When most people think of SAP, then tend to think of large, complex application landscapes that run the back-office operations of some of the largest and most well-known companies in the world. For many years, these systems consumed huge amounts of physical resources within a company’s data centers, as well as 1000s of hours of systems integration and consulting services.
For quite a while, people assumed that SAP could only run properly within a customer’s data center, on purpose built environments. They also assumed that the applications could not be virtualized to enable greater levels of efficiency because it must introduce undue latency and performance penalties.
And then Virtustream came along and disproved both of those myths. Not just once, but almost 100 times for production landscape customers. At this year’s VMware Partner Exchange, 4 of the 5 customer examples highlighted SAP landscapes running virtualized were on Virtustream xStream IaaS Cloud.
People asked how Virtustream delivered SAP landscapes to the cloud. So we spent some time providing a high-level overview of our patented uVM technology, as well as the innovative use of our Cloud Advisory Services to profile the workloads prior to onboarding to ensure application-level SLAs.
But we live in a “what have you done for me lately?” world, so what’s next in Virtustream’s journey to help customers move more of their production SAP workloads into an Enterprise Class Cloud?
Glad you asked…
Last week SAP announced the HANA Enterprise Cloud. And standing right beside them, with the world’s first production instance of SAP Suite on HANA was Virtustream, with our valued customer Florida Crystals/Domino Sugar. Together we’ve set the new standard for running a real-time business, in the cloud. We’re incredibly proud that SAP would trust Virtustream to partner with them to drive this next evolution in IT.
And this is just the beginning. Once you’ve proven to customers that you can do this, in production (not just smaller dev/test environments), it begins to open up tremendous opportunities not only for SAP customers, but also ISVs that are looking to harness the power of SAP HANA and the breadth of business impact these systems can have on Enterprise business. It’s critical to remember, HANA is not just for SAP Suite, it can also be used for new, real-time applications. Bringing together the core of the business (SAP Suite) with the power of real-time (Suite + HANA; New Apps + HANA) unlocks incredible business potential.
But wait, there’s more…
Big Data has the tech world a buzz these days. But Big Data has one challenging quality – it’s BIG (and difficult to move). Being able to bring together multiple data sources, potentially from partners or supply-chain companies along with 3rd-party sources, within a localized Cloud environment, and you have more than just a Cloud. You have a real-time marketplace. Just as web properties want to share information to drive new ad opportunities (eg. Yahoo + Tumblr), businesses want to leverage knowledge from cross-platform data sources to drive new business. And SAP is at the core of so many interconnected businesses. Data attracts Data (a form of “Data Gravity“), and business opportunity is surfacing in real-time from these new data interactions.
The opportunity for SAP customers to transform their business with HANA is unprecedented. And being able to do this in the cloud, with a trusted, experienced partner like Virtustream make the opportunity this much closer to reality. Virtustream’s Enterprise Class Cloud is leading the industry in this transformation.
Is your business ready to run better?
Is your SAP environment ready to deliver results in real-time?