Accelerate your
SAP business
in the cloud
Quickly realize significant benefits
with SAP in the cloud
Accelerate your SAP business in the cloud
Quickly realize significant benefits
with SAP in the cloud

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Move and modernize

Move and modernize

1 min read

True innovation comes in the form of application modernization

True innovation comes in the form of application modernization

As organizations continue to invest in digital transformation and other areas that help them be more competitive, moving to the cloud is a great first step. However, true innovation comes in the form of application modernization where game-changing technologies like AI and blockchain are deployed.

Nearly 65% of IT decision makers use the cloud to reduce their hardware and software maintenance burden.¹

Nearly 65% of IT decision makers use the cloud to reduce their hardware and software maintenance burden.¹

With core applications like SAP that hold enormous importance to an organization, the time to embrace migration and modernization is now. By using SAP applications in the cloud, IT teams can simplify workflows, speed processes and reduce business risk. Cloud enables enterprises to:

  • Optimize IT investments
  • Maximize the value of data
  • Get to market faster
  • Use IT more strategically
  • Exploit technical innovations

But not all cloud solutions or providers can deliver the capabilities, deep experience and characteristics demanded by modern enterprises. These benefits include proven performance and reliability, high availability, and global service capabilities. Fundamentally, you want a cloud partner you can trust to understand and help propel your business forward.

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Disaster recovery and business continuity

Disaster recovery and business continuity

3 min read

In challenging conditions, business continuity planning and disaster recovery preparedness are key

In challenging conditions, business continuity planning and disaster recovery preparedness are key

In changing or volatile business environments and global conditions, the importance of digitization, business continuity planning and disaster recovery preparedness have emerged as key themes. Organizations today are moving to cloud to better execute on these strategies. This move is because the legacy model of building a separate data center for disaster recovery is increasingly less attractive in the cloud era. With a hybrid cloud model for disaster recovery and business continuity of SAP environments, enterprises can achieve key business goals, such as reducing total cost of ownership (TCO), embracing best practices and reducing risk.

Key benefits of cloud adoption

Reduce TCO

You no longer have to buy more equipment for a secondary site and pay for upgrades, expansion and replacement. Use of cloud models reduces the TCO, making it much simpler and less expensive for your teams to manage disaster recovery and business continuity.

Adopt OpEx

Business leaders and IT decision makers are looking to shift away from a CapEx model to an OpEx one. You can cut costs and have predictable expenses while using elastic scalability. This method helps you avoid overprovisioning resources and paying for unneeded infrastructure.

Speed-up recovery

Replicate business-critical applications and data in an off-site location that’s secure and enables rapid recovery. With the right cloud solution, you can achieve this goal at a fraction of the cost of on-premises models, while significantly improving recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) for your SAP applications.

Minimize risk

Cloud models help you use automation and cloud technologies to shorten backup and recovery times, while minimizing the risk of recovery failure, unlike with hardware.

When it comes to disaster recovery and business continuity for SAP applications, there’s no room for compromise. It’s critical to work with a public cloud provider that understands the availability demands of enterprise environments and delivers an architecture that mitigates downtime risk to near zero, while rapidly accelerating recovery.

Benefits of IBM Cloud

Moving your SAP workloads to IBM Cloud® can improve your company’s agility and accelerate time to market. This method helps increase competitiveness and preparedness, allowing you to better serve your lines of business.

IBM has decades of experience in addressing the unique needs of enterprise customers. This experience has helped to shape our offerings. Zerto on IBM Cloud is one of many solutions available to help ensure the availability and recovery of your SAP applications.

Zerto on IBM Cloud

Designed to provide a security-rich, flexible and scalable disaster recovery solution. Accelerate your hybrid cloud adoption by harnessing Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) and its intracloud architecture. This integrated solution is designed to enable simple, automated recovery, migration and mobility of existing VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V workloads to one of the 60 plus IBM Cloud data centers around the world.

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Lift and shift with VMware

Lift and shift with VMware

2 min read

Migrate business-critical VM environments with minimal disruption, risk and change

Migrate business-critical VM environments with minimal disruption, risk and change

Enterprises have a significant amount of time and money invested in existing infrastructure, people and processes for their SAP environments. One of the biggest concerns with migrating business-critical workloads to the cloud is the idea of losing current investments. While a valid concern, you can actually maintain current investments — specifically if you are using VMware as a primary virtualization platform.

For SAP migration, you can easily lift and shift your VM environments with minimal disruption, risk and change, using solutions within the IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions portfolio. Choose from a range of VMware options based on your preferred configurations, levels of automation and other factors. This portfolio of options provides huge advantages versus manual approaches, which may have limited flexibility in hardware selection and software configuration or may lack formal backing from VMware in terms of support and certifications.

By moving VMware-based SAP workloads to IBM Cloud, you can take advantage of a known environment, while enabling access to new cloud technologies and innovations, including IBM Watson® technology for AI and platforms for cloud-native apps.

