SAP looks to long-time ally IBM for help expanding in the Cloud

The move will give SAP access to a total of 60 datacentres around the world

SAP's Hana Enterprise Cloud service will be made available through IBM's global Cloud infrastructure, in a move that expands options for customers around the world who are considering moving their business applications off-premises to the Cloud.

The deal will give SAP access to a total of 60 datacentres between its own and IBM's, said Kevin Ichhpurani, senior vice-president and head of Business Development and Strategic Ecosystem at SAP.

Revelations over the past year or so about domestic surveillance by US intelligence agencies have raised concerns over data sovereignty and data privacy among global enterprises.

The arrangement with IBM gives SAP much greater ability to meet those concerns, which have been especially high among customers in Europe and parts of Asia, Ichhpurani said.

IBM and SAP are long-time partners and in fact, IBM has already included SAP applications in its family of Cloud Managed Services.

But with the announcement, SAP expands the access of Hana Enterprise Cloud, which is its own managed service, to IBM's infrastructure. Hana, SAP's in-memory computing platform, is at the heart of HEC.

SAP will provide "one throat to choke" for customers whose applications end up running on HEC through an IBM datacentre or datacentres, Ichhpurani said.

SAP will integrate its Cloud system tools with IBM's Cloud infrastructure, giving SAP personnel the ability to do the provisioning and management of customers' application landscapes, he said.

However, many SAP customers still run their software on-premises and may plan to for the long term. To that end, SAP also announced it would extend mainstream support for its Business Suite 7 applications as well as freeze maintenance costs for new support contracts until 2025, saying this would give on-premises customers some peace of mind as they figure out how to move to the cloud.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags cloud computingIT managementinternetbusiness issuesIBMSAPit strategyInternet-based applications and services

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?