Atos and Microsoft join forces to deliver better SAP cloud performance

Atos headquarters, France

Last year, Atos extended a workload processing partnership with Google to better support Oracle databases, now it’s the turn of SAP workloads.

Global outsourcing and consulting firm Atos has expanded its collaboration with Microsoft to jointly address the fast-growing SAP HANA market, targeting the most demanding customers that are running mission-critical SAP workloads.

The partners have built a joint team that will guide go-to-market activities for their respective field organisations with a common engagement model.

Atos will further invest in a Center of Excellence for the deployment of SAP solutions on Azure, and Microsoft will support Atos in expanding its SAP on Azure migration practice, including migration services and system integration capabilities.

Atos will provide data and production migration on Azure across the SAP Intelligent Suite and the SAP Digital Platform, and will further develop its differentiated SAP-based solutions to drive business transformation for enterprises.

On Microsoft Azure, Atos and Microsoft will be targeting the deployment of SAP HANA Very Large Instances (VLI) in Azure bare-metal or virtualised environments.

Atos is a recognised leader in large-scale server platforms that are fully certified for the most demanding SAP workloads. The Atos BullSequana S servers provide very high scalability and performance with up to 16 processor sockets. They use the latest Intel server technologies such as 2nd generation Intel Xeon scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory.

“Most of our customers have been defining their SAP cloud roadmaps, while also integrating the use of the most advanced business functionality provided by SAP,” said Adrian Gregory, senior executive vice president and executive sponsor for Microsoft at Atos.

“But only a very close relationship between a service provider and a hyperscale cloud provider can deliver the security and the full articulation that our largest customers require.”

Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president for One Commercial Partner at Microsoft, said: “We see an opportunity for Atos to be a driving force in bringing SAP customers an efficient and trusted roadmap to Microsoft Azure.”

Last year, Atos strengthened its strategic partnership with Google Cloud with two “high-performance” regional extensions at Google Cloud data centres in Frankfurt, Germany and Ashburn, Virginia.

They are being used to support the workloads of Oracle database customers. The regional extensions are equipped with Atos’ BullSequana S servers and enable Oracle customers to run their workloads more efficiently and effectively over the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).