SAP's got a hot new in-memory database with analytics, and Amazon Web Services has the cloud to make it widely available as a service, so it's a natural that the two IT companies announced Oct. 16 that they have gone into business together.
At SAP's TechEd 2012 conference, being held through Oct. 19 in Las Vegas, the Germany-based enterprise software company announced that its HANA One platform has been certified for production use on the AWS Cloud and is available now for subscription on the AWS Marketplace at 99 cents per hour.
SAP HANA One enables instant provisioning of the Web services platform on the elastic AWS Cloud. It can be provisioned by AWS on advanced hardware with memory capacity up to 60GB of RAM per instance.
This enables companies to deploy business- or consumer-facing applications already built on the HANA database to use the in-memory transactional and analytical data processing that comes with the service.
Developers can use the AWS Marketplace to identify, buy and begin using software that runs on the AWS Cloud in order to provision and instantly access SAP HANA, the company said.
The first SAP offering made available through the AWS Marketplace is the SAP Enterprise Performance Management OnDemand solution for expense auditing. The solution option provides department managers real-time insight into their daily, weekly, monthly or yearly expenses in a software as a service (SaaS) model starting at 49 cents per hour.
SAP, in a fierce battle with Oracle for superiority in the emerging in-memory analytics market, also revealed at the conference that it has switched on a HANA deployment with the ability to process 1PB of raw uncompressed data.
The company has embedded application-server capabilities in SAP HANA for developers and launched something called the SAP HANA Academy to enable self-learning. These updates mark a major step for SAP to enable real-time business operations and attract more businesses, independent software vendors (ISVs) and startups to build solutions on SAP HANA.