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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure and SAP S4HANA on AWS 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 S4HANA on AWS Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"It is a reliable solution that is easy to set up.""It is easy to install.""Azure's Data Lake services are decent. I like AKS, and API Management is relatively straightforward to use. The security and SIEM options Azure offers are good. All the infrastructure services are easy to use and set up.""The management part of it is good. Its UI is simple to use. The cost management and billing part is also good. These are the top things that I like in Azure.""The solution has given us more agility, scalability and opportunity to optimize the cost.""Microsoft Azure is easy to use.""There are a lot of things that we like about it. It is very easy to provision and configure. It is flexible and scalable.""Azure is stable. I don't have any problems with it."

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"It is indeed a stable solution, but it depends on how you architecture the component in AWS. If the component has the right architecture and is properly provisioned and placed, then it will be a stable platform.""SAP has an auto-scaling feature, but Azure doesn't.""SAP S4HANA's most valuable features include backup, security, storage, infrastructure, and enabling AI.""SAP S4HANA on AWS has high performance. All the data is in one place and it's real-time. When you make an entry you don't have to wait a couple of minutes, hours, or overnight as something the batch process takes time. It is instantaneous and is available to everybody.""The solution adds great value to any organization.""The system has the capacity to manage all these departments in a single box and they're all integrated.""The most valuable feature of SAP S4HANA on AWS is that when developed on a new structured system it can be configured.""They have their own instances where you can host your database."

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"The solution is too expensive.""Its subscription price could be cheaper.""The biggest area needing improvement involves the licensing cost.""At this point, the latency is too high to use Azure in our production environment.""I would like to see this solution support integration.""I think Azure Active Directory and also the backup solutions provided in Azure need to be improved by Microsoft. The backup solution is not a very enterprise solution, and it is very simple. I think in comparison with other backup solutions like Nakivo and Veeam Backup, it can be improved to have a lot of options.""The solution lacks fluidity and is not intuitive.""An issue I encountered was around the integration of Identity. I lost some important information and I would like to see improvements with this."

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"SAP S4HANA on AWS could improve by having the entire solution available as a web solution. They only have Fiori right now, and it's a solution for certain modules, but not for all the modules that SAP currently has. We would like to see the GUI removed, it is not very good. We want it to be web-based.""The documentation isn't clear enough.""SAP S4HANA could be improved by adding a click-to-deploy model.""I would like to see a lower price for the solution.""There are a few complexities when it comes to licensing that could be simplified.""The drawback of this tool versus an on-site tool is that you've got to upgrade the tool. The software is upgraded as it gets upgraded and you've got to be ready to change whatever processes and do whatever training you need to do.""The product can be very complex.""If you go to AWS's site they offer training programs that are very good. SAP does not do the same, if SAP could provide some training that would be great."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Microsoft always provides the entry-level solution with a cheap license. Once you start to like the product, then you have to pay for the full package, which is more expensive than the entry-level solution. Every feature comes with a license and a cost. Some licenses have multiple features, and some features require a specific license."
  • "It is competitive with other public cloud providers, and its price is very close to different cloud providers. There is not a noticeable difference between different cloud providers. Otherwise, it would be a risk for them to have services that were much more expensive than their competition. They're pretty much neck to neck on pricing."
  • "The licensing fees depend on the number of users that we have."
  • "Pricing is comparable but from a cost perspective, this solution is the cheapest."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "Its price can be cheaper. Price is always an issue. We pay around $10,000 per month for all resources."
  • "The cost structure is like most cloud-based services. The solution could be cheaper, it is always better to be cheaper."
  • "It's an OPEX model, you pay as you go, or you can reserve funds."
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  • "The vendors have different pricing, ways of serving, security, and providing the service. You go and compare the offerings. Some might be better with smaller companies. For example, Microsoft Azure can handle small and medium-sized companies best but still can cover some large companies. Whereas Amazon AWS and IBM are going to cover sized companies. There's no clear advantage. Probably Amazon AWS may have been the first to be certified by SAP as a cloud-hosting partner. Then Microsoft Azure and IBM were certified at the same time. You have to partner up and be certified by the software."
  • "We pay a monthly fee for the use of SAP S4HANA on AWS for approximately five years. That's the time of the contract."
  • "The price of SAP S4HANA on AWS is reasonable, given how much it costs to maintain a scratch-built system. To upgrade the support there is a fee."
  • "SAP S4HANA's pricing model should be more flexible and transparent - there's a lot of negotiation and internal factors, and some customers get better value and services for the same product."
  • "I would rate the pricing as a two and a half out of five."
  • "Compared to its competitors, SAP S4HANA on AWS is a costly solution."
  • "It's expensive. It would be good if AWS and Azure could reduce the computing cost for people who move to the public cloud."
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    Answers from the Community
    Julie Roy
    Leah Fainchtein Buenavida - PeerSpot reviewerLeah Fainchtein Buenavida
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    SAP S/4HANA is a system for managing relational databases. The in-memory system, as well as the columnar structure, results in retrieving the data with better performance than RDBMS systems.

