Microsoft Azure vs SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud comparison

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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Azure vs. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"Reliable with ease of provisional services.""The solution has given us more agility, scalability and opportunity to optimize the cost.""The most valuable aspect of this solution is its ease of use.""The solution is easy to use and flexible.""Microsoft Azure has thousands of services and products.""Installation is easy as it's cloud-based. Performance is good. It's stable and scalable.""The advantage of Microsoft Azure is its simplicity. It's easy to launch a project. However, the problem with this kind of solution is the reliability for the customers. You have to be sure to stay with Microsoft.""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."

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"We have a wide range of use cases for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. These include production planning, materials management, sales management, treasury, finance, appliance maintenance, real estate, and warehouse management.""The scalability is good because we have some cloud resources to support the ERP.""The solution's initial setup process is straightforward.""It is a stable and scalable product.""I am impressed with how the solution integrates with the ME system and ALE IDocs.""This solution is as good as any other S/4HANA SAP solution. The continuous support we get is very valuable.""The BTP module is important for digital transformations.""The processes and the way we take advantage and use assistance are good."

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"The response time and stability of Microsoft Azure need to be improved.""The documentation can be outdated and is not as clear in Microsoft Azure as it is in AWS or Google.""More expensive than other solutions without justification.""Potential improvements to the price calculator tool""Microsoft Azure could improve by having more virtual machine operating systems available.""Microsoft Azure could improve by being more secure.""Maybe Microsoft could improve its monitoring around the networking.""It could be more flexible. If you look at all Mircosoft products, they are not up to the mark. For example, Azure Ready doesn't provide the same kind of access a domain administrator has and the kind of flexibility that they have when using Active Directory. Microsoft support could be better. Their service could also be better. For example, specific policies for templates suddenly become unavailable. When I checked, they said that certain things might be withdrawn based on customer feedback. This happened once or twice, and it wasn't available at all for five days, it just went down."

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"The SAP products are complicated to deploy anywhere.""It needs improvement in terms of stability and performance.""I would rate the stability a four out of ten. It's an area that could use improvement""The only thing that could be improved is the cost.""SAP support isn't on par with products like Microsoft Azure or AWS. It's nowhere close to the competitors.""Perhaps minor changes to the enterprise structure could be made, but the rest is fine.""Enterprise Cloud's reporting could be more automated to improve content accountability, especially regarding BI reports.""The cost could be improved. I think it's higher than the competition."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The license cost could be reduced."
  • "Everything involves an annual commitment with a monthly charge."
  • "We pay yearly for the license."
  • "The price of the solution could be less expensive and the pricing model could be less confusing."
  • "Customers pay for our software and use our solution as a service through monthly payments. They don't pay the licensing fee directly to Microsoft."
  • "Price could always be cheaper. Its licensing and usage aren't always cheap. We pay monthly."
  • "The cost of the solution could be reduced. However, I am using the free version."
  • "The subscription models can be confusing and it would be beneficial for them to simplify them. We are on an annual subscription."
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  • "The solution could be less expensive."
  • "The price is expensive compared to the competition."
  • "The price is high compared to other databases, which is why HANA is still not widely used. Some enterprises prefer Sybase, Oracle, or other traditional databases because HANA is a little pricey. Cost is one factor SAP needs to work on to make it more competitive with other databases. Otherwise, they'll never be able to develop a mass customer base."
  • "Our pricing is based on a yearly contract."
  • "The pricing is reasonable when compared to other vendors like Oracle who offer technology enterprise resource software."
  • "The product itself is relatively expensive."
  • "The solution's cost is reasonable."
  • "It's very, very expensive."
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    Answers from the Community
    Harraj Saraon
    Ramakrishna Potluri - PeerSpot reviewerRamakrishna Potluri
    Real User

    Hi,  It could be easy as Azure is one of the partners of SAP HEC. 

    Please contact your SAP HEC technical account manager who can guide you on this. 

    Michael-Bell - PeerSpot reviewerMichael-Bell (Coforge)
    Real User

    @Harraj Saraon, ​did you get your answer?

