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Organizations understand that, to thrive in the digital economy, they must derive better insights from the data they own — and do it in a more automated, reliable way. The faster this process, the faster the time to insights.

SAP BTP Packathon was organized by SAP (supported by DELL and Red Hat), engaging the APJ partner community to design and develop industry solutions of high business value, by leveraging Business Technology Platform Services hosted between SAP’s Cloud and Dell Sydney CSC.

SAP Data intelligence and SAP HANA infrastructure were hosted from Dell Technologies Sydney Solution Centre running on Red Hat operating system and Red Hat OpenShift Cluster 4.6. These systems were integrated to SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud, S/4 HANA systems and partner environments (hosting external systems and data sources). Below is high level overview of the Packathon Architecture.

This is a testimony to the role Dell plays as customer infrastructure strategy evolves – Edge, cloud or core.


Enterprises want to become smarter when it comes to their operations, their cloud strategy, and their approach to extracting value from an ever‑increasing volume of data

For businesses running SAP, the key lies in adopting SAP HANA and S/4HANA applications along with a cloud‑smart strategy. SAP S/4HANA along with SAP Intelligent Technologies address this integrative approach by bringing transactional data together with big data and the Internet of Things (IoT)

That means fueling business processes with insights from data across all information sources — at the edge, in core SAP environments, from IOT, data lakes and Hadoop repositories or in the cloud.

When exploring the Edge, customers will look to solve one of more objectives:

  • Minimize latency and maximize availability for distributed operations

  • Build an agile cloud-native application development platform

  • Minimize costs of Edge data management, transport & associated network bandwidth

  • Run artificial intelligence applications closer to machines or devices

Deploying artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge opens a whole new world of possibilities. Edge deployments with AI can deliver real time, actionable insights at the point of decision, with lower latency and costs than transferring data back and forth between the data center and cloud. But limited staffing and harsh environments can make it difficult to turn the vision of the intelligent edge into a reality.

This is where Dell Technologies and SAP ‘s end-to-end approach comes in. To help you empower you edge, Dell Technologies is taking a three-pronged approach:

  • Designing and launching specific edge solutions that target current edge implementations and use cases

  • Optimizing our portfolio for edge, building a foundation by delivering necessary capabilities across our portfolio

  • Integrating our technologies into the Dell Technologies Edge Platform, creating edge-specific technology purpose-built for the platform

In a recent Podcast between Dell Technologies and SAP some of the key components of the intelligent enterprise: cloud, edge, data analytics and automation were discussed.

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Cloud - Complementing RISE with SAP

Dell Technologies is now at the very center of SAP’s transformation strategy to RISE and to S/4HANA. Our customers can now consume SAP S/4HANA “as a Service” with all the benefits of Dell Technologies APEX model on premise or in co-location. RISE with SAP, powered by APEX simplifies the path to the SAP Intelligent Enterprise with a cloud experience on-premises in the customer’s own data center or a colocation environment

A turnkey, cloud subscription offering with Dell Technologies APEX, available through SAP, reduces the risk of implementation and outages, frees up resources so customers can focus on business outcomes provided by SAP S/4HANA.

It helps customers leverage cloud economies and capabilities while keeping their SAP software landscape and data securely in their own data center or colocation, for data sovereignty concerns, for latency or application entanglement reasons, or for those customers who simply lack access to hyperscalers

APEX offers the ease and scale of cloud delivered as-a-Service with the simplicity, agility and control for our customers. Create your own on-demand environment with infrastructure and services you customize to order. Deploy a pay-per-use consumption model or an enterprise-scale managed utility.

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Core - Choosing the right platform

According to Gartner, by 2022 80% of SAP HANA deployments continue to be on-premises. IDC and Gartner survey results and deployments show a preference for deploying on-premises and hybrid model for SAP applications running on HANA Database and their Edge based applications. Organizations prefer a cloud like experience where they want to have features like simplicity, flexibility, quick turnaround for faster innovation, Pay-for-use on their fingertips.

One of the most critical decisions a customer makes when planning an SAP S/4HANA migration is selecting the type of deployment option which best suits their business needs: on-premises; private cloud; public cloud; or hybrid cloud. As they evaluate the options, total cost of ownership (TCO) is top of mind.

Based on business requirements and global surveys, top priorities for our customers are migrating some of their SAP landscapes to cloud while keeping key crown jewels on-premises. Besides these , some customers that are repatriating from public cloud to on-premises have primary reasons such as Data Residency and Regulatory Requirements, Cyber Security , Overhead costs etc.

The below document presents the result of a three-year TCO comparison of an SAP HANA database and S/4HANA application server landscape that is deployed on-premises, running on Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure, against another deployed on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform.

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The SAP, Dell & Red Hat BTP platform and services is available for customer and partner POC’s , Demos, Events , Industry aligned solution developments. Feel free to reach out to your respective account managers for additional details.

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