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Which would you recommend to your boss, Microsoft Azure or SAP HANA Cloud Platform?

Nurit Sherman - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Operations Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Microsoft Azure or SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

One IT Central Station user says about  Microsoft Azure that "it has become a one stop shop for cloud computing and continuing to grow". 

Another user says about SAP HANA Cloud Platform, "[It] Improved our speed to bring our mobile applications into productive use in a cost-effective way".

In your opinion, which is better? 

Thanks for your help!

PeerSpot user
1616 Answers

it_user838101 - PeerSpot reviewer

SAP HANA cloud is the only option for SAP enterprise customers for their dedicated SAP landscape. However, with Azure, there are flexibilities for both SAP and non-SAP landscapes cloud adoption.
For enterprise customers on Office 365, Power BI, Lync and so forth, Azure seems a logical chance.

With SAP HANA Cloud – there is a single neck to choke policy and approach by SAP for SAP Customers, however, with Azure, there needs to be a blend of suppliers to meet required business outcomes.

it_user538965 - PeerSpot reviewer

Two different platforms. Once based on Memory processing for SAP applications and the other one a Cloud platform for multiple mission critical applications, app deployment and database. The Azure Cloud platform has the largest footprint in the market considering much of the applications run on Microsoft platform with large growth and interest from the Government and public sector and crown corporations. The Microsoft Azure is expanding and growing to adopt the market needs from H.R management, Data warehouse, Application development, collaboration, integration with On-prem services and systems and more. The SAP Hanna is a memory processing technology with minimum or no dependency on hardware acceleration such as SSD and high performance drives. Fantastic and innovative running applications in the cloud or on-prem with SAP centric operation.

it_user833931 - PeerSpot reviewer

In my opinion.. depends on many factors in a particular customer environment, including:

1. How much investment on SAP applications and solutions has been done by customer in last years.
2. What kind of services, workloads or projects are considering on Cloud.
3. What level of integration or dependency is required among first 2 choices
4. What is the company strategy

SAP is strong when considering already SAP customers trying to expand on cloud services that leverage huge business functionality embedded inside his applications, otherwise on a new customer pale against growing capabilities on IaaS & PaaS of major competitors including MS Azure.

it_user406875 - PeerSpot reviewer

When you want to use Mendix as your low code developer platform I would choose SAP because SAP choose Mendix as the low code platform. So if you want to go the bimodal route ( the choice would be easy.

it_user168417 - PeerSpot reviewer

Microsoft Azure is a flexible and integrated platform that can operate as a fully public or a hybrid cloud solution, where as SAP HANA Cloud Platform is an open platform-as-a-service that provides unique in-memory database and application services quickly and easily. The choice of a platform depends on business need. Azure is scalable and handels enormous set of data, MS provide good support service. In the other hand SAP solution is more business friendly and easy to use. The SAP HANA capability combined with Azure's potential is something, which would support and drive business agility and growth.

it_user7794 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Neither. But seriously, it really depends upon the business requirements and potentially on the existing topology that the 'cloud based' application needs to operate within. If the question is, which would you recommend for buidling cloud based applications; the question still requires additional details to determine the best platform for building the application. In the case of custom building SaaS application for third-party consumption and licensing - I would likely choose AWS, presuming my go to market strategy aligned with using this platform. E.G. If I were building an application to be distributed via the Salesforce Appxchange platform then I would choose Salesforce. If my target market were for customer with enterprise relatioships or dependencies on the MSFT ecosystem, then MSFT Azure. I believe as soon as AWS provides further abstraction of their services - similar to, then the answer is a default - use AWS unless you have key financial / political relationship with vendor that 'requires' you to choose a given platform. Net, net - the question requires additional details for the recommendations to be actionalble - IMHO.

it_user772053 - PeerSpot reviewer

SAP HANA Cloud Platform offers accelerators for mobile, IoT, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Predictive analytics that you can use standalone and/or with connecting to SAP S4HANA ERP cloud or on Premise. Its usage for SAP world is tremendous and boosts continuous innovation

it_user106584 - PeerSpot reviewer

For PaaS, you can consider Oracle

For iaaS AWS

For SaaS, it's a blend. Oracle in HCM and financial. SCM it's SAP, CRM Salesforce CRM.

SAP is very costly.

it_user111321 - PeerSpot reviewer

Hi, I have just had indirect experience with MS Azure, not SAP HANA.

It depends on the SLA you may need, particularly the IOPS and network demands you foresee.

I would also suggest Rogers Datacentres in Canada, I had the better opinion of them as a cost-effective alternative for most any demands you may need (and at a human scale)

it_user186984 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Always fit the solution to the client need. Try to also keep as much functionality with a single vendor - this will always help come a support issue

it_user393045 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

This is kind of an apples vs oranges comparison. Microsoft Azure is a general purpose PaaS with lots and lots of services developers might use. I don’t know much about SAP Cloud Platform, but I am confident it has much less to offer in almost every respect (data storage, analytics and machine learning, programming languages and runtimes supported, etc). I expect that nearly every customer of SAP Cloud Platform has been running SAP CRM and ERP applications for years. Because their data is stored in these applications, and in SAP Hana for analytics, it makes sense for them to build new apps that draw on this data on SAP Cloud Platform. Microsoft Azure caters to a much broader set of customers.

Note that SAP Cloud Platform and SAP Hana are two different things. SAP Hana is an in-memory database designed for analytical processing.

it_user833604 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would recommend Oracle Cloud PaaS instead.

it_user808491 - PeerSpot reviewer

Azure is better.

it_user179313 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Neither. AWS all the way, IMHO.

Robert B. Szkuta - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

We need the customer specific criteria to make a customer-focused comparison and support any resultant recommendations, like acceptable pricing, reliability, availability, required functionality, etc.
Therefore, I cannot decisively respond to such call. In general, though, out of the two, the Azure PaaS cloud appears more popular and that speaks for itself.

it_user261489 - PeerSpot reviewer
PopularReal User

Here is my view :

MS Azure is the best option in terms of below things:
Technical support and cost of the project are good.

It is easy to Maintain and support best ranking 2nd compared to SAP HANA 19 and depend on Technology if it's not very-very big data then MS Azure is best

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