[UPDATED June 25th, 3:37pm ET with some additional pieces of info]
A couple of weeks back, we had a series of “SAP Summits” on the east coast and west coast. Was great to see and get feedback from many customers all at once. I think that they dug being able to talk to each other directly too – no vendor in the way.
While IT practitioners focus on their part of the stack (or perhaps are evolving into more horizontal “cloud architect” roles), it’s important to realize that SAP and/or Oracle apps are the beating heart of most enterprises.
That’s why things like these matter:
- HANA moving toward a more open hardware model known as “Tailored Datacenter Integration” or “TDI” – though I prefer the “Open HANA” term. FYI, right now, HANA uses a relatively tight appliance model only – not a BAD thing – appliance accelerates time to value, just like the “Vblock vs. mix & match/reference architecture debate. You can find more on that here.
- the SAP HANA One cloud model (on AWS here, and on vCloud soon)
[UPDATE – June 25, 3:37pm ET – someone pointed out that this is not a good list. Check out this post for more – including the two that SAP offers themselves: SAP HANA Cloud Application Services – Ready-to-use application services on a HANA cloud with consumption based charge, and SAP HEC (HANA Enterprise Cloud) - Any HANA based applications including production, basically HANA PaaS (Platform as a Service), Enterprise support, and SAP customer source data integration. Also, if you are using CSC, Atos/Canopy, SunGard, Secure24, KIO or other service providers, ask them if they offer SAP cloud offerings – those listed do)]
Looking at us (aka EMC) as a customer – we’re rebuilding our core app stack inside EMC and shifting to the SAP app stack from custom oracle apps. This is multi-year project, and touches almost everything our customers and partners interact with. It’s complex, and the project meetings make me want to poke my eyeballs out :-) As you can imagine, it’s a huge “hundreds of millions of dollars” + “must succeed” kind of enterprise app project.
I get why in various projects like these, people debate “to virtualize or not” – and in fact one of the customers in our forum asked me that question. I answered (I’m a little passionate on the topic), but then even better, a pile of their fellow customers in the room jumped in and shared their experiences.
It seems like even Oracle is slowly (ever so slowly!) budging on their support of different ways of using their software for customers (Hyper-V and Azure joining AWS here). Yet – when I talk to enterprises, many of them STILL are very “old school” in their deployment models (whether it’s on prem or in a public cloud provider – BTW – some very interesting dialog from an end-user on the economics of private/public here – most interesting dialog is in the comments, Nate is a madman – in an interesting way :-)
So all that got a few of us thinking… We have great examples (Columbia Sportwear is one of my favorites – check this out) Let’s get more customers to share their stories of virtualized, cloud deployments of these mission critical applications based on SAP – it’s always best from a customer, not from a vendor.
You can find out how to participate here, and share with the #SAPonEMC – I want to hear your story, and see you on Chad’s World :-)