For many companies, SAP software has been the key to achieving digital transformation. SAP HANA has revolutionized the way organizations make decisions using data. Using SAP HANA's in-memory database, companies can run transactions and analytics simultaneously to leverage real-time data for actionable insights.
As an in-memory database solution, SAP HANA allows access to the main memory instead of the memory stored on a disk. This process is much faster than with disk storage, enabling access to current data. SAP HANA also offers built-in advanced analytical processing capabilities, including predictive and cognitive analytics. These analytics tools can be used to forecast trends and reach conclusions using complex textual and image-based data.
SAP helps businesses become more profitable and innovative. IDC interviewed 10 organizations that use SAP HANA and discovered that they experienced an astonishing 575% return on investment over a 5-year period. Respondents also reported gaining a 40% increase in productivity.
But how should companies run SAP workloads to make the most of the platform? Companies that run SAP should consider moving it to production-ready cloud because this type of cloud is designed specifically for running high-performance workloads. Production-ready cloud gives companies access to IBM Power Systems so they can run SAP workloads more efficiently.
Making a Commitment to Cloud
Deciding which cloud to run your SAP workloads in is like proposing marriage. It's a big commitment. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions like SAP HANA include whole suites of software that are integrated. One ERP system handles a myriad of functions across the business, such as billing, supply chain management, and asset management.
Moving such a complex system to the cloud is time-consuming, risky, and expensive. Some migrations take over a year to complete. Once you make the move, you will want to stick with it to avoid further chaos.
Navigating the Cloud Market
Many of the major players in the cloud market claim special relationships with SAP. Microsoft Azure has a long-standing strategic partnership with SAP. Azure boasts of regular advancements in its support of HANA as well as hyperscale cloud capabilities.
Amazon Web Services argues that its cloud adds value to SAP. IBM has had a strategic partnership with SAP for several years now and has worked to accelerate implementations by 20% to 30% and make artificial intelligence capabilities available to SAP HANA users.
Every cloud provider claims to be SAP's BFF. How do you choose between them?
Avoiding the Cross-Sell
Once the major cloud providers convince you to run SAP on their version of platform as a service (PaaS), they often try to persuade you to use their other products as well. For example, Microsoft promotes the benefits of Microsoft 365 to Azure cloud customers. Amazon Web Services also encourages its cloud customers to buy its other products and services.
Sometimes there may not be much of a choice. Microsoft Azure is powered by Intel, so your company doesn't have the option of running SAP HANA on IBM Power if you choose its cloud. Opting for production-ready cloud lets you focus on creating the right environment for your SAP HANA workloads without being distracted by other offers from your cloud provider.
While hyperscale cloud providers only offer Intel x86, production-ready cloud is multiplatform. With production-ready cloud, companies can run SAP on either IBM Power or x86. This is an important option because SAP HANA workloads run much more efficiently on IBM Power.
Production-Ready, Set, Go
Production-ready cloud provides your business with the ideal platform as a service (PaaS) solution for SAP. Production-ready means your SAP platform can be up and running quickly. As workloads increase, you can scale up to meet demand. You can also choose to run your SAP workloads on Power so you gain more processing potential than with comparable hardware.
With production-ready cloud, you get the benefit of outsourcing while still maintaining control over your data and applications. This control is especially important because SAP HANA handles crucial data from across your entire business. You get physical access to your data and have the option to remove your data without being penalized with extraction fees.
Unlike hyperscale cloud options, production-ready cloud uses top-quality equipment instead of commodity hardware. It also provides built-in redundancy for guaranteed failover if equipment malfunctions. That way your business can continue making timely decisions using complete and current data. Other built-in features include monitoring, management, backups, and DRaaS.
Running SAP on Production-Ready Cloud
Every major cloud provider tries to convince businesses to run SAP workloads on its PaaS offering. The argument for production-ready cloud needs to be heard above the clamor. SAP HANA is a complex platform that handles many vital functions for your business. You need to choose a PaaS that makes SAP platforms easy to implement and run while offering high performance and high availability.InfoSystems is proud to offer production-ready cloud that rivals options by the major players in the market. When you partner with us, you gain access to IBM Power servers, enabling you to run your SAP workloads 4x faster than with Intel x86 servers.
We offer the only Tier 3 data center in our region. Our cloud offering is fully redundant, with a 99.99% SLA. We build our cloud platform using best-in-breed technology that provides the performance levels needed to run SAP and to take advantage of its built-in advanced analytics capabilities.
InfoSystems is dedicated to serving our cloud customers. We provide local support instead of a 1-800 number for a call center.
Find out more about why production-ready cloud is the right choice. Reach out to the experts at InfoSystems.