Tech rivals IBM, SAP team up to push enterprise cloud adoption

German software SAP said it has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of cloud infrastructure services for its business critical applications.

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The SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud offering is now available through IBM’s scalable, open, and secure cloud. SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers.

The partnership 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 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.”

“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.”

Together, IBM and SAP have the expertise, solutions, and cloud infrastructure to deliver SAP business solutions on the IBM cloud. SAP brings the power of real-time through in-memory computing capabilities of SAP Hana combined with the ability to run mission-critical business applications, like SAP Business Suite, in a cloud environment.

IBM brings enterprise depth and the open architecture of IBM Cloud Managed Services and SoftLayer — enabling customers to securely manage SAP workloads from trial to production on a consistent infrastructure, with transparency and control over where data resides.

In addition, customers will benefit from the technology and services from both companies including IBM consultants who offer industry-specific best practices, enabling customers to transform their organizations.

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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