SAP has announced that it will partner with IBM to provide business cloud infrastructure services in a bid to expand the HANA Enterprise Cloud service into additional markets.
Bill McDermott, chief executive of SAP, described the partnership as a "new era of cloud collaboration", adding that customers will benefit from this expansion of SAP's HANA Enterprise Cloud.
According to IBM, SAP will use IBM's Cloud Managed Services and SoftLayer's infrastructure-as-a-service to provide a foundation for enterprise applications, including the SAP Business Suite and SAP HANA.
Ginni Rometty, IBM's chief executive, declared that the partnership is a "significant milestone in the deployment of enterprise cloud", which will help to expand IBM's position as a worldwide cloud platform provider.
IBM's data centres across the globe will also extend the regions into which SAP can reach with its HANA Enterprise Cloud offering.
Big Blue has promised to provide a consistent cloud infrastructure that allows for transparency and control over where data resides to address data regulations concerning sovereignty and security. Customers will also receive guidance on industry-specific best practices from IBM consultants.
SAP is vigorously pushing its HANA platform and services to the cloud. The company introduced HANA Enterprise Cloud in 2013, offering the database platform as a cloud-powered service to eliminate the need for customers to buy their own servers to host the platform.
More recently, SAP purchased cloud management software firm Concur to expand its reach into the business travel market.
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