bigstock-concept-web-storage-53963002-1-300x200An SAP HANA® migration requires some tough choices. Should your company keep its ERP hosting onsite, or move to the SAP cloud? Is it more cost effective to manage your core applications internally, or work with a managed services provider? Do you have the internal skills to handle SAP migration, setup and optimization, or do you need the skills of a managed services provider? If you’ve stayed with onsite hosting and in-house operation so far, here’s why it’s time to consider an SAP cloud strategy:


Onsite or In the Cloud?


Although the SAP HANA cloud is growing rapidly, many businesses fear they’ll have less control in the cloud. Onsite, organizations can supervise everything, which makes some feel more secure. Additionally, most SMEs have already invested considerable resources in servers, networking, licenses and other resources that go into an SAP implementation. With this sunk cost, an SAP HANA migration to the cloud can feel wasteful.


In reality, the right SAP HANA cloud partner can actually save you money while improving security. SAP HANA appliances are notoriously expensive to purchase and maintain, requiring a level of investment that most businesses simply aren’t comfortable with. With an SAP HANA migration from Symmetry, you’ll only have to pay for the resources you use. That means no bulking up your IT infrastructure in advance of future growth, and no pricey, unpredictable service costs.


Managed Hosting or Internal IT?


The managed cloud has many service levels. Some companies opt for a cheap barebones provider — choosing to do their own SAP HANA migration, as well as maintenance, optimization and security. The rationale is that it gives them more control over their SAP cloud strategy; they can design a custom installation and supervise their own security and compliance program, rather than counting on a partner they may not trust.


Early on, when cloud services were new and not that well developed, this approach was logical — but today, it no longer makes financial or strategic sense. Symmetry’s enterprise cloud allows our partners to benefit from an expert, SAP-certified, U.S.-based team, at a fraction of what it would cost to hire in-house support. We offer a full range of IT solutions, including:



Our IT consulting services give us even more ways to help your organization. Whether you’re looking for someone to fix a connectivity issue, cover for a vacationing employee, or carry out a major IT project management task, our 24-hour support line means we’re always there to support your internal IT team.


Symmetry Puts the SAP HANA Cloud Within Reach


SAP HANA may not be cheap, but you can’t afford to go without it. By cutting hosting and support costs, Symmetry makes SAP HANA more affordable to SMEs, while maximizing its benefits. Whether you’re considering an SAP HANA migration, or are looking to make your existing infrastructure more competitive, contact us to get the most out of SAP cloud hosting.

About Kevin Knuese - Vice President of SAP Solutions

As Vice President of SAP Solutions, Kevin Knuese leads Symmetry’s SAP Cloud Hosting and SAP HANA solution development efforts. After decades of problem solving within the IT world, Knuese provides strategic leadership to help navigate the complex world of SAP application management for Symmetry’s valued customers. Working shoulder to shoulder with our customers’ executive management team, Knuese assess business requirements to ensure the IT infrastructure in place is meeting the enterprise needs, while providing operational guidance to leverage emerging technologies. Knuese ensures Symmetry customers are delivered tailored enterprise cloud solutions that are expertly managed, with state-of-the art security and built in scalability to grow as our customers’ businesses grow. He is a sought after thought leader and can be frequently seen presenting on the main stage at leading edge IT conferences in the U.S. and around the world.