Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the Executive Board of SAP, and Hasso Plattner, founder and chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP, held a press conference on May 7, 2013 to announce the new SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service. Sikka happily took the stage to the song “My Girl” by the Temptations, seeing sunshine in the cloud thanks to SAP HANA.
SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is a new offering that gives companies the full power of the SAP HANA platform in a managed cloud environment, eliminating the need for on-site implementation. Running large andmission-critical as well as small and simple applications powered by SAP HANA will now be possible using a managed cloud service with enormous scale.
Sikka sees SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud as a comprehensive cloud infrastructure on which customers can run their entire business, saying,“We believe SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will be the hub of the digital, real-time business of the future.” Companies can run all kinds of applications, including SAP ERP, SAP Customer Relationship Management, and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, using SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud with no tradeoffs to security, performance, integration, or failover. And time to value is short because it eliminates the need for businesses to scale up and provision the hardware used to run large, resource-intensive applications.
Sikka noted that SAP is already working with about 60 customers to get them on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. Florida Crystals Corporation, a leading domestic sugar producer, is already live and running its core SAP ERP application on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. Don Whittington, Vice President and CIO of Florida Crystals, told his story via video, saying, “SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud allows for an easy transition to SAP HANA that doesn’t require significant capital expenditures.” He explained how SAP HANA in the cloud allows Florida Crystals to run SAP software faster, eliminating a lot of extra work that was being done outside the system in Excel. The cloud also gives the company the agility it needs to spin up new systems and test them quickly.
Working closely with SAP and SAP partner, Virtustream, it took Florida Crystals just 180 hours to get its SAP ERP application up and running on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, which included prep time, an ERP upgrade, data migration, and testing. With improved application performance and lower IT costs, Florida Crystals can deliver more organic, carbon-free sugar and renewable energy to its customers at better margins.
When building SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, Plattner, Sikka and their development team really wanted to take enterprise cloud services and hardware to the next level. The need for speed was paramount. They had to figure out how to connect very large clusters of enterprise apps with low-latency networking to achieve the results they desired. To discuss how this was done, Sikka invited Andy Bechtolsheim, the founder and chairman of Arista Networks, to join him. Bechtolsheim took the stage with a grin, commenting how everyone in the industry knew enterprise apps would be the last to move to the cloud. “It is a hard problem,” he said, “but we couldn’t be more pleased to partner and work with SAP on this. And after today, people will think of the cloud for deploying enterprise apps because it is the perfect place to do it.” Bechtolsheim explained that, when businesses have massive clusters of main-memory systems, network latency and bandwidth is key. They need to be able to see through the entire network and perform integrated system management.
Sikka concluded by expressing his excitement that SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is here, saying, “It is the next big step in our journey with SAP HANA to redefine the future of real time business.” Businesses can connect with partners, suppliers, and trading networks in real time, working together off the same data. As Sikka predicts, “The possibility of simplification and dramatic acceleration of business means that, in the future, the only limitation will be our imagination.”
More details on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will be shared at SAPPHIRE NOW, being held May 14–16 in Orlando, Florida.