommendation is specific to an SAP application or database, this has been highlighted (for example, SAP HANA databases).

The intended readers of this document are SAP technology architects, cloud architects, and team members who build, operate, and maintain SAP systems on AWS.

How to use the lens

Use this lens to evaluate SAP on AWS workloads — before, during, and after implementation. This lens provides additional content to the AWS Well-Architected Framework and clarifies how to interpret and adopt those foundational best practices into SAP workload designs.

We recommend using this Lens and the Framework in tandem, working closely with your enterprise teams to address your SAP and enterprise requirements. To avoid duplication, we have provided links to the AWS Well-Architected Framework where the guidance is more comprehensive or has no specific SAP context.

To use this lens, follow these steps:

  1. Familiarize yourself with this document and the broader AWS Well-Architected Framework and pillar whitepapers.

  2. Gather your SAP-specific design documentation, operational procedures, and monitoring history (where available).

  3. Compare your SAP workload implementation and operations to the best practices described in this document.

  4. For each best practice, record whether it has been followed and prioritize evaluating those that are required.

  5. Use the provided suggestions as solutions to address the areas where your workload is not well-architected.

If you require additional expert guidance, contact your AWS account team to engage an SAP specialist solution architect.

After reviewing your workload, you will have a list of best practices that shows where the workload is well-architected, and where it needs improvement:

  • For the well-architected architectural components: Share your knowledge among your teams to amplify them across your organization.

  • For the best practices that your workload does not follow yet: Treat them as technical debt and risks to your business. Follow your internal risk management process to continuously monitor and improve these risks.

  • For areas that require further in-depth analysis or assistance with remediation: Contact AWS Professional Services or consult with AWS Partners on the AWS SAP Certified Partner List.

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