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Colt and Virtustream are partnering to help enterprises move their on premise SAP deployments to the cloud

Colt and Virtustream are partnering to help enterprises move their on premise SAP deployments to the cloud

Colt and Virtustream have announced a partnership that will see the two companies work together to help migrate enterprises to SAP’s cloud platform and SAP HANA. The alliance will see both Colt and Virtustream expand their capabilities at a time when more enterprises are looking to take their SAP workloads off premise.

The partnership will see both companies migrate on premise SAP deployments onto Colt’s cloud infrastructure. The service will be priced on a consumption basis and come with performance and availability guarantees.

The services are powered by Virtustream’s cloud management software and micro-virtualisation platform, which has been rolled out to all of Colt’s European datacentres. The application of micro-virtualisation can help eliminate some of the performance overhead associated with traditional virtualisation technology – especially for bulkier mission-critical applications (like SAP software).

“We were looking for a partner that would enable us to offer enterprise-class SAP cloud services to enterprises and government customers across Europe,” said Daryl Dunbar, head of IT services at Colt.

“Through the combination of our robust low latency network, our existing cloud architecture and Virtustream’s xStream cloud management platform, Colt can now offer world-class enterprise cloud performance and security for mission-critical applications,” he said.

Simon Aspinall, president of service provider business and CMO at Virtustream said the partnership is a strategic move for both companies.

“Colt was searching for enterprise-class cloud application services with differentiated levels of cloud security and performance to offer to its customers.  Together Virtustream and Colt are able to answer the growing demand for enterprise-class cloud services in the European market,” Aspinall said.

The partnership comes as more and more enterprises are looking to shift their SAP deployments into the cloud, a sign of growing confidence in the cloud as a delivery model for mission-critical applications. According to research published last month by HCL and Vanson Bourne, most large enterprises using SAP systems on premise plan to move as mush as 90 percent of that into the cloud over the next year.