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October 14, 2014updated 21 Oct 2016 3:58pm

IBM takes SAP HANA to the cloud

Global data centre footprint key for deployment

By Sam

SAP has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of Cloud infrastructure services for its business critical applications.

The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering is now available through IBM’s highly scalable, open and secure cloud.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers. This is expected to enable customers to deploy their SAP software around the globe in a faster and more secure environment that is backed by IBM’s proven cloud capabilities.

"We look forward to extending one of the longest and most successful partnerships in the IT industry," said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. "The demand for SAP HANA and the SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA in the cloud is tremendous and this global agreement with IBM heralds a new era of cloud collaboration. We anticipate customers will benefit from this collaboration and expansion of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud."

"This announcement is a significant milestone in the deployment of enterprise cloud," said IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty. "It builds on our two companies’ long history of bringing innovation to business, and extends IBM’s position as the premier global cloud platform. Our secure, open, hybrid enterprise cloud platform will enable SAP clients to support new ways to work in an era shaped by Big Data, mobile and social."

Doug Clark, IBM UK Cloud lead, said: "By putting SAP HANA on IBM Cloud Managed Service (CMS) it allows you to put business critical applications directly into an IBM data centre. IBM has upgraded its cloud data centres including the CMS data centre in North Harbour. Today’s announcement is saying we could always deliver the traditional SAP estate on CMS and now HANA can also been delivered over this infrastructure. Clients can run newly defined HANA estates on the cloud. We’re adding simplicity and because what clients are doing at a performance level is tying together the reporting and transactional elements real time, at a managerial level that looks logical and needs to be tuned for cloud speed."

Key Benefits to Enterprises of All Sizes Are Expected to Include:
Customers can take advantage of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud with the global footprint of IBM Cloud. This enables customers to put data to work with SAP HANA and business applications in the IBM Cloud built for speed, transparency and control.
SAP HANA will run on IBM Cloud to provide an open-standards-based approach that will help create the foundation to more easily integrate existing technology investments with new workloads.
IBM and SAP are committed to security for enterprise customers in the cloud. The IBM Cloud provides visibility and control to enable enterprises to apply and extend their security best practices into a cloud environment.
Companies will now have additional reach and scale to more easily start locally and scale globally with cloud capabilities and also comply with data residency and other regulatory mandates.

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