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May 19, 2017

CenturyLink delivers automation solution for SAP applications management

CenturyLink drives automation with a new solution for SAP management for applications and analytics in connection with Cisco and SAP.

By Hannah Williams

CenturyLink is rolling out enhanced automation for infrastructure management in SAP applications. This will be delivered in partnership with both SAP and Cisco.

The new, fully managed solution has been built for customers that run workloads on SAP software. It is designed to change how customers address the development and management of SAP applications and analytics.

CenturyLink, who has worked closely with Cisco and SAP in development, has built the new solution on FlexPod technology which was designed by NetApp and Cisco. The tool is designed to enable customers to realise faster time-to-value at lower costs.

SAPLiz Centoni, SVP and GM for Computing Systems Group, Cisco said: “CenturyLink and Cisco are fully committed to the SAP HANA market. According to a recent primary research study by IDC, Cisco UCS now leads the market in SAP HAHA deployments; this deep SAP technology expertise from both companies helps ensure an optimal SAP experience for CenturyLink customers.”

Gary Gauba, Chief Enterprise Relationship Officer & President for Advanced Solutions Group, CenturyLink said: “CenturyLink has built comprehensive capabilities for designing, implementing and managing a wide range of SAP solutions.

Read more: SAP accelerates S/4 HANA cloud adoption

“With this new offering, combined with our recent acquisition of SEAL Consulting, we are continuing to increase our value proposition to the SAP ecosystem.”

The new offering will include secure, SAP-certified, private cloud and application development as well as ongoing management of applications and infrastructure.

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All new developments will be for SAP HANA, SAP Business Warehouse, SAP S/4HANA, SAP Business Suite and the SAP Customer Relationship Management and ERP applications.

The new offering will leverage FlexPod converged infrastructure from Cisco and NetApp, Cisco UCS and automation to provide an accelerated deployment of SAP systems.

There are deployment options such as bare metal or virtualised configuration on the same infrastructure and a single point of contact to deliver support for SAP solutions.

CenturyLink has confirmed that the new solution will be available from the beginning of summer 2017.

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