2014 was a big year for cloud, and another year of milestones for our relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
AWS is a certified SAP global technology partner, a status that places AWS among SAP’s most important partners. SAP is committed to working with AWS to offer enterprises a number of solutions for migrating and deploying their enterprise applications on the AWS Cloud. Enterprise Customers can launch entire software stacks from SAP certified to run in full production on the AWS Cloud. SAP is a long-time user of AWS for internal infrastructure needs and is planning to expand the use of AWS in the future.
AWS is the one of the first public cloud providers to receive SAP HANA certification, including running SAP HANA production instances for specified instance sizes. Our joint customers are seeing significant benefits from deploying on AWS. For example, The Kellogg Company estimates that it will save close to a million dollars in software, hardware, and maintenance over the next five years, just by using AWS in its test and development environments. By using AWS, the company is also able to be more agile. Instead of having to wait 30 days to make changes to its trade spend analysis system, the company can spin up instances immediately to perform the necessary data simulations (or calculations).
“The speed and agility that using AWS gives us lets us develop and deliver business services much more quickly than before, so that we can keep one step ahead of the market. Our staff can deploy instances 90 percent faster than with our previous on-premises solution,” says Stover McIlwain, senior director of IT Infrastructure Engineering at Kellogg. “The AWS Cloud drives a lot of business benefits for Kellogg.”
SAP recently announced the availability of SAP Business One powered by SAP HANA on AWS. This announcement expanded our ongoing partnership with AWS to enable our small and midsize enterprise (SME) customers to garner the same benefits that our large enterprise customers already achieve by running on AWS. Thousands of SAP customers get the flexibility to rapidly deploy SAP solutions in full production on the scalable, secure, on-demand AWS Cloud, without the need for making long-term commitments or costly capital expenditures for underlying infrastructure. SAP customers can deploy fully certified solutions and localize their data across any and all of the 11 AWS regions including: US East, US West (California), US West (Oregon), GovCloud (US), Brazil, Europe (Dublin), Europe (Germany), Japan, Singapore, Australia and China. Moving forward in 2015 SAP will strive to broaden and deepen its collaboration with AWS to offer customers options and convenience when deploying and supporting SAP solutions in the cloud.
SAP and AWS both represent companies that value innovation for their customers. In 2015 and beyond we look forward to further developing innovations in the cloud with AWS to continue to offer the benefits of AWS to SAP customers who include many of the largest and most sophisticated enterprises in the world. Helping businesses run simple is our mission and AWS offers a flexible, choice-driven model where customers can select the best option for them when it comes to deploying our solutions. As a pioneer in cloud computing, AWS has a proven model that provides the combination of low cost – along with stability, reliability and security that is certified and available to our customers.
Kevin Ichhpurani is senior vice president and head of Corporate Business Development and Strategic Ecosystem at SAP.