With SAP experiencing strong cloud growth in APAC, data centre provider Equinix has announced that its Sydney data centre will be among those providing direct, private access to the SAP Cloud portfolio.
The services will also be offered through data centres in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley, Toronto and Washington, D.C., with other markets to be added later this year.
According to a recent 451 Research report, SAP’s APAC cloud subscription and support revenue grew by 54 per cent in 2016, while a recent IDC CloudView survey found that 85 per cent of respondents globally are either currently using a multi-cloud strategy or plan to do so in the near-term.
Equinix customers will now be able to access SAP cloud services via the Equinix Cloud Exchange and the SAP Cloud Peering Service, which provides a dedicated connection. Initially SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform will be accessible, while SuccessFactors, Hybris, Ariba solutions and others are expected to be added to the offering in the near future.
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.”
With enterprise customers increasingly exploring hybrid and multi-cloud solutions to manage their technology requirements, a drawcard for Equinix is its relationship with a broad range of cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, Google Cloud Platform and other cloud providers such as SAP.
“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,” said Charles Meyers, president of strategy, services and innovation, Equinix.
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.”