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SAP extended enterprise partnerships Red Hat, IBM in a bid to grow its cloud services portfolio

SAP extended enterprise partnerships Red Hat, IBM in a bid to grow its cloud services portfolio

In a bid to extend the reach of its fledging in-memory platform SAP this week announced partnerships with Red Hat and IBM. The deal will see SAP HANA offered up from IBM datacentres, and improved compatibility of SAP’s data management portfolio with Red Hat’s open source cloud offerings.

As part of its extended partnership with Red Hat, SAP said it would make it easier for companies to adopt the SAP Data Management portfolio which includes the SAP HANA platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise, SAP IQ software, and SAP SQL Anywhere on Red Hat’s open source solutions.

The companies also pledged to continue working on integration between Red Hat OpenShift with SAP’s data management portfolio including related gateway technologies, and announced Red Hat Enterprise Linux is now available and qualified for production use of SAP HANA and supported by partners’ SAP-certified hardware.

Steve Lucas, president, platform solutions at SAP AG said the partnership will help give its customers more choice in terms of where they can deploy SAP software solutions. He said the companies’ intention is to better support customers’ data management needs across on-premise and cloud environments, which includes offering customer services support jointly to end users.

SAP also announced a partnership with IBM that will see the latter offer SAP HANA from its datacenters globally, an extension of an existing partnership that sees IBM offering SAP’s software solutions through its cloud managed services portfolio.

“Delivering SAP applications via the IBM cloud provides customers the choice they desire to respond in real time to changing industry dynamics that impact their business,” said Robert Enslin, president of global customer operations and a member of the executive board and the global managing board of SAP AG.

“We anticipate that this approach will prove valuable,” he added. “

SAP’s extended partnerships with IBM and Red Hat are part of a broader strategy to get its software and cloud services into more IT outfits, with cross-vendor software integration sitting at the heart of that approach. Two week ago SAP announced partnership with Microsoft that would see the two double down on cloud services integration, a move that was seemingly well received among analysts.

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