What is the “value” of the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) ?
As some of you might already have experience the value and benefit of the SAP Cloud Appliance Library by using some of our trial offerings, I thought that I provide more details on what else the SAP Cloud Appliance Library can offer our customers and partners.
The SAP Cloud Appliance Library is trying to solve the problem, that some of our customers and partners are spending far too much time and money on setting up SAP system, by giving our customers and partner access to a set of pre-configured virtual appliances, which then can be deployed in the cloud.
So what does this concrete mean ?
- Step 1 : You create your account with the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) and logon
- Step 2 : You select one of the pre-configured solutions.
- Step 3 : You deploy the solution to the Cloud Provider
- Step 4 : You can start using the software.
In regards to the Cloud provider, the SAP Cloud Appliance Library is currently supporting Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure.
For the list of available pre-configured solutions, you can find further details here:
As you can see from the two links above, the SAP Cloud Appliance Library offers a set of Trial Solutions, where our customers and partners can experience the software for 30 days and the SAP Cloud Appliance Library also allows you to use the pre-configured solutions and apply your own license keys.
For the “Bring your own license” model, you can purchase the SAP Cloud Appliance Subscription Package in the SAP Store, which then allows you to have one concurrent system instance running based on the list of available pre-configured landscapes.
Now I am sure that some of our customers and partners will look at the price of the SAP Cloud Appliance Library Subscription package (around 750 EUR per month / instance) and think that this is far too expensive, but perhaps I can provide an example on how much value the SAP Cloud Appliance Library can bring to you.
So lets assume you are a customer and you are looking for a SAP ERP on SAP HANA sandbox environment because you would like to evaluate the impact of Simplified Financials and you are looking to create a small project and create some prototypes.
If you would now look at creating such a sandbox for your on-premise environment, you most likely would look at something close to this:
- Install hardware: 1 Day
- Install and configure SAP HANA : 2 Day(s)
- Install and configure SAP ERP on SAP HANA: 2 Day(s)
I know that some people will look at these numbers and think that they are very low and some people will look at these numbers and think that they are too high, but for our example lets assume that after 5 working days we have our sandbox environment up and running.
Looking at the cost of this, we can calculate with 5 working days with 8 hours each = 40 hours. So even if we now just calculated our pure cost and use 100 Euro per hour, we are already looking at 4.000 EUR just for setting up this sandbox and we haven’t even discussed the fact, that you would first of all have to purchase the hardware.
If we now compare this to the SAP Cloud Appliance Library:
- Monthly Subscription Costs : 750 EUR / instance
- Duration for deploying the system : 30 – 40 minutes
- No hardware purchase needed
So we are comparing 4000 Euro with 750 Euro for just one system. Imagine how much money you could save with 2, or 3, or even more systems that you might need over a period of one year…
In case you are now interested in the SAP Cloud Appliance Library, here you can find more: