WFT Cloud Surpasses a Key Milestone of over 300 Customers using its SAP Cloud Hosting Platform

Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wharfedale Technologies announced today that it surpassed a key milestone of supporting over 300 customers on its WFT Cloud platform. This includes enterprise to small organizations and SAP development partners. Since 2010, WFT Cloud has serviced customers from over 139 countries globally. WFT Cloud provides its customers substantial benefits in terms of availability, flexibility and lower overall cost.

WFT Cloud was established in 2010 to provide more flexible and cost effective options for SAP customers. It is the first SAP certified cloud hosting and services partner. WFT Cloud runs out of data center in Philadelphia, PA that is SSAE 16 Type II certified and runs on state-of-the-art infrastructure. Its operations utilize best practices associated with SAP and Cloud computing to deliver highest standards in control, compliance and security and meet stringent SLAs for SAP customers. With partnership with Verizon Terremark, WFT Cloud also extends hosting solutions that require a secondary site or need more geographical diversity.

Typical use cases for WFT Cloud customers range from hosting and support of an entire SAP landscape with multiple environments to hybrid cloud solutions that deliver substantial cost efficiencies for non-production environments while keeping production infrastructure on-premise. Other scenarios include on-demand availability of project or sandbox environment for testing or development and POC type services for new technologies such as SAP HANA.

WFT Cloud builds upon the extensive experience of WFT professionals that average over 20 years of experience with SAP infrastructure. Rather than being a generic “platform” provider, WFT provides access to depth of expertise and experience that is unparalleled in the industry. As such, it can provide meaningful insights into the intricacies of working with SAP and assist companies with development of SAP applications or maximize operational efficiencies.

One of the many advantages of a WFT Cloud solution is a proprietary library of over 800 templates that represent all common variations of SAP landscapes and the respective versions of various components. This library, called SCIF (SAP Cloud Image Factory), allows WFT Cloud to bring up any landscape that is required for that particular solution in a matter of minutes and not days. This represents great flexibility and delivers efficiencies to WFT Cloud customers.

One of the very first WFT Cloud customers, Jacob Chacko from Belgium commented “..the speed at which we were delivered a working SAP system was phenomenal, the response and technical expertise is unparalleled. It was a pleasant experience working with WFT Cloud and we wish we knew them earlier. I would definitely recommend them.”

Mahesh Reddy, CTO of WFT Cloud further comments, “Customers around the world have realized the benefits of accelerated time to value because of the affordable, secure, scalable, and flexible SAP on Cloud solution that we offer. The bundled SAP BASIS support is a key differentiator which eliminates the need to maintain skilled in-house SAP professionals to manage the technical infrastructure hosting the SAP landscape.”

About Wharfedale Technologies Inc.

Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT Cloud) is a leading technology consulting firm specializing in SAP infrastructure integrations and services, as well as private/public hybrid Cloud solutions. As an SAP certified provider of cloud services, Wharfedale also offers SAP solutions around – high availability, disaster recovery, advanced sizing for virtualization, back up/recovery Integration, systems refresh automation and landscape optimization.

For more information on Wharfedale and WFT Cloud services, please visit http://www.WFT Cloud.com or call us at (888) 533-3113.

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SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud – The herald of a New Era?

The launch of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud heralds a new era of in-memory computing. According to Professor Hasso Plattner, chairman of the SAP supervisory board, HANA in the Cloud facilitates a model where all applications are run real-time thereby eliminating the need for batch processing.

According to Professor Plattner, the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud currently consists of 500 servers from IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco that are integrated using high performance switches from Arista Networks. The servers and switches are tightly coupled in what SAP describes as cells, with each cell consisting of 40 servers to provide 100TB of in-memory computing per cell.

According to him, HANA eliminates the barriers to Cloud Computing adoption that arise out of disk latency issues and ensures that the applications run at such a performance level that the physical location of the HANA servers turn out to be irrelevant.

Moreover, the size of the overall data center environment will be much less because of the compression technologies that allow the HANA platform to process terabytes of data in memory.

All these benefits ensure that SAP HANA is here to stay and is certainly leading the big data and in-memory computing into a new era.

So what are you waiting for? Utilize the benefits of SAP HANA with our revolutionary pay-per-use model that ensures cost effective HANA solutions for your infrastructure.

