Wednesday, 09 August 2017 12:09

Equinix brings worldwide direct, private access to SAP’s Cloud portfolio

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Working with SAP to deliver dedicated access via Equinix Cloud Exchange, its customers can achieve high-performance connectivity to SAP’s suite of cloud services.

Global interconnection and data centre experts, Equinix, are now offering “direct and private access to the SAP Cloud portfolio, including SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform, in multiple markets across the globe".

Dedicated, private connections are “available via Equinix Cloud Exchange and the SAP Cloud Peering service in the Equinix Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley, Sydney, Toronto and Washington, D.C. International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres, with additional markets planned for later this year".

Through this connectivity, we’re told that “enterprise customers benefit from high-performance and secure access to SAP cloud services as part of a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy".

Equinix explains that, “as cloud adoption continues to rise, so does the growth of multi-cloud deployments".

In fact, according to the recent IDC CloudView survey (April 2017), Equinix tells us that “85% of respondents are either currently using a multi-cloud strategy or plan to do so in the near-term".

Given that Equinix Cloud Exchange has “direct access to multiple cloud services and platforms, such as the SAP Cloud portfolio,” Equinix tells us that it “helps enterprise customers to expedite the development of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions across multiple locations, with the goal of gaining global scale, performance and security".

Some of the key facts Equinix wants us to know about its SAP collaboration include:

  • SAP Cloud Peering explains it “provides direct access inside the Equinix Cloud Exchange to help customers looking to reap the benefits of the SAP Cloud portfolio, with the control and predictability of a dedicated connection. Initially, access will be available for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform, which serve as SAP's IaaS and PaaS solutions respectively. SAP and Equinix plan to make available SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Hybris, SAP Ariba solutions and others in the near future".

  • SAP tells us that it “continues to gain traction in enterprise cloud adoption, with particular strength in APAC and EMEA. According to a recent 451 Research note (from February 2017), SAP’s APAC cloud subscription and support revenue grew by 54%, while it rose by 35% in EMEA and by 27% in the Americas. Access to these cloud-based services in Equinix’s global footprint of data centres will help drive adoption and reach of SAP cloud offerings".

  • Equinix also notes that it “offers the industry's broadest choice in cloud service providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, Google Cloud Platform, and other leading cloud providers such as SAP. Equinix offers direct connections to many of these platforms via Equinix Cloud Exchange or Equinix Cross Connects. Equinix Cloud Exchange is an advanced interconnection solution that provides virtualised, private direct connections that bypass the Internet to provide better security and performance with a range of bandwidth options. It is currently available in 23 markets, globally".

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: “Equinix recognises that enterprise cloud needs vary, and by aligning a company's business requirements to the best cloud services, they can create a more agile, flexible and scalable IT infrastructure. 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.”

Jeremy Deutsch, managing director, Equinix Australia, said: “Equinix is thrilled to add SAP to over 30 clouds available on our ECX service in Australia. Australian enterprises continue to be advanced adopters of hybrid cloud solutions and this new choice provides another piece of the solution.”

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