Under a new agreement, Amazon Web Services and SAP have partnered to certify that a suite of SAP's core enterprise solutions will run in production on the AWS cloud.
Amazon Web Services
and SAP AG
have partnered to deliver SAP's
enterprise solutions in the cloud.
Under the agreement, announced at SAP's
, being held in Orlando,
Fla., May 15-18, AWS and SAP have teamed to
certify that a suite of SAP's enterprise software-other than the ERP suite-will
run in production on the AWS cloud.
The companies announced that a variety of SAP solutions
, including SAP Rapid
, are now available on demand via AWS. Customers
can now deploy their solutions on SAP-certified Amazon Web Services knowing
that SAP has fully tested and benchmarked the underlying AWS resources and
certified them with similar standards that are applied to servers and virtual
Web Services is now a certified SAP global
technology partner, a status that places AWS among SAP's
most important innovation partners. Amazon and SAP
will collaborate to offer customers options and convenience when deploying and
supporting SAP solutions in the cloud. New
and existing SAP customers can take
advantage of the AWS "pay per use" model allowing businesses to reduce
infrastructure costs and total cost of ownership. Customers will also be able
to quickly scale capacity, both up and down as computing requirements change,
paying only for the resources used.
SAP and AWS have
completed testing protocols, so that SAP
solution deployments on AWS meet the requirements of on-premise SAP
solutions. By adhering to the SAP deployment
guidelines, customers can properly configure their SAP
solution for performance, which helps enable support in a timely manner. A
number of third-party providers and strategic integrators will offer services
ranging from planning, deployment, migration and other customer support
services in backing SAP solutions on AWS.
Despite the recent AWS outage that lasted several
days and affected many large AWS customers, SAP
officials said they viewed AWS as the best choice for this move. SAP
also said they were taking their share of responsibility for ensuring that
their systems will keep running in the event of any problems.
The first wave of supported SAP
products, available today, includes the entire suite of SAP
BusinessObjects solutions and SAP Rapid
Deployment solutions supported on Linux Platforms. In the coming months, SAP
and AWS plan to further collaborate to launch additional SAP
products, including support for enterprise resource planning (ERP) landscapes
from SAP and Windows instances.
"SAP and Amazon
Web Services both represent companies that value innovation," said Sanjay
Poonen, president, Global Solutions at SAP,
in a statement. "Today's announcement underscores SAP's
continued commitment to innovations in cloud computing, offering a flexible,
choice-driven model where customers can select the best option for them when it
comes to deploying our business applications and business analytics solutions.
As a pioneer in cloud computing, Amazon Web Services has a proven model that provides
the combination of low cost - along with stability, reliability and security
that is now certified and available to our customers."
is pleased to work with SAP to offer the
benefits of AWS to SAP customers who include
many of the largest and most sophisticated enterprises in the world," said Andy
Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services, also in a statement. "With
AWS, SAP customers can take advantage of
rapid deployment, reliable customer support models and low-cost, flexible
pricing that enables enterprises to focus on the truly differentiating factors
of their business instead of the technology infrastructure required to run it."
an interview with eWEEK, Adam Selipsky, vice president of product management
and developer relations at AWS, said the software currently certified on AWS
"represents about half of SAP's business."
Ichhpurani, senior vice president of the Global Ecosystem and Channels Group at
SAP, told eWEEK, "We forged a collaborative
support agreement so we can provide a higher degree of support" for the SAP
software running on AWS.
said the support arrangement details several issues, including "how specific
trouble is handled, who should handle what, how the handoff is handled, and
what's involved in the specific SLAs [service-level agreements]."
offerings are fully supported between SAP,
Amazon Web Services and third party Sis [systems integrators]," Selipsky added.
"We're certifying the infrastructure for SAP
apps," Ichhpurani said. "We ensure that the apps can run on the infrastructure
and that it's performant."
also said SAP has witnessed growing demand
from its customers looking to "reduce their TCO
[total cost of ownership]" by moving to the cloud.
both Ichhpurani and Selipsky said the new certification will enable customers
who typically spin up AWS resources in a development and test run to be able to
also put those applications into production once they've been proven out. Up to
now, many SAP customers' developer shops
would primarily use AWS as a quick and cheap way to develop and test their
applications in the cloud.
Selipsky said AWS has been seeing demand for SAP
apps in the cloud from customers of various sizes and in different geographies,
including the U.S.,
Asia-Pacific Rim and Japan.
is the first of a series of steps we hope to make with SAP,
including certifying other solution such as ERP."