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Cloud Computing at SAP

Cloud Computing at SAP

SAP is a cloud company driven by SAP HANA in-memory technology. We have 110 million cloud subscribers and 41 state-of-the-art data centers around the world. We offer cloud apps (SaaS) for all lines of business, a market-leading cloud platform (PaaS), and flexible on-demand infrastructure (IaaS). You can rely on proven enterprise cloud security and hosting services – and choose from a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment.

What is cloud computing?

Simply put, cloud computing makes it possible for users to access data, applications, and services over the Internet. The cloud eliminates the need for costly hardware, such as hard drives and servers – and gives users the ability to work from anywhere. Over 90% of businesses are already using cloud technology in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment. The major benefits of cloud include:

  • Elasticity: Scale up or down quickly to meet computing demand
  • Affordability: Only pay for what you use, and minimize hardware and IT costs
  • Availability: Get 24/7 cloud system access from anywhere, on any device
  • Simplicity: Free IT from managing servers and updating software


Cloud computing is divided into three broad service categories: software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

What is SaaS?

SaaS – software-as-a-service – is a way of delivering applications over the Internet. Customers can access SaaS applications right from a Web browser, which means there is no hardware or software to buy, install, maintain, or update. The SaaS provider takes care of everything – and the customer always has the latest version of the application.

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What is PaaS?

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provides a cloud platform and tools to help developers build and deploy cloud applications. Users access PaaS from a Web browser, so there is no need to purchase and maintain the underlying hardware and software. With PaaS, developers can pick and choose the features they want on a subscription basis.

Learn about the SAP HANA Cloud Platform

What is IaaS?

Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) lets companies “rent” computing resources such as servers, networks, storage, and operating systems on a pay-per-use basis. IaaS providers host the infrastructure and handle tasks like system maintenance and backups – so customers don’t have to buy hardware or employ in-house experts to manage it.

Learn about the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud

Public, private, or hybrid cloud?

Learn about the three types of cloud deployment models: public, private, and hybrid – and find out which one makes the most sense for your business.


Public Cloud

With a public cloud, services are delivered to customers over a network that’s open for public usage. Public clouds offer efficiency and affordability, and are often multi-tenant – meaning the provider runs your service in a shared environment.

Private Cloud

With a private cloud, services are maintained on a private network protected by a firewall. You can build a private cloud within your own data center – or subscribe to one hosted by a vendor. Private clouds offer the most security and control.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud includes both cloud and on-premise solutions – often from multiple providers. Hybrid clouds offer variety, so you can pick and choose which aspects of your business are better off in a public or private cloud versus on premise.


Simplify cloud and hybrid cloud integration

Cloud integration scenarios:

As companies digitize the enterprise, leveraging the best solutions from cloud with your SAP solutions helps establish your platform for innovation and business process automation. With sophisticated integration options and built-in integration from SAP, you can connect your core suite with other SAP and third-party cloud solutions.

Explore defined best practice integration scenarios for the following SAP products:

A new path to cloud adoption

We work with trusted partners to deliver SAP solutions in a private, managed cloud environment. This per-user subscription model includes hardware, software, and support provided by our partners – to help you speed cloud adoption and reduce the cost and effort of IT.

The sky’s the limit: Cloud computing technology from SAP

There are many reasons to choose SAP as your cloud provider. Learn about three in particular: business networks, collaboration, and cutting-edge IT security.


The power of business networks

According to IDC, cloud-based business networks are the next wave of innovation. Find out how they leverage technologies such as mobile, analytics, and the Internet of Things to deliver unprecedented performance improvements.

Connecting people in the cloud

Cloud collaboration tools make it easy for people to meet virtually and share information in real time. Learn about SAP Jam solutions – and see how they facilitate collaboration among employees, customers, and partners.

Cloud security:
Going the extra mile

At SAP, we relentlessly focus on cloud security so you don’t have to. Learn how we stay ahead of the latest threats and build security into every layer of our cloud offerings – to provide a safe, yet highly accessible environment.  


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Journey to the cloud with SAP Digital Business Services

Based on over 40 years of experience working with the world’s most progressive organizations and a robust partner ecosystem, SAP Digital Business Services can guide you on the path to innovation and digital transformation, while securing critical business processes.

Quickly and smoothly implement new SAP technologies and applications – no matter if the deployment scenario is on-premise, in the cloud, or a combination of the two. The key is having the right expertise to translate your business needs into a clear roadmap for transforming your IT landscape. Our services are co-designed with the solutions themselves, and our experts leverage proven methodologies and best practices to ensure your deployment is a success.


Reduce uncertainty and risk with co-designed software and implementation services

Speed implementation with SAP’s exclusive best practices

Ensure critical integration and migration of data between on-premise and cloud solutions


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