Microsoft Runs SAP on SUSE Solutions

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As part of Microsoft’s journey to become one of the world’s largest providers of cloud computing at scale (a strategic move that helped the company reach $2 trillion in market capitalization in June 2021), it had to go through its own digital transformation. Microsoft wanted to migrate to the cloud for all the reasons any company pursues digital transformation—to simplify data center management and improve efficiency. With four decades of legacy technology to modernize, there was much work to do. This is the story of their SAP Basis team’s journey to the cloud, and the growing role of SAP HANA and SUSE technologies in the team’s evolving cloud strategy.

Microsoft’s open source journey began with the deployment of SAP HANA within the database layer. The IT group were looking for a highly available, easy to maintain and fast scaling database management solution. They soon started working with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications – a Premium Certified SAP Endorsed Application – which provides an environment for optimal SAP performance: reduced risk from service outages; less time and effort for system maintenance; and faster services deployment on premises and in the cloud for SAP solutions.

The results of Microsoft’s journey are impressive:

  • One of the largest SAP environments on the planet, processing around 14 million transactions per day
  • SAP systems run at 99.98% planned availability
  • Direct access to subject matter experts with SUSE Consulting and SUSE Support fields faster resolution times, mitigates potential issues and enables more precise planning in future projects

Read the full case study here.

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Dirk Oppenkowski
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