Benefits of IBM Cloud

IDC Research identified five key benefits (PDF, 418 KB) for enterprise customers using this model.

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Flexibility. Achieve the benefits of public cloud for SAP migration and modernization, with rapid provisioning and scalability, pay-as-you-go pricing and access to the broader services within the IBM Cloud environment.

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Performance. Use VMware on bare metal servers with no performance impact or nested virtualization degradation compared with an on-premises installation.

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Choice. Take advantage of hardware options across a range of server configurations, including CPU, memory and storage.

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Transformation. Extend capabilities to additional VMware components, as well as a range of third-party services preintegrated into the IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions portfolio.

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Savings. Reduce costs and shift to an OpEx model through flexible licensing models for the VMware stack using existing licenses or paying for them as part of the cloud service.

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SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA

3 min read

Five reasons why IT teams should urgently consider modernizing SAP in the cloud

Five reasons why IT teams should urgently consider modernizing SAP in the cloud

With SAP being a critical component to your business, you need a provider that offers both managed cloud services and professional services, with extensive experience in SAP installations and migrations. Your cloud managed services provider should assist with SAP workload assessment, migration planning and migration to the cloud, working with industry-leading SAP certified partners. With SAP discontinuing support for SAP Business Suite in 2027, there’s even more urgency to develop and execute on a strategic migration plan.

Choose a cloud platform that uses open standards and offers flexible APIs to easily integrate new technologies into existing SAP applications and databases.

Choose a cloud platform that uses open standards and offers flexible APIs to easily integrate new technologies into existing SAP applications and databases.

Frost & Sullivan (PDF, 4.5 MB) cite five main reasons why IT teams need to urgently consider modernizing SAP in the cloud.

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Need to innovate. Nearly 70% of IT decision makers say it’s imperative to focus on innovative solutions to business problems. By embracing technologies, such as AI, the IoT and blockchain, IT teams can better use SAP to develop new products, new ways of interacting with customers and new process efficiencies.

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Line-of-business influence. Business leaders are taking a greater role in directing IT investments, with less than half of businesses relying solely on IT to fund technology purchases. As businesses embrace digital transformation, business users are demanding that SAP business processes and data be transformed to yield greater value.

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Value of data. More than 50% of CEOs say intelligent analytics is their top driver of growth. “SAP databases can provide a wealth of unique insight,” according to Frost & Sullivan. “A range of departments and partners will benefit if SAP databases, on premises and in the cloud, can be accessed by powerful analytics engines.”

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Drive for IT flexibility. Nearly 65% of IT decision makers use the cloud to reduce their hardware and software maintenance burden, while another 61% use it to increase IT agility. By maintaining traditional SAP deployments, you’re consuming IT resources that could be better diverted to more strategic initiatives.

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Power of SAP HANA. With SAP discontinuing support for the SAP Business Suite with traditional databases in 2027, many businesses are accelerating their decision to migrate to SAP S/4HANA, “thus enabling them to benefit from the flexible and powerful cloud-based SAP platform immediately,” say Frost & Sullivan.

Benefits of IBM Cloud

IBM Cloud is designed to support the full range of applications, including modern, cloud-native apps and microservices. When you need to evolve and innovate, we have the technology, performance and flexibility to modernize your SAP workloads, extending to SAP S/4HANA.

Get the infrastructure you need to build new applications from scratch, modernize existing applications, or both. Integration tools, such as messaging, gateways and API management, bring together new applications with existing ones and workloads. For example, the IBM Cloud Pak® offering is an enterprise-ready, containerized software solution that gives clients a faster, more reliable way to move to the cloud. It’s modular, designed to be easy to consume and runs on virtually any cloud. The IBM Cloud Pak for Applications solution helps you develop new, cloud-native applications and unlocks additional value from existing applications. Additionally, the Red Hat® OpenShift® on IBM Cloud solution delivers an enterprise Kubernetes environment for deploying and managing container-based workloads like SAP Data Hub.

IBM has been an SAP Global Platinum partner for 48 years and is one of the most rewarded partners with 36 SAP Pinnacle Awards. You can trust your complex SAP transformation with the IBM expertise and experience of over 37,000 SAP certified professionals and 5,500 SAP migrations to the cloud. If you are planning a migration to cloud or S/4HANA, we have a full-service portfolio to take you from planning through migration to post-migration optimization. With over 37,000 consultants trained in SAP S/4HANA, IBM experts use standardized methodologies built on thousands of successful migrations.

A timeline chart showcasing the 36 SAP Pinnacle Awards awarded to IBM between 2002-2020

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Why IBM Cloud

Why IBM Cloud

3 min read

IBM Cloud offers a uniquely cost-effective and flexible path for your cloud migration and modernization journey

IBM Cloud offers a uniquely cost-effective and flexible path for your cloud migration and modernization journey

The cloud offers benefits that are quickly realized after workloads are migrated — and it sets you up for modernization of SAP workloads. IBM Cloud offers a flexible path for your cloud migration and modernization journey, meeting you where you are now and where you aspire to be in the future. With over 37,000 SAP consultants, we offer an ecosystem of expertise and partners that will work with you to develop your migration and modernization plan and support you along the way.

