All SAP customers will have to consider Business Suite successor S/4 Hana and suitable business models sooner or later. Some of them have already upgraded from ERP/ECC, some are in transition, and a lot of them have simultaneously initiated their cloud journey, whether they use Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS) offers.
Hybrid cloud environments are especially popular with S/4 users, since they allow them to directly decide which SAP systems and components should remain on premises and which are more suited for the cloud, e.g., SAP Cloud Services or public cloud offers from Microsoft (Azure), Amazon (AWS), and Google (GCP).
Hybrid cloud platform
For S/4 Hana hybrid cloud environments to be a success, customers need a suitable infrastructure platform for their journey. It’s not far-fetched to say that SAP users are on the safe side in this context if they choose Suse for many different reasons.
- Suse fulfills CIO requirements. Investments including support and contracts for on-premises use remain secure in cloud deployments. Suse also guarantees business continuity and stability of operations, which makes DevOps strategies for SAP feasible.
- Suse guarantees consistency. Existing on-premises technology can be moved to the cloud through Suse’s one-platform approach. Hana OS platform Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP Applications as well as the functions Live Patching and Suse Manager guarantee technology consistency on premises and in the cloud.
- SAP and Suse solutions are connected. For example, SAP High Availability/Disaster Recovery leverages a reference architecture which Suse and SAP jointly developed in the SAP Linux Lab – the same architecture that Suse solution SLES for SAP HAE (High Availability Extension) also uses.
- Suse provides an agile developer framework. This results in a faster time-to-market and more agile IT systems.
- Suse supports multi-cloud scenarios. This is especially important considering future scalability and flexibility of rapidly changing and growing business environments.
In conclusion, for S/4 Hana hybrid cloud environments to be a success, technology-consistent infrastructure solutions which can be used on premises and in the cloud are essential. Suse provides important functions for seamless S/4 operations in this context.