Both Sage and SAP are slowly making available their public cloud offerings to various regions around the globe as well as communicating their cloud strategies to the market.

In this region both SAP & Sage are promoting private cloud offerings from their channel partners for the deployment of Sage 300c, Sage X3 and SAP Business One advanced business software.

The business software is known to, and or is certified to operate using the Microsoft Azure platform and AWS.

In the case of SAP Business One HANA the software is multi-tenanted. Sage X3 plan to release their Docker technology to support multiple deployments of Sage X3 in a single environment with company specific developments supported in this multi tenanted environment.

Sage has made available a public cloud service for Sage X3 in North America and have indicated a broader roll out of their private cloud offer using AWS in 2016-2017. Sage is supporting partner private cloud deployment of 300c to the market.

In all three cases the SAP and Sage software is available as either a subscription or a perpetual license. Companies can choose either license model, whilst also choosing how they wish to deploy the software; either in house, on their own hardware located at a data centre or under an IaaS deployment.

The benefits of private cloud over public cloud can be quite stark. Data security, data access and control over the timing of application updates cannot be controlled or guaranteed under a public cloud offer. The location of data servers and data ownership remain contentious under some public cloud offers for business software. Of surprise to many companies is that whilst they commit to a public cloud offer the moment they need an add on, a specific configuration or customisation they are moved to a private cloud arrangement anyway and typically charged extra for the privilege.

The licensing models now available to companies such as CitySoft who provide IaaS and cloud services permit the offer of private cloud services that are highly competitive with public cloud offers with the benefit of local support, local expertise and a consolidation of services across applications, mail, Microsoft Office and other tools used by small to medium sized enterprises.