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM Public Cloud is IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service. It aims to provide organizations with a secure cloud environment to manage data and applications. One of the features we like is the cloud activity… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend Google Firebase instead of Microsoft Azure, simply for the array of features that it has to offer. In particular, the Firebase library grants you access to a shared data structure… more »
    Top Answer:We have a wide range of use cases for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. These include production planning, materials management, sales management, treasury, finance, appliance maintenance, real estate, and… more »
    Top Answer:It's very, very expensive. When comparing it to other hyperscalers, the pricing for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is significantly higher. It's not cost-effective.
    Top Answer:There are areas of improvement because managing the environment is quite complex. There have been issues with operational monitoring, infrastructure management, and overall holistic control of… more »
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    Also Known As
    Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure
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    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:

    1. Platform as a service (PaaS)
    2. Software as a service (SaaS)
    3. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)

    Microsoft Azure is available:

    • On-premises
    • Hybrid
    • Multi-cloud
    • At the edge

    Compared to its competitors, Microsoft Azure:

    • Has more affordable features
    • Has easier migration for organizations already using other Microsoft tools
    • Has several educational resources available
    • Provides robust support
    • Is ideal for small and large businesses

    Microsoft Azure Features:

    • Scalability
    • Stability
    • Flexibility
    • Azure Site Recovery
    • Active Directory
    • Monitoring features
    • Cloud-based
    • Automated tasks
    • Change capability cadence
    • Showback capabilities
    • Information protection
    • Azure Data Lake
    • Excellent portal
    • Intuitive user interface
    • Remote desktop
    • Fast provisioning
    • Data security
    • Data resiliency
    • Speed of service
    • Integrated delivery pipeline
    • Disaster recovery
    • Robust templates
    • Flexible coding languages
    • Virtual systems testing

    Benefits of Microsoft Azure:

    • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Because Microsoft Azure is an IaaS, organizations can deploy as well as manage applications easily and quickly. Azure also provides you with the ability to customize the cloud software to meet your specific business needs.
    • Seamless integration: Microsoft Azure is built to seamlessly integrate with existing IT departments via hybrid databases, secure private connections, and storage solutions.
    • Cost-effective: Because Azure can harmoniously exist in your business environment with your data center, it is a very cost-effective solution.
    • Analytics support: Azure is designed with built-in support that is used to analyze data and provide key insights. Azure offers Cortana Analytics, Stream Analytics, Machine Learning, and SQL services.
    • Unique storage system: Compared to other cloud services, Microsoft Azure has more data centers and delivery points, which helps create an optimal user experience and also helps deliver content faster. In addition, Microsoft Azure makes it possible for organizations to exchange content across several virtual machines.
    • Enhanced flexibility: Azure provides extreme flexibility by allowing you to choose any level of functionality you require. It also supports many of the same technologies IT teams and developers usually depend on, making it easier for them to manage.
    • Easy implementation: Microsoft Azure is easy and quick to deploy. If necessary, you can change web apps to Azure with almost zero downtime.

    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 HANA Enterprise Cloud is a fully scalable and secure private managed cloud solution. It empowers organizations to unlock the full value of SAP HANA in the cloud - accelerating growth and innovation, driving IT and business transformation, quickly delivering business outcomes, and reducing risk.

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    Sample Customers
    BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
    FC Bayern Munich, Reuters News Agency, MEMEBOX
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Educational Organization32%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Manufacturing Company50%
    Consumer Goods Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Construction Company17%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure vs. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure vs. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    Microsoft Azure is ranked 2nd in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 75 reviews while SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is ranked 9th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 10 reviews. Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4, while SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is rated 7.6. 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 HANA Enterprise Cloud writes "High stability, reasonably priced, and important for digital transformations". Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, IBM Public Cloud and Linode, whereas SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is most compared with Amazon AWS, SAP S4HANA on AWS, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud and SAP Hybris on AWS. See our Microsoft Azure vs. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud report.

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