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hybrid cloud providersSAP in the Hybrid Cloud is being embraced by many companies that are working to distribute the SAP workload effectively. And while Enterprise IT understands that hybrid solutions are directionally the answer, this does not come with an instruction manual. The same can be said for Public Cloud with all of its features, benefits and functionality. And if it’s true that Public Cloud got complicated, Hybrid Cloud for SAP got extremely complicated. This creates a gap for many enterprises that do not have the Public Cloud IQ to design, build, run and optimize their SAP landscapes in hybrid configurations.

In the Cloud: Public vs. Private

It’s no longer a question of which platform is best suited for an SAP workload, but a question of strategy, timing and preference. This leaves the door wide open for Hybrid deployments and the flexibility that they offer. Public cloud provides un-paralleled elasticity and global reach. On the other hand, Private Cloud is still a great fit for many static workloads and remains a preference and a viable option for enterprises that maintain their own infrastructure and supporting staff.

Bridging the two can be a challenge, and the devil is in the details. At Symmetry, it starts with a commitment to treating SAP the same regardless of the underlying infrastructure. For instance, Symmetry monitors the entire SAP platform (Infrastructure, OS, Database and Application) the same way, using the same tools in your datacenter, ours or in Public Cloud. By standardizing on an approach, we are able to architect seamlessly for Hybrid SAP solutions.

Your Hybrid Cloud Provider Strategy

Are you trying to decentralize your database and hedge your bets against aging and unsupported legacy equipment? Or are you already working on validation for your cloud migration? Are you trying to consolidate public cloud assets for more efficiency?

Wherever you are in your journey, crafting your hybrid cloud strategy is all based on how your individualized business is wired. One thing to remember: SAP Cloud strategy should be aligned to SAP. That may seem obvious, but it’s important to focus on SAP-specific needs for the Cloud.

For example, what are you running and where in your SAP landscape? Where are you in the maintenance and renewal cycles and within other downstream database platforms? Are you migrating core or non-core processes? As you might be aware, legacy apps have gravity and often don’t play well in cloud. Can you manage these issues for SAP?

Migration and SAP-Specific Considerations

Migration use cases are important, as well. When planning a cloud migration for the front end of SAP, you’d do well to examine your customized codes and your organization’s appetite for changing processes. What will you do about third party support for migration if you have a lot of customization?

S/4HANA and Suite on HANA migrations require different strategies. Frontloading the migration for S/4HANA will bring significant change to the processes you are already using because it’s more of a rip-and-replace proposition.

Well-executed, current state reviews while shopping for hybrid cloud providers will often make or break your Cloud program. During these reviews, you must identify events you’re planning for, considering priorities for your IT -business enablement. In our experience, these reviews are worth the effort because they deliver peace of mind that you’ve prepared effectively for the Cloud.

Symmetry has the expertise to help evaluate your needs and design the right custom hybrid cloud solution for your business. Whether you’re looking to bridge the transition to the cloud, supplement onsite IT with cloud resources or completely outsource IT, we can provide the infrastructure and expertise to realize your vision.

Learn more with our free Moving to the Cloud guide.

Jay Graboff, Cloud Product Manager

Jay Graboff is a Senior Cloud Product Manager that has been evangelizing innovation and digital transformation before there was either. With over 8 years delivering Public, Private and Proprietary Cloud, his passion and love affair with technology is rooted in what the Cloud can enable.