Cloud computing is one of the hottest buzzwords right now with Enterprises. It is growing at an incredible pace, causing a paradigm shift in the way enterprises to deploy and scale their solutions. Specifically, public clouds increasingly have become the target for workloads that traditionally were considered to be confined to on-premises environments. This trend is particularly evident in the context of deployments of SAP products like SAP S4/HANA. Enterprises are moving their SAP S/4HANA systems to their public cloud along with their other services that can co-exist on the same eco-system.
For SAP S/4HANA, the extensive resource requirements, cost, and scalability make the public cloud one of the best choices to run SAP S/4HANA. When operating on-premises, there is an increase in cost to implement high availability and disaster recovery along with the complexity of provisioning multiple environments for development, testing, and quality assurance. The public cloud provides a solution for the above problems, with all of the major public cloud vendors offering hyper-scale capabilities, including built-in resiliency, high availability, automation, and disaster recovery features at competitive prices. The public cloud also minimizes labor costs and simplifies management tasks and the pricing model changes from cap-ex to op-ex, with a significant reduction of investment in infrastructure and facilities.
SAP & Cloud Hyperscalers
Almost all the major cloud Hyperscalers support SAP deployments on the Cloud as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). SAP provides the standard of certification based on Infrastructure for the Hyperscalers as well as constraints to support running the SAP system on them. The SAP note 1380654 summarizes principles of SAP support in the Infrastructure as a Service environment. It also provides standard-based virtual machine instance types supported, supported SAP applications, and any other additional support requirements.
The following are the cloud Hyperscalers that are certified by SAP at the moment and could be subjected to change.
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Microsoft Azure
- Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
- IBM Cloud infrastructure
- Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
- Alibaba Cloud
- Huawei Cloud
Business Impact of Public Cloud
Running SAP on Public Cloud provides measurable business impacts. The following are some of the measurable business impacts for Customers
- Lower Total cost of ownership (TCO)
- Reduced SAP Project costs
- Reduced Upgrade and Infrastructure costs
- Advanced automation and management
- Efficient infrastructure compared to on-premise deployments
Scalability & Sustainability:
- Sustainable cloud deployments
- Best-in-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service, architecture, and engineering
- Reduced time to provision and auto-scaling capability
- Standard, non-complex business continuity solution
- Support for additional cloud services
The move to the public cloud helps both small and medium-sized enterprises, which are driven by a desire for standardization and cost reduction as well as for larger companies where speed and agility are needed.
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