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SAP’s Multi Cloud Infrastructure: A Dynamic Foundation for Intelligent Enterprise

Reflections on Pre-conference Workshops at TechEd Las Vegas and Barcelona: Migrating SAP Workloads to Hyperscalers  

TechEd Las Vegas. TechEd Barcelona. Hubs and breeding ground for productive technical discussion between customers, SAP solution groups, and partners. My team, Global Cloud Service’s Multi Cloud recently brought together some of SAP’s Public Cloud stakeholders from Lines of Business– as well as Cybersecurity, Sales, and Multi Cloud’s own technical experts–to drive Public Cloud thought leadership and intense interaction with our end customers in a Special Interest Activity workshop: “Migrating SAP Workloads to Hyperscalers”.

The days began with sessions on Public Cloud market trends and SAP strategy with my colleague Mikael Loefstrand, from our Multi Cloud Tech Office and Data Security by Dr. Wasif Gilani; SAP Data Custodian Product Management, along with a Cloud migration deep dive presented by Zora Caklovic. Participants across industries, including architects with mid to high level knowledge of Public Cloud, made for interesting questions and discussion at lunch, breaks, and during the sessions. David Robinson and Damien Johnson of the team driving SAP’s Embrace Offering also showed how SAP is working to provide customers with market approved journeys, digital business offerings, reference architecture and solutions, built upon leveraging the benefits of hyperscale Public Cloud, SAP Cloud Platform, and SAP applications.

According to a Rightscale 2019 report, 84% of enterprises have a multi cloud strategy and Cisco Global Cloud Index predicts that traffic within hyperscale data centers will quadruple by 2021, making the trend toward Public Cloud impossible for us to ignore. To be clear, SAP most certainly isn’t ignoring this trend. For some time now, SAP has been successfully following an ambitious Multi Cloud strategy, seeking to run new workloads and move a high percentage of already running workloads to hyperscaler infrastructure. SAP’s customers also aren’t ignoring the trend. They too are moving to Public Cloud on a large scale and are looking for guidance on how to leverage the benefits of Public Cloud with their own SAP workloads.

Public Cloud experts can be found across SAP’s organization – within the ranks of Lines of Business, in functional groups such as presales and corporate strategy, as well as in centralized teams like ours that assist with migration projects on many levels, including architectural guidance, operations, and cost optimization. As the Public Cloud ecosystem and community of SAP experts has grown, it made sense for our experts to move closer to customers to share their experience in how hyperscale infrastructures can be utilized to get the most out of business applications upon which they are built. In fact, this is how this workshop was born.

SAP’s partner and key sponsor of the workshop; SUSE, was also present and was an integral part of the workshop. SUSE delivers enterprise-grade, open source software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions, working closely with hyperscaler partners. Major Public Cloud providers have pre-built, optimized images based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications with the same features that are available for on-premise deployments. SUSE offers flexibility to move subscriptions, for instance, between on-premise and cloud environments with reliable configurations in the Public Cloud. In Barcelona, Ayoub Belarbi, one of SUSE’s expert system engineers, flew in to hold a demo session on bootstrapping SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP HANA clusters with Terraform and Salt, on Public Cloud. In Las Vegas, Solutions Architect, Alex Arnoldy spoke on leveraging SLEs for SAP applications on hyperscalers to improve business continuity. Thanks SUSE for collaborating with us on this.

SAP has also been quickly moving non-productive development workloads to hyperscalers, as my colleague Oliver Beck, SVP, S/4HANA Cloud Delivery and Development Landscape Management (DLM) shared. His team has moved more than 2000 of their internal development systems to Google Cloud Platform–one of SAP’s largest migrations to date–in record time. As if all of the previous information for attendees wasn’t enough, toward the end of the day, participants also received insights from my team’s and SAP Cybersecurity’s own best practices in Public Cloud networking, security, and optimizing hyperscaler environments for cost savings by adding automation. The following outlines one of Multi Cloud’s Public Cloud veterans, Mark Dickerson’s tips and tricks to help SAP Lines of Business streamline their environments.

At the end of the day, I really hope this initiative will create further dialogue between SAP Public Cloud infrastructure experts and customers, as we strive to integrate solutions, platforms, and infrastructure to achieve our shared vision of the Intelligent Enterprise.

 

Sessions:

The Intelligent Enterprise in a Multi Cloud Era: Mikael Loefstrand, VP, SAP Global Cloud Services, Multi Cloud Tech Office; Dr. Wasif Gilani, SAP Data Custodian Product Management; David Robinson, SVP and Managing Director Cloud Business Group (Las Vegas); Damien Johnson, Chief Enterprise Architect, SAP Cloud Business Group (Barcelona)

SAP on Hyperscalers – Cloud Migration Deep Dive; Zora Caklovic, SAP Global Cloud Services Multi Cloud Sr. Director and Architect

Embarking on the Journey – How SAP Runs Internal Development Systems on Hyperscalers: Oliver Beck, SVP S/4HANA Cloud Delivery (Barcelona)

Leveraging SLEs for SAP Applications on Hyperscalers to Improve Business Continuity: Alex Arnoldy, Solutions Architect, SUSE (Las Vegas)

Bootstrapping SLEs for SAP HANA Clusters with Terraform and Salt on Public Cloud: Ayoub Belarbi, System Engineer, SUSE (Barcelona)

Cloud Networking Design, Security and Optimizations: Mark Dickerson, VP, SAP Global Cloud Services, Multi Cloud Strategy and Operations; Aleks Aleksic, Solution Advisor, SAP Cybersecurity (Las Vegas); Rafael Valdes, SAP Cybersecurity Consultant (Barcelona); Andreas Hess, SAP Global Cloud Services Multi Cloud Principal Architect (Barcelona)

 

I was also pleased that we got some positive feedback from our customers at the workshops:

“It is a wild west out there in the Public Cloud world – everyone’s doing their own thing. It was good to see that SAP is creating some standardized approaches that will help customers make more educated decisions.”

– Tomas Krojzl, SAP HANA on Cloud Lead Architect, IBM

“This workshop met my expectations on what it claimed – I gained a much better understanding of cloud migration – including challenges and topics to work on.”

– Saroj Mohapatra, SAP SME, Cisco

“I am so glad I attended this workshop as this was a perfect setting to learn some of the issues we need to consider as we start our cloud migration. This workshop is going to help me set the agenda for rest of the TechEd event on which sessions I should be attending.”

– Troy Siewert, ITT SAP Basis Lead, Schlumberger

Want to find out more about what our team is up to?  Feel free to reach out at: multicloud@sap.com

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