Microsoft and SAP Partner for HANA on Azure
Microsoft Azure has supported SAP HANA applications for nearly two years. HANA is an in-memory database that speeds up business application workloads, keeping data readily available to server processors using system memory rather than comparatively slower storage subsystems and arrays.
On May 17, during SAP's SAPPHIRE NOW conference in Orlando, Fla., the companies announced a new cloud-centric expansion of their existing partnership.
Microsoft and SAP said they both plan to broadly support SAP HANA on Azure and work on new integrations between SAP's cloud solutions suite and Microsoft's Office 365 productivity software ecosystem. The software makers are also collaborating on management and security solutions that incorporate the mobile-friendly SAP Fiori application interface framework.
"At Microsoft, we are focused on empowering organizations to advance their digital transformations,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, in a May 17 statement. "Together with SAP, we are bringing new levels of integrations between our products that provide businesses with enhanced collaboration tools, new insights from data and a hyper-scale cloud to grow and seize new opportunities ahead."
The software giants pledge to support bigger deployments of SAP's in-memory processing platform on Microsoft's cloud.
SAP CEO Bill McDermott remarked that the IT heavyweights "are working together to create an end-user experience built on unprecedented insight, convenience and agility," in a statement.