The company made the announcement at the Mastering SAP Technologies conference at Melbourne today, and said the Sydney data centre would be equipped specifically to provide Australian organisations with the real-time capabilities of its in-memory platform, SAP HANA, in the cloud.
SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, as the service is called, is a private managed-cloud infrastructure giving customers the option to reduce their on premise infrastructure and run SAP HANA systems as a stable and secure managed service at an offsite data centre.
More than 3,000 organisations globally run SAP HANA as their platform for real-time business applications.
And analysts are impressed.
“Concerns around data sovereignty remain persistent in many countries, particularly Australia, so onshore hosting will be a source of competitive advantage for global cloud services providers,” said Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director IT, Asia Pacific at Ovum.
“The winners of the cloud services game will be those that can leverage global infrastructure and software for economies of scale as well as the ability to operate locally when customers require locally accountable providers and control over the location of their data. Cloud services providers targeting the enterprise market must learn how to play both globally and locally.”
Through the SAP HANA enterprise Cloud service, customers can deploy SAP HANA applications faster, at lower cost and with less risk than a traditional on premise deployment. They can run next-generation applications such as SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, which running on SAP HANA enables organisations to capture, store, consolidate and analyse data in real time.
SAP also said in a release that customers can also run SAP Business Suite – SAP’s flagship integrated suite of business applications, including SAP ERP and SAP CRM – on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service.
“With SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, we are significantly simplifying the deployment and consumption of SAP HANA for our customers,” said Andrew Barkla, President and Managing Director, SAP ANZ.
“Customers can now capitalise on the agility of the SAP Cloud and the performance and simplicity of SAP HANA – all on a data centre located in Australia – to deliver innovation back to the business faster. We see SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud as a powerful means for organisations of all sizes and across all industries to lower capital expenditure and introduce much more frequent innovation non-disruptively.”
“The Australian data centre provides the backbone for customers to enjoy a safe, secure transition to the cloud at their desired speed, allowing them to focus on operational excellence and beating their competition while SAP runs their systems for them,” said SAP Global CIO Björn Goerke.
SAP HANA is short for "High-Performance Analytic Appliance" and is an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system.
The company said the centre will open on April 3, 2014 and will be certified across industry standards, including ASIO T4, ISO 27001 and ISAE3402.
For more information check out the SAP HANA website here.