There are a number of scenarios in which a cloud-based IT infrastructure makes good business sense: when a new organization is just getting started; to support business growth that demands rapid scalability; for organizations with variable infrastructure demands such as new development projects or subject to business seasonality; and, finally, to save costs.
Most cloud services providers are good at generic infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) — that is, the self-provisioning of development and test systems that do not require high performance, high uptime, or systems that have variable demand. Productive SAP systems, however, are another story. These systems are resource (IOPS and CPU) intensive, requiring a cloud platform that is architected from the ground up according to the uptime, performance, and elasticity requirements of specific SAP applications. Even if you outsource your SAP environment’s IT infrastructure to an IaaS cloud services provider, you still need additional resources for the technical management of those SAP systems.
If your goal is to reduce the cost of your SAP environment while improving operational quality and flexibility, you need to look beyond simply outsourcing your SAP IT infrastructure to an IaaS cloud services provider.
Thinking Beyond IaaS for SAP Systems
The most significant cost savings — up to four times the savings provided by IaaS alone — come when the technical management of the SAP applications is outsourced along with its IT infrastructure. Maintaining an on-premise technical team dedicated to managing the SAP Basis technology underlying your SAP applications can be expensive and challenging due to lack of experience, overall resource constraints, and the high turnover rate of such resources due to high market demand. A cloud services provider with a cohesive 24/7 SAP technical team can provide the depth, breadth, flexibility, and consistency across your SAP environment to meet your organization’s constantly changing business needs.
An ideal cloud services provider owns the entire technology and support stack: the data center (DC), IaaS, and the SAP Basis technical management services. You can then rely on a single provider of a “DC + IaaS + SAP Basis” managed cloud service, which delivers meaningful end-to-end service level guarantees. You can apply your resulting cost savings to getting business value out of using your SAP applications instead of expending resources running and maintaining them.
You also want to look for a cloud services provider that provides the high-touch support that business-critical applications like SAP solutions demand, is financially solid, and has secure and redundant DCs where you can identify the physical location of your SAP systems and data for regulatory, auditing, security, and compliance reasons.
A Cloud Platform Purpose-Built for SAP Environments
Freudenberg IT (FIT) is an SAP-certified global provider of hosting and cloud business-critical services, including SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. FIT delivers an all-in-one “DC + IaaS + SAP Basis” managed cloud service via five physical global locations — using the FITvFlex cloud hosting platform — purpose-built for the needs of SAP customers. This cloud service provides significant cost savings while improving end-to-end operational quality, increasing flexibility, and offering ongoing support and advice across SAP’s extensive and growing application portfolio.
With over 40 years of experience running and hosting SAP software, FIT currently supports thousands of SAP systems and hundreds of SAP customers. To learn more about how you can focus on running your business and partnering with industry-specific system integrators and application management support vendors, while FIT keeps your SAP systems up and running 24/7, visit www.freudenberg-it.com/us/sap-cloud-solutions/fitvflex-for-sap.html.