SAS Viya Cloud, 9.4 Migrations GCP, AWS, Azure, IBM

Vast Edge, as a trusted SAS Partner, brings extensive expertise to facilitate your migration journey. With over 100 certified consultants, we offer comprehensive support throughout the migration process, ensuring a seamless transition to the cloud. Our team helps you assess your current environment, design a tailored migration strategy, and execute the migration with minimal disruption to your operations. Additionally, we provide ongoing support to optimize performance, manage costs, and maximize the benefits of your cloud deployment.

SAS 9.4 to Viya Migration

SAS 9.4 and SAS Viya are two separate analytics products within the SAS Platform, each with its own functional approach. Understanding these approaches helps optimize the SAS Platform for specific business needs. Both engines offer similar functionalities, with many SAS products designed to work with both. With the SAS 9.4M5 release, SAS 9.4 programming clients can utilize an SAS Cloud Analytics Services (CAS) server in a SAS Viya environment, eliminating the need to choose between the engines.


This means SAS 9.4 clients like SAS Studio or SAS Enterprise Guide can execute SAS 9.4 code and SAS Viya procedures within the same program. SAS Viya deployments include a full SAS programming run-time environment, providing support to developers without requiring a separate SAS 9.4 environment. A SAS Viya client can execute both SAS 9.4 code and SAS Viya procedures using a CAS server.

When it comes to migrating from SAS 9.4 to Viya, Vast Edge offers comprehensive solutions and expertise to streamline the process and ensure a successful transition.

How Vast Edge can assist in migrating from SAS 9.4 to Viya:

  • Assessment and Planning: Vast Edge begins by conducting a thorough assessment of the existing SAS 9.4 environment to understand its architecture, data dependencies, customizations, and integration points. Based on this assessment, we develop a migration plan to suit the specific needs and objectives of the organization.
  • Architecture Design: Vast Edge helps design the architecture for the new Viya environment, considering scalability, performance, security, and integration requirements. We ensure that the architecture aligns with best practices and meets the organization's current as well as future needs.
  • Data Migration: Migrating data from SAS 9.4 to Viya requires careful planning and execution to ensure data integrity and consistency. Vast Edge employs specialized tools and methodologies to efficiently migrate data while minimizing downtime and disruption to business operations.
  • Application Migration: Vast Edge assists in migrating SAS applications, scripts, and custom code from SAS 9.4 to Viya. We help identify and address any compatibility issues or dependencies, ensuring that the migrated applications function seamlessly in the new environment.
  • Testing and Validation: Before fully transitioning to Viya, Vast Edge conducts comprehensive testing to validate the migrated environment's functionality, performance, and security and to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Training and Support: Vast Edge provides training and support to help users familiarize themselves with the new Viya environment and its features. We offer training sessions and documentation to help users leverage Viya's capabilities.
  • Optimization and Continuous Improvement: Beyond the initial migration, Vast Edge provides continuous monitoring, analysis, and optimization services to ensure that the environment remains optimized and aligned with evolving business needs.

SAS 9.4 to M8 upgrade

The release of M8 brings forth a host of long-awaited improvements to SAS, particularly in addressing critical security vulnerabilities. Notably, M8 introduces upgrades such as the migration to Log4j version 2 and the adoption of Java version 11, enhancing the platform's resilience against potential security threats.

Additionally, SAS has updated its internal PostgreSQL to version 14.2 and removed its internal OpenSSL, opting instead to utilize SSL libraries from the operating system directly, thereby bolstering security measures.

Furthermore, M8 incorporates multiple updates to Apache components, hundreds of third-party jar updates, and enhancements to Spring framework integration. Among the noteworthy additions is the introduction of Pervasive Encryption for z/OS, further fortifying data protection measures within the SAS environment.

Overall, M8 represents a significant stride towards reinforcing the security posture of SAS, ensuring robust protection against emerging cyber threats while providing users with an optimized and secure analytics platform.


Vast Edge offers comprehensive support for deploying and configuring SAS Viya, ensuring a seamless setup tailored to each organization's needs. We assist in managing users and groups within the SAS Viya environment, establishing access controls and permissions to maintain data security and compliance standards. Implementing robust security measures is a top priority for Vast Edge, as we work closely with clients to safeguard sensitive information and prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, we handle the management of SAS Viya services, including backups and updates, to ensure uninterrupted operation and minimize downtime.


Vast Edge specializes in managing SAS Viya compute and CAS (Cloud Analytic Services), optimizing performance and scalability to meet evolving business demands. We provide comprehensive monitoring of performance and resources, promptly identifying and addressing any issues to maintain optimal system performance.


In the event of technical difficulties or integration challenges, Vast Edge offers expert troubleshooting support and seamless integration with other applications and services, enhancing the overall analytics capabilities of the organization. With our extensive experience and proven methodologies, Vast Edge enables organizations to harness the full potential of SAS Viya while ensuring reliability, security, and efficiency across all aspects of deployment and management.

SAS 9.4/Viya to GCP Cloud Migration/AWS/Azure cloud/IBM Cloud


By migrating your SAS Viya/9.4 environment to leading cloud platforms like Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or IBM Cloud, you can achieve significant cost savings while enhancing performance. These cloud providers offer scalable infrastructure and flexible pricing models, allowing you to optimize resource allocation and pay only for what you use. Whether you choose GCP, AWS, Azure, or IBM Cloud, the migration enables you to leverage their advanced features and global infrastructure to improve reliability, scalability, and security.

Vast Edge offers comprehensive support for migrating SAS 9.4/Viya deployments to various cloud platforms such as Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud. We leverage their expertise to facilitate a seamless transition, ensuring minimal disruption to operations and maximum efficiency in the cloud environment. Vast Edge handles all aspects of the migration process, including infrastructure setup, data migration, application deployment, configuration, and optimization for the target cloud platform. We also provide ongoing support and maintenance to ensure optimal performance and scalability of the SAS deployment in the cloud. With Vast Edge's assistance, organizations can harness the power of cloud computing to enhance the agility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of their SAS analytics infrastructure.

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