SAP on AWS - Since the beginning of time ...

Frank Stienhans
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April 27, 2016

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In this first post, I would like to share my personal perspective about SAP on AWS, since the time that the topic was born. Follow me along on a journey through time.

Pre-Cloud Age

When discussing the next thing it is always important to have a deep reflection of how it used to be.

Back in 2007 I was  working for 7 years at SAP and there was one constant factor, before starting any project. Start early to think about the hardware before you think about the software that you want to build, before you had any specs or details and request the virtual or physical hardware, because we had to wait for 4-8 weeks (in the best case) until your one single virtual server with OS was ready.

The Cloud …

November 2007, I participated in a startup conference, where Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO, spoke about the Amazon Cloud. He also used this event to launch the m1.large instance with 2 vCPUs and 7.5 GB RAM.

Back then I was attracted by 2 aspects of the cloud

  • Any number of machines at any time
  • Charge by the hour of metered usage

Year 1 — SAP on AWS as a Self Service

Early in 2008, leading an innovation team, we started a SAP internal self service for employees to launch SAP systems on AWS. Our first use case was Dev & Test of SAP NetWeaver.

At the end of the year SAP employees launched 250 Server / month on AWS.

2009 — Going public

As part of the SAP Tech World Tour, I had the opportunity to present in London to an audience of more than 100 customers. Customers could not believe that SAP with the push of a button could be real.

We launched the opportunity for SAP Pre-Sales to use SAP NetWeaver on AWS for Demos and POCs. In Pre-Sales agility matters, and it is hard to forecast required infrastructure capacity for the next 6 months.

At the end of the year SAP employees launched 600 servers / month on AWS

2010 — More use cases

We  onboarded user groups with a number of additional non-production use cases  including

  • Test of 3rd party solutions
  • ‍Pre-Sales Training of Customers and Partners
  • ‍Customer Trials for a number of SAP solutions

At the end of the year SAP employees launched 2000 servers / month on AWS

2011 — SAP HANA on AWS was launched in November with the offer of live shared SAP HANA systems on  AWS.

2011 was also the year where AWS was production certified for SAP Business Suite.

At the end of the year SAP employees launched 7000 servers / month on AWS

2012 — Becoming a Product

Our internal self-service for employees had grown to more than 1000 SAP employees as its users and 11000 SAP Server launches on AWS / month became productized as SAP Cloud Appliance Library.

SAP  HANA One with 60 GB RAM launched as the first SAP Production Certified  version of SAP HANA on AWS.

2013 — HANA Scale on AWS Scale

SAP demonstrated the scale out and data federation capabilities using a SAP HANA Data Fabric of 111 SAP HANA Hosts on  AWS.

AWS  became production certified for 1.2 TB RAM in form of 5 * 244 GB RAM. 

End of 2013 I joined AWS Professional Services to assist SAP Customers and Partners in their journey of migrating or creating SAP  workloads.

2014 — Large enterprises with SAP in production on AWS

After I joined AWS, In 2014 I enabled first large enterprises to use SAP HANA in production on  AWS.

I assisted first enterprise customers to integrate Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Big Data with SAP HANA.

2015 — The World's best infrastructure for SAP

AWS SAP team traveled around the world to assist large enterprise customers with what increasingly became all-in migrations of SAP to AWS. 

The value of having maximum security, high performance, maximum high availability in 12 global regions immediately, when you need it is appealing to customers on all continents.

Who would not want that? 

Significant infrastructure cost savings come along with a well architected solution for  AWS.

Though much more important for many customers was the realization that through a game changing agility and scale to which every customer has access, customers could innovate more, act faster and thereby impact the top-line.

2016 — Size Matters

2016 is the year where AWS will launch the machine family X1 with up to 2 TB RAM.

We launched Ocean9 to focus on this enormous potential and to provide Customers and partners a maximum of dedication, passion and support for this new world.

Want to become part of this exciting journey?

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