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How Tailored Cloud Solutions Can Provide SAP Customers with Greater Availability and Scalability

by Cynthia Borgman | SAPinsider, Volume 15, Issue 1

January 1, 2014

Organizations today recognize that a highly flexible, scalable, and multi-tenant cloud environment should be as dynamic as the business itself. This article discusses how your cloud environment options are evolving to meet these changing needs, including multi-tenancy and virtualized networks.

Read this article to learn more about:

    •  How shifting to a virtualized network can enable transformation

    •  The benefits of multi-tenancy

    •  A wide range of services in a multi-tenant model, such as granular chargebacks, tiered storage, and various disaster recovery and backup solutions

 

Organizations that transition to the cloud have long cited increased flexibility and lower commitment levels as their primary drivers. But increased flexibility, when compared to on-premise installations, isn’t the entire appeal of cloud technology. With business needs and technology constantly changing, cloud customers today demand levels of availability and scalability beyond that of a dedicated, fixed platform.

Recognizing this evolution, Capgemini now provides more targeted offerings and provisioning options to meet the unique needs of companies and their continuously changing landscapes. Having worked closely with many SAP customers to tailor solutions to meet their specific requirements — in some cases with the same dedicated team in place for more than a decade — we are well-positioned for a quick, yet deliberate response to rapidly changing needs. By hosting a VMware x86, multi-tenant virtualization platform, with scalability inherent in a Linux or Microsoft Windows environment, we enable organizations to shift from a dedicated cloud hosting model to a platform that is highly adaptable. The approach can be modified on a customer-by-customer basis. Our customers’ instances can now be seamlessly provisioned across public or private clouds like never before, allowing for high agility and availability with low levels of risk.

A Virtualized Network and Multi-Tenancy

SAP’s recent decision to certify SAP HANA to run non-production systems in a virtualized environment has sparked interest from many of our customers, several of whom have already taken advantage of SAP HANA running in a virtualized environment. This approach enables these customers to set up relatively low-cost proofs of concept. The shift toward virtualized environments will likely continue to gain steam as a transformation enabler, which is just one example of the inherent benefits of virtualization. That is, there is further granularity in terms of resource provisioning, as well as increased scalability, affording customer cost decreases on par with multi-tenancy without negatively affecting performance. Licensed as a service provider in a VMware virtualized network, we can better provision for our customers’ specific needs.

Organizations today recognize that a highly flexible, scalable, and multi-tenant cloud environment should be as dynamic as the business itself.

With a focus on customers’ needs and requirements, Capgemini’s adaptable cloud provisioning model supports a virtualized network. This is just one component of the Capgemini model, which supports hybrid solutions in a multi-tenant platform and features seamless transitioning from public to private environments as resources dictate. The trend toward multi-tenancy has encouraged us to increase the breadth of offered services, which are reflected in our service-level agreements (SLAs). Companies benefit through a range of services, from complex event management and trending analysis of a specific environment to up-to-date capacity planning information, granular chargebacks, tiered storage, and various disaster recovery and backup solutions.

In addition to providing Tier 1 storage, we offer pricing models based on storage classes. With a focus on automated provisioning, we can help customers lessen the time it takes from making a provisioning request to getting up and running.

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Just a short time ago, cloud versus on-premise was the primary cloud consideration. Today, organizations recognize that a highly flexible, scalable, and multi-tenant cloud environment should be as dynamic as the business itself. This need calls for a hosting partner that can offer the right solution at the right time. To find out more about how Capgemini can help you transition to the cloud and leverage your cloud services, visit www.capgemini.com/cloud-services.

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Cynthia Borgman
Cynthia Borgman

Vice President, NA Hosting Business Unit
Capgemini



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