02/22/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/22/2021 17:23
Did you know that there's an interesting story behind our long-standing relationship with SAP-and how we've transformed it to meet the needs of today's organizations?
The story starts with our track record. For over two decades, we've worked with organizations that decided that on-premises SAP was the right fit, and chose NetApp to help get them there. Over the years, NetApp proved itself as a successful on-premises storage provider for SAP. From our early efforts with disk-based NetApp® FAS to today's NetApp AFF, we've helped our customers solve fundamental problems, such as cutting rack space and power needs by 90% without compromising performance, resilience, and value.
But on-premises SAP, though still common and important, is no longer the be-all and end-all of SAP implementation. Organizations with both new needs for SAP and existing SAP implementations are looking to the cloud for added agility, versatility, and impact. They're on a search for better ways to build SAP in the cloud, and NetApp is right there with them to address these needs.
That's where our story is heading-toward the cloud, and the connection and integration of cloud resources with on-premises resources. Whether you're considering an SAP migration to the cloud or creating a true hybrid cloud with SAP capabilities, we have good news. Our experience on-premises and in the cloud is a source of powerful insights into:
Read on to explore all the challenges and considerations you could face when you're thinking about SAP HANA in the cloud.
The SAP HANA certified provider program
As you probably know, the first step to anything SAP is determining whether a vendor is part of the SAP HANA certified provider program. So, let's talk about SAP certification and why it's important.
SAP takes great care to ensure that its solutions provide value out of the box. SAP customers have high demands and high expectations, and to use SAP's own words, the certified provider program helps SAP customers identify best-in-class service providers, while certified partners increase market visibility and drive new revenue. … These certifications help SAP customers identify best-in-class providers to meet their requirements in terms of quality, scope, and geography. (Outsourcing Partner Certification page)
Co-innovated offerings with stringent and ongoing certification requirements give you comfort and confidence. Choosing a certified provider can mean quicker implementation times, lower integration costs, and proven compatibility with SAP S/4HANA. And if you've looked, you know there are dozens of SAP HANA certified providers, including NetApp.
But not every certified partner has the breadth and depth that organizations need if they're considering SAP in the cloud. After all, many organizations have implemented or are planning to implement hybrid and multicloud environments. Many SAP-certified technologies work in one environment, but not all. Organizations that want the advantages of hybrid cloud for SAP typically choose between two sets of technology:
Ideally, you need a vendor that can do both hybrid and multicloud, and that's where NetApp shines.
SAP can be hard: Explore the intricacies of SAP deployments in the cloud
If you want your SAP deployment to be high performing, scalable, efficient, and cost effective, you know that the best approach to running SAP is to run it simply. The fewer disparate technologies, the better.
Consider this scenario. Perhaps you're planning to migrate your SAP database onto Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure, and you have a vision (or even a plan) for a hybrid cloud that offers SAP-certified capabilities. But you've discovered that it's hard to do either simply.
Organizations face a few critical challenges when running their SAP database in the cloud.
All these challenges stand in the way of value, and solving this complexity is critical for success.
That's why we've found a way to address this complexity-with seamless data management for SAP that spans all major public clouds (yes, public clouds, not just one). And we're still a leading provider of on-premises storage for SAP. We know from experience that SAP in the cloud is hard, and we've come up with ways to make it easier.
NetApp for SAP in the cloud: A proven approach
At NetApp, we're committed to adding value in the cloud. That's why we offer NetApp Cloud Volumes file storage (both NFS and SMB) on the three major public cloud providers: AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure. You get a common data experience across multiple clouds-the same NetApp ONTAP® experience that tens of thousands of organizations know from using NetApp on-premises storage. Take advantage of consumption based pricing based on multiple service levels, and a consistent API for integrated management and data protection. And avoid performance and latency issues you might expect with other cloud storage services.
NetApp is certified by SAP for on-premises storage and for cloud storage on Google Cloud and Azure. Whether you need cloud storage for production HANA, shared files, application testing and development, or disaster recovery, we have a proven track record of public- cloud-only or hybrid cloud storage services for SAP that:
Unlike other storage systems that are limited to either on-premises or cloud-native use, our technology helps you transform your SAP operations in the cloud to:
In short, we help you connect and integrate cloud services to make running SAP workloads in hybrid or multicloud environments simpler and better.
Review our SAP reference architectures
We're here to make managing SAP workloads across different clouds simpler, and to give you choice. And speaking of making things simpler, we've created reference architectures to help you connect and integrate your SAP ecosystem from on-premises to hybrid, or across specific public cloud infrastructures.
Use our reference architectures to help you define performance and capacity (which you can still change whenever needed to control costs). The reference architectures also help you understand both SAP shared file system and SAP database (including HANA) use cases.
To learn more, download either or both of these reference architectures:
We're proud of our on-premises and cloud storage story, and the way we've facilitated moving SAP workloads to hybrid and multicloud environments. It's part of our vision of a data fabric that connects and integrates disparate pools of resources-a vision that continues to evolve, adding value for you over time.
To learn more about what we do to accelerate SAP projects, simplify TCO, and help you move to the cloud faster, visit our SAP resource page.