Research Brief


Over One-Third of SAP Customers Do Not Have the Infrastructure They Need to Execute SAP S/4HANA Plans

January 22, 2020

SAP customers can host their ERP workloads, SAP S/4HANA or otherwise, in three basic types of infrastructure: cloud, fully on-premise, or a hybrid landscape (meaning some components or ERP instances and workloads are in the cloud and others are hosted on-premise).

50% of SAP customers are running legacy SAP ERP on-premise with plans to keep hosting instances on-premise and 8% are already running at least some SAP S/4HANA workloads or instances on-premise (see Figure 1).

Figure 1:  Most SAP customers still run legacy SAP ERP fully on-premise.

Most SAP customers still run legacy SAP ERP fully on-premise

Source: SAPinsider, January. 2020

SAP customers that decide to host SAP S/4HANA workloads or instances on-premise in their own data centers must lease or buy infrastructure optimized for that purpose.

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) can provide significant value to enterprises. HCI combines a hypervisor, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking to maximize the utility and performance of servers while minimizing the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Unfortunately, implementing HCI does not necessarily mean enterprises have an optimized set-up to host SAP S/4HANA.

This research brief examines data trends from three research projects to assess the infrastructure preparedness of SAP customers planning to migrate to SAP S/4HANA.

Read the full research brief.

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