We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure and SAP Cloud Platform based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.
Comparison Results: Although SAP is easier to deploy and has better service, Microsoft is a branded, well-known product and numerous organizations worldwide are an active part of the Microsoft Azure Universe. It is strong and powerful and many users are simply more familiar and comfortable using a solution they feel confident will help them get the job done well and that clients can more easily integrate with such a stable product.
"Azure is stable. I don't have any problems with it."
"The solution has proven to be quite stable so far."
"The most valuable feature is the virtual machine."
"If you have large traffic amounts, Microsoft Azure will continue to provide our customers with the best storage experience."
"The valuable features of Microsoft Azure are that it is cloud-based and has good storage. The storage is completely managed by Azure. We do not need to do any patching of security because it is handled by Azure which is a benefit. The solution is fully compatible with the Microsoft technology stack and is very scalable."
"Microsoft Azure has thousands of services and products."
"I like a lot of features. For example, the Windows virtual solution has helped in such a way that our client-based application was converted into a web-based version through the use of the Windows Virtual Desktop."
"It's a cloud-based application, so installation is straightforward and doesn't take much time."
"The pre-delivered content from the SAP cloud platform is definitely a strength."
"Great Integration Suite, with CPI being its stable component."
"The solution has a lot of great features."
"I found flexibility most valuable in the SAP Cloud Platform. It's a simple tool that's good even for first-time users."
"SAP Cloud Platform's most valuable features are its exhaustiveness, scalability with minimum maintenance, and functionality."
"The dashboard provides pretty good clarity."
"It’s great that we have the entire suite of SAP at our fingertips."
"It’s easy to maintain, as everything is handled by SAP."
"More expensive than other solutions without justification."
"The initial setup could be simplified."
"A good strategy would be to include a feature for integrating with external ecosystems."
"There are multiple DevOps solutions and tools available in Microsoft Azure, but most of the time they are either in the build mode, meaning you don't get complete support for them because they are either making changes, or changing the names of the particular services. Sometimes, services vanish from the portal. We are not able to see that. I think they actually change the names of the services."
"We use Microsoft Server 2019 and 2016. And I didn't like the 2019 client, so we had to downgrade back to 2016. The main issue there was its monitoring system. Our client needed an alternative, and if they were using more Windows products, they also needed to make that downgrade."
"Customer services and support should be improved. If a user faces challenges in accessing Microsoft Azure, the support team takes time—it could be 24 to 48 hours—to resolve them. We need solutions in four to five hours. And there are business-critical issues where we need an immediate resolution."
"I have found Microsoft Azure has many components to use and it's very difficult to understand every component."
"I'd like to see better integration with S/4HANA integrated and other services, like monitoring, for example."
"Lacks flexibility in its licensing structure."
"The areas I think this solution should improve are monitoring and adapting."
"I want to see better pricing from the SAP Cloud Platform in the future. I also want more security and scalability from it."
"Shows errors without providing any analysis."
"The addition of more industry use cases would be an improvement."
"The current pricing model is credit-based. We would like to have more information about the usage of the existing applications."
"When I started looking at the client's IT architecture, I started by doing a study of their services, DVM, data volume, and management services. According to the results, they could be a lot better at this."
"When they innovate too fast, they end up confusing their customers."
Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform, where developers can create, deploy, and maintain their apps. This cloud application platform allows developers to concentrate on the actual applications, while it takes care of all the elements behind the apps.
Windows Azure works across multiple frameworks and languages. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities with elements of application development, deployment, and management.
Azure is comprised of several different service modules, including Infrastructure; Web; Mobile; Dev & Test; Big Data; Media;Storage, Backup & Recovery; and Identity & Access Management.
Microsoft Azure works as a:
Microsoft Azure is available:
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Reviews from Real Users:
"It is a flexible solution that is straightforward to use," says the principal consultant at a computer software company.
OmarJ., future datacenter consultant: Microsoft Azure Cloud at a tech company, adds that "The user interface is very nice and makes everything easy to use."
“You can build an environment in minutes. It's very good in terms of being an infrastructure as a service, and I found that really fascinating,” says an information technology consultant at a computer software company.
