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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: March 2023).
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"One of the most valuable features of Microsoft Azure is the compatibility with all of our Windows applications and other Microsoft technologies""Azure is stable. I don't have any problems with it.""The performance is good.""Microsoft Azure has a lot of useful features. They have databases, application services, PaaS solutions, such as platform and infrastructure services. The virtual machines' functions and services are good.""Provisioning a server is fast, taking only one or two minutes before it is ready.""It is stable and collaborative.""If you have large traffic amounts, Microsoft Azure will continue to provide our customers with the best storage experience.""It's easy to use, and it's scalable. If we want to grow our product more, we can do it."

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"The most valuable feature of SAP S4HANA on AWS is that when developed on a new structured system it can be configured.""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 most valuable feature of SAP S4HANA is Fiori. It allows users to access information quickly and easily, without having to navigate through unnecessary screens or transactions. Additionally, the ability to retrieve data more efficiently is helpful. Furthermore, the pre-delivered videos and functionalities within the solution allow for easier application building.""The solution adds great value to any organization.""We have approximately 1,000 people using the solution in my organization. The solution is scalable.""The most valuable features of SAP S4HANA on AWS are that it's simplified and the analytical capabilities are good.""Reporting transparency and user-friendliness are the key benefit of deploying SAP S4HANA on AWS. Furthermore, the solution offers a plethora of modules that have proven to be valuable, and there are regular updates available.""The solution is scalable."

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"There are always new features to add in terms of additional indicators, improving the looks of the dashboard and stuff. There are some dashboards that are not attractive, we are looking to make them fancier and nice-looking.""They should include a cybersecurity feature to improve the protection of the systems. They could do better in terms of the pricing model. Its price keeps on changing. Their technical support can also be better.""They should create integrations with more platforms.""The solution could improve by providing a better user interface and more organized workflows.""The biggest area needing improvement involves the licensing cost.""I would like to see the console improved.""Difficult to understand how it works and it's an expensive solution.""When we are doing transfers of records in large amounts, for example, petabytes of data or few long datasets, the performance should not degrade as it does."

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"Businesses are particularly interested in process automation, mobile, and web applications. These are the areas that SAP S4HANA is and should be looking to improve on, especially in terms of streamlining processes and automating certain steps.""The initial setup could be easier. It's complex.""We had some storage and legacy migrations problems with SAP S4HANA on AWS.""I would like to see a lower price for the solution.""The documentation isn't clear enough.""More availability zones will help customers choose AWS. I would like to see features that provide easier onboarding for ERP solutions like SAP. SAP has already partnered with S/4HANA on AWS for hosting its public cloud as well. More educational videos for customers to choose this cloud path would be great to have. That is, providing more documentation and marketing material would be better.""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.""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."

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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 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."
  • "The pricing is a little bit high."
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    Answers from the Community
    Julie Roy
    Leah Fainchtein Buenavida - PeerSpot reviewerLeah Fainchtein Buenavida
    Real User

    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.

    Questions from the Community
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    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 »
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of SAP S4HANA on AWS is the latency and speed. When we use the various typical relation database, the performance was visible.
    Top Answer:S4HANA is expensive. It costs much more than SuccessFactors. However, depending on the company, you can also get it at a steep discount. In Nigeria, they're trying to reduce the price because of the… more »
    Top Answer:We had some storage and legacy migrations problems with SAP S4HANA on AWS.
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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 Company9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Manufacturing Company38%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Import And Exporter13%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise39%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS 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 S4HANA on AWS is ranked 5th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 16 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, Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, SAP Cloud Platform and Salesforce Platform, whereas SAP S4HANA on AWS is most compared with Google Cloud, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and Amazon AWS. See our Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS report.

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