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SAP prepares for cloud service

SAP has unveiled its strategy for cloud computing, virtualisation and real-time analytics.

SAP users have previously complained that the ERP firm has been slow to develop its own cloud services.

The SAP cloud service, which is not due to launch until the fourth quarter of 2011, aims to help businesses simplify and automate efforts for provisioning, deploying, monitoring and managing SAP systems on virtualised and cloud infrastructures, SAP said.

SAP has collaborated with Dell and IBM, to develop reference architectures for virtualisation hardware to run its ERP suite.

SAP is also working with hardware companies on a High-Performance Analytic Appliance (Hana), to support real-time analytics. Initially, IBM and HP will be building systems based on SAP Hana to support real-time cost and profitability analysis, account reconciliation and inventory analysis.

SAP said businesses in data-intensive industries such as consumer packaged goods and retail would provide test data to SAP and its business partners to support the development of Hana.

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