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Microsoft Brings SAP Apps To Azure Cloud

SAP apps are coming to Azure and BusinessObjects now talks to Microsoft Power BI, but in-memory cloud options for Hana, SQL Server must wait.

The SAP Gateway for Microsoft now extends data access from the Office suite, including Excel, into BusinessObjects Universe data models.
The SAP Gateway for Microsoft now extends data access from the Office suite, including Excel, into BusinessObjects Universe data models.

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Charlie Babcock
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5/19/2014 | 10:00:17 PM
First principle of cloud computing: Pay for what you use
Enhterprise applications will become cloud applications when users pay for what they use, not what they have a long term license for. This SAP move to the cloud is an interim step.
D. Henschen
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5/19/2014 | 5:44:03 PM
Re: Why can't Hana run on the Azure cloud?
So what is the development version of Hana, which is available on Azure, running on? Considering that app vendors Oracle and Infor are also running on Azure, this seems more about catoring to the growing percentage of SAP customers running on Windows (rather than addressing any shortcomings of SAP's own cloud platform). I hear rought estimates that 50%+ of SAP customers run Oracle database, 20%+ IBM DB2, and 15%+ run SQL Server. Can anybody verify?
CeePeeWhite
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5/19/2014 | 3:19:27 PM
Re: Why can't Hana run on the Azure cloud?
HANA will not run on Azure 'cos HANA does not run on Windoze; today it runs on (a specifically kernel-modified version of) Suse Linux only. Also in a cloud env HANA will loose much of its edge anyway and SQL Server 2014 might just be looking a little too good and mature in comparison. So its prudent for SAP to avoid a showdown around HANA.

To me this announcement means SAP isnt going for the kill with its own cloud platform. The 'platform' talk from Waldorf has gotten a lot less credible over the past weeks.
D. Henschen
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5/19/2014 | 3:00:51 PM
Why can't Hana run on the Azure cloud?
Between SAPs apps and Microsoft's Azure cloud, there are probably just too many variables and too few "proven configurations" to roll out Hana-based app deployments at this point. Why else would SAP not make this available? It will be interesting to see Microsoft and Oracle highlighting SAP customers taking advantage of their in-memory capablities (available in SQL Server 2014 and yet to be added to Oracle 12c).
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