SAP and Intel will collaborate to offer "SAP Business All-in-One" software designed to combine database software and hardware into a server for mid-size companies.
The bundled package will be offered on Intel Xeon-based systems and based on Suse Linux Enterprise from Novell and the database SAP MaxDB.
The offering targets midsize companies in the manufacturing, service and trade industries and directly addresses the demands in these market segments for quick set-up.
"Together with SAP, we plan to offer a package that is optimised and validated on the Intel Xeon Processor Architecture and deployed on modular servers by our partner OEM system providers," said Pat Gelsinger, senior vice-president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group at Intel.
"To succeed in the SME market, software and hardware suppliers must develop offerings to meet the specific performance demands of small and midsize companies, but that is not easy," said Ray Boggs, vice-president of small and medium business research at IDC. "Industry-specific capabilities that can be readily implemented in an affordable way will be key, but so will having offerings that are easy to access, with hardware and software already aligned."