"I think Azure's level of automation to achieve efficiency or agility is valuable. I also like the change capability cadence, the showback capabilities, and understanding what our costs are," says an enterprise architect at an energy/utilities company.
Marco C., Ing. at Wolters Kluwer, says "The valuable features of Microsoft Azure are that it is cloud-based and has good storage. The storage is completely managed by Azure. We do not need to do any patching of security because it is handled by Azure which is a benefit. The solution is fully compatible with the Microsoft technology stack and is very scalable."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is it has everything together in one place. It is one large tool with lots of small tools that are updated often," says the owner of a media company.
SAP Cloud Platform is an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and PaaS cloud tool. It powers applications that deliver real-time insights to contribute to more effective and timely decision-making. Customers all over the world from different-sized companies use SAP Cloud Platform to build application extensions, integrate landscapes, or extend existing enterprise applications in the cloud.
The platform incorporates innovative technologies, including big data, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). SAP Cloud Platform supports native services and products by SAP, as well as partners with popular platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, and Alibaba Cloud.
Users of the product can extend, integrate, and develop applications on premises and in the cloud. The product offers flexibility, agility, and scalability, as it enables easy integration and connection of different applications within the platform. The solution is based on open standards and provides a wide range of development tools.
SAP has announced that they are removing SAP Cloud Platform as a brand name and moving its capabilities within SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). The features of SAP Cloud Platform will be integrated into SAP BTP to assist with data management and analytics, alongside other components of the platform. Existing customers of SAP Cloud Platform will continue to benefit from its products under SAP Integration Suite and SAP Extension Suite.
SAP Cloud Platform Capabilities
The solution offers a wide variety of tools, application capabilities, services, and application programming interface (API). These can be categorized in the following ways:
SAP Cloud Platform Benefits
The platform has many benefits which improve their client’s workflows. They include the following:
Reviews from Real Users
Shylaraj AK, a senior architect at a construction company, describes SAP Cloud Platform as easy to maintain, great features, and helpful support, which attributes to his high rating for the product.
Ehab-El H., chief executive officer at Asis, likes SAP Cloud Platform because it is easy to use with a fast deployment and straightforward setup.
Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 144 reviews while SAP Cloud Platform is ranked 5th in PaaS Clouds with 16 reviews. Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4, while SAP Cloud Platform is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "Optimized cloud solution with reliable recovery and fail services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Cloud Platform writes "Easy to maintain, great features, and helpful support". Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and IBM Public Cloud, whereas SAP Cloud Platform is most compared with Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, Mendix, Salesforce Platform and Oracle Integration Cloud Service. See our Microsoft Azure vs. SAP Cloud Platform report.
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One of the best features of SAP Cloud Platform is that it is web-based and you can log in from anywhere in the world. SAP Cloud Platform is suitable for companies of any size; it works well with both large and small companies. Its stability is great and the ability to expand is very simple. SAP Cloud Platform offers smooth integration and data synchronization - the push and pull of data is extremely valuable.
The functionality with SAP Cloud Platform can be difficult. We have experienced some challenges with usability and not being able to get all of the information we need. We would also like to see improvement with security, authentication, and reporting.
Microsoft Azure is extremely scalable with the capability to build an environment quickly. The automation and agility of Microsoft Azure is very valuable. It offers a great information protection feature - you can create custom labels for different documents and files. This keeps data more organized and secure.
Support with Microsoft Azure depends on the plan you purchase; lower-tier plans get limited support. Microsoft Azure can be a very expensive solution overall and can be complex to set up and manage. Integration with other products needs to be better. Microsoft Azure seems to be a bit slow in catching up with what other solutions have to offer.
Microsoft Azure’s biggest downside is the lack of functionality. SAP Cloud Platform provides better integration with other operating systems.
If you or your clients are fully committed to the Microsoft ecosystem, then Microsoft Azure is probably the best option for you.
For those that use other ecosystems, SAP Cloud Platform would be a better fit as they offer better integration with other solutions and broader overall functionality.
I think it's based on the context of your environment and what you want to do. The LinkedIn article by Murali Shanmugham gives you some perspective here.
If you use SAP applications extensively, extending them with various services offered by SAP on the SAP Cloud platform would be very useful.
In fact, SAP has made this platform available on hyperscalers like MS Azure, AWS, etc.