About Wharfedale Technologies Inc.

 

Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT Cloud) is a leading technology consulting firm specializing in SAP infrastructure integrations and services, as well as private/public hybrid Cloud solutions. As an SAP certified provider of cloud services, Wharfedale also offers SAP solutions around – high availability, disaster recovery, advanced sizing for virtualization, back up/recovery Integration, systems refresh automation and landscape optimization.

For more information on Wharfedale and WFT Cloud services, please visit http://www.wftcloud.com or call us at (888) 533-3113.

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WFT Cloud Announces the opening of India Office in Chennai

Wharfedale Technologies Inc. has announced the opening of its India office in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

It has been paramount for the organization to extend its footprints in India & Asia and hence, this office is expected to be a key hub for improvement in cost efficiency for new and existing enterprise customers globally. It will further serve as an innovation hub and will underpin the firm’s strategy of deploying innovative SAP infrastructure solutions including virtualization and cloud computing.

This expansion into India will also ensure that WFT will increase its level of service to clients and partners across Asia and deliver more advanced and high value solutions. Key clients in India and Asia span multiple sectors including telecommunications, electronics and government.

To support its business growth in the country, WFT Cloud is working with a number of universities to help cultivate local technology talent, as well as offering training programs on the latest technologies such as cloud computing and HANA.

 

The team in the India office will further leverage WFT’s proprietary cloud computing methodology to deliver benefits to clients seeking to reduce their SAP operational management cost by seamlessly moving their SAP to cloud at an affordable price.

 

About Wharfedale Technologies Inc.

 

Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT Cloud) is a leading technology consulting firm specializing in SAP infrastructure integrations and services, as well as private/public hybrid Cloud solutions. As an SAP certified provider of cloud services, Wharfedale also offers SAP solutions around – high availability, disaster recovery, advanced sizing for virtualization, back up/recovery Integration, systems refresh automation and landscape optimization.

For more information on Wharfedale and WFT Cloud services, please visit http://www.wftcloud.com or call us at (888) 533-3113.

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WFT Cloud Announces On-Premise Private Cloud Solution for SAP customers

WFT Cloud has announced the rolling out of the new innovative on-premise private cloud for customers to accelerate enterprise SAP customers cloud adoption which includes hardware, migration and managing SAP operations on a monthly subscription basis.

Understanding the true cost-saving and benefits for customers moving SAP landscapes to Cloud, WFT has released the on-premise Cloud services to meet the rapid and evolving market demands.

Private Cloud at the Customer’s premises boasts of the following features:

  1. No upfront capital Investment cost for customers, WFT will procure and manage the Cloud Infrastructure for SAP.
  2. The Cloud Infrastructure for the SAP is resides inside Customers Data Center, satisfying customer security and compliance requirements.
  3. Optimally designed to accommodate customers production and non-production landscape.
  4. Intelligently designed to accommodate varying resource requirements on demand with scale-back functionality (elastic) and customers only pay for resource usage.
  5. Intelligently designed to Exceeds customer SLA’s.
  6. WFT provides Complete Low Cost Infrastructure and Basis Operations Management Services as a part of contract.
  7.  Free Certified Technical Migration of SAP systems to Private Cloud Infrastructure.
  8. Customers are billed monthly & Utility Billing allows Charge backs to Departments/Projects.
  9. Fast on-demand SAP Systems Landscape Provisioning in minutes, not weeks using WFT’s own proprietary SAP Cloud Image Factory (SCIF).
  10.  Innovative Data Protection Solutions tailored to customer SLAs.
  11. Optional Disaster Recovery in Private Cloud or in WFT Cloud.

 

About Wharfedale Technologies Inc. 

Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT Cloud) is a leading technology consulting firm specializing in SAP infrastructure integrations and services, as well as private/public hybrid Cloud solutions. As an SAP certified provider of cloud services, Wharfedale also offers SAP solutions around – high availability, disaster recovery, advanced sizing for virtualization, back up/recovery Integration, systems refresh automation and landscape optimization.

 

For more information on Wharfedale and WFT Cloud services, please visit http://www.wftcloud.com or call us at (888) 533-3113.

