What is SAP-certified infrastructure?

IBM bare metal servers are certified by SAP for production SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver workloads. Now you can run and manage your own SAP workloads in the cloud with the same power, control and flexibility you’re used to experiencing in your on-premises data center.

SAP-certified infrastructure features

Certified SAP options

IBM offers a variety of bare metal configurations — from small to large sizes — certified for production SAP HANA or SAP NetWeaver. Choose your OS, or virtualize with VMware.

SAP and VMware

No need to change your SAP landscapes when migrating to IBM Cloud™. Use the same VMware skills and tools in the cloud as you do in your existing on-premises deployments.

Global availability

Expand your SAP footprint across five continents faster than adding resources to your private infrastructure — always on demand and with flexible billing.

SAP-certified infrastructure benefits


Get performance that matches on-premises computing power — in the cloud. IBM large bare metal servers with up to 8 TB RAM and 192 cores are designed for enterprise-sized SAP deployments.


Build your SAP-certified bare metal servers. Mirror your on-premises environments with VMware. Manage your SAP landscape in the cloud through the IBM customer portal, or interact via API.


You manage the hardware. IBM will maintain the hardware. Whenever you need more resources, they’re available for you on demand — with the redundancy to protect every workload.

How clients use it


Improve security and performance with SAP-certified bare metal servers purpose-built for SAP HANA workloads. Get up and running faster — starting with a wide selection of single-tenant server configurations with certified OS and virtualization options preloaded, preconfigured, partitioned and ready for SAP HANA installations.

SAP HANA cloud infrastructure use case


Take full advantage of S/4HANA on IBM Cloud. Leverage all the right tools for your greenfield, brownfield or Proof of Concept (PoC) implementations, and infuse it with market-leading technologies in AI, Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain to transform your business.

SAP S4/HANA cloud infrastructure use case


Maximize performance of BW4/HANA advanced analytics computations. Run SAP's next-generation real-time data warehouse solution on SAP-certified bare metal servers and take advantage of flexible scaling options as your data requirements increase.

SAP BW4/HANA cloud infrastructure use case

SAP NetWeaver

Run all SAP NetWeaver ABAP-based and Java™-based products on highly scalable, open and security-rich single-tenant bare metal servers. Choose from configurations ranging from 32 GB to 1 TB, and add a rich ecosystem of IBM and third-party components, including databases, network, backup and virtualization.

SAP NetWeaver cloud infrastructure use case

Fulcrum enables operational excellence for global law firms

“As the only certified provider to offer SAP S/4HANA on bare metal servers, IBM has set a new standard for how we want to run our back-end infrastructure.”
Ahmed Shaaban, Managing Director, Fulcrum Global Technologies

Client success stories

SAP-certified infrastructure versions


The 4-socket and 8-socket bare metal servers are SAP-certified for production S/4 HANA workloads, and are powered by Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4 processors, with up to 8 TB of RAM.

SAP NetWeaver

These dual- and quad-socket bare metal servers are certified to run workloads on the SAP Netweaver platform, and are powered by the latest Intel Xeon Haswell and Broadwell processors.

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Go beyond on premises and build your own SAP-certified bare metal configuration on the cloud.