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Moving your SAP infrastructure to the cloud

Key considerations

  • Tony Jansen
    Tony Jansen

“By 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy is today,” says Gartner.1 And indeed, an increasing number of companies are shifting to hybrid or even full cloud solutions. Yet, how do you embark upon that journey? How can you determine which technology or provider suits your needs best?

Cloud platforms provide on-demand compute and storage with unlimited scalability. Moreover, customers pay only for what they use when they use it (TCO optimization) and the cloud ensures simplified disaster recovery capabilities and reduced maintenance (i.e. peace of mind). These benefits make the cloud perfect to boost the speed of innovation in today’s businesses. For many companies, the step to SAP HANA, SAP’s in memory database technology, is the perfect timing to rethink their infrastructure and consider a move to the cloud. 

Wanted: high computing power

Why opt for SAP HANA in the cloud? Well, the HANA in-memory technology requires a high amount of processing power and memory to rapidly aggregate, analyze and secure vast data sets from a boundless number of sources. Chances are therefore high that your existing, legacy IT infrastructure will have difficulty delivering these new system requirements.

Making the move

The ideal way to migrate your infrastructure to the cloud? Using a ‘lift and shift’ method is not always the best way to go. Good planning and design are crucial to gaining the greatest benefit during and after transition. Many companies take a gradual approach. For example, they first move their development and testing environments and use the cloud as a disaster recovery site. This reduces the cost of the on-premise infrastructure and immediately creates more flexible testing capabilities, especially when migrating from a traditional SAP ECC system to S/4HANA.

Picking the right technology and providers

A move to the cloud should be part of a long-term vision regarding your SAP infrastructure. Therefore, it is crucial to assess your business-specific requirements and determine how your cloud strategy can align with these requirements. An important part of your strategy is the choice of providers – Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, SAP HEC, Google Cloud Platform – and which type of data will require which type of solution: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.

How can we help?

Setting up a cloud strategy that suits your company’s specific needs can be a challenging task. As an SAP expert with deep technical and business expertise, Flexso can guide you every step of the way. As part of the Cronos group, we have easy access to competence centers with a broad range of technology and business expertise. As a result, we can offer a comprehensive solution that ensures end-to-end integration.

  • Readiness assessment
    Through an accelerated assessment we can map your infrastructure and business requirements and explain the benefits, risks and costs of moving to the cloud.
     
  • Infrastructure design
    We analyze your existing system landscape, map the strengths and weaknesses and build a design that meets your current and future infrastructure requirements. In this tailor-made design, we evaluate which cloud provider best matches your organization’s requirements – based on cost, solution offering and integration capabilities.

    Curious to read more on our approach to an optimal infrastructure? Check out our dedicated blog.
     
  • Transition and transformation
    Our transition and transformation services help you move your existing infrastructure to the cloud, to eventually migrate to HANA and S/4HANA.
     
  • Managed services
    Our portfolio of infrastructure and cloud services keeps your SAP infrastructure running efficiently, reliably and flexibly. We can constantly manage your environment and ensure that it is always up-to-date and fit for purpose

    Discover our managed services portfolio 

Why Flexso?

Flexso is an SAP integrator with deep business knowhow. Moreover, we can count on the expertise of over 5,000 colleagues from the Cronos group. The group offers hosting services at its Belgium-based datacenters.

Contact us to discuss how we can help you move your SAP infrastructure to the cloud.

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