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After reading Mckinsey’s article, I was intrigued with the first paragraph at point 4)

“The share of participants who see themselves moving entire workloads (of various types) to a public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) model or platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model is up 15 to 20 percent compared with previous years’ findings.”

Exhibit 3 caught my eye. Here, I assumed back-office support typically means Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) workloads like SAP for a typical organization. There was a 25% shift of workload from traditional and Private IaaS/PaaS to SaaS and Public/PaaS.

Tried looking for the source from Horizon360 but could not find any as it seems to be a closed survey as I was interested in the data respondent profile.

Who were these 55% of companies which are already on SaaS (perhaps Successfactors, Salesforce, NetSuite, Workday)? But I also noticed public IaaS/PaaS was 0% on 2014-2015 jumping to 13% on 2016.

When I tried googling for a comparison analysis of the various IaaS public cloud platforms for SAP solutions in Bring Your Own Licence (BYOL) software on-premise perspective. There was none and so I thought I would find out myself.

Below is a list of public cloud providers that was selected:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • IBM Bluemix Softlayer
  • T-Systems OpenTelekom Cloud
  • Alibaba Cloud
  • Huawei Cloud

From the definition perspective of Public IaaS Cloud Provider, the main big hyper-scale providers: AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform are included. Also included IBM Bluemix Softlayer as it is listed in certified IaaS list for SAP HANA. Surprisingly, Huawei is also in the list, which led me to learn that there is actually a Huawei Public Cloud in China. Lastly, Alibaba Cloud was added in as it is growing very rapidly. T-systems was included because Huawei is powering their OpenTelekom Cloud.

Data Collection:

In searching for the information, SAP ONE Launchpad is always the first stop. Secondly, SAP sources like SAP community blog and news will be checked and then the IaaS provider’s own websites (for example: https://azure.microsoft.com). If information cannot be located, generally a google search will yield results from third-party technology news providers, etc.

Results:

In producing the matrix tables below, this is a snapshot of the current features/functionalities/capabilities. When there is “??” at the end word, it implies that the source of that data might not be accurate.

Table 1: SAP solution supportability

Table 2: Service Location & Infrastructure

Table 3: HA/DR, Hypervisor, OS, and SAP Monitoring Capabilities

Point of View (PoV)

From the above, AWS and Microsoft Azure are close with the various dimensions in terms of breadth, depth, and available information of their offerings for SAP solutions. Interestingly, Azure is ahead in SAP HANA as it is using bare-metal 4TB hardware servers for Scale-up and up to 30TB for Scale-out.

Huawei is more intent on enabling other cloud providers like T-systems OpenTelekom Cloud using its FusionSphere line of servers and Openstack. It is also gaining more clients, like Orange and is targeted more to the European entrprise market for data sovereignty reasons. For IBM, it seems that they are still in the midst of integrating both Bluemix and Softlayer together or are engaged with getting Watson and IoT capabilities in their platform.

I would be curious to find out what GCP will offer for SAP solutions during SAPPHIRE 2017. Lastly, I found Alibaba Cloud supports BI/BO on AnyDB on its Tmall offering. I am guessing this is for its vendors to generate insights on customer patterns and behaviours. It remains to be seen whether Alibaba Cloud will expand this, considering this is complementary capability for its ecommerce platform.

All these will probably change in the next three months with continuous improvements and innovations being released by all the providers. Stay tuned!

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