 

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Addressing SAP Backup and Recovery Challenges

Consistent Landscape Recovery within defined SLAs

Consistent SAP Landscape Backup

Consistent Landscape Backup is a solution that will allow SAP to recover to the same point-in-time across all SAP components running within an organization. In case of a failure, a consistent landscape backup will provide consistent data in all SAP components, thereby eliminating the need to manually perform a time consuming technical or business recovery.

The Challenge 

Consistent SAP Landscape Backup is essential to protect mission critical data and avoid downtime associated with manual and time-consuming business recovery.

The ability to recover landscapes to a consistent point within the defined SLA’s is becoming increasingly challenging given increasing business demands, complexity of SAP and growing amounts of data.

SAP Backup and Recovery Tips and Best Practices

How do we ensure that our backup facilitates a consistent landscape recovery?

  • Execute regular backups of all assets and not just databases and application files. Include
    • Application & database binaries
    • Operating systems
    • Archive logs
    • Non-database file-systems
    • NFS file-systems
  • Protect the database logs carefully. Keep a backup on local file system as well as on a remote device (remote file system) to protect them against manual accidents and provide easy retrieval.
  • Deploy disk snapshot technologies effectively to help restore/recover each SAP component up to a point in time of crash to ensure consistency across the landscape. 

How often should we backup SAP data?

  • SAP database: Backup the SAP database at least once a day. For faster recovery databases may have to be backed up more than once a day. Reducing the impact of database backups on production systems is not a choice but integral part of the database backup solution.
  • Database log backups: Recovery to point-in-time is facilitated by database logs. Backups of database logs have to be designed based on local Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Frequency & backup destination of the database logs are critical pieces of the backup design.
  • Other SAP related non-database files: Backup of non-database files should be done at least once a day. For SAP Java components, backups of these files have to be aligned with database backups to avoid discrepancies.
  • OS backups: Though most of the SAP related files within OS is static, it OS backups should be performed at least once a week or whenever any changes are made to the OS. As a best practice, to reduce recovery time in case of complete system crash, once a day OS backups (incremental or full) is recommended.

How to perform landscape backup with minimal downtime?

Explore a combination of the below three options to achieve the optimal solution for your particular needs:

  • Perform split mirror backups, integrated with SAP provided tools, of the very large databases.
  • Implement a full and incremental (differential) backup strategy.
  • Use database vendor provided tools to achieve more granularities in the data set that is backed up.

How do we test our backups and ensure data is consistent and reliable?

  • Test restores to an alternate server at least once in six months
  • Perform a full SAP technical validation on the test restores at least once a month
  • Test individual components – it is more practical although complete landscape restore tests are desirable.

How do we restore in minutes and not hours?

  • Leverage split mirror database backups. They allow for restores to be performed within minutes.
  • Backup to disks and de-duplication devices to facilitate faster restores.
  • Maintain database logs online or near-line to make them quickly available for faster recovery.
  • Replicate backup media/device based backups to offsite location for faster recovery in case of a catastrophe.

Do we need new hardware /infrastructure?

  • No. Most of the enterprise business already owns the required pieces of the puzzle.
  • Existing operating system and different Storage Technologies can be integrated with SAP & Database Vendor provided tools to design the solution. 

For more information on WFT services, please visit http://www.wftus.com  or call us at 1-888-533-3113. 

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10 Things to consider before Implementing SAP in cloud

Cloud computing has been rapidly maturing over the last few years. Evolving best practices and procedures are accelerating the adoption of cloud in the enterprise companies. SAP customers are leveraging cloud technologies to reduce their infrastructure and operations costs and gain greater flexibility, agility and nimbleness normally seen in smaller organizations. Many SAP customers are already using cloud technology to compete better and faster—and realizing the potential of almost limitless scalability.

Consider the following 10 items to realize real benefits of cloud technologies for SAP:

1. Business Requirements

Assess, Create, and Adopt a Virtualization and Cloud Strategy based on business requirements and service level agreements between IT and Business. Develop a strategy with business requirements as the priority.

2. Security

Cloud technologies achieve cost savings through optimization and ease of access including shared resource pools and self service portals, it is important to tighten the overall security and controls. Data encryption can further enhance the overall application security.

3. Compliance

Verify compliance requirements of the data, determine whether the geographical location is in compliance with company requirements. Develop and deploy efficient access mechanisms.

4. Technology

Avoid proprietary cloud technologies, consider portability of your systems, selecting an open systems based cloud infrastructure will benefit. Companies can move systems between cloud infrastructures with minimal effort avoiding large system migration efforts in case of a server migration from one cloud system to another.

