What’s your favorite flavor? Using IaaS to host SAP in the cloud

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When it comes to hosting SAP in the cloud, depending on specific customer needs, it may be better to use infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and bring your own SAP environment to it.

Hosting your SAP application on cloud infrastructure as a service

While you can set up your own data center and infrastructure, many are discovering that tapping into a ready-made public cloud like IBM Cloud Managed Services can be very enticing both from speed to deploy and cost perspectives.

Cloud Managed Services (CMS) can provide a range of server types and sizes to meet the needs of each of the infrastructure services that make up your SAP application environment. In addition, you have the ability to select high speed storage for your input/output intensive needs and more economical storage for those components that can operate effectively without high speed storage. Your data is backed up and you can acquire optional disaster recovery services.

(Related: Learn why SAP chose IBM Cloud as a strategic provider of Cloud infrastructure services for its business critical applications)

IBM CMS can provide the processes, tools, skills and automation to address key areas like monitoring, security patching, asset management, configuration management and change management. The operating systems (OS) can be provisioned through a portal and you can adjust the resources for the operating system as needed, such as CPU, memory and storage from the portal as well. CMS can provide all the support of the OS, freeing up your critical IT skills to focus on SAP.

SAP in the cloud

Running your own SAP applications on CMS IaaS allows you to customize the SAP environment however your requirements dictate. You can optionally provide all the database monitoring and management services or you can acquire that from IBM CMS as an optional service.

The cost you pay to a service provider is obviously less than acquiring SAP through a PaaS offering.

Depending on your situation, though, you may want to consider a standardized ready-to-consume offering like IBM Cloud Managed Services for SAP Applications. My colleague Sabin Popa discusses the advantages of simplifying your SAP deployment and operation by utilizing this PaaS offering in his related blog post; it’s like adding a layer of hot fudge to your ice cream.

What do you think: Would you choose IaaS or PaaS to host your SAP application environment? Leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter @DavidWeck.

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