Google and enterprise resource planning company SAP announced a new cloud-oriented partnership at the latest iteration of the Google Cloud Next conference on Wednesday. The partnership revolves around SAP's in-memory database SAP HANA that the German firm will integrate into the Google Cloud Platform, the two parties revealed. The goal of this strategic partnership is to assist large companies in running their day-to-day operations and manage their data using a public cloud solution that's protected with contemporary cyber security measures, SAP's board member Bernd Leukert revealed on Wednesday. Apart from creating a highly secure service, the partnership will also allow Google and SAP to continue developing a cloud solution that's perfectly scalable and suitable for all businesses.
Not only will SAP's products now run on the Google Cloud Platform, but the company will also take advantage of the Google Cloud Launcher Marketplace for enterprise products and services, i.e. it will start retailing its applications on Google's platform. The first SAP-made addition to the Google Cloud Launcher Marketplace is SAP HANA, Leukert said. SAP's in-memory database ships with a fully fledged app development environment that developers can use to create applications prior to deploying them to the cloud. With the announcement of this deal, Google scored a massive enterprise client for Google Cloud, a service that the Mountain View-based tech giant has been aggressively promoting in recent years. Additionally, the newly announced strategic partnership provides the Alphabet-owned company with access to SAP's clients. In other words, this is a significant deal for Google as it could allow it to rapidly expand the adoption of the Google Cloud Platform.
The partnership also allows SAP to evolve from being an enterprise software company that physically delivers its solutions to a cloud-based business. While SAP already started integrating cloud technologies into its portfolio in recent years, its new partnership with Google will provide the company with a way to do so in a rapid manner. One unusual detail pertaining to this deal is that SAP will remain responsible for data running on the Google Cloud Platform as the companies are hoping that move will be beneficial to the adoption rate of their cloud services.