The close relationship between SAP and AWS provides benefits

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The public cloud seems to be the promised land where IT grows flexibly with business and costs are low. This also increasingly applies to on-premise SAP ERP systems. There are different types of the cloud available, so why do many companies choose Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

A better competitive position due to a lower TCO

Costs are an important part in making service more attractive to customers. In order to to stay competitive, a low price is very important. That is why many companies choose the public cloud from AWS. They eliminate replacement costs for their own hardware and only pay for the digital resources that they use. This can be dynamically and automatically scaled up and down. SAP in the cloud saves up to 71%. In addition, organizations have a better overview of cost structure when they have fewer licenses.

Ability to respond faster to market developments

With on-premise solution you have to purchase and administrate hardware yourself which is both costly and requires specific IT competence in-house. Hardware replacement cycles take months and even longer periods depending on individual requirements.

The private cloud offers faster connections, low latency, and more speed and flexibility than on-premise but it still has a few disadvantages, such as increased IT complexity to adopt new management tools. In the public cloud this IT complexity is handled by the cloud provider enabling you to configure and scale in a matter of mouse clicks. AWS offers a wide range of cloud-based products and services, including IoT (Internet-of-Things), ML (Machine Learning), mobile, developer tools and security. These services help companies to innovate faster with lower IT costs, creating an agile and cost-efficient platform to test new business ideas.

The close relationship between SAP and AWS provides benefits

AWS and SAP have been working closely together since 2011. Their relationship is why tens of thousands of organizations in more than 190 countries trust the public cloud of AWS. AWS has worked closely with SAP to test and certify the AWS Cloud for SAP solutions, enabling organizations to get more out of their SAP and their AWS. Additionally, AWS offers a huge amount of traditional and progressive cloud native technologies that are easy to connect to your SAP. Think of IoT services that help you harvest data. Analytics and AI software translate IoT data into valuable insights, even new business models and strategic benefits. The nimble thing about the AWS marketplace is that it offers a continuous stream of new solutions.

Choosing the right partner

Migrating your company’s core system is quite a process. You can move to the cloud on your own, but most organizations opt for guidance from an experienced cloud technology partner. You need a partner who can help with the strategy, build a solid cloud foundation, and assist with the actual migration. You will have to review the competences of various partners. For instance, some partners only employ a few certified employees. Other partners have more competencies and are a AWS Premier Consulting Partner. Nordcloud is one such partner. It was born in the cloud in 2011 and has seven years of experience with hundreds of customers.

Would you like to know why more and more organizations migrate their SAP to AWS?

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    Taking SAP to new heights – beyond hybrid

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    We launched a range of Nordcloud SAP on Azure solutions, where we run your SAP on Microsoft’s public cloud, Azure, to bring you the agility and scalability your business needs. Some may ask, why only public cloud? So we felt we needed to cover why we believe so strongly that hybrid solutions are already a thing of the past.

    Hybrid is a great short-term solution. With the right hybrid environment, you can enjoy the flexibility and agility of public cloud and the safety of on-premises, by deploying to your own data centre with no issues because of the continuity of the systems. Azure and Azure Stack, for example, share the same interface and most services so transitioning between the two is very easy. (If you are looking into hybrid and the systems are not completely integrated, then steer clear. Your developers will be re-building or re-coding everything multiple times for different environments.)

    But there are at least two things I want you to consider, relating to the most common misconceptions:

    1. Security – Is your data actually safer in your data centre than in public cloud?

    All data centres can be categorised into Tiers I to IV, based on their physical components, cooling and power infrastructure, redundancy level, and promised uptime—with I being the simplest and IV being the best.

    On-premises data centres are often a Tier I. This means it has a single path for power and cooling to the server equipment, typically no backup cooling system or generator, no redundant components that would start up and replace the output of a piece of failed equipment instantly, and cannot be updated and maintained easily without downtime. Basically, your on-premises data centre is likely expensive, hard to maintain and update, susceptible to downtime, and you require secondary infrastructure for a proper disaster recovery plan. Security is also layered on top, instead of built-in.

    On the other hand, Azure is practically in a category of its own. Each individual data centre in Microsoft’s massive network would be categorised as at least a Tier IV. A Tier IV data centre has fault tolerant infrastructure (meaning it can function as normal even in the event of one or more equipment failures), high levels of redundancy (multiple cooling units, backup generators, power sources, chillers, etc), and maintenance can be done without downtime. The promised uptime level is 99.995%. Plus, additional layers of security and encryption are built-in to the software that powers Azure, and updated regularly by a team of architects and engineers. Migrating your SAP to this environment would not only be make it more agile and cost-effective, it could also dramatically improve security and continuity.

