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SAP Ties to Amazon, Microsoft Clouds

SAP is looking to make it easier for its solutions to work in the cloud. Toward that end, the company has announced separate pacts with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

The announcements were made at the company's annual Sapphire Now conference, taking place this week in Orlando.

Under the agreement with Amazon, a number of SAP solutions are now available on the Amazon cloud service, including SAP Rapid Deployment solutions and SAP Business Objects offerings running on Linux instances. Within a few months, the two companies will deliver support for ERP solutions running on Windows instances, as well.

The two companies have completed testing and said that SAP solution deployments on Amazon meet the requirements of on-premises SAP 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," said Sanjay Poonen, SAP's president of Global Solutions, in a statement.

Under the Microsoft deal, the two companies have agreed to provide tighter integration between SAP's software and Redmond's virtualization and cloud computing offerings. Among other things, SAP is going to make it easier for .NET developers to work with SAP solutions. Moreover, the two companies plan to link SAP's forthcoming landscape management software with Microsoft's System Center and Hyper-V virtualization technology.

"Through these connected offerings, SAP and Microsoft customers will be able to easily scale their deployments in their own data centers or through private clouds," said Ted Kummert, senior vice president of Microsoft's Business Platform Division, in a blog post.

The plan also calls for enabling hybrid cloud deployments using Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service in the future.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on May 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM


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