SAP Partners With EMC, VMware on Cloud Platform
The company is deepening its partnerships with EMC and VMware to improve business agility and scale efficiencies.As cloud computing and virtualization rapidly evolve, business management software specialist SAP (NYSE: SAP) is working in a three-way strategic collaboration with partners EMC (NYSE: EMC) and VMware to develop tools and services that make it possible for businesses to adopt cloud and run SAP systems in cloud infrastructures with increasing levels of automation. The company is deepening its partnerships with EMC and VMware to improve business agility and scale efficiencies by taking advantage of two transformational technologies: cloud computing and in-memory technology. SAP said it would work closely with EMC and VMware and is currently evaluating options to deliver an end-to-end stack optimized for running SAP applications. Together, the three companies plan to invest and integrate application, database, virtualization, management and information infrastructure technologies, as well as deliver new services to support and accelerate business' journey to the cloud.
Additionally, consulting services and global support offerings from SAP are planned to focus on helping businesses assess, design, implement and optimize a virtualization and cloud strategy. As a part of this broader engagement, SAP and VMware expect to deliver an extended support program by integrating a configuration and health check for SAP systems running on VMware cloud infrastructure into SAP GoingLive Check services and SAP EarlyWatch Alert service. The development should help customers gain a better ability to monitor and manage their SAP systems running on the VMware platform, the company said.
"With virtualization now pervasive throughout the enterprise and baseline applications deployed, SAP customers are turning their attention to cloud computing strategies for mission-critical environments, " said Pat Gelsinger, president and COO of information infrastructure products at EMC. "EMC, SAP and VMware are working together to accelerate SAP customers' journey to hybrid cloud computing. By integrating technologies and delivering new services we hope to both improve business agility and lower IT costs for our mutual customers."