Using Amazon Web Services to reduce TCO of SAP systems in your IT landscape

09/10/2013

By Srini Katta

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Amazon Web Services to reduce TCO of SAP systems in your IT landscape

 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been available for applications hosting for more than six years. However, it really just started gaining popularity among enterprise customers in 2010.  AWS has become an attractive option for companies that are running or planning to run SAP for enterprise applications. From the earliest stages, SAP and AWS worked together to create standardizations and guides on how to implement and operate SAP systems on AWS.

In this blog, my primary focus is on ways you can use AWS to reduce the TCO of your current IT infrastructure for existing SAP applications.

AWS for existing SAP Customers

Our company is an AWS technology partner.  We use AWS in a couple different ways to help serve our customer base.  We use AWS to offer our own SaaS applications and to host SAP customers’ systems. 

Now, you may be thinking that you are perfectly satisfied with your on premise SAP system.  This is great!  We often run into customers and prospects that currently run SAP systems on premise with no complaints.

AWS understands the disparate range of needs of customers that are running the SAP systems.  To address these needs, AWS provides several options for companies to reduce the cost of infrastructure while running on-premise systems.

For instance, most SAP enterprise customers run sandbox, development, QA and production environments.  Often times, the QA box sizing is done almost exactly in line with the production system in order to conduct realistic volume, stress and other testing before confirming that the production system is ready.  These QA systems are costly.  Coupled with the fact that they are not used on a regular basis, they also have a high-end configuration to provide a robust testing environment.  This is where the benefit of an AWS solution comes in.  AWS’ scalable infrastructure allows customers to scale their resources up and down as needed. That means you pay for the resources you use for the time you use them and that’s it.  Companies can see cost reductions by moving their sandbox, development and QA systems to AWS while keeping the production instance on premise.

Backup and Archiving

Companies continue to have long contracts with offline backup service providers.  These services are expensive and time consuming when you need to restore the backups.  AWS Glacier is a low cost backup and archiving option that provides online backup and archiving at a much lower cost when compared to traditional backup and archiving services.

Data Warehouse on AWS

Imagine a need to analyze a sudden increase in data volume due to holiday traffic to your company website.  Most companies prepare their IT infrastructure months in advance of the holiday season since there is no way to scale up a traditional IT infrastructure in a moment’s notice.  Amazon Redshift is a Petabyte scale data warehouse service that allows business intelligence using your current business intelligence tools such a Business Objects (BOBJ) etc.   Redshift is optimized for datasets of gigabytes to petabytes.  In addition, you can add storage in moment’s notice.

The above are just a few examples of how your company can save on money and become greener (no pun intended)!

For those with specific security concerns, AWS provides HIPPAA compliance and FISMA moderate certifications.  AWS or any other cloud platform provides Just in Time (JIT) with the flexibility of scaling IT infrastructure up or down.  In general, cloud platforms provide more green IT by not powering and cooling idle systems. 

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