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The Case for SAP on Google Cloud
In our article, Exploring IT Business Models and the Case for SAP on GCP, we explore the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a SAP on Google Cloud solution and look at how this simple cloud solutions speaks to consumption-based models that maximise flexibility and deliver on value while decreasing the TCO. Budget decision makers need to hold their departments accountable for better IT consumption-based budgeting (CBB). We analyse the clear advantages of CBB and associate it directly with cloud solutions.
In June 2020, SAP announced that its first data centre would be powered by Google. This means that SAP customers have access to Google’s secure and reliable cloud infrastructure. With data security at the forefront for Google, you can rest assured that your data in SAP is safe and secure. By choosing Google Cloud, you have access to built-in features such as Compute Engine live migration and automatic restart to reduce downtime for infrastructure maintenance. In these ‘uncertain times’, every business could benefit from the stability and security that Google Cloud provides — especially for their mission-critical systems like SAP.
Google Cloud’s SLA capacity to run 99.99 percent on a single virtual machine, is impressive and quite unique in the market. The “A-ha!” moment for many customers is, with Google Cloud, you need less Virtual Machines than with other cloud-based solutions, hence it is a less expensive proposition. We have testimonials from customers telling us that their SAP environments run 50% faster after migration to GCP. They also get better default availability without needing to invest in additional hardware, all this with improved performance and security.
Google is already well known to be the best value-for-money hyperscaler cloud platform. This is important when considering SAP, as this application requires machines with plenty of RAM to cater for all its in-memory data stores. Costs can easily skyrocket, so choosing a cloud known for cost effectiveness is important. Google’s system and pricing policies are by far the simplest, and its distribution and partner network make its adoption straightforward. Having your SAP instances on Google Cloud means you immediately get access to Google’s innovation in the form of novel applications in artificial intelligence, managed services, security and scalability.