    You can deploy it in AWS or in Azure. Here is a brief comparison:

    Azure dedicates specific virtual machines and bare metal servers to run SAP HANA. SAP HANA applications run on an SAP application. With Azure, you have an entire SAP application (VM) layer that includes servers, storage, and network configuration. You can deploy resources from 36 Intel with memory of 768GB to 480 Intel processors with 24TB of memory. Finally, you can combine AP and non SAP data. You can apply advanced data services, such as analytics and AI.



    Supported use cases

    Production, non-production

    Production, non-production

    Supported resources

    Up to 48TB of memory

    Up to 12TB


    Pay per use BYOL



    Single and multi-node architecture. Load balancing, instance provisioning.

    Load balancing, clustering, Active Directory, and the HANA database.

    SAP S/4HANA on AWS provides infrastructure services. AWS has the advantage of making SAP HANA available, cost-effective, and fault-tolerant. With AWS you can configure a single EC2 to host SAP HANA with EBS storage and your chosen operating system. Another option is to use multi-AZ to deploy primary and secondary nodes, using one for production and another for non-production.

    You have two main options: First, BYOL (Bring your own license). It supports native HANA applications, S/4HANA, Business Suite on HANA, and you can have OLAP memory up to 100 TB. Second, the express edition, which is free to use for in-memory databases, but keep in mind you’ll have to stay under 32 GB.


    Which is best will depend on your use cases. Azure in my opinion offers better performance for big data and AI workloads. AWS provides more reliability and redundancy.

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    Top Answer:It is indeed a stable solution, but it depends on how you architecture the component in AWS. If the component has the right architecture and is properly provisioned and placed, then it will be a… more »
    Top Answer:Compared to its competitors, SAP S4HANA on AWS is a costly solution.
    Top Answer:The cost is a factor for our customers, so that is an area for improvement. That is, compared to its competitors, SAP S4HANA on AWS is a costly solution. More availability zones will help customers… more »
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    Also Known As
    Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure
    SAP S/4HANA on AWS
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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 customers of all sizes can fully realize all the benefits of the SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition on the AWS Cloud. With SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition on the AWS Cloud you can:

    • Achieve faster time to value with the AWS on-demand infrastructure
    • Rapidly provision infrastructure for SAP S/4HANA with no upfront cost or long-term commitment
    • Pay for only what you need Don't spend upfront costs purchasing hardware for what you can't forecast
    • Test and evaluate SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition with a free trial offering from SAP on AWS
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    Sample Customers
    BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 179 reviews while SAP S4HANA on AWS is ranked 4th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 12 reviews. Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4, while SAP S4HANA on AWS is rated 8.4. 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 S4HANA on AWS writes "High performance, impressive technology, and useful dashboards". Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, Google Firebase, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Salesforce Platform, whereas SAP S4HANA on AWS is most compared with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and Amazon AWS. See our Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS report.

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