Piros and SBI Consulting run SAS on OpenShift – for an easier cloud journey
SAS has certified its data management and analytics software Viya for Red Hat OpenShift. This means that if you want to use SAS in the cloud, Microsoft Azure is no longer your only option. SAS on OpenShift for an easier cloud journey!
Data is the raw material for your business processes. To increase business relevance or improve existing use cases, you work with data management and analytics software. With the unstoppable evolution towards the cloud, you’d also prefer to run that software in the cloud. This allows your employees to work with the software from any location and on any device.
SAS, the renowned supplier of software for data management and analytics, is fully committed to cloudification. SAS cites Microsoft Azure as a suitable platform, but if you’d prefer to choose an alternative, Piros and SBI Consulting are now making that possible.
“SAS has certified SAS Viya for Red Hat OpenShift,” says Frank Rossaert, Business Manager at SBI Consulting, the SAS reference partner within the Cronos Group. “So now we can offer an alternative to anyone who wants to use SAS without being dependent on Azure.” This brings an interesting new option to the landscape.
“Red Hat OpenShift is still something new for many companies,” says Martijn Cielen, cofounder and Operations Manager at Piros, the Red Hat reference partner within the Cronos Group. “Companies want to focus on the data, not the platform. That’s why we offer a complete OpenShift service — not just for its installation but also for its management.” The combination of Piros and SBI Consulting completes the picture: Piros for the platform, SBI Consulting for the SAS applications.
Red Hat OpenShift provides more wiggle room. “You can work with OpenShift completely independently of the underlying platform,” explains Rossaert. “This allows you to better organize the security of the solution transversally. Technologically and functionally, Red Hat OpenShift offers a simpler environment.”
Red Hat OpenShift acts as an independent layer between the application and the actual infrastructure. It allows you to choose any infrastructure: on-prem, Azure, GCP, and so on. Whatever you have on OpenShift always remains the same; only the infrastructure changes. This is particularly interesting in the light of the hybrid environments many companies operate in today.
Supportability and liability
In a hybrid setup, some SAS applications run on-site, others, such as SAS Viya, are in the cloud. “Making all these elements work together is the big challenge today,” says Rossaert. “This is where Red Hat OpenShift can make the difference, as a neutral layer that allows the different platforms to be aligned more efficiently. Red Hat OpenShift simplifies the cloud journey. And companies that already use Red Hat OpenShift might only now be realizing that they can use the same platform for SAS.”
Supportability isn’t the only keyword here; liability is also important. “Anyone who works in the field of data management must be able to count on the data being available,” says Cielen. “We’re talking about business-critical processes here, and for those, you’re better off on an enterprise open-source platform like Red Hat OpenShift.” Piros has a considerable lead on the market in this area. “For SAS, the cloud story is taking center stage now,” concludes Cielen. “Companies thinking about this — especially if they work with many different and complex technologies — should know that Red Hat OpenShift offers them a very interesting option.”
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