Thursday, October 19, 2017

Equinix and SAP unite to bring the power of cloud to enterprises worldwide

Colocation giant eyes growing demand for enterprise hybrid architectures.

Equinix and SAP have entered into a collaboration which will see the data centre provider offer direct connectivity to the SAP’s suite of cloud services as enterprises survival depends ever more on their diversified cloud architecture.

Customers at some of Equinix’s major global hubs are to get access to services including flagship products such as SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform.

The regions included at launch are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley, Sydney, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres elsewhere are set to be added later this year.

The companies believe that through this connectivity, enterprise customers will be able to benefit from high-performance and secure access to SAP cloud services as part of a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy.

The addition of SAP’s cloud suite to the Equinix IBX data centres comes as enterprise adoption of cloud continues to accelerate and the usage of multi-cloud architectures continues to rise.

According to IDC’s CloudView Survey released in April 2017, 85% of the more than 6,000 respondents are either currently using a multi-cloud strategy or plan to do so in the near-term.

Christoph Boehm senior vice president and head of Cloud Delivery Services, SAP, said: “SAP joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange platform to address customer requirements for enterprise hybrid architecture in an environment that lends itself to the very highest levels of performance and reliability.

“With SAP’s traditional base of more than 300,000 software customers seeking ways to take the next step in a cloud-enabled world, SAP has established efficient capabilities to deliver on those requirements.”

Charles Meyers, president of strategy, services and innovation, Equinix, said: “With more than 130 million cloud subscribers, SAP has a strong foothold in the enterprise market, and by providing these customers and more with dedicated connectivity to their SAP software environments simply, securely and cost-effectively from Equinix Cloud Exchange, we help customers connect and build a hybrid cloud solution that works for them.”