Moving to a hyperscaler

Accelerate your move to the cloud

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For the past decade, the exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) has seen the emergence of data-intensive applications – also in the SAP world. To accommodate this, organisations have been moving to hyperscalers to expand their abilities to accommodate data growth. 

There is no denying that such a move makes sense, but what many companies have found, is that you do need to look at your data and systems differently.  Historically the impact of keeping large amounts of data or retaining legacy systems, were rather hidden. Moving to a cloud environment magnifies the associated costs and risks and therefore it requires a fresh look. Not doing this will result in growing costs and problematic migrations.

Considerations when moving to a hyperscaler

Proceed has done many projects for customers, helping them get to their ultimate goal of being on a hyperscaler. The following considerations needs to be taken into account.

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Cost implications

There is a direct link between the size of your database and the costs of your hyperscaler service. When moving a large SAP system to the cloud, these costs can be extremely high and can impact the return you will achieve from your investment.

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Optimisation of data

Typically only 20% of data in a SAP system is actively used. The historic data still needs to be retained for business and regulatory requirements. Although moving all of this data adds unnecessary complexity, cost and risk.

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Streamlined system migration

Hyperscalers require a minimum software level and in many cases your legacy systems run on old, unsupported software. This becomes an immediate blocker to becoming fully cloud based.

The use of cloud for both compute and storage has exploded. By 2025, almost 50% of all data will be stored in the cloud based on research done by IDC ("Data age 2025")

How Proceed can help accelerate your move to the cloud

We have helped many customers on their journey to the cloud. The approach is to get your data and systems streamlined, before the move.  This results in faster migrations, lower costs overall and reduced risk.

SAP archiving

To address the costs associated with moving huge amounts of data to your new hyperscaler environment, our recommendation is to archive data from your production system prior to the migration. The data in the archive will be compressed and therefore make the overall data footprint much smaller.

We are experts at SAP archiving and have worked with many clients to help them make their move to a hyperscaler achievable, faster and cost effective.

Proceed Archiving Service

We always recommend to customers that once you have archived that it is essential to continue archiving. This is just as important when moving to a hyperscaler environment, where costs is directly associated with the size of your database.

Our Proceed Archiving Service is a modular offering to support customers with their archiving – whether they are doing this in-house or need to outsource this function.

Decommissioning of legacy systems

To address the challenges with migrating legacy systems to cloud environments, we recommend that customers decommission legacy systems as part of their hyperscaler move project. This will ensure that their legacy data is retained in a secure, modern environment.

Proceed offers a number of options for access to this essential data, because it is important that business and regulatory requirements, for example a tax audit, can be fulfilled instantly.

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