Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Offerings on Microsoft Azure FAQ

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Overview

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the intelligent operating system that is the consistent foundation for the enterprise hybrid cloud, backed by tightly integrated, enterprise-grade support from Red Hat and Microsoft. See Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP with HA and Update Services - Pay-As-You-Go Premium Images for a full list of the SAP HANA versions that are available for RHEL on Microsoft Azure.

The table below summarizes the included component features for each SAP offering

RHEL for SAP Applications (Azure Marketplace or Cloud Access) RHEL for SAP with HA and US (Azure Marketplace) RHEL for SAP Solutions (Cloud Access)
SAP Netweaver
SAP HANA
High Availability
Update Services (E4S)
Extended Update Support (EUS)
Red Hat Insights
Smart Management

Where can I find the offerings on the Azure Marketplace?

RHEL for SAP Applications

RHEL for SAP with High Availability and Update Services

Where can I find additional documentation for Red Hat SAP Solutions?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions

What are the differences between Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP with High Availability and Update Services?

RHEL for SAP with High Availability and Update Services (RHEL for SAP with HA and US) is an offering available on demand in the Azure Marketplace on certified instances. RHEL for SAP Solutions is a commercial offering certified on Azure instances that customers can purchase directly from Red Hat, Red Hat channel partners and use Red Hat Cloud Access to register current subscriptions

When should my customer use SAP Solutions or RHEL for SAP with High Availability and Update Services?

  • Customers wishing to purchase from the Azure marketplace will be required to purchase RHEL for SAP with High Availability and Update Services
  • Customers who wish to use an existing Red Hat subscription or purchase directly from Red Hat or Red Hat channel partners can purchase RHEL for SAP Solutions. SAP Solutions can only be consumed via Red Hat Cloud Access.
  • Customers who require Smart Management will be required to purchase RHEL for SAP Solutions through Cloud Access

The below table summarizes the RHEL minor version offerings from Azure Marketplace and Red Hat Cloud Access

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version SAP Applications RHEL for SAP with HA & Update Services SAP Solutions (Cloud Access)
7.4
7.6
7.7
7.9
8.1
8.2
8.4

RHEL Lifecycle Support

Lifecycle of Update Services for SAP Solutions Add-on

End Date of Update Services - Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle

RHEL Version Extended Update Support (EUS) Update Services (E4S) End Date
7.4 August 31, 2021
7.6 October 31, 2022
7.7 August 30, 2023
7.9 June 30, 2024
8.1 November 30, 2023
8.2 April 30, 2024
8.4 May 30, 2025

What are the differences between Extended Update Support (EUS) and Update Services (E4S)?

Extended Update Support (EUS) provides up to two (2) years of extended update support. Update Services (E4S) provides up to four (4) years of update services from GA date. RHEL for SAP with HA and US (7.4) is the first solution provided with the four (4) year support. Update Services (E4S) is available in both RHEL For SAP with HA and US and SAP Solutions.

Extended update services and Update Services allows customers the flexibility to decide when to take advantage of new Red Hat Enterprise Linux features, including new hardware enablement.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Errata

Is RHEL 6.x for HANA available in the marketplace?

RHEL 6.10 for HANA is supported, however, the legacy RHEL for HANA SKU is deprecated. It is required that customers migrate to current RHEL for SAP with HA and US offering. Customers are required to perform a new clean install and migrate from RHEL 6.10 to a current supported 7.x release.

What does my customer do with an existing Azure marketplace HANA SKU that is deprecated?

Customers are required to migrate to a supported offering. Customers will migrate from RHEL for SAP HANA to RHEL for SAP with High Availability and Update Services.

What does my customer do with an existing RHEL for SAP HANA subscription that is consumed via cloud access on Azure infrastructure?

Customers that have an existing RHEL for SAP HANA subscription through Red Hat Cloud Access and consumed on Azure infrastructure will be required to migrate to RHEL for SAP Solutions.

RED HAT CLOUD ACCESS

The Red Hat Cloud Access program allows customers to move their Red Hat subscriptions from physical or on-premise systems onto specific, certified cloud providers with full support from Red Hat.

Which Red Hat Offerings for SAP are available in the Cloud Access program?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions

How does my customer use the Cloud Access program?

Refer to Red Hat Cloud Access

My customer would like to use RedHat Gold Images with Cloud Access, which versions are available for RHEL for SAP Solutions?

Red Hat Gold Images are available through Red Hat Cloud Access for customers using Azure. Red Hat Cloud Access is used to migrate qualified Red Hat subscriptions to Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Providers (CCSPs) including Azure.

Using Red Hat Gold Images on Azure

OTHER INFO

Which Azure Instance types are certified by SAP for SAP HANA workloads on Microsoft Azure?

Refer to SAP HANA Certified and Supported Hardware Directory to find list of SAP certified Azure Instance types for SAP workloads.

How do I backup my HANA database using Azure Backup Service?

Azure Site: Backup Guide for SAP HANA on Azure Virtual Machines

How does the customer configure High Availability on Azure?

Red Hat Internal Site: Installing HA cluster on Azure

Azure External Sites:

High availability of SAP HANA on Azure VMs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Azure Virtual Machines high availability for SAP NetWeaver on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Azure Virtual Machines high availability for SAP NetWeaver on Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Azure NetApp Files for SAP applications

How does the customer configure Red Hat Insights on Azure?

Red Hat Insights can now be deployed for users with existing, cloud marketplace-purchased Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) system managed by Red Hat Update Infrastructure (RHUI).

Red Hat internal site: Configuring Insights on Cloud Providers

How does the customer get started using Red Hat and SAP on Azure?

Customers can deploy RHEL for SAP with HA and US in the Azure Marketplace. Refer to Using Azure to host and run SAP workload scenerios.

Azure link: Azure VM sizing calculator

Azure link: SAP Workload on Azure

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