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"It is quick and easy to deploy. It is flexible, and we can deploy a resource anytime. We like and prefer the pay-as-you-go model.""It is very easy to use, especially if it is on the servers. Also, I have found it to be easier to use than AWS. It is a stable and scalable product as well. I think it is also secure.""Infrastructure as a service is most valuable.""The solution is completely scalable.""The solution is easy to manage within the cloud application, has good performance, and is secure.""If you have large traffic amounts, Microsoft Azure will continue to provide our customers with the best storage experience.""There are many useful features. We use web apps, so instead of starting a web server, we just have machines running some web services. This was helpful for us in terms of the scalability of the application. We also use Active Directory for authentication and some services for the data backup. It is a very good and reliable solution. It was easy to implement this solution. It fits very well into our plans and covers our needs to provide infrastructure in the cloud. The portal to configure new resources is very easy, and it is very easy to allocate new resources.""The solution is very simple to set up."

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"The HANA database is a valuable feature""The solution adds great value to any organization.""The Fiori interface is the most valuable feature. It's one of the highlights that they offer. The in-memory of S4 is very fast.""This product is much better than most of the other products in this categaory as far as financial capabilities.""I like that they are very familiar with our VM which makes it easy to use.""This product is currently the leading product within this category."

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"The design of the platform is not so easy to navigate. It's not very user-friendly.""The interface for configuring the environment is not very intuitive. Certain things are at different places, and it is not easy to navigate. They should have a more transparent licensing model. Currently, Microsoft's licensing is a bit clunky, and it keeps changing depending on the type of subscription you have. Different features are included, and sometimes, it is very hard to figure out the right licensing. So, the commercial aspect of the licensing can be improved, and they can make it easier to understand all the features that are included.""They should optimize their pricing so that we can use more features. I would also like to see more auditing and more security for the Blob storage feature. From a technical point, it has very good features for Microsoft products, but for non-Microsoft products, it may have some limitations. I have mostly worked with Windows-based integration, and now I am trying to use it for open-source systems. It is good but not as easy as Microsoft products.""Microsoft Azure can be pretty advanced and difficult to understand. I would like it to be simplified. The licensing especially needs to be simplified.""It can be improved in terms of ease of billing or monitoring of the billing. That gets to be a little difficult.""Price could always be better. The features come in quickly, so we're comfortable with the feature set that is available to us.""Technical support could be improved.""The technical support is good, but the response time is poor."

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"The product could use more capabilities in the areas of robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, but these improvements are already on the way.""The GUI is age-old, the pricing is too high for hardware and older customizations are not working consistently.""Doesn't have a common development environment.""The product can be very complex.""Not just S4 but for SAP in general, the price is a little high because they have implemented a new licensing scheme on a number of connections. The price being too expensive is some of the feedback we get from our customers.""I would like for them to have more integration with virtualization platforms."

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"The cost is a little high and can be more competitive.""We're paying in dollars, and it's very expensive for us because of the exchange rates.""We pay our bill in a monthly or 6 monthly billing cycle. The cost depends on how much you use during the period.""The price of the solution could be cheaper in general. We are on a monthly subscription to the solution.""The license cost could be reduced.""We have an annual license subscription to use the solution.""Microsoft Azure is more expensive than other solutions, such as GCP. We have found that GCP offers more utilities at a very reasonable price.""Everything involves an annual commitment with a monthly charge."

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"The licensing of the product is reasonable but the cost of the hardware is exorbitant."

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Answers from the Community
Julie Roy
author avatarLeah Fainchtein Buenavida
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SAP S/4HANA is a system for managing relational databases. The in-memory system, as well as the columnar structure, results in retrieving the data with better performance than RDBMS systems.

You can deploy it in AWS or in Azure. Here is a brief comparison:

Azure dedicates specific virtual machines and bare metal servers to run SAP HANA. SAP HANA applications run on an SAP application. With Azure, you have an entire SAP application (VM) layer that includes servers, storage, and network configuration. You can deploy resources from 36 Intel with memory of 768GB to 480 Intel processors with 24TB of memory. Finally, you can combine AP and non SAP data. You can apply advanced data services, such as analytics and AI.



Supported use cases

Production, non-production

Production, non-production

Supported resources

Up to 48TB of memory

Up to 12TB


Pay per use BYOL



Single and multi-node architecture. Load balancing, instance provisioning.

Load balancing, clustering, Active Directory, and the HANA database.

SAP S/4HANA on AWS provides infrastructure services. AWS has the advantage of making SAP HANA available, cost-effective, and fault-tolerant. With AWS you can configure a single EC2 to host SAP HANA with EBS storage and your chosen operating system. Another option is to use multi-AZ to deploy primary and secondary nodes, using one for production and another for non-production.

You have two main options: First, BYOL (Bring your own license). It supports native HANA applications, S/4HANA, Business Suite on HANA, and you can have OLAP memory up to 100 TB. Second, the express edition, which is free to use for in-memory databases, but keep in mind you’ll have to stay under 32 GB.


Which is best will depend on your use cases. Azure in my opinion offers better performance for big data and AI workloads. AWS provides more reliability and redundancy.

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Top Answer: The solution adds great value to any organization.
Top Answer: If clients are setting up the solution as an infrastructure as a service, they have to bring on their own license.
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Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure
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Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform where developers can create, deploy, and maintain their apps. This cloud application platform allows developers to concentrate on the actual applications, while it takes care of all the elements behind the apps.

Windows Azure offers open across multiple frameworks,languages, and tools. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities are, catering for all elements of application development, deployment, and management.

Azure is comprised of several different service modules,including Infrastructure; Web; Mobile; Dev & Test; Big Data; Media;Storage, Backup & Recovery; and Identity & Access Management.

SAP customers of all sizes can fully realize all the benefits of the SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition on the AWS Cloud. With SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition on the AWS Cloud you can:

  • Achieve faster time to value with the AWS on-demand infrastructure
  • Rapidly provision infrastructure for SAP S/4HANA with no upfront cost or long-term commitment
  • Pay for only what you need Don't spend upfront costs purchasing hardware for what you can't forecast
  • Test and evaluate SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition with a free trial offering from SAP on AWS
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Top Industries
Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider16%
Media Company8%
Manufacturing Company7%
Company Size
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise44%
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise64%
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise25%
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 156 reviews while SAP S4HANA on AWS is ranked 8th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 6 reviews. Microsoft Azure is rated 8.2, while SAP S4HANA on AWS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "This helps us meet multiple requirements other PaaS solutions do not but there is a lot of room for improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP S4HANA on AWS writes "Maturity may be a problem for this solution and the user base even though it is based on older, solid products". Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Google Firebase and OpenShift, whereas SAP S4HANA on AWS is most compared with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Virtustream xStream, DigitalOcean and Google Cloud. See our Microsoft Azure vs. SAP S4HANA on AWS report.

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