SAP Infrastructure


What is SAP Infrastructure?

Rapidly evolving from historical on-premise servers to private, public, and hybrid cloud and cloud-like environments, SAP infrastructure includes the systems, hardware, and platforms on which SAP systems and applications are run. Originally, SAP Infrastructure was limited to mainframe computers, though that changed with the client/server architecture included in the SAP R/3 release. While client environments have typically been Microsoft Windows-based systems, host environments normally included Unix systems. Over time, this shifted to include servers running Linux operating systems, though these were still located in data centers local to an organization’s physical locations.

What is SAP Infrastructure?

Rapidly evolving from historical on-premise servers to private, public, and hybrid cloud and cloud-like environments, SAP infrastructure includes the systems, hardware, and platforms on which SAP systems and applications are run. Originally, SAP Infrastructure was limited to mainframe computers, though that changed with the client/server architecture included in the SAP R/3 release. While client environments have typically been Microsoft Windows-based systems, host environments normally included Unix systems. Over time, this shifted to include servers running Linux operating systems, though these were still located in data centers local to an organization’s physical locations.

SAP Infrastructure now includes on-premise or local data centers, private cloud environments or hosting partners, public cloud and managed service providers, and hybrid combinations of these environments. SAP’s transition to a cloud-based company has resulted in a rapidly growing number of solutions and offerings being entirely cloud based, which in turn means that more SAP workloads are moving to the cloud. While these are not always public cloud or hyperscale environments, the infrastructure supporting SAP systems is more cloud based each year.

Organizations offering SAP Infrastructure solutions include: Atos, AWS, Dell Technologies, Google Cloud, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Navisite, NTT Data, Nutanix, Rackspace Technology, Virtustream, and VMware.

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders:

  • SAP Infrastructure continues to move towards the cloud, but SAP S/4HANA remains top of mind when it comes to infrastructure planning. As organizations make plans for the future, they need to determine what their future infrastructure should be. For many this revolves around SAP S/4HANA, while others are simply looking to eliminate older legacy infrastructure by doing a lift and shift to the cloud. This panel discusses what the priorities for organizations have been for SAP Infrastructure, where SAP S/4HANA plays into the picture, what technologies are areas of investment, and what impact RISE with SAP is having.
  • SAP workloads, and the infrastructure that they are running on, are moving to the cloud. Based on research conducted by SAPinsider, 88% of organizations are running at least some SAP workloads in the cloud. While this isn’t every system, most of those who are still running workloads in on-premise infrastructure say that they plan on moving those systems to the cloud within the next two years. This article covers which workloads are still running on local infrastructure, which are most likely to be running in the cloud, and what approach organizations are taking when it comes to moving those workloads.

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    Leveraging Edge Computing to Simplify and Scale

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    Over the past decade, there has been a significant shift for many organizations in the infrastructure supporting their business activities. From an environment that was on-premise, many organizations are moving most of their operations to the cloud. There are several reasons for this move, including cost, ease of management, scalability, and flexibility of infrastructure, and…...…
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    How Do You Better Manage Systems and Improve Resilience? How do you better manage systems and improve resilience? Organizations today need to keep their business solutions up and running, and they have focused infrastructure providers on activities that help organizations speed up implementations and reduced both planned and unplanned downtime and increase resilience. However, enterprise…...…
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    SAP Infrastructure and Landscape Trends 2022

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    This report tracks infrastructure and landscape changes in today’s SAP infrastructure and the factors behind them.
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    Output Management Plays A Vital Role for SAP Customers

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    When organizations with hundreds of SAP systems and thousands of printers in different parts of the world make big changes in their SAP architectures, ineffective output management add to the complexity and hamper the success of digital transformation initiatives. This is why it’s important to understand the vital role output management plays for SAP customers.…
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    SAP Landscape Management is an orchestration and automation solution that assists with managing your SAP systems deployed on-premise, private cloud, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) aka Hyperscaler environments, or in a hybrid setup. SAP Landscape Management helps many customers in the world to be more efficient, flexible, and resilient. The solution supports in the journey to be an…
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    One of the biggest goals of organizations that are moving to SAP S/4HANA is to increase reliability and flexibility while reducing downtime during the transition. Red Hat and SAP have shared a long and successful history, and Red Hat is committed to helping SAP customers on their journey to achieve these goals and become an intelligent…
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    System copy/refresh is an essential process that has to be done on a regular basis to keep the test systems in sync with the latest productive business data. It is very time-intensive, resource-consuming and error-prone, especially as system landscapes become more complex. Learn how SAP Landscape Management (LaMa) helps to simplify, automate and orchestrate the…
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    Organizations are digitally transforming to take advantage of growth opportunities in new markets, adapt to evolving customer behaviors and preferences, and combat increased competitive pressure. As a result, modernizing infrastructure with increased agility, flexibility, manageability, and security is a top long-term goal for 49% of organizations. Technologies like containers, microservices, and cloud infrastructure support these…
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    Host Your SAP Systems in a Fast-Performing, Highly Available, Nondisruptive, Managed Environment

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    For companies running SAP software, SAP’s announcement that it is extending the end-of-mainstream-maintenance deadline from 2025 to 2027 means that organizations now have another two years to decide when and how to build a migration plan to SAP S/4HANA into their roadmap. This transition will be a complicated one for many companies and is a…
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    Inventory planners leverage core SAP ECC functionality to achieve lower inventory costs, close to 100% fulfillment and delivery accuracy, and fewer expedited orders. Register for this new SAPinsider Research Brief Insider Profile today! This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a Member