SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, HPE to provide SaaS-like option

Matthew N. Henry

SAP consumers who want to operate their programs in a cloud surroundings have been limited to possibly non-public cloud in SAP details centers or community cloud hyperscalers.

Nonetheless, a new partnership between SAP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise will now supply a SaaS-like deployment selection for complete SAP programs on HPE GreenLake. The new providing is named SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, client version.

HPE GreenLake delivers full pre-configured application programs as a assistance to a customer’s details centre. HPE manages the programs in the course of their lifecycle and consumers pay out for the assistance in a regular subscription.

Peter PluimPeter Pluim

The blend of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP’s non-public managed cloud assistance, and HPE GreenLake lets SAP consumers to continue to keep their SAP application stack and details on premises when getting advantage of a predictable, subscription-based cloud surroundings, explained Peter Pluim, SAP’s global head of enterprise cloud.

“We deal HPE GreenLake for the client and basically invest in the assistance from HPE,” Pluim explained. “They put in it inside a cage in the customer’s details centre. And we use our expert services and application and the client pays a regular rate just as they would if it ran as a SaaS on a hyperscaler.”

Data sovereignty a present-day concern

The partnership will help consumers who want rigorous command about the area of their details, which is an concern that has grow to be extra advanced with the COVID-19 pandemic, Pluim explained.

We deal HPE GreenLake for the client and basically invest in the assistance from HPE.
Peter PluimGlobal head of enterprise cloud, SAP

“In the COVID environment there are extra requires now all around details sovereignty, as well as regulatory demands all around details spots,” he explained. “This requires consumers to have considerably extra command about the place it is.”

The HPE GreenLake selection is also suitable for consumers who want to transfer to S/4HANA in a SaaS surroundings, but discover that S/4HANA Cloud is limited in features and does not help customizations from SAP ECC environments.

“This can take care of that enormous concern that consumers have with so a lot of moving areas, and now we can deploy this — and consumers at their individual tempo with their individual associates can transfer from ECC to S/4HANA,” Pluim explained. “It is fantastic, specifically if they have details sovereignty troubles, or perhaps they have manufactured enormous investments in details centers that they really don’t want to give up but they are achieving a hardware refresh cycle.”

Keith WhiteKeith White

The partnership arrived about simply because consumers have been requesting a simplified cloud working experience, explained Keith White, HPE senior vice president and general supervisor of HPE GreenLake.

“The great detail about this is you get the ‘one furthermore a person equals three’ working experience with HPE hardware infrastructure and HPE GreenLake’s as-a-assistance capacity with each other with SAP programs,” White explained. “Customers get that seamless working experience, so they can then go assess the details and get fantastic info from the details and do all of the things that they want to in purchase to operate their business extra proficiently.”

Customers want clarity

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, client version provides SAP with an selection that its main competitor Oracle has supplied considering that 2016 with Oracle [email protected], explained Liz Herbert, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Exploration. Oracle [email protected] is Oracle’s managed non-public cloud assistance that enables consumers to operate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure community cloud expert services and Oracle Fusion SaaS purposes in their details centers.

Liz HerbertLiz Herbert

“That explained, SAP is presently supporting a really extensive vary of alternatives for consumers — on-premises, several hosting and non-public cloud alternatives, several community cloud alternatives — each immediately and by way of associates like IBM and NTT,” Herbert explained. “They have had major option mainly simply because they are really partner-welcoming when it comes to cloud hosting and infrastructure, and this partnership with HPE GreenLake expands people present choices.”

Nonetheless, somewhat than concentrating on the vary of infrastructure choices, SAP consumers are inclined to want enable slicing by way of the complexity, inquiring for improved comparisons and extra clarity on the discrepancies between people choices, she explained. SAP consumers are also extra interested in making a circumstance for an S/4HANA migration somewhat than drilling down into the particulars of the infrastructure.  

“[SAP consumers] are bewildered and overwhelmed by having much too a lot of choices,” she explained. “On top of that, a lot of of the consumers we work with are nonetheless inquiring about the business circumstance for S/4HANA and when or irrespective of whether to make the transfer. Infrastructure and cloud option are not the most significant troubles they are dealing with simply because they are nonetheless battling extra basically with what their potential ERP surroundings need to appear like from a vendor and purposes point of view.”

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