- cloud computing
- public, private, hybrid cloud
- software as a service
- platform as a service
- infrastructure as a service
Cloud Computing Overview
Cloud computing can lower your costs by allowing you to use only the resources you need on demand. You don't need to build a big data center in your office for scalability and high availability. You don't need to reserve an amount of computing resources in case you need it for a prototyping project, or for a temporary higher load on your system. Cloud computing offerings are available in different deployment models and service models. In addition to that, cloud landscapes are clustered over several regions to ensure higher availability and lower latency. With the increasing amount of cloud capabilities, the importance of virtualization and container technologies is becoming even more relevant than ever before. Out in the market, there are a lot of providers, also called vendors, for several cloud offerings. SAP is focusing on the transformation to the cloud.
Cloud Terminology: Multi-Cloud
In the intelligent, sustainable enterprise, the system landscapes are more diverse than ever before. You can combine multiple products from several vendors from private cloud, public cloud, or even on premise. It doesn't matter whether it's infrastructure, a platform, or software-as-a-service, they are all on demand. You can combine and integrate them to each other through the concept of multi-cloud. SAP is also supporting the approach of multi-cloud. That means you can combine software from different regions, deployment models, and you can combine SAP software with software from a third party.