Five benefits of taking your SAP Solutions to the Cloud

Five benefits of taking your SAP Solutions to the Cloud

7th October 2016 Written By Sophie Dell

Are you still toying with the idea of moving your SAP Solutions to the cloud? The thought of hosting your data, applications and services in the unknown, may sound daunting, however, you’ll soon realise it’s not merely as frightening as it first seems. With 90% of businesses already using cloud technology, now is the time to join the future.

Cloud as a service is divided into three broad service categories: Software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

In a nutshell software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a way of delivering applications and services over the internet. Accessing your applications from a Web browser means you illuminate the need to buy, install, maintain or update any hardware or software. Perfect for those looking to just get up and running with the latest version.

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) on the other hand, provides a cloud platform, as well as the tools to help developers build and deploy cloud applications. Much like SaaS, PaaS can be accessed from a Web browser, so you don’t need to purchase or maintain the underlying hardware and software. With PaaS, developers have the flexibility to pick and choose the features they want/need on a subscription basis.

Looking for some extra computing resources? Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) allows companies to rent resources such as servers, networks, storage and operating systems on a pay-per-use basis. Providers host and maintain the infrastructure, so the customer doesn’t have to.

As well as the cloud-as-a-service, there are three types of cloud deployment models to choose from too; public, private and hybrid:

Public Cloud – Allows services to be delivered to customers over a network that’s open for public usage. With advantages of efficiency and affordability, public cloud is often multi-tenant, which allows you to run your service in a shared environment.

Private Cloud – Ensures services are maintained on a private network, protected by a firewall. This type of cloud offers you the most security and control.

Hybrid Cloud – Is a mix of both public and private cloud resources. The versatility of hybrid is what makes it so popular, as you can pick and choose which aspects of your business are better off in the public or private cloud.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Move your solutions to the cloud and you could benefit from…

  • Accessibility – To access the cloud, all you need is an internet connection. Therefore you and your employees have the ability to access your data, applications and services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any location, on any device.
  • Cost effectiveness – Hosting your services and applications in the cloud means you won’t waste time, money or resources on maintaining hardware or software.
  • Fast implementation time - You can be up and running your solutions in the cloud in no time at all.
  • Scalability – Need to scale your cloud solution up or down to support changing business needs? No problem. You have the ability to quickly change what you’ve got to match what you need.
  • Prepares you for the future – There’s no escaping the fact that as time goes on technology is only going to change and adapt more frequently. Recognising your need to change and adapt as well ensures you won’t be left behind.

Are you ready to implement the cloud? Get in touch, today.