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7 Reasons to Make the SAP HANA Cloud Migration

September 28, 2020

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Yong Seok Song Yong Seok Song
Yong Seok Song is the product manager for SAP HANA Cloud migration.

Today’s organizations face major data challenges. A lack of scalability, inflexible storage, static computing power—these are just the beginning. Data is multiplying exponentially, and now is the time to deploy a data solution that solves your company’s biggest challenges. By migrating from SAP Cloud Platform, HANA Service on Cloud Foundry to SAP HANA Cloud, you’ll gain all the tools you need for a successful cloud strategy.

SAP HANA Cloud is the next evolution of SAP HANA Service. It’s a cloud-native database that builds off the self-service capabilities provided by past iterations of SAP HANA. This goes above incremental improvement: SAP HANA Cloud offers all-new features to turn data into your organization’s most valuable asset.

Best of all, the SAP HANA Cloud migration doesn’t need to be difficult. Here are seven reasons to start the migration process today.

 

1. It’s easier than you think

Migration can be a big project, but it doesn’t have to be overly complicated. SAP provides you with everything you need to ensure a smooth transition. Here, you can find the full guide on how to migrate from SAP HANA Cloud Services on Cloud Foundry to SAP HANA Cloud. You’ll be walked through all the steps needed to use the self-service migration for SAP HANA Cloud tool. The tool comes with two huge benefits:

  1. It automates key migration tasks to reduce the cost and effort of migration
  2. It reduces uncertainty and helps users plan/prepare for migration by identifying potential issues in advance

The self-service migration tool is provided free of charge through SAP Cloud Platform.

Got questions? Join the community! Here, SAP experts and SAP HANA Cloud users come together to share best practices.

 

2. Leading organizations are already making the move

Expanding your data capabilities gets easier with SAP HANA Cloud. Many companies who want to make more out of their data have started the process, and some have already completed the migration.

Let’s take Alliander as an example. This Dutch energy company provides over three million customers with gas and electricity, but they were having difficulties: scaling up their database requied creating a new instance, migrating their data, and dropping the old instance every single time, eating up development resources.

With SAP HANA Cloud, Alliander can quickly scale without needing to create a new instance, greatly enhancing their growth potential and freeing up their development teams.

 

3. Gain Multi-tier data storage, including a built-in data lake

SAP HANA Cloud’s tiering capabilities drive down the cost of data storage and analysis.

The top tier, high-speed in-memory storage, gives you instant access to your most important data. This is nothing new if you’re familiar with SAP HANA Service on Cloud Foundry. However, the other tiers give you all-new capabilities.

The second tier, the native storage extension, offers speedy data retrieval for a lower cost.For high-value data that doesn’t need to be accessed as quickly, SAP HANA Cloud comes with a built-in data lake for storing massive amounts of data, giving you more flexibility for cost-effective data storage.

 

4. Scale computing and storage separately

Facing heavy loads in your computing or storage resources? Want to save costs during low-demand periods? SAP HANA Cloud lets you scale computing and storage separately, based on your needs. This can be done either manually or automatically to maximize resource allocation and performance. Consumption-based pricing helps lower your total cost of ownership.

Looking for an example? Check out how Acea, an Italian utilities company, benefitted from migrating to SAP HANA Cloud.

 

5. Centrally Connect and Access all Data

Many organizations struggle to break down silos between their on-premise and cloud data sources. SAP HANA Cloud may be cloud-native, but it’s built to connect with on-premise databases, giving you a seamless connection between on-premise and cloud resources.

SAP HANA Cloud also comes with data virtualization capabilities. This means that you don’t have to store or replicate existing data—SAP HANA Cloud can virtualize and analyze it by connecting to the data sources of your choice.

 

6. Build Innovative Applications

Deploy increasingly sophisticated and powerful apps on SAP HANA Cloud, regardless of size. Its developer-friendly environment leverages all data and can scale based on your needs. Any application you’ve built with SAP HANA Service on Cloud Foundry can be easily migrated, giving you seamlessly app migration to SAP HANA Cloud.

SAP HANA Cloud comes with a scalable query engine and multi-model support, for graphs, spatial, documents, and more, with machine learning on any datastore. All this helps you build innovative applications for any situation.

Let’s revisit Alliander, the energy company from point 2. Alliander uses several critical apps to address issues such as power interruptions, and these apps must always be stable.

So far, Alliander has migrated 18 apps from SAPA HANA Service on Cloud Foundry to SAP HANA Cloud. Here’s what Pieter Kruk, Product Owner, Digital Core and Integration Services at Alliander, had to say during the migration process:

“Our migration experience has been great so far. The time per application is continuously decreasing, and we are currently migrating one application per day, which is fantastic.”

 

7. Gain Cloud Flexibility

Flexibility when it comes to data is essential. That’s why SAP HANA Cloud lets you choose your cloud infrastructure provider. Currently, you can connect to Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, with future support planned for Google Cloud and AliCloud.

Your choice doesn’t lock you in—SAP HANA Cloud isn’t tied to one provider, so you can switch if and when you need to.

 

Experience the Next Evolution of SAP HANA

Speed gives organizations the edge over the competition. For years, SAP HANA Service on Cloud Foundry enabled organizations to run complex operations faster than ever. Now, the next evolution of SAP HANA is here.

Software migration sounds intimidating, but we’ll be with you every step of the way. Sign up for the free trial and read the migration guide to get started.