Another in the series of postmodern ERP Strategies. While these are excerpted from SAP Nation 2.0, the concepts can be applied to many other ERP environments.
A number of SAP customers have been changing hosting providers and moving to private clouds from providers including Virtustream, itelligence and Secure 24. Private clouds provide only a fraction of the economic benefits of public clouds, but many customers would prefer not to give up their customizations or feeling of control, and private clouds give them a level of virtualization savings compared to their prior hosting contracts.
Velocity Technology Solutions specializes in private clouds across SAP, Oracle, Infor and other ERP environments. It also provides more than just hosting services. For example, in its arrangement with BCBG, a fashion house, Velocity took over support for its JD Edwards, SAP, ACS and PkMS systems for its financials, retail management, apparel management and warehouse management, respectively. They were migrated from on-premise data centers and other hosting providers to Velocity’s Virtual Private Cloud and covered by Velocity’s Managed Application Services & Managed Disaster Recovery.
Additionally, as competitors like Infor and Unit4 leverage Amazon and Microsoft infrastructure-as-a-service, many SAP customers are also experimenting with public cloud infrastructures on their own.