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Flexibility, Scalability, Speed: SAP and Google Announce Strategic Partnership

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Today’s digital transformation is driving rapid change across all industries, and its effects are profound. We are witnessing a paradigm shift with the commoditization of cloud computing and how its openness, flexibility, and scalability is driving digitalization globally.

With billions of connected devices and the copious amount of data they generate, we see an ever-increasing demand to store and process distributed data in real-time.

Disruptive technologies – such as in-memory computing and machine learning – make it easier to uncover valuable information and enable companies to turn big data into smart data.

Whenever I speak to customers today, they all have the same concerns: How can we stay competitive in today’s fast pacing environment? Does our IT landscape have the high performance, computing power, flexibility, scalability, and security to meet current and future business needs?

Armed with the power of cloud computing, enterprises are now able to react quickly to business and operational insights derived from big data and turn these into new business opportunities. In contrast to the past, no company, be it a start-up or an established enterprise, can tackle the challenges and opportunities that come with digitalization alone. In a digital economy, it is not about going solo, but about partnering, cooperating, and co-innovating on a global scale.

And today, it is all about such a global partnership. During the Google Cloud Next ’17 conference in San Francisco, Diane Greene, SVP Google Cloud, and I had the honor to announce a strategic co-innovation partnership between our two companies to help global enterprises run their businesses on a highly secure public cloud with best in class flexibility, scalability, and speed.

SAP and Googleglobal enterprises run their businesses on a highly secure public cloud

Let’s have a look into the details of this partnership that creates value for our customers and ecosystem across multiple areas:

SAP flagship products to run on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and benefit from the extended reach and speed of the network.

I am excited to announce the general availability of SAP HANA on GCP to deliver real-time insights and run mission-critical applications and analytics on a scalable and secure cloud infrastructure. GCP will provide an automated provisioning capability of certified SAP HANA instances to deliver enterprise-grade security, high availability, disaster recovery, and scalability.

We will make use of the Google Cloud Launcher Marketplace, Google’s marketplace for enterprise-grade partner applications, to offer products to developers and customers, starting with the developer edition of SAP HANA, express edition. SAP HANA, express edition comes with a fully functional application development environment where you can develop and build data-driven applications before deploying productively in the cloud.

But our cloud partnership does not stop here. We are working on making SAP Cloud Platform, our platform-as-a-service offering, also available on GCP. We recognize Google as a frontrunner in topics like containerization and scalable data processing. Our SAP Cloud Platform unit will work closely with Google on making technologies such as Kubernetes work for enterprise workloads. SAP Cloud Platform on GCP represents a tremendous opportunity for our customers to build enterprise cloud applications from the endless combinations of services and APIs GCP and SAP Cloud Platform offer. You will hear more about this in the next couple of months, so stay tuned!

SAP and Google partner in the area of infrastructure-as-a-service to lift enterprise cloud applications to the next level.

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