5.  Operations Management

Understand the new cloud infrastructure technology and its impact on operations management, plan using IT service Management tools to manage operations efficiently.

6. Bolt-On and external systems

Analyze and plan for critical SAP bolt-on system migration as well as integration of third-party systems external to your network. This can include upgrade of the software, access control, security and connectivity.

7. Product Compatibility

Verify all system in SAP landscape can be migrated or deployed in the target cloud infrastructure, determine any upgrade or changes required for any components of SAP application, database and underlying software.  Use SAP product Availability Matrix (PAM) as a reference.

8. Bandwidth and Connectivity

Measure and plan for network bandwidth and connectivity. This include inter-system connectivity, external system connectivity and user access.

9. System Refreshes

Consider SAP system refresh or system copy requirements, look for infrastructure that can support these processes for software logistics.

10. Business Continuity

Verify the current SLAs and disaster recovery plan’s Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO)  can be maintained or improved and can support overall business continuity plan. To further optimize consider Recovery as a service (RaaS).

Wharfedale Technologies completed several Private Cloud implementations over the last couple of years for major enterprises. We are a SAP Certified Cloud Services and Hosting partner and work closely with SAP and cloud technology vendors to design, deploy or migrate and manage SAP systems in cloud.

 

Call 1-888-533-3113 or email us at info@wftcloud.com for more information or click here.

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Learn HANA from the SAP Certified Partners

Almost all industry experts believe that SAP HANA is a game changing, real-time platform for analytics and applications. Its salient features are, significant processing speed, the ability to handle big data, predictive and mining capabilities. It not only provides a platform to build a new generation of solutions, but also, it also provides an opportunity to deliver groundbreaking innovations.

These features have led to HANA being one of the most sought after SAP module across the globe.

We are sure that any SAP consultant would not want to lag behind in these testing times, and hence, would certainly want to learn more about this new path breaking technology.

We encourage you to fast track your career with HANA !!

WFT Cloud announces SAP HANA administration/migration training by SAP certified migration consultants. The course is modeled into a form of webinar based training to provide more flexibility to the candidates as well as the instructor.

You only need to register on our website and the meeting details and conference number along with the training schedule will be provided to you. Participants will also receive HANA training materials & other documents on HANA system administration, security and authorization, BW on HANA etc.

Click the link below for registration and details:

http://www.wftcloud.com/User/SAPHANAMigrationTraining.aspx

Please contact us to learn more details or send your inquires to training@wftcloud.com or call us at +1-877-544-5543 or +91-78456 45678.

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Shift to HANA powered enterprise cloud with SAP

SAP proposes to make the HANA in-memory database available as a service to power enterprise applications in the Cloud.

Modules like ERP, CRM and NetWeaver BW will be available as a Cloud service from SAP with on-demand storage.

If you can remember, earlier this year, the company had announced Business Suite on HANA.

All these exercises are being undertaken by SAP because it believes that the HANA Cloud enterprise service enable organizations to realize faster time-to-value coupled with lower TCO.

Vishal Sikka, CTO, SAP has said that SAP is taking all the required steps to promote HANA in-memory database among its customers. He said that customers can bring their existing Hana licences to pay for the service, which can also be paid for directly as a managed service. He also stated that the service will be suitable for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large enterprises, and confirmed that 60 engagements are already live.

“Customers want more and more options in how they take advantage of the value SAP Hana brings. With [this] we are delivering Hana at scale with instant value and no compromise. We are simplifying customers’ experience and expanding their choice … and we are doing this without disruption through the cloud,” says Sikka.

Sikka also said that managed cloud service will enable organizations to run their SAP applications in the cloud and it plans to deliver the cloud services with its certified Cloud service providers. This is where WFT Cloud comes in. . Once you are with WFT Cloud, you will just have to pay a monthly subscription for SAP HANA that is priced according to size, scale of data and applications used.

And what’s more? If you subscribe to us for HANA on Cloud services, you can save further money by utilizing our revolutionary pay-per-use model.

