SAP has announced that it has joined forces with Dell to deliver new cloud and in-memory computing offerings.
The announcement came on the first day of the SAP Sapphire Now conference taking place in Orlando, Florida, this week.
SAP applications will now be available for deployment via Dell's VIS Next Generation Datacenter Platform, the enterprise applications maker says.
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The company says that with Dell's PowerEdge R910 now among the hardware platforms certified for running SAP in-memory computing technology, Dell customers can increase the availability and speed of business information.
SAP's HANA in-memory database technology enables data to be processed in RAM instead of reading it from disks, providing a performance boost.
SAP-certified provider: Dell
Dell is also now an SAP-certified provider of cloud services, as well as an SAP-certified provider of hosting services, having met SAP's criteria for cloud-based delivery of SAP applications.
According to SAP, the ability to run SAP applications on Dell cloud solutions can help customers increase resiliency, performance and efficiencies of scale without the overhead of traditional IT environments.
"Cloud computing is not only coming of age, it represents a significant opportunity in enterprise computing," said Vince Kellen, CIO of the University of Kentucky, which is testing a proof-of-concept roll-out of SAP applications on a Dell cloud solution.
"We are planning how we can improve the agility and cost-effectiveness of our infrastructure, and initial tests have shown some impressive results," he said.
SAP enterprise performance management
SAP has also announced the latest version of its enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions aimed at helping companies ensure decisions and actions are aligned with business aims.
The software maker says the 10.0 release opens the next chapter of SAP's business analytics vision by moving EPM best practices beyond the finance department to managers throughout the company, helping people make risk-aware decisions that can be positive for enterprise-wide performance.
As companies need to decide and act with increasing speed, they should ensure that all decision-makers are guided by the same game plan and have a full understanding of the potential risks, says SAP.
The new release is designed to take advantage of SAP's in-memory computing technology, which the company says will enable more detailed and agile planning scenarios to increase people's ability to sense and respond to changes as they occur.