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.
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"There are a lot of things that we like about it. It is very easy to provision and configure. It is flexible and scalable.""One of the most valuable features of Azure is that it's a very integrated solution. You have to learn how to use it properly, but it's not that hard, and you can define your whole scrum process and deploy it from one place. It was a really nice surprise to see how easily integrated this tool is.""Azure services like EDM and Batch are all famous, but one of the most popular services for development is Azure Functions, especially the PaaS option. Depending on a customer's environment, they can go for the PaaS.""If you have large traffic amounts, Microsoft Azure will continue to provide our customers with the best storage experience.""It's stable, easy to use, reliable, and cheap.""The solution is very stable for Windows setups.""It is very easy to use, especially if it is on the servers. Also, I have found it to be easier to use than AWS. It is a stable and scalable product as well. I think it is also secure.""This is a very stable product."

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"Traditionally, SAP worked with Oracle databases, but SAP is getting rid of the other databases and promoting its own. SAP will stop support for other databases around 2026, so everyone is moving to SAP S/4HANA for the performance and because it's the preferred database for SAP. S/4HANA has new features from the front-end or application feature perspective. The idea is to move toward future-ready technology.""I am impressed with how the solution integrates with the ME system and ALE IDocs.""The processes and the way we take advantage and use assistance are good.""It is a stable and scalable product.""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.""Fiori is the most valuable feature, as well as the the integration between S/4 and another solution as an extension."

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"In a month, there is a plan to increase pricing, which is something we are not looking forward to.""The authentication method only allows me to have up to 90 users, and there are 2,300 people in the company.""The response time and stability of Microsoft Azure need to be improved.""Its subscription price could be cheaper.""I would like to see better policy-based management and everything related to security management could have been better integrated.""We have faced some issues on the pricing side, but it has improved lately. We are trying to adjust to the new pricing methods that they are using now. It should be better from now on.""The solution could be easier to use. However, when comparing it to AWS it is a bit easier.""The solution could improve by having more security features around my data and the platform."

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"The cost could be improved. I think it's higher than the competition.""The only thing that could be improved is the cost.""Perhaps minor changes to the enterprise structure could be made, but the rest is fine.""The SAP products are complicated to deploy anywhere.""SAP support isn't on par with products like Microsoft Azure or AWS. It's nowhere close to the competitors.""Customers need to be better educated about using the solution's cloud for digital transformation.""The solution needs to embed or integrate with IBP to fully activate the PPT module with efficiency."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price needs to be lower because they're competing with AWS."
  • "Its price should be optimized so that we can use more features."
  • "I currently use the pay-as-you-go option."
  • "It is affordable, but its subscription price could be cheaper."
  • "It's a metered environment, and it's pay-as-you-go. That's the big challenge with a metered environment."
  • "The long-term cost is higher than if you set up the servers on-premises, which is something that could be improved through more competitive pricing."
  • "The current pricing is on a pay-as-you-go subscription."
  • "It is similar to AWS, where it is on-demand and is billed monthly."
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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."
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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?

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    Top Answer:The BTP module is important for digital transformations.
    Top Answer:The pricing is reasonable when compared to other vendors like Oracle who offer technology enterprise resource software. Our sales team knows the rates, how to apply discounts, and how to onboard… more »
    Top Answer:Customers need to be better educated about using the solution's cloud for digital transformation. SAP as a legacy system is missing that flavor. The solution is not a traditional ERP software so… 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 Company25%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Company Size
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure vs. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure vs. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
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    Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 144 reviews while SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is ranked 8th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 7 reviews. Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4, while SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is rated 7.8. 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, SAP Cloud Platform and Heroku, whereas SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is most compared with Amazon AWS, SAP S4HANA on AWS, Oracle Cloud, SAP Business One on AWS and Google Cloud. See our Microsoft Azure vs. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud report.

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