The number of companies leveraging SAP Hana or S/4 on Microsoft Azure in hybrid cloud environments is increasing. This means rising numbers of Linux on Azure implementations as well – a successful Microsoft/Suse collaboration.
Microsoft’s story is one of roaring success. Some people long thought the company was past its prime, but Microsoft continues to grow, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. The secret of its recent growth? Microsoft Azure.
More and more user companies leverage public cloud Azure services to establish SAP and non-SAP hybrid cloud environments and a sustainable digitalization strategy. Especially the SAP community favors Microsoft Azure, compared to its competitors Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
SAP, Microsoft and Suse: dream team
Consequently, SAP customers use SAP or Hana on Azure and Linux on Azure in hybrid cloud environments; or they are planning to use on prem components and combine them with IaaS public cloud services of major cloud providers.
Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP Applications remains the preferred and recommended OS platform with over 90 percent market share for SAP Hana.
For SAP customers, the ability of SAP, Suse and Microsoft to ensure mission-critical SAP use is often the deciding factor for choosing the combination of all three world-class companies for cloud deployments. The three companies also have been collaborating for decades, and user companies of all industries and sizes can benefit from their partnership.
For example, Suse and Microsoft are optimizing the Suse kernel for Microsoft Azure use. Additionally, Suse was the only OS provider to provide SAP Linux for SAP Large Hana Instances on Microsoft Azure.
Furthermore, Suse and SAP are known to collaborate closely. For example, Suse has been working with the SAP Linux Lab for 20 years now, highlighting its commitment to develop and provide numerous SAP solutions and functionalities.
On prem and cloud
Without a doubt, cloud sceptics in the SAP community are becoming increasingly scarce. However, this doesn’t mean that there will be no SAP on prem deployments in the future. There will rather be a combination of on prem and cloud services which will depend on individual corporate requirements.
Suse has recognized the sign of the times and prepared itself accordingly. For example, the company will provide Suse Linux for SAP Applications on prem and in the cloud. Live patching is also available for both SAP variants. Furthermore, Suse Manager for Linux and SAP Hana management works on prem and in the cloud as well.