"Developers can now deploy Cloud Foundry based SAP Cloud Platform on Azure in the West Europe region. We're working with SAP to enable more regions in the months ahead," according to Microsoft's blog post.
Microsoft officials also said the largest SAP HANA-optimized VM size in the cloud would be available "soon." The Azure M-series -- based on Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake) processors -- will support large memory virtual machines with sizes up to 12 TB, officials said.
On June 5, SAP officials said that in 2017 they "started to leverage Azure as IaaS (infrastrucure as a service) Platform." SAP expects by the end of 2018 to have moved 17 systems, including an S/4HANA system for its Concur Business Unit, to Azure.
Microsoft, for its part, said it began in 2017 its internal migration of its SAP system to S/4HANA. As of February, Microsoft had moved its SAP environment completely onto Azure, and since has stood up multiple sandbox environments of S/4HANA, officials said.