Solution Brief

SAP on Azure- A Secure Path for Hosting SAP Applications in the Cloud

Published on
12 July 2019

Moving to the cloud brings real advantages not just for your generalized workloads, but also for your mission critical SAP applications. That being said, you don’t want to run your SAP applications on any cloud platform indiscriminately.

As an enterprise user, you want to partner with a cloud provider that offers the best and most powerful way to run SAP on the Cloud. We believe that Microsoft Azure is way ahead of other cloud providers. Here’s why.

SAP on Microsoft Azure Cloud - A Secure Path for hosting SAP Applications in the cloud

Change is constant in business. When it comes to your SAP applications, you want infrastructure that not only meets your current business requirements but also grows with your business.

Microsoft Azure is a hyperscale public cloud platform built to meet small, medium, and enterprise requirements. When you move migrate your SAP, SAP S/4 HANA systems to Microsoft Azure Cloud, you can run your systems better by leveraging the following benefits from Microsoft Azure Cloud:

1. Microsoft’s Security Investment

You may be apprehensive about the security of your data or to migrate SAP applications to Microsoft Azure Cloudin the cloud; most businesses are. Don’t worry, Microsoft has got you covered. The company invests around $1 Billion on security research and development every year. With this level of investment, you can rely on enterprise-grade security and privacy built into Azure. You

can also rely on the on-going rigorous tests Microsoft conducts to validate its security.

No matter the size of your company, Azure's built in security capabilities can help protect your applications and data, support your compliance efforts, and provide cost effective security.  

2.Global Reach and Compliance

Azure has the largest compliance portfolio of any cloud with more than 85 offerings covering multiple industries and geographies including those with GDPR regulations. If industry regulations bar your from moving your data out of a certain region, Azure has the solution. Today Azure has 54 regions and is available in 140 countries. Its global coverage offers you the scale needed to help you remain compliant while bringing your SAP application closer to users around the world.  

3.Trust Factor, Partners and Support

There’s a good chance that you have used or are currently using Microsoft solutions on a day to day basis. That being said, wouldn’t it be easier to trust a provider that is already serving your business on a day to day basis?

Microsoft has decades of experience serving global enterprises, understands their needs, and has a large portfolio of enterprise- grade products and services, along with a thriving security partner ecosystem to augment your security technology, or provide you with specific expertise, scale, and outsourcing. Compared to the competition, Azure is the most partner friendly cloud and it’s not even close.  

4.SAP S/4 HANA on Azure Cloud – A Strategic partnership with SAP

The partnership between Microsoft and SAP is a strong one. SAP is currently running its business-critical systems on Azure and Microsoft is running its SAP and S/4 HANA systems on Azure Cloud. Because to the partnership between Microsoft and SAP, Azure offers customers the most holistic solution for their SAP environments.

5.Reliable high availability for business continuity

Azure offers a wide range of easy and economical high availability, back up, and disaster recovery services that protect and natively support the widest range or enterprise applications of any cloud DR provider.

With Azure you can failover your apps and your entire datacenter with automated recovery plans in a matter of minutes and hours instead of weeks or months. For your mission-critical SAP deployments Azure offers 99.9% SLAs.

Why now is the right time to start planning your SAP S/4 HANA Azure cloud migration

The ultimate goal for many organizations in today’s business landscape is digital transformation.

Successfully executing digital transformation, however, requires an IT infrastructure that enables your organization to be more agile and innovate. With its capacity to increase speed, scalability, time-to-value, and innovation, cloud infrastructure is exactly what you need to fuel your digital transformation efforts.

As an SAP enterprise customer a major part of your digital transformation journey for entails the improvement of business processes through the use of end-to-end, realtime insights from a modern ERP system. That modern ERP system is SAP S/4HANA.  

A future of running core operational processes on SAP S/4HANA with an underlying cloud infrastructure is inevitable for a majority of SAP customers. Some uncertainty lies around which cloud platform will be utilized for their SAP landscape and when to make the move, however.

We have already touched on the value of migrating your SAP systems to Azure. As for the right time to start preparing for an SAP, S/4 HANA Azure cloud migration, the answer is: now.  

Here’s why.  

Real-time insights and the ability to quickly pivot and scale a business give companies a competitive edge in the digital economy. This competitive edge can be secured by migrating your SAP landscape to Azure cloud. Delaying the critical first step of an SAP cloud migration, however, puts your organization at risk of playing catch up in today’s fast paced digital economy.  

Begin your SAP, S/4 HANA Cloud Migration to Azure with Wharfedale Technologies

SAP, S/4 HANA cloud migrations are complex. If you’re planning to migrate your SAP landscape to Azure, you need a cloud service provider with adequate expertise and comprehensive solutions. As one of the very first SAP-certified cloud service providers in the world and a Gold Microsoft Partner, Wharfedale brings a dept of expertise around SAP Azure cloud migrations that is unmatched.  

With a portfolio of SAP solutions such as SAP high availability, disaster recovery, advanced sizing for virtualization, backup/recovery integration, systems refresh automation and landscape optimization, Wharfedale

has the capability to help you migrate, modernize, and manage your SAP landscape.  

Check out our unique Zero Dollar Down Migration offering to learn how you can migrate your SAP landscape to Azure cloud at no upfront cost.