ARMONK, N.Y. and WALLDORF, Germany – 14 Oct 2014: SAP SE NYSE: SAP and IBM NYSE: IBM today announced that SAP has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of Cloud infrastructure services for its business critical applications – accelerating customers’ ability to run core business in the cloud. The SAP® HANA Enterprise Cloud offering is now available through IBM’s highly scalable, open and secure cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers. This is expected to enable customers to deploy their SAP software around the globe in a faster and more secure environment that is backed by IBM’s proven cloud capabilities.
On Tuesday, longtime partners IBM and SAP announced another new bond: SAP will use IBM’s cloud for its pride-and-joy database HANA.
IBM and SAP have long ago realized that the “enemy of my enemy is my friend.” SAP developed its database HANA to stick it to its arch rival Oracle. HANA is known as an “in-memory” database, able to crunch through huge amounts of data really quickly.