Welcome!

Artificial Intelligence Authors: Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Kevin Benedict, Jyoti Bansal

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Artificial Intelligence

@CloudExpo: Blog Post

Is SAP HANA in the Cloud Right for Me? | @CloudExpo @SAPInMemory #Cloud

Benefits of SAP HANA in the Cloud

With the pace of technological development and the complex needs of ERP, it can be difficult to choose the right SAP HANA hosting or upgrade strategy. There are unexpected benefits of moving to the cloud, but also risks in outsourcing mission-critical applications. Here are some of the common arguments for and against SAP HANA in the cloud.

Perceived Benefits of On-Premise SAP HANA Hosting

ERP Security and Control: Companies are understandably concerned about who they trust with their core data and applications. Although a well-run SAP HANA cloud hosting provider can usually provide better security than onsite hosting, many businesses still prefer keeping systems in-house, where their own team can keep an eye on everything.

Better Control over SAP HANA Hardware: Onsite hosting lets organizations choose high-quality SAP HANA appliances, supporting ERP stability and performance. Building out existing hardware through Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) also appeals to many companies, since it allows them to capitalize on previous investments. Although some SAP HANA cloud providers allow companies to vary their hardware layout, not all do.  TDI configurations require oversight by an SAP HANA certified specialist which can be quite costly and time consuming to accomplish.  Likewise, certification is again required if changes to the HANA system are made.

The Ability to Address Complex IT Infrastructure Needs: Companies with legacy systems, multiple platforms or other complex needs often choose onsite ERP over cloud solutions. There are fewer managed service providers able to cater to hybrid cloud needs, so they assume onsite is the best, or even the only option.

Low latency needs are another important factor. A dedicated high speed connection may not be feasible or cost effective, requiring at least part of the network to be onsite. Organizations may decide to keep all IT infrastructure in-house.

Benefits of SAP HANA in the Cloud

Better SAP HANA Support: SAP HANA requires regular maintenance, continuous monitoring and the ability to react quickly when the system starts to behave erratically. Unless your in-house IT team can drop everything to hunt for a bug in the middle of the night, minor issues can quickly grow to full-blown system outages. For most SMBs, a full-service SAP HANA cloud provider such as Symmetry can provide better support: improving uptime, performance and security.

No CapEx and Reduced OpEx: Buying a new appliance or building out existing hardware can easily run into several hundred thousands of dollars, and that doesn't include:

  • Configuration
  • Onsite integration
  • OS & Firmware support and patching
  • Software and tools

All told, the upfront costs are often excessive, and this is for a fixed size HANA system.

OpEx for an onsite SAP HANA system isn't cheap either. Costs include:

  • Rack, power and cooling costs
  • Network maintenance
  • Backup/disaster recovery
  • Basis administration

Many configurations have a TCO in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, and that's just for the first three-year term. Considerations also need to be made for system growth and hardware renewal.

An SAP HANA cloud provider can eliminate CapEx, and significantly reduces OpEx and TCO. The right full-service SAP HANA cloud provider can typically save as much as a ⅓ of the cost.

The savings from placing your ERP including SAP HANA in the cloud depend on finding the right full-service provider, however. Many hosts have limitations in their offerings that may not fit your organization's needs. For example, they may limit the size of systems available for scale-up HANA, or limit the data that can be utilized within an allocated instance.  Look for a provider with a subscription model without limitations, that provides managed services as part of their solutions, and supports all workloads.

Custom SAP HANA Hybrid Cloud Solutions: For complex needs, such as low latency, legacy system integration or multiple platforms, an SAP HANA hybrid cloud provider often has substantial advantages over onsite hosting, including:

  • Flexibility
  • Available capacity when you need it
  • Better stability through utilization of enterprise class platform
  • Lower TCO
  • Less reliance on your organizations staff

However, it depends on finding the right partner. SAP HANA in the cloud requires careful sizing and configuration to provide optimal performance, while minimizing cost. Other services, like transporting legacy servers to the provider's farm or supplying techs to maintain the onsite portion of your system can maximize the benefits of a hybrid SAP HANA solution in the cloud, but not every partner offers them.

With the right service provider, SAP HANA in the Cloud can be a competitive advantage. Your SAP HANA strategy, should carefully weigh in-house assets against an array of vendor offerings. If your in-house IT team is already stretched thin, or you're wary about the substantial cost of on-premise SAP HANA, a full-service SAP HANA cloud provider may be the most competitive solution.

More Stories By Kevin Knuese

As Vice President of SAP Solutions, Kevin Knuese leads Symmetry’s SAP Cloud Hosting and SAP HANA solution development efforts. After decades of problem solving within the IT world, Knuese provides strategic leadership to help navigate the complex world of SAP application management for Symmetry’s valued customers. Working shoulder to shoulder with our customers’ executive management team, Knuese assess business requirements to ensure the IT infrastructure in place is meeting the enterprise needs, while providing operational guidance to leverage emerging technologies. Knuese ensures Symmetry customers are delivered tailored enterprise cloud solutions that are expertly managed, with state-of-the art security and built in scalability to grow as our customers’ businesses grow. He is a sought after thought leader and can be frequently seen presenting on the main stage at leading edge IT conferences in the U.S. and around the world.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads.
The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready.” If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your data center will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, will posit that disruption is inevitable for c...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great dea...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Loom Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2015, Loom Systems delivers an advanced AI solution to predict and prevent problems in the digital business. Loom stands alone in the industry as an AI analysis platform requiring no prior math knowledge from operators, leveraging the existing staff to succeed in the digital era. With offices in S...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 add...
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), will provide an overview of various initiatives to certifiy the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldw...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Infranics will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Since 2000, Infranics has developed SysMaster Suite, which is required for the stable and efficient management of ICT infrastructure. The ICT management solution developed and provided by Infranics continues to add intelligence to the ICT infrastructure through the IMC (Infra Management Cycle) based on mathemat...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SD Times | BZ Media has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BZ Media LLC is a high-tech media company that produces technical conferences and expositions, and publishes a magazine, newsletters and websites in the software development, SharePoint, mobile development and commercial UAV markets.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a ...
Now that the world has connected “things,” we need to build these devices as truly intelligent in order to create instantaneous and precise results. This means you have to do as much of the processing at the point of entry as you can: at the edge. The killer use cases for IoT are becoming manifest through AI engines on edge devices. An autonomous car has this dual edge/cloud analytics model, producing precise, real-time results. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Crupi, Vice President and Eng...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HTBase will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. HTBase (Gartner 2016 Cool Vendor) delivers a Composable IT infrastructure solution architected for agility and increased efficiency. It turns compute, storage, and fabric into fluid pools of resources that are easily composed and re-composed to meet each application’s needs. With HTBase, companies can quickly prov...
There are 66 million network cameras capturing terabytes of data. How did factories in Japan improve physical security at the facilities and improve employee productivity? Edge Computing reduces possible kilobytes of data collected per second to only a few kilobytes of data transmitted to the public cloud every day. Data is aggregated and analyzed close to sensors so only intelligent results need to be transmitted to the cloud. Non-essential data is recycled to optimize storage.
"I think that everyone recognizes that for IoT to really realize its full potential and value that it is about creating ecosystems and marketplaces and that no single vendor is able to support what is required," explained Esmeralda Swartz, VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud at Ericsson, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Now has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.