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SAP Workload on Cloud-Best Practices

SAP Workload on Cloud-Best Practices

Earlier, people used to laugh when they discovered about “Anyone wanted to take their SAP workloads on Cloud”. However, today the scenario has changed. It is no longer a matter of “if”, it has now become a matter of “when”; which brings the next set of important questions,

  • “How to do it? “
  • “What are the best practices?”

To start off with, here are some of the common SAP workloads that can be easily taken to the Public cloud platforms, notably AWS and Microsoft Azure (because of certified SAP instances):

  • SAP Business Suite
  • SAP ECC 6.0

SAP® HANA, a world-class in-memory platform, which has completely changed the business operations via streamlining transactions, analytics and data processing on a single ‘in-memory database’. So, SAP HANA will impart unmatched speeds and real-time business agility. Moreover, because of the agility and performance embraced by HANA, it becomes the best-suited candidate for Public clouds.

Hence, let’s determine what really are the best practices for running SAP on cloud platforms with the guidance of succeeding attributes:

Understand your Options

There are several options available in the market. But the doubt is “Which one to choose from?” Prior to this, you need to understand what are the best options that suit your requirements. Following are the categories to select from:

  • Public Cloud:
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Azure
    • Google Cloud Platform(GCP)
  • Private Cloud:
    • Third Party
    • OpenStack
    • Co-location
  • Virtualized Cloud Infrastructure:
    • VMWare
    • Microsoft

Making a choice is all about evaluating the options listed above. However, AWS and Azure holds certified instances from SAP and are also tested with largest of the workloads. Furthermore, they confer the ability to quickly scale up and down whenever required, thus saving significant costs and providing the business agility.

Migration Strategy

It is imperative to finalize the migration strategy ‘to move your SAP workloads to the cloud’. Without proper planning, the migration could fail to result in unnecessary downtime and a lot of facepalms! This also makes it important to consider Certified Cloud Partners and Migration Experts while creating a complete roadmap for migration and execute it in a manner that minimizes or eliminates each downtime.

Management of SAP on Cloud

Acknowledge that ‘who will maintain and manage SAP environments?’ which is as important as planning your migration properly. “Will it be your IT team or a Managed Cloud Services provider?” The latter can perhaps do a better job as they can understand the cloud practice inside out. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can also help with optimizing the cloud spends. Each and every good MSP will monitor the workloads for preparing the best recommendations.

So, there you are!

Now that you know what all is needed while considering for your SAP migration, i.e. Find the answer to “when” rather than to keep fighting the “if” battle.