May 18, 2011 – With underlying tones of reassurance and modernity, SAP announced it will provide solutions for deployment and support of Amazon’s cloud services.

SAP has verified testing with on-premise offerings for customer cloud configuration, deployment and “support in a timely manner” to Amazon Web Services, according to an SAP news release. In addition, third-party providers and integrators are slated to chip in with planning, deployment and migration services.

Available now as part of the partnership are the entire suite of SAP BusinessObjects and Rapid Deployment solutions supported by Linux Platforms. Later, the two tech providers plan to collaborate on additional products, including ERP landscape support from SAP and Windows instances, according to an SAP news release.

The announcement came during the final day of SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference, where the enterprise software provide made multiple announcements to state its place in the vastly expanding cloud marketplace, including deals with Dell and Microsoft. It also came weeks after AWS faced criticism from service disruptions with two of its cloud ventures, which were determined to be caused by human error in dealing with replication at one of its data centers.

Analysts from Connecticut-based firm Saugatuck Technology saw important points for both companies going forward with their respective virtualization prospects, as well as concerns for customers with what wasn’t overtly stated in Wednesday’s announcement.

Mike West, vice president and distinguished analyst, says the joint partnership for cloud solutions gives SAP a boost in its move to offer virtual solutions beyond its substantial data center footprint. But the more timely aspect comes in the “formal seal of approval” the solutions are meant to provide for Amazon following its EC2 and RDB outages.

“The nature of it is to reassure enterprise CIOs that Amazon is trustworthy as far as SAP is concerned, and that’s a significant opinion,” says West.

Before enterprises go all-in with Amazon’s cloud and SAP’s solutions, the providers need to be more forthcoming on pricing and the process involved in implementation, says Charlie Burns, Saugatuck vice president of research.

“As a customer, I would look at this and see that this is clearly SAP making a strong statement about Amazon, but before I would jump, I would like to … have those questions answered,” Burns says.


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