Amazon, SAP Partner on Enterprise Cloud Solutions

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 05-18-2011

Amazon Web Services and SAP AG have partnered to deliver SAP's enterprise solutions in the cloud.

Under the agreement, announced at SAP's SAPPHIRE NOW, being held in Orlando, Fla., May 15-18, AWS and SAP have teamed to certify that a suite of SAP's enterprise software-other than the ERP suite-will run in production on the AWS cloud.

The companies announced that a variety of SAP solutions, including SAP Rapid Deployment solutions and SAP BusinessObjects solutions, are now available on demand via AWS. Customers can now deploy their solutions on SAP-certified Amazon Web Services knowing that SAP has fully tested and benchmarked the underlying AWS resources and certified them with similar standards that are applied to servers and virtual platforms.

Amazon Web Services is now a certified SAP global technology partner, a status that places AWS among SAP's most important innovation partners. Amazon and SAP will collaborate to offer customers options and convenience when deploying and supporting SAP solutions in the cloud. New and existing SAP customers can take advantage of the AWS "pay per use" model allowing businesses to reduce infrastructure costs and total cost of ownership. Customers will also be able to quickly scale capacity, both up and down as computing requirements change, paying only for the resources used.

SAP and AWS have completed testing protocols, so that SAP solution deployments on AWS meet the requirements of on-premise SAP solutions. By adhering to the SAP deployment guidelines, customers can properly configure their SAP solution for performance, which helps enable support in a timely manner. A number of third-party providers and strategic integrators will offer services ranging from planning, deployment, migration and other customer support services in backing SAP solutions on AWS.

Despite the recent AWS outage that lasted several days and affected many large AWS customers, SAP officials said they viewed AWS as the best choice for this move. SAP also said they were taking their share of responsibility for ensuring that their systems will keep running in the event of any problems.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Amazon and SAP Team to Deliver Enterprise Apps in the Cloud.