Daily API RoundUp: SAP Anywhere, Heat Intelligence, VirusTotal

14 Mar , 2017  

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Announcing availability of Amazon EC2 R3 Instances AWS South America (Sao Paulo) region

26 Giu , 2015  

You can now launch R3 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 memory optimized instances in the South America (Sao Paulo) AWS region. R3 offers the best price point per GiB of RAM and high memory performance. R3 instances are recommended for In-memory analytics like SAP HANA, high performance databases including relational databases and NoSQL databases such as MongoDB, and MemcacheD/Redis applications. R3 instances support Hardware Virtualization (HVM) Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) only.

R3 instances, powered by Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge processors, offer up to 32 vCPUs, 244 GiB of memory, and can deliver up to 150,000 4 KB random reads per second. R3 instances support Enhanced Networking for higher packet per second (PPS) performance, lower network jitter, and lower network latencies. Please refer to R3 technical documentation for additional reference. R3 instances are available in two instance sizes in South America (Sao Paulo) AWS region with following specification:

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SAP Business One, Version for SAP HANA, on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

29 Apr , 2015  

Quick Starts are automated reference deployments for key enterprise workloads on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures, and runs the AWS compute, network, storage, and other services required to deploy a specific workload on AWS, using AWS best practices for security and availability.

This new Quick Start reference deployment covers the implementation of SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, on the AWS cloud, using AWS services and best practices. SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for dynamically growing small and midsize businesses. This solution is powered by SAP HANA, which is SAP’s in-memory database management system, and provides faster and more predictable performance.

The AWS cloud provides a suite of infrastructure services that enable you to deploy SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, in an easy and affordable way. This Quick Start builds on the SAP HANA on AWS Quick Start, which has already been used successfully by many AWS customers and partners worldwide.

The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates that help you deploy SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, either into a new Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) or into an existing Amazon VPC in your AWS account. The deployment guide provides step-by-step instructions for planning, configuring, and deploying SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA.

To get started, use the following resources:

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SAP to trim jobs and redeploy resources

6 Mar , 2015  

Enterprise software giant SAP could cut up to 2,200 jobs (three percent of its 74,000 employees) in a move to rebalance employment around growth areas. The news was first reported by Bloomberg News. CEO Bill McDermott told Bloomberg that the company needs to put jobs where the work is. […]

SAP to trim jobs and redeploy resources originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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SAP Extends Mobile App Development Reach

4 Mar , 2015  

SAP this week at the Mobile World Congress 2015 conference advanced its mobile application development platform with an update that provides a common API for building online and offline applications, along with the introduction of a push notification API.


Sponsored post: CEO Sam Ramji talks future of Cloud Foundry on live Fireside Chat

17 Feb , 2015  

Cloud Foundry Foundation, the independent governing body overseeing today’s leading open source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), is rapidly gaining momentum in the enterprise cloud industry. The recent announcement of Sam Ramji as CEO and the appointment of board members from EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP, VMware, ActiveState and […]

Sponsored post: CEO Sam Ramji talks future of Cloud Foundry on live Fireside Chat originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015.

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Joyent Appoints Node.js Foundation as Sole Arbiter

10 Feb , 2015  

In the interest of making sure that all the stakeholders in Node.js have an equal say in both the technical and business dealings of the framework, Joyent today announced that it, along with IBM, Microsoft, SAP, PayPal, Fidelity and The Linux Foundation, is establishing a Node.js Foundation.



Not a shocker: SAP puts HANA at center of new biz apps push

4 Feb , 2015  

When you hear from SAP these days, the software giant always leads with HANA, its in-memory database. HANA is to SAP what Watson is to IBM — proof that just because a company is getting along in years doesn’t mean it can’t do great stuff. So it’ s […]

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Introducing Premium Storage: High-Performance Storage for Azure Virtual Machine Workloads

11 Dic , 2014  

We are excited to announce the preview of the Microsoft Azure Premium Storage Disks. With the introduction of new Premium Storage, Microsoft Azure now offers two types of durable storage: Premium Storage and Standard Storage. Premium Storage stores data on the latest technology Solid State Drives (SSDs) whereas Standard Storage stores data on Hard Disk Drives (HDDs).

Premium Storage is specifically designed for Azure Virtual Machine workloads requiring consistent high performance and low latency. This makes them highly suitable for I/O-sensitive SQL Server workloads. Premium Storage is currently available only for storing data on disks used by Azure Virtual Machines.

You can provision a Premium Storage disk with the right performance characteristics to meet your requirements. You can then attach several persistent disks to a VM, and deliver to your applications up to 32 TB of storage per VM with more than 50,000 IOPS per VM at less than one millisecond latency for read operations.

With Premium Storage, Azure offers the ability to truly lift-and-shift your demanding enterprise applications – like SQL Server, Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM, Exchange Server, MySQL, and SAP Business Suite – to the cloud.

Currently, Premium Storage is available for limited preview. To sign up for Azure Premium Storage preview, visit Azure Preview page.


Premium Storage Benefits

We designed the service specifically to enhance the performance of IO intensive enterprise workloads, while providing the same high durability as Locally Redundant Storage.