Enterprise-grade cloud

Several distinct advantages are available for your business-critical SAP workloads, including:

  • An AI-enabled cloud platform that gives you the ability to access real-time information across your entire enterprise and deliver insight to where it can provide immediate value.
  • A lift and shift approach for SAP workloads to the cloud using familiar VMware technology and skills, enabling enterprises to non-disruptively take advantage of the benefits of public cloud with minimal change and risk.
  • Significant improvements in disaster recovery and business continuity without having to go through the upfront and ongoing expense of building a separate off-site data center for disaster recovery.
  • The ability to drive SAP performance, control and security through the use of dedicated bare metal servers that are certified to run SAP HANA and NetWeaver applications.

IBM Cloud offers the lowest cloud vendor costs (PDF, 94 KB) and one of the broadest portfolio of SAP-certified cloud infrastructure choices with a wide array of enterprise-grade security services and products to help those in regulated industries.

We provide SAP customers with three different cloud models — public, private and hybrid — on the same cloud platform. In addition, tap into over 60 data center locations around the globe to meet your data compliancy and sovereignty requirements. Our cognitive, blockchain and IoT technologies can be used on SAP to power digital transformation and intelligent enterprise models.

Power and performance

In June 2020, SAP rolled out its SAP Standard Application Benchmarks (link resides outside IBM) and IBM was listed as having the most SAP-Certified Servers in the cloud. We continue to strive for excellence, offering the flexibility you need for your business needs and the same power and performance you see in your on-premises data centers. As your workloads grow, you can scale faster than the time it takes to add resources to your private infrastructure. You get a better investment with the best configurations for your SAP workloads — without the overhead of running your own hardware.

Extend Power IT resources onto SAP certified IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers.

Extend Power IT resources onto SAP certified IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers.

Single tenant, dedicated servers — packed with enterprise-grade power — are built to master processor and I/O-intensive workloads. With no noisy neighbors to worry about, you’ll eliminate multitenant resource conflicts with competing work streams to see maximum performance. Between IBM Cloud® Bare Metal Servers and SAP on IBM Power® Systems, the options are there to customize your plan.

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers

The value of bare metal is in its power, security and configurability. Our bare metal servers are fully supported by SAP for production and nonproduction instances and run on an SAP-certified cloud platform.

SAP on IBM Power Systems

Extend your on-premises Power IT resources onto SAP certified IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers. You can run your SAP HANA and NetWeaver platforms (ECC) on IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers with up to 14 TB of RAM on IBM Cloud.

Speed and flexibility

Our cloud solutions let you rapidly deploy and scale SAP-certified bare metal servers in the IBM Cloud. Provision these servers on demand with your choice of our growing SAP offerings, ranging from small to large configurations. Then, spin up your SAP environment and scale out as demand requires — faster and more easily than with private infrastructure.

Our unique network architecture, global network of data centers and network points of presence (PoPs) give you the flexibility to put your SAP workloads where they work best for you. They allow you to move data to, from and between your servers with minimal latency at no cost on our private network.

Control and security

When building your SAP-certified bare metal servers, mirror your on-premises environments by mixing physical servers and virtual servers with VMware, the virtualization engine of choice for SAP deployments. Manage your SAP landscapes in the cloud through our customer portal or interact via an API. You have full control of the stack.

You manage the hardware — we’ll maintain it.

You manage the hardware — we’ll maintain it.

We offer FIPS 140-2 Level 4 encryption, the highest-level of key-management encryption and bring your own key (BYOK), so only clients can access their data. We’re committed to using the most advanced hardware technologies that dramatically minimize your data center and server exposure to outside threats. With visibility into and control of your cloud environment, you can apply your required security best practices for peace of mind.

Path to AI and IoT

Successful deployment and effective use of AI require that it be an integral part of cloud architecture and not an afterthought. IBM is an undisputed leader in AI and cognitive technologies. By combining IoT data with cognitive computing, you can extract valuable insights to improve virtually every aspect of your operations and enable innovative, new business models.

There’s a broad range of compute choices: from bare metal and virtual servers, to serverless architectures and Cloud Foundry apps, to Kubernetes containers. These capabilities support applications of essentially any design and IBM Watson technology for AI. With the IBM Watson IoT® platform, customers can connect devices, gateways and networks, and manage, secure and analyze the associated data.

To learn more about SAP solutions on IBM Cloud, please contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit https://www.ibm.com/cloud/sap.

¹Frost & Sullivan, Growing your SAP Business in the Cloud. Executive Brief, 2018 (PDF, 1.2 MB)