We changed our name from IT Central Station: Here's why

Microsoft Azure vs SAP S4HANA on AWS comparison

Cancel
You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Microsoft Azure Logo
52,451 views|43,836 comparisons
SAP S4HANA on AWS Logo
3,382 views|2,966 comparisons
Featured Review
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
566,121 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"It's very easy to build a new service and get it into production.""The stability has been excellent.""The solution offers very good upgrades and updates regularly.""In terms of managing and configuring infrastructures, Azure is fairly good.""Provisioning a server is fast, taking only one or two minutes before it is ready.""In terms of scalability, it is perfect.""In terms of computer resource management and reduced cost, it is very, very effective. In large environments, it gives you a lot of flexibility to provide different services, like disaster recovery and business continuity with simple and great options because you don't have to spend a lot of time for maintenance, upgrades, and security.""It's a reasonably priced solution."

More Microsoft Azure Pros →

"I like that they are very familiar with our VM which makes it easy to use.""The solution adds great value to any organization.""This product is currently the leading product within this category.""The HANA database is a valuable feature""The Fiori interface is the most valuable feature. It's one of the highlights that they offer. The in-memory of S4 is very fast."

More SAP S4HANA on AWS Pros →

Cons
"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 initial setup could be simplified.""The solution could improve by providing a better user interface and more organized workflows.""We need more customization and support for doing so.""It is pretty secure, but it can always be more secure.""I think it would be good to keep making progress on giving users the ability to do action calls on Data Factory. Right now, it's mostly local. Perhaps Microsoft could add the ability to put some calls in the workflow.""Its subscription price could be cheaper.""It should have a better hybrid-cloud central analysis. Their support service also needs to be improved. Our main concern is support calls. Our issue is basically related to the technical functionality of the services that we use. It doesn't behave as expected, and support often fails to solve the problem."

More Microsoft Azure Cons →

"I would like for them to have more integration with virtualization platforms.""The product could use more capabilities in the areas of robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, but these improvements are already on the way.""The product can be very complex.""Doesn't have a common development environment.""Not just S4 but for SAP in general, the price is a little high because they have implemented a new licensing scheme on a number of connections. The price being too expensive is some of the feedback we get from our customers."

More SAP S4HANA on AWS Cons →

Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing fees are more than $1,000,000 USD annually."
  • "Reducing the price would be of benefit to our customers."
  • "The pricing for us is higher because we are using IaaS."
  • "Pricing of Microsoft Azure services depends on the build of what you prepare to deploy."
  • "It is important to consider ROI when looking at the cost of a subscription."
  • "The cost is a little high and can be more competitive."
  • "Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent."
  • "The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution."
  • More Microsoft Azure Pricing and Cost Advice →

    Information Not Available
    report
    Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) solutions are best for your needs.
    566,121 professionals have used our research since 2012.
    Answers from the Community
    Julie Roy
    author avatarLeah 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.




























    Aws

    Azure

    Supported use cases

    Production, non-production

    Production, non-production

    Supported resources

    Up to 48TB of memory

    Up to 12TB

    Licensing

    Pay per use BYOL

    subscription

    Services

    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.


    Conclusions


    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
    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: 
    The solution adds great value to any organization.
    Top Answer: 
    If clients are setting up the solution as an infrastructure as a service, they have to bring on their own license.
    Top Answer: 
    The product can be very complex. It is not extremely user-friendly. If you want to learn SAP S/4HANA the resources are not available and it's very difficult to learn. We found that aspect very… more »
    Ranking
    Views
    52,451
    Comparisons
    43,836
    Reviews
    152
    Average Words per Review
    416
    Rating
    8.3
    Views
    3,382
    Comparisons
    2,966
    Reviews
    6
    Average Words per Review
    695
    Rating
    7.8
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure
    SAP S/4HANA on AWS
    Learn More
    Overview

    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
    Offer
    Learn more about Microsoft Azure
    Learn more about SAP S4HANA on AWS
    Sample Customers
    BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
    Brigade Group, DoHome, Royal FloraHolland
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company35%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Media Company7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise66%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise25%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    566,121 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 185 reviews while SAP S4HANA on AWS is ranked 8th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 5 reviews. Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4, while SAP S4HANA on AWS is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "This helps us meet multiple requirements other PaaS solutions do not but there is a lot of room for improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP S4HANA on AWS writes "Helps to simplify your workload with automation". Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Google Firebase and OpenShift, whereas SAP S4HANA on AWS is most compared with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Virtustream xStream, DigitalOcean and Google Cloud. See our Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS report.

    See our list of best Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) vendors.

    We monitor all Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.