The Power of Partnership: SAP NS2 and Microsoft’s Secure Cloud Model for Public Sector and Regulated Industries

SAP NS2 |  July 2023

The History of SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2®) and Microsoft:

Public sector and regulated industry organizations face a recurring problem when trying to keep pace with today’s evolving technology. How do they adopt the innovation of commercial cloud solutions while maintaining a government-grade security posture? The answer lies within the strength of the SAP NS2 and Microsoft partnership.

For 30+ years, SAP and Microsoft have collaborated to create a tightly coupled partner ecosystem. When SAP NS2 was established to help deliver SAP technology to U.S. government and public sector agencies, our partnership continued. In tandem with SAP’s vision to create a secured pathway to the cloud for regulated entities, Microsoft created Azure Government, a cloud built to meet the security and compliance requirements of the U.S. Government.

“Our partnership strengthens our ability to deliver innovation in a secure cloud. Together, we’ve perfected a working framework that allows us to deploy SAP solutions on government cloud infrastructure and protect mission-critical workloads. This allows our customers to focus on what’s important to them – their mission.” – Harish Luthra, CEO, SAP National Security Services

The partnership of SAP NS2 and Microsoft helps solve the puzzle of balancing innovation with security. Together, we take the innovation of SAP cloud solutions, surround them with industry-specific security, and deploy them in secured regions that protect mission-critical data around the clock. This secure cloud model ensures government and public sector agencies can get to the cloud without compromising the integrity of their data and operations.

The key benefits of SAP NS2 cloud solutions deployed on Microsoft’s Azure Government Cloud:

When you move to the cloud with SAP NS2 on Microsoft infrastructure, you gain access to innovative solutions and software. We deploy your landscape in a sovereign cloud model while providing the benefits of SAP’s cloud solution portfolio:

Microsoft Cloud:

  • Azure Government (Customer environments & IT infrastructure)

SAP Cloud Portfolio:

  • RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition
  • RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, tailored option

By choosing the SAP NS2 and Microsoft partnership to deliver your cloud solutions, you’ll benefit from the following:

  • A single contract encompasses all cloud operational and readiness needs – including solution functionality, deployment, updates, support level agreements, security patching, and more.
  • Azure Government datacenters and networks are physically isolated and located solely in the U.S.
  • A secure, sovereign cloud model that maintains your data within in the U.S.
  • Access to systems processing customer data is limited to screened U.S. persons.
  • A shared engagement and services model provides cost-savings, quicker time-to-value, and seamless system integrations.

The core security frameworks SAP NS2 and Microsoft abide by:

SAP NS2 and Microsoft Azure Government were founded to help U.S. government and public sector agencies reap the benefits of the cloud to handle mission-critical data, so we know security matters. That’s why our solutions and applications are attested to industry-specific security requirements.

Our compliance regimes are assessed by a certified 3rd Party Audit Organization (3PAO) and allow us to deliver SAP solutions as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering. We provide commercial regulated industries, such as aerospace and defense, healthcare, state and local governments, and education, a way to adopt cloud innovation while adhering to their compliance standards.

Microsoft Azure Government infrastructure provides a secured foundation for government agencies to build additional required security upon, and it saves organizations time when performing efforts to acquire their own Federal certification. This helps support cloud readiness for federal civilian and department of defense organizations.

“The partnership between SAP NS2 and Microsoft provides a secure, accelerated pathway to the cloud. Through deep industry knowledge, teams dedicated to security and compliance, and a long-standing partnership, we work together to deliver the highest levels of value and security.” – Silvio Bessa, General Manager | Global Leader SAP Business Unit, Microsoft

Move to the cloud with confidence and contact an SAP NS2 or Microsoft representative today.


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