    2. Productivity – Have you really considered the long-term effects on productivity?

    Moving SAP workloads and data between clouds can waste time and money. You can rather implement a multi-cloud procurement approach, where the threat of other clouds keeps the price in check, and the best workload movement solution.

    Not to mention, Azure implements hundreds of new services every year. Do you think you can keep up with a dedicated team of specialists working round-the-clock to make their cloud safer, better, and more innovative? Others already using public cloud to its full extent will benefit from that level of innovation immediately and build on top of it to create unique solutions.

    If you’re still focused on maintaining your private cloud infrastructure or cloud brokerage platforms for SAP, you can’t focus on what you do best, or on growing and innovating productively.

    It’s your decision, but you know where we stand

    For some applications, hybrid is an easier transition. It’s a trade-off because you get less overall benefits from the cloud platform, but you start your cloud journey sooner and can decommission old, legacy infrastructure faster. So for some, it is the right choice. But we always want to bring you the best choice, and for long-term scalability and agility for your SAP systems, the best is Azure public cloud.

    With SAP on Azure, you can future-proof your business by innovating in an elastic, cost-effective way, and modernise without putting your business on pause. With Azure’s network of Tier IV data centres, your SAP data and business-critical processes will most likely be safer, benefitting from built-in encryption, redundancy, and tested failover to ensure continuity. We also migrate your entire SAP infrastructure to Azure with minimal impact to day-to-day business, so you can become more productive and enjoy the hundreds of innovative services Azure has—let it become the launchpad for your business growth.

    If you would like more information on how Nordcloud can help you with SAP on Azure solutions, visit our services page, or contact us here.

    By providing the most agile and cost-effective platform for your SAP applications, we help you optimise and accelerate your business. Download our eBook on SAP on Azure and learn more on our services.

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      Take your SAP from slow and painful, to speedy and productive

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      SAP is the operational foundation of many businesses, but it is becoming slow and cumbersome for many. In today’s ever-changing digital economy, businesses must aim to improve business processes and use end-to-end, real-time insights, for this. It could be time to make the decision and start planning the move of your SAP systems to Azure.

      The benefits of running SAP on the public cloud

      There are many benefits to migrating SAP to Microsoft Azure, which was one of the most secure and innovative public clouds. Moving SAP to the cloud overcomes many of the issues that slow down and make SAP inflexible, allowing companies to grow and scale securely using familiar systems while saving money.

      SAP on Azure enables companies to:

      • Scale quickly, infinitely: Break free from traditional SAP and infrastructure limitations. Scale up and down quickly with unlimited flexibility.
      • Save on cost: Save with a CapEx free, pay-as-you-go model. We also combine SAP automation with our cost optimisation to ensure you only pay for what you use.
      • Gain speed and agility: Increase productivity with faster development, build, test, and run cycles all done with the agility and speed of public cloud.
      • Access data insights: Gain insights from SAP data using familiar tools, instead of a reporting specialist, to make better-informed business decisions.
      • Experience full security: Ensure secure handling of SAP data and applications by leveraging the built-in security and reliability of Microsoft Azure.

      At Nordcloud, we can help move your SAP systems to Azure with the help of our team of experts, so contact us now to realise the full benefits of SAP on the Azure cloud.

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        SAP Innovation Forum Nordics 2018

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        Join Nordcloud at SAP Innovation Forum Nordics 2018

        SAP Innovation Forum Nordics is your opportunity to see live innovation first hand and discover how SAP solutions can allow you to turn thinking into doing.

        Bringing together the entire Nordics ecosystem of SAP users, partners and solution experts for one amazing live experience, SAP Innovation Forum Nordics will be packed with opportunities for you to learn, interact, discuss and see real life examples of SAP innovation in practice.

        Register now to learn how Nordcloud can support you in your SAP journey, from SAP Cloud Infrastructure and DevOps to SAP Insights and Intelligence.

        Date

        19-20 September 2018

        Location

        Lokomotivværkstedet
        Otto Busses Vej 5A,
        2450 København SV,
        Denmark

        Time

        9:00 AM – 6:00 PM followed by an evening networking event (Day 1)
        8:45 AM – 4:00 PM (Day 2)

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          Breakfast seminar – SAP on Azure, lessons learned

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          Join our free Breakfast seminar 28.8.2018 at 8.15-10.15 and hear about our experiences on migrating SAP on Azure.

          Learn from real cases about the expected benefits of running any SAP  workload on Azure and how to get started.

          • Expected benefits on running SAP on Azure
          • Practical experiences on SAP on Azure -solution
          • How do you get started?
          • Case example – Moving SAP to Microsoft Azure public cloud. What value did they get?

          This seminar is held at our HQ in Helsinki, Antinkatu 1, 00100 Helsinki, 4th floor.

          Register here before 23.8. and start your SAP cloud journey!

           

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