Disk Sizes and Performance

Premium Storage disks provide up to 5,000 IOPS and 200 MB/sec throughput depending on the disk size. For calculating IOPS, we use 256KB as the IO unit size. IO sizes smaller than 256 KB are counted as one unit, and bigger IOs are counted as multiple IOs of size 256KB.

You will need to select the disk sizes based on your application performance and storage capacity needs. We offer three Premium Storage disk types for preview.

Disk Types P10 P20 P30
Disk Size 128 GB 512 GB 1024 GB
IOPS per Disk 500 2300 5000
Throughput per Disk 100 MB/sec 150 MB/sec 200 MB/sec

The disk type is determined based on the size of the disk you store into your premium storage account. See Premium Storage Overview for more details.

You can maximize the performance of your “DS” series VMs by attaching multiple Premium Storage disks, up to the network bandwidth limit available to the VM for disk traffic. For instance, with a 16-core “DS” series VM, you can attach up to 32TB of data disks and achieve over 50,000 IOPS. To learn the disk bandwidth available for each VM size, see the Virtual Machine and Cloud Service Sizes for Azure


Durability of data is of utmost importance for persistent storage. Azure customers have critical applications that depend on the persistence of their data and high tolerance against failures. That is why, for Premium Storage, we implemented the same level of high durability using our Locally Redundant Storage technology. Premium Storage keeps three replicas of data within the same region.

We also recommend that you use the storage service commands to create snapshots and to copy those snapshots to a Standard GRS storage account for keeping a geo-redundant snapshot of your data.

Specialized Virtual Machines

We are also launching special Virtual Machines to further enhance the performance of Premium Storage disks. These VMs leverage new caching technology to provide extremely low latency for read operations. In order to use Premium Storage, you must use these special series VMs. Currently, only “DS” series VMs support Premium Storage disks.

These VMs also support Standard Storage disks. Thus you could have a “DS” series VM with a mix of Premium and Standard Storage based disks to optimize your capacity, performance and cost. You can read more about “DS” series VMs here.


Pricing for the new Premium Storage service is here. During preview, Premium Storage will be charged at 50% of the GA price.


Getting Started

Step 1: Sign up for service

To sign up, go to the Azure Preview page, and sign up for the Microsoft Azure Premium Storage service using one or more of your subscriptions. As subscriptions are approved for the Premium Storage preview, you will get an email notifying you of the approval.

We are seeing overwhelming interest for trying out Premium Storage, and we will be opening up the service slowly to users in batches, so please be patient after signing up.

Step 2: Create a new storage account

Once you get the approval notification, you can then go to the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal and create a new Premium Storage account using the approved subscription. While creating the storage account be sure to select “Premium Locally Redundant” as the account type.

Premium Locally Redundant

Currently, Premium Storage is available for preview in the following regions:

    • West US
    • East US 2
    • West Europe
Step 3: Create a “DS” series VM

You can create the VM via Microsoft Azure Preview Portal, or using Azure PowerShell SDK version 0.8.10 or later. Make sure that your Premium Storage account is used for the VM.

Following is a PowerShell example to create a VM by using the DS-series under your Premium storage account:

$storageAccount = "yourpremiumccount"
$adminName = "youradmin"
$adminPassword = "yourpassword"
$vmName =    "yourVM"
$location = "West US"
$imageName = "a699494373c04fc0bc8f2bb1389d6106__Windows-Server-2012-R2-201409.01-en.us-127GB.vhd"
$vmSize =    "Standard_DS2"
$OSDiskPath = "https://" + $storageAccount + ".blob.core.windows.net/vhds/" + $vmName + "_OS_PIO.vhd"
$vm = New-AzureVMConfig -Name $vmName -ImageName $imageName -InstanceSize $vmSize -MediaLocation $OSDiskPath
Add-AzureProvisioningConfig -Windows -VM $vm -AdminUsername $adminName -Password $adminPassword 
New-AzureVM -ServiceName $vmName -VMs $VM -Location $location

If you want more disk space for your VM, attach a new data disk to an existing DS-series VM after it is created:

$storageAccount = "yourpremiumaccount"
$vmName =    "yourVM"
$vm = Get-AzureVM -ServiceName $vmName -Name $vmName
$LunNo = 1
$path = "http://" + $storageAccount + ".blob.core.windows.net/vhds/" + "myDataDisk_" + $LunNo + "_PIO.vhd"
$label = "Disk " + $LunNo
Add-AzureDataDisk -CreateNew -MediaLocation $path -DiskSizeInGB 128 -DiskLabel $label -LUN $LunNo -HostCaching ReadOnly -VM $vm | Update-AzureVm

If you want to create a VM using your own VM image or disks, you should first upload the image or disks to your Premium Storage account, and then create the VM using that.

Summary and Links

To summarize, we are very excited to announce the new SSD based Premium Storage offering that enhances the VM performance and greatly improves the experience for IO Intensive workloads like databases. As we always do, we would love to hear feedback via comments on this blog, Azure Storage MSDN forum or send email to mastoragequestions@microsoft.com.

Please see these links for more information:

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SnapLogic Extends Integration Reach with Updated Connections

3 Dic , 2014  

The winter 2015 release of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform announced today adds support for connectors to the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, Sumo Logic log management service and SAP HANA environments, in addition to making S

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