The appliance contains an SAP S/4HANA 1610 system with pre-configured SAP Best Practices and demo scenarios (it is the successor of the SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 appliance and trial).
It can be rapidly brought up as your personal instance with administrative rights either hosted (in 1-2 hours) or on-premise (in 1-2 days)
Typical use cases are sandboxing, proof-of-concept, scoping, etc., Fastest way to consume is via the SAP S/HANA 1610 30-day trial (video tutorials can be found here)
A quick word on the SAP S/4HANA FPS01 update of the appliance:
We released a technical update for this fully-activated appliance based on SAP S/4HANA 1610 FPS01 that fixes many of the known issues.
You can create an instance as usual from the SAP CAL console. The link points directly to the FPS01 solution, or you can manually search for "SAP S/4HANA 1610 FPS01 Fully-Activated Appliance" in the CAL solution tab. A slightly updated demo guide for the FPS01 update is also available.
Please note that the instance passwords Welcome1 and Welcome2 can not be used for this FPS01 update (the deployment of the HANA/ABAP virtual machine will fail with those).
Dec. 14th, 2017: The SAP S/4HANA 1709 Fully-Activated Appliance is available:
A (software) appliance is a compressed system (think of it as a large .tar or .zip file) that can be rapidly extracted into a regular system instance by preserving everything that has been configured in the appliance during the build phase of it,
This makes it an ideal medium for pre-configured systems e.g. for sandboxing, proof-of-concept or scoping/fit-gap purposes.
In the SAP S/4HANA 1610 fully-activated appliance, you will find the SAP S/4HANA software (along with some other components, see further below), the fully-activated SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA 1610 (incl. technical configuration e.g. for the Fiori launchpad), and prepared demo scenarios with sample master and transactional data.
[Fig 1]: SAP S/4HANA 1610 Fully-Activated Appliance - Concept
How can the appliance be consumed ?
The appliance can be consumed in two ways
In a hosted environment (using cloud provider infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or the SAP-internal Monsoon) with the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) as bridge into the hosting providers.
Setup time is 1-2 hours, and the easiest way is to use the SAP S/4HANA 1610 30-day trial.
On dedicated on-premise hardware that has a supported Linux release installed (everything else will come with the appliance).
Setup time is 1-2 days.
Details for option 1 (hosted):
If you are already experienced with the SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition 1511 trial, you will find it easy to use the new appliance&trial release since the ‘mechanics’ are the same as before:
Built-in 30-day test & evaluation license for SAP S/4HANA and SAP CAL (free of charge for the supported trial scenarios during that time)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) or MS Azure fees (~ 4--5 USD per uptime hour) are charged to your account
If you are new to trials in SAP Cloud Appliance Library, there’s a detailed 'Quick Start Guide' on the SAP S/4HANA 1610 trial page to get started. Registration in AWS/Azure and SAP CAL takes a few minutes, start-up of your personal trial instance will take 1-2 hours.
[Fig 2]: SAP S/4HANA 1610 - 30-day trial summary
Details for option 2 (on-premise installation):
You can receive the trial appliance for installation on your own on-premise hardware either via download or via shipment of 3 Blu-Ray discs (the appliance size is ~ 100 GB).
The shipment is free of charge, however, corresponding SAP licenses need to be in place. For SAP customers, an engagement with either SAP Consulting or an enabled SAP partner is required to receive and deploy the solution on customer premises. Ordering of the discs by a partner and deploying it on customer-site afterwards is not allowed.
The following SAP notes contain more information on the ordering process:
The scope of the appliance centers on the SAP Best Practices content and has been extended compared to the 1511 release.
It now covers the below 9 ‘walkthrough’ scenarios that are explained in detail in an extensive demo script on the SAP S/4HANA 1610 trial homepage.
But of course you’re free to explore and adapt the system as needed (and covered by the terms&conditions of the trial) since you have full administrative rights and even access to the Linux operating system.
What is technically contained in the appliance ?
Technically, the trial consists of four virtual machines that are automatically bundled into one solution instance:
SAP S/4HANA (the core ABAP backend incl. the SAP HANA database)
SAP NW JAVA with Adobe Document Services (for forms, output management, and usage in Credit Management)
An SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform for display of pre-configured BI reports
MS Windows remote desktop for easy access of the trial system
3. & 4. are optional components in SAP CAL (you can opt out of the deployment in the advanced mode of the SAP CAL instance creation) and are also not shipped to customers for the on-premise installation.
[Fig. 6]: Software components of the appliance and virtual machines
More information & known issues
This presentation provides more information about the appliance. And the appendix below lists all assets that might be relevant in this context.
One important note at the end:
Once you have created an appliance instance (be it hosted or on-premise), it behaves like a regular on-premise system.
And this means that SAP cannot access or patch your appliance instance but you have to solve issues on your own. This blog summarizes the known issues and provides fixing hints where available. It will be continuously updated. May the fix be with you...