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Cloud4com: Delivering Efficient and Secure SAP HANA Cloud Services

 Cloud4com: Delivering Efficient and Secure SAP HANA Cloud Services - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Computing
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
Applicable Industries
  • Cement
  • E-Commerce
Applicable Functions
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Sales & Marketing
Use Cases
  • Construction Management
  • Infrastructure Inspection
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • Hardware Design & Engineering Services
The Customer
About The Customer
Cloud4com, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, provides IT infrastructure and data center services to customers of all sizes and across different industries, including online retailers, consulting firms, and government institutions. The company boasts partnerships with many of the leading global vendors, including Cisco Systems, Intel, VMware, Microsoft, and SAP. Cloud4com's goal is to become the leading Central European provider of virtual data centers, focusing on high quality and security. The company is committed to actively supporting its customers in boosting the productivity and efficiency of their businesses through the provision of world-class IT platforms.
The Challenge
Cloud4com, a leading provider of IT infrastructure and data center services, recognized the challenges and costs companies face when upgrading their on-premises infrastructure to meet the demands of SAP HANA in-memory technology. With the introduction of SAP HANA and SAP's decision to end support for all other databases from 2025, Cloud4com saw an opportunity to expand its services to a larger customer base. However, SAP HANA is a resource-intensive technology that requires companies to deploy powerful and costly hardware platforms. Businesses often overspecify the hardware, resulting in underutilization within the software's lifecycle. To capitalize on the opportunity presented by SAP HANA, Cloud4com aimed to create a cost-effective cloud platform for HANA and began working on obtaining the SAP Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) certification. A critical element was selecting the right operating system that would meet SAP’s standards and maximize the availability and performance of their customers’ SAP landscapes.
The Solution
Cloud4com selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications to power its new SAP HANA cloud. This platform offers rapid deployment and optimized performance, and its installation wizard fully automates SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, and SAP NetWeaver installation, configuration, and tuning. It also includes the SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension, which enables the replication of SAP HANA environments within the same data center or across two data centers to boost resilience and protect against unscheduled downtime. Cloud4com also leveraged Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) to ensure that the infrastructure on which customers run their applications is trustworthy. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications further enhances data security by offering a comprehensive security package to protect systems from all kinds of incidents. Cloud4com worked with long-term partner Sabris to prepare a compelling proposal that would cover both the technical and the business features and advantages of the new offering.
Operational Impact
  • By establishing a world-class, TDI-certified cloud platform for SAP HANA in the Czech Republic, Cloud4com is making it faster, easier, and less costly for companies to adopt HANA. Companies can avoid sinking their capital into large and complex on-premises infrastructure, and can benefit from the economies of scale offered by Cloud4com. The company has successfully helped customers like E-commerce Holding, Adastra, and Marvinpac CZ to adopt solutions based on the SAP HANA in-memory database, establishing itself as a leading IT company in Central Europe. The projects with these customers showcased Cloud4com's ability to seamlessly scale resources up and down, deliver high security and data protection, and work with partners to deliver a one-stop-shop solution for running the latest SAP solutions without requiring its customers to sink capital funds into complex on-premises infrastructure.

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