Migrating SAP Servers to Microsoft Azure Cloud

Executive Summary

This case study explores the journey of migrating SAP servers from on-premise infrastructure to Microsoft Azure Cloud for a leading Perfume manufacturer and distributor. The company faced significant performance issues and power failures with its on-premise setup, impacting business operations. The migration to Azure Cloud provided a scalable, reliable, and high-performance solution that addressed these challenges effectively.


Customer: A leading Perfume manufacturer and distributor with both physical outlets and an online presence.

Industry: Perfumes

Current Setup: SAP servers hosted on-premises. 

Location: Multiple retail outlets across the country with a centralized IT infrastructure

Business Overview: The company’s operations heavily depend on SAP servers for managing inventory, sales, customer data, and financial transactions. Initially, these servers were hosted on-premises.


    1.Performance Issues: The on-premise servers were unable to handle the increasing workload, leading to slow processing times and delays in business operations.
    2.Power Failures: Frequent power outages disrupted the services, causing data loss and affecting the overall reliability of the system.
    3.Scalability: The on-premise infrastructure lacked the flexibility to scale up or down based on demand, leading to either over-provisioning or under-provisioning of resources.
    4.Maintenance and Upgrades: Regular maintenance and upgrades were cumbersome and required significant downtime.


    1.Improve System Performance: Enhance the speed and efficiency of SAP operations.
    2.Ensure High Availability: Minimize downtime and eliminate the impact of power failures.
    3.Achieve Scalability: Provide a flexible infrastructure that can scale with business needs.
    4.Reduce Maintenance Efforts: Simplify maintenance and upgrade processes.


Migration to Azure Cloud:

  • Assessment: Conducted a thorough assessment of the current infrastructure, applications, and data dependencies.
  • Planning: Developed a detailed migration plan, including timelines, resources, and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Azure Setup: Configured the Azure environment, including virtual machines, storage, networking, and security.
  • Data Migration: Migrated SAP databases and applications to Azure, ensuring data integrity and minimal disruption.
  • Testing: Performed comprehensive testing to ensure all systems were functioning correctly in the new environment.
  • Go-Live: Executed the final migration cutover, transitioning all operations to Azure.


    1.Enhanced Performance: Azure’s powerful infrastructure improved the performance of SAP applications, reducing processing times significantly.
    2.High Availability: Azure’s built-in redundancy and failover mechanisms ensured continuous availability, mitigating the risk of power failures.
    3.Scalability: The cloud environment allowed the retail shop to scale resources up or down based on demand, optimizing costs and performance.
    4.Simplified Maintenance: Azure’s managed services reduced the need for manual maintenance, allowing IT staff to focus on strategic initiatives.


  • Performance Improvement: Processing times for SAP transactions decreased by 40%.
  • Downtime Reduction: Achieved 99.99% uptime, eliminating issues related to power failures.
  • Cost Savings: Optimized resource allocation resulted in a 20% reduction in IT infrastructure costs.
  • Business Agility: The retail shop could quickly adapt to market changes, launching new campaigns and services without delay.


Migrating SAP servers to Azure Cloud provided the business with a robust, scalable, and high-performance infrastructure. This transformation not only resolved the existing challenges but also positioned the business for future growth and innovation.