Many important companies have chosen to migrate their SAP workloads to Azure. You probably do not understand this choice because you do not know the real incredible benefits that you can get.
SAP is a powerful tool, but often an on-premises infrastructure is not suitable for hosting such workloads and can often cause major problems to the entire company. How would you say that there is a way to have your SAP system immune from malfunctions, bottlenecks, without having the burden to handle it and also save 40-70% of your running costs?
This solution exists and Cluster Reply is able to accompany you in this new discovery and help you to know it, manage it, and monitor it.
This solution is called SAP on Azure.
Every company that wants to be competitive, needs a customizable SAP infrastructure in order to monitor and manage centralized operations and do strategical analysis.
The on-premises solution expects that the company purchases necessary hardware in cycles of 2-3 years to host the SAP infrastructure. However a preliminary analysis is required to anticipate what hardware is necessary in the next cycle. It’s clear that it can be really hard to estimate the workloads for the next years. In fact, this kind of infrastructure can’t follow the workloads variations, so it is impossible to respond to business opportunities in a quick way. Another drawback is that the company needs to manage and monitor that infrastructure, often moving away from business core and spending time and money.
In a rapidly evolving scenario like ours, it is clear that there is a need for dynamic, robust and automated infrastructure, and which could eliminate the burdens of hardware obsolescence cycle and pre-purchase capacity.
Thanks to the extensive partnership between Microsoft and SAP, now you can run a wide range of SAP applications in developing / testing and producing full-featured Azure scenarios.
SAP (Systems, Application and Products in data processing) is an Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), a software that provides end to end solutions for financial, logistics, distribuition, inventories. All business processes are centralized and are executed in one SAP system, sharing common information with everyone. For big companies, this software has such an huge impact that often the workloads become too big and unpredictable to be hosted on an on-premises solution.
For this reason, and many others, we introduce SAP on Azure. This solution means to host SAP workloads on the Azure cloud, which is particularly suitable for that kind of workloads. The compatibility and efficiency is granted by the recent partnership, resulting in several certified products, as SAP NetWeaver and S/4 HANA. it must be emphasized that for each infrastructure there are infinite different solutions for sap on azure. In principle, you could migrate the complete infrastructure on or just part of it (hybrid infrastructure), providing any benefits to the company.
Azure provides a flexible, scalable and efficient infrastructure, in terms of virtual machines (IaaS) and other software and platforms. Azure can boast a much larger global coverage than other cloud providers, ensuring high accessibility to its services even for multinationals with different locations on the planet. You can decide to deploy your SAP workloads on a classical Azure VM or on a dedicated bare metal machine called “Azure large instance”, which can guarantee very high performances. It is possible to use several databases like SQL, Oracle and also the SAP solution HANA, which is an in-memory platform that lets you accelerate business processes and semplify your IT environment.
You can also choice between Windows and Linux operative systems, in order to get support for all the solutions. The partnership with Azure let the customer to integrate SAP with other Microsoft products like Office 365, Sharepoint Online, Cortana and Power BI.
In order to deploy effectively your SAP infrastructure on Azure, it is important to know the resources needed and the workloads expected, not only in the medium-period, but also in the peak moments. With this information you can choose the typology of machine, DB and additional components needed for a medium workload. For this reason, it is important to make an accurate and detailed assessment of all physical and virtual machines.
Eventually it is possible to schedule additional machines, to grant scalability for the peak-periods and distaster recovery, and other solutions and products, to provide high performance connectivity, backup and storage on the cloud, management and monitoring tools, etc.
With Azure you can easily and quickly provision a dev and/or test environments, that it is very useful and suitable, in fact, with Azure, you pay only utilizied resources.
After the assessment and the deployment phases, it is necessary to monitor how the infrastructure works and understand if changes are needed. The monitoring and the management can be efficiently automated in order to save company time and avoiding the bottlenecks, which could slow down the workflow of the company.
Many companies are scared to put all their data on the cloud, thinking of losing control of their data. However must be remebered the commitment with which Microsoft protects data. Instead of losing control, companies will be steadily delegating control over Microsoft’s experience.
As we have seen, the benefits of SAP on Azure are many. However, we can summarize them in the following points:
As we have seen, the benefits of SAP on Azure are so many that open up infinite possibilities to your company. These advantages justify the trend of the last few years of many companies that have or are about to migrate their SAP infrastructure on Azure. For a company that wants to emerge and be competitive in the scenario of the Digital Age and Industry 4.0, the SAP on Azure transition is just a matter of time. Take advantage of it, semplify your systems, reduce the effort of hosting an on-premises infrastructure and return to focus on the business cores of your company.
So the question is why are not you still on Azure?