SAP introduces HANA to cloud at ‘petabyte scale’

SAP has announced an enterprise cloud service, based on its in-memory database appliance, HANA

SAP has announced an enterprise cloud service, based on its in-memory database appliance, HANA.

The company confirmed, in a press statement, that ERP, CRM and NetWeaver Business Warehouse will be available as a managed cloud service ‘with petabyte scale’.

It says it aims to enable organisations to realize faster time-to-value coupled with lower total cost of ownership.

Earlier this year, the company announced Business Suite on HANA.

Vishal Sikka, member of the executive board of SAP, Technology and Innovation, said: “With SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, we are addressing a fundamental customer need that we have seen since we first launched HANA.

Sikka said, in a press briefing to introduce the service outside the Americas, that customers can bring their existing HANA licences to pay for the service, which can also be paid for directly, as a managed service. He also stated that the service will be suitable for SMEs as well as large enterprises, and confirmed that there are 60 engagements already live.

“Customers want more and more options in how they take advantage of the value SAP HANA brings. With [this] we are delivering HANA at scale with instant value and no compromise. We are simplifying customers’ experience and expanding their choice … and we are doing this without disruption through the cloud” he said.

SAP plans to deliver the cloud service with partners, and said it will give more details at Sapphire next week in Orlando, Florida.

Diane Bryant, senior vice-president and general manager, Data Centers and Connected Systems Group, at Intel commented: “SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud running on the Intel Xeon processor E7 family will provide our customers with the opportunity to deploy mission-critical solutions powered by SAP HANA with cloud simplicity. We look forward to furthering our collaboration with SAP as the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud takes customers to the next level of scale, security and reliability.”

SAP’s advice for customers is to talk to its services organisation to determine ‘high impact’ business areas for the cloud service, which will be offered as a monthly subscription service.

SAP’s Sikka described the 400 startups building on Hana’s in-memory capability as the “most inspirational part of the journey”.

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