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Helping our Customers Determine Their Hardware Requirements

Sizing means determining hardware requirements such as memory, CPU power, disk space, I/O capacity, and network bandwidth. It is an iterative process to translate business requirements into hardware requirements, and is usually performed early in the project.

What is Sizing?

The size of the hardware and database is influenced by both business aspects and technological aspects. This means that the number of users using the various application components and the data load they put on the network must be taken into account.

With the help of SAP Standard Application Benchmark results at, statements can be made as to CPU consumption and memory consumption of particular software components.

For sizing we have identified three different and independent sizing models that have different advantages and disadvantages. The first two, user-based sizing and throughput-based sizing, have been implemented in the Quick Sizer.

User-based sizing: We defined three types of active users who work with the system to a different degree. Merely counting the users can be done quite easily. The disadvantage is that this estimation is quite rough as it says very little about the actual throughput these users produce.
Throughput-based sizing: This model is quite thorough because it relies on actual or on actually expected throughput. However, this model relies on a number of assumptions in business terms (e.g. number of order line items per year) that need to be cross-checked against the individual installation.
Customer Performance Test: The according tests are done in a customer system with customer data. The disadvantage is that conducting these tests requires considerable time and money. For further information please refer to the white paper Carrying Out Customer Performance Tests.

Quick Sizer

Quick Sizer is a web-based tool designed to make the sizing of SAP Applications easier and faster. It has been developed by SAP in close cooperation with all platform partners and is free of cost.

With Quick Sizer you can translate business requirements into technical requirements. Simply fill in the online questionnaire, an up-to-date survey that is based on business-oriented figures. The results you obtain can help you select an economically balanced system that matches your company's business goals. This is especially useful for initial budget planning.


Sizing general

Quick Sizer



Sizing Types

The term “initial sizing” is mostly used in the context of new implementations without or with only little experience with SAP software. It refers to the process of finding out what the main load drivers are and attaching some sizing value to them. Very often, this is done in the early phases of a project where actual business processes and required data volumes are not available in detail. So initial has two meanings: new to SAP and/or early in the project. In initial sizing, standard tools, such as Quick Sizer and sizing guidelines are used.

Quick Sizer calculates CPU, memory, disk, and I/O resources based on throughput and number of concurrently active users. Watch this video for an introduction to Quick Sizer.

Complete the following steps:

  1. Access the Quick Sizer tool - use the SAP HANA version if you want to size an SAP HANA database, or the classic version if you want to size a non-SAP HANA database.
  2. Create a sizing project - input your customer scenario data into Quick Sizer and it will display the results.
  3. Check for sample configurations - find the appropriate hardware configuration(s) on SAP Standard Application Benchmarks or on the Certified and Supported SAP HANA Hardware Directory
  4. Provide the project name to your hardware vendor, who will then propose an appropriate hardware configuration.
  5. If you are unable to find the right sizing for your SAP product in the Quick Sizer tool, consult the sizing guidelines.



Sizing Guidelines

There are different approaches for productive sizing, depending on the stage of a solution’s lifecycle. The term productive sizing has different meanings. It can be an upgrade-, delta-, re- or migration sizing.

To conduct an upgrade-, delta-, re-sizing you typically   measure your current resource consumption (i.e., CPU utilization, table growth, and memory usage) to predict future resource requirements. After analyzing your system, you then add the extra load caused by additional users or new applications. 

Sizing after go-live
Reference this overview about productive sizing, including resizing, delta sizing, and upgrade sizing. 
Migration Sizing from a SAP NetWeaver Source System
There are different approaches available, if you want to migrate an existing SAP NetWeaver system from a traditional database to SAP HANA. 

Typically, in an expert sizing, more profound analyses are performed. Very often, this means exploring some business processes in more detail, both on functional and technical level. There are no standard tools available to conduct expert sizing. There are very different use cases when an expert sizing is required. In most of the cases, an expert sizing is not trivial and requires a lot of SAP expertise.

Please refer to this presentation to get a first impression what expert sizing can include.

At SAP, expert sizings are typically covered by Consulting and / or Support. Please check this SCN page for additional information.


Our sizing classroom training ADM 115 explains you the basic principles and methods for sizing to enable you to perform your own sizing project.

Course content

  • Sizing methods and tools
  • Principles of scalability
  • User-based and throughput-based sizing
  • Quick Sizer (demo and exercises)
  • Expert sizing and creation of sizing guidance

Target group description

  • SAP system administrators
  • Technology consultants
  • Project team leaders
In this folder you can find the latest training materials and other interesting sizing related presentations from events such as TechEd or DSAG.
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