 

AboutWFT Cloud :

WFT Cloud (Wharfedale Technologies Inc.) is a leading technology consulting firm specializing in SAP infrastructure integrations and services, as well as private/public hybrid Cloud solutions. As an SAP certified provider of cloud services, Wharfedale also offers SAP solutions around – high availability, disaster recovery, advanced sizing for virtualization, back up/recovery Integration, systems refresh automation and landscape optimization. WFT has been the first official certified partner for providing SAP services on Cloud.

For more information on WFT Cloud services, please visithttp://www.wftcloud.com  or reach us at (888) 533-3113. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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HANA Moves to Cloud

SAP has announced the latest enhancement to its in-memory platform, HANA and has launched SAP HANA enterprise cloud. With this announcement, SAP has provided its customers the option of running a cloud based version of HANA together with the applications that run on top of it such as SAP BW, SAP business suite or other analytic applications.

But what benefit do customers get with SAP HANA on Cloud?

If you want to deploy the in-memory platform, HANA on Cloud provides you more flexibility vis-à-vis configuration and setup. The customers can hand over some of the more mundane tasks associated with HANA’s set up and configuration such as provisioning hardware and disaster recovery whilst also being able to utilise the cloud’s elasticity to scale up resources as needed. In other words it has the potential to speed up the time to value of a HANA implementation.

However, customers still need to go through some sort of assessment services to determine which applications are going to benefit the most from HANA of Cloud deployment.

We advise the customers to have a HANA license ready with them before considering Enterprise Cloud to have a feel before-hand about the benefits HANA’s in-memory services can offer you. If you want to get an assessment done about your infrastructure and it’s compatibility with HANA on Cloud, you can always get in touch with us. We are sure SAP HANA on Cloud is going to benefit you a lot and you should certainly consider moving to Cloud. Once you are in the Cloud, you will just have to pay a monthly subscription for SAP HANA that is priced according to size, scale of data and applications used.

And what’s more? If you subscribe to us for HANA on Cloud services, you can save further money by utilizing our revolutionary pay-per-use model.

AboutWFT Cloud :

WFT Cloud (Wharfedale Technologies Inc.) is a leading technology consulting firm specializing in SAP infrastructure integrations and services, as well as private/public hybrid Cloud solutions. As an SAP certified provider of cloud services, Wharfedale also offers SAP solutions around – high availability, disaster recovery, advanced sizing for virtualization, back up/recovery Integration, systems refresh automation and landscape optimization. WFT has been the first official certified partner for providing SAP services on Cloud.

For more information on WFT Cloud services, please visithttp://www.wftcloud.com  or reach us at (888) 533-3113. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Cloud Modelling and Architecture Process:

The Cloud Modelling and Architecture Process may be depicted in the following figure:

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A brief Description of the complete steps involved may be as follows:

1. Cloud Modelling: If you want to determine, map and align your business drivers and key requirements with the range of potential cloud services and resources available, then you have taken a big step towards a proper Cloud modelling plan. It forces the explicit definition of business needs and establishes the technical patterns and resource models best suited for those business requirements. Service Models define the capabilities that are being provided  to the  “consumer” or end user of the service. There are three basic main types of service models

 

  • Software as a Service (SAAS)
  • Infrastructure as  a Service(Iaas)
  • Platform as a Service (Paas)

 

For example, a business requirement for CRM application is a Cloud service that is different from a business requirement that would want to achieve better server utilization through the usage of Cloud services that focus on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

2. Cloud Deployment: The result of your Cloud modelling exercise is going to help decide about your Cloud deployment model. Based on the Cloud Modelling outcome of the Cloud Modelling efforts, one can decide about the Cloud Deployment model that best suits your organization’s business requirements and technical needs. It will help you decide whether you need a third party Cloud service provider’s assistance or you can setup an internal/private Cloud. Deployment Models define how the cloud infrastructure is provisioned to the consumer. There are four main types of deployment models

 

  • Private Cloud
  • Community Cloud
  • Public Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud

3. Cloud Architecture: Once the Cloud deployment model has been decided based on the Cloud modelling practices, the Cloud architecture can be defined. Defining a Cloud architecture is paramount irrespective of the fact whether you are planning a purely internal private cloud or if you intend to leverage external public Clouds. Even if you decide to go for a third party Cloud service, you still need to be actively involved with your third party Cloud service provider to develop a robust Cloud architecture that is going to satisfy your business needs. Also, don’t forget to document, evaluate and test the proposed Cloud architecture before you actually deploy the same.

 

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