Microsoft Azure To Certify SAP Business Applications By Q2 2014

On May 19, Microsoft and SAP announced that a suite of SAP applications is expected to be certified on the Azure platform by the end of Q2 2014. Specifically, Azure will certify SAP Business Suite software, SAP Business All-in-One solutions, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) and the developer version of the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will address infrastructure problems related to certified SAP applications whereas SAP will manage application-related issues. In addition, customers will be able to deploy “pre-configured” SAP applications to the Azure cloud by means of the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool. The agreement represents a win for both parties insofar as it extends the availability of select SAP applications while enhancing the pedigree of the Microsoft Azure platform. The real winner, however, is Microsoft Azure as it continues to add feathers to the cap of the Azure platform in an effort to remain competitive with Amazon Web Services, which already supports the deployment of SAP business applications on the AWS Cloud.

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