SAP and NetApp expand strategic partnership

In an effort to accelerate the deployment and delivery of database, analytics and application solutions, SAP and NetApp are deepening their collaboration with the intent to support next-generation solutions, including the SAP HANA platform and SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management software.

A joint statement released by both vendors said: By complementing innovative database solutions from SAP with NetApp storage and data management solutions, the companies are providing customers with an agile data infrastructure for SAP applications that can help drive competitive advantage and reduce cost of ownership.

This strategic partnership is targeted at the market opportunity with big data through the channel. For example, SAP HANA is being used in big data projects with Cisco UCS with NetApp Storage solutions. This solution delivers management, scalability and high system availability.

According to SAP, business needs and requirements change frequently and on short notice, forcing IT to become flexible enough to expand and contract IT and application services at a moment’s notice. Small applications might need to grow quickly, while others need to scale down. In this environment of IT uncertainty, some things remain constant. Lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) and accelerating time to market remain business imperatives. Therefore, companies are looking for flexible and efficient IT delivery environments, powered by industry leaders, to meet business requirements and propel their organizations to the next stage of growth.

Rob Enslin, president of SAP Global Customer Operations and member of Global Managing Board for the company said providing collaborative business solutions that help customers compete and adapt to fast-changing business needs is a main reason for expanding the partnership with NetApp. At the same time allowing for greater management of data growth and adaptability to customers’ changing on-demand needs was also a factor.

Fujitsu and NetApp have collaborated for more than a decade, and the relationship has resulted in the delivery of appliances for SAP HANA, and converged Infrastructure solutions such as FlexFrame Orchestrator for SAP HANA, as well as traditional SAP workloads. The solutions can provide increased service level agreements and flexibility at reduced cost, SAP claims.

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