IBM and SAP Partner to Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Adoption

SAP has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of cloud infrastructure services for its business-critical applications. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service is now available through the IBM Cloud.

The arrangement will give customers the 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.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers, which the companies say, will help customers to deploy their SAP software in a faster and more secure environment that is backed by IBM’s cloud capabilities.

“The demand for SAP HANA and SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA in the cloud is tremendous and this global agreement with IBM heralds a new era of cloud collaboration,” said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP.  “We anticipate customers will benefit from this collaboration and expansion of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.”

The partnership builds on the two companies’ long history and extends IBM’s position as the premier global cloud platform, added IBM Chairman, president and CEO Ginni Rometty. “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.”

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.