T-Systems aids pharma company in move to Microsoft Azure's cloud

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems helped a pharma company move its SAP applications to Microsoft Azure's cloud. (Pixabay)

T-Systems has helped one of the largest healthcare services groups in Asia migrate to Microsoft Azure's cloud.

T-Systems, which is Deutsche Telekom's business services division, provided support to Zuellig Pharma for implementing SAP HANA in a public cloud. Zuellig Pharma is one of the largest healthcare groups in Asia.

It was T-System's largest SAP customer installation in the Asia-Pacific region, with more than 10,000 users and 1 million SAP Application Performance Standards (SAPS). SAPS is a unit of measurement that describes the performance, or throughput, of a SAP system configuration.

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Over the course of nine months, T-Systems migrated Zuellig Pharma's SAP platform to Microsoft Azure. The hardware that was needed for the migration was shipped from the United States to Singapore. It was the first and largest installation in the area to run on a Microsoft Azure platform.

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With Managed Services for SAP applications on Microsoft Azure, customers can now quickly self-serve SAP systems in Asia Pacific. The SAP HANA systems can be up and running within 30 minutes.

In addition to 40 terabytes of SAP HANA storage, customers also receive a firewall upgrade from 1 to 10 gigabits. One goal of the project is to maintain data availability at the highest level using SUSE High Availability Clustering—automated recovery of applications and data in real time—and Microsoft Azure availability zones for disaster recovery. 

Zuellig Pharma is a $12 billion business covering 13 markets with over 10,000 employees. It serves over 350,000 medical facilities and works with over 1,000 clients, including the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world.

"The project underscores our international delivery capability for both SAP and cloud services," said T-Systems CEO Adel Al Saleh in a prepared statement. "It also demonstrates the success of our strategy of working closely with partners such as SAP and Microsoft."

Two years ago, Microsoft and SAP announced they had expanded their previous cloud partnership to include additional support for SAP software running on the Azure public cloud. They said they planned to use each other's applications internally.