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SAP Continues to Invest in Data Centers Worldwide

SAP Delivers Reliable and Secure Data Centers, Powering the Future of Businesses

WALLDORF, Germany — April 22, 2014SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) continues to invest in new data centers that enable companies to power the future of business using SAP® Cloud powered by SAP HANA®. Worldwide, SAP hosts its cloud solutions in 16 data centers in EMEA, MEE, North America, China, and Australia that meet high security and operations standards. Customers can transition their business safely to the cloud at their desired speed. This allows them to focus on operational excellence and benefit from the real-time capabilities of the in-memory platform SAP HANA.

According to the market intelligence firm IDC, the global cloud market will double to EUR 98 billion by 2016[1].Today, more than than 73,000 companies and over 36 million people use SAP’s cloud-based solutions. This is the largest user base for enterprise cloud solutions worldwide

This year, SAP has opened a total of three new data centers in Sydney, Australia, as well as Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. As part of its open ecosystem strategy, the company has also invested in existing partner data centers in Moscow in Russia that will run cloud solutions from SAP. Additional data centers in Brazil and Canada are planned for later in 2014. SAP maintains rigorous data compliance, data accessibility and security standards that all partner data centers must meet.

Strict Data Compliance and High Security Standards

SAP data centers build the backbone of the company’s cloud business, including the SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud service as well as Cloud Solutions such as SAP Cloud for Customer and SAP Cloud for HR. State-of-the-art technology and excellent security based on high industry standards protect data not only virtually but also physically against natural disasters. They provide high availability as well as back-ups.
“SAP data centers offer customers a variety of options for the SAP Cloud portfolio. Depending on the respective data center, offerings can range from a public to a managed cloud,” said Gerhard Oswald, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG,. “Customers benefit from a dramatic simplification of IT landscapes, all in the cloud and powered by SAP HANA, and from the ability to truly power the future of their business with SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA.”

All SAP data centers and facilities will run on 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2014, which helps minimize the carbon footprint of both SAP and its customers. In Germany, SAP received the German Data Center Award 2014 for Integrated Energy Efficiency in the Data Center.

An open ecosystem is important for the success of the SAP Cloud portfolio. The company actively helps partners offer the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service from their own data centers while helping ensure they are fully secure and compliant. Partners also have access to the relevant knowledge they require to be successful, including expertise in the deployment of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and the transition process from an existing on-premise environment.

For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom.

8 Reasons Why Colocation Makes Sense For Your Business #cloudwf

In the build up to the Cloud World Forum 2014 Datacenters.Pro have released an article outlining 8 Reasons Why Colocation Makes Sense For Your Business!


Colocation means you can host data off-site in a specially created data centre. You can ensure that your data is secured and protected by using the data centre rack space and security measures by paying monthly rentals. Businesses can also thus secure their clients’ data. Use of power, environmental controls and connectivity are just some of the features offered by data centre services. In fact here are eight great benefits of Colocation that you can look forward to.

Increased security and up-time

All business owners, especially those who are trusted with the data of their customers, have to keep data security and up-time at the top of their priority list. When you opt for a colocation data centre, you ensure that you get best, professional quality virtual and physical security solutions that are already in place. Hence you have a peace of mind regarding the security of your data. Colocation providers also have solid infrastructure, which means downtime can be low and you can boost up-time.


Internal data centres often lead to space constraints, which are avoided with colocations. Hence businesses can look forward to flexibility in their functioning. You can use a secure Internet link to access data with the company’s permission. Since your servers are stored off-site, your internal networks are easily available for more important needs of your business. Always remember that data centres only function as well as the business values and goals that power them.

Power Redundancy

Installing power redundancy on-site can be an extremely expensive proposition and there’s the risk of losing power to servers. But these needs are already taken care of in case of colocations; you simply have to plug in your servers. They will be protected by state of the art UPS and diesel generator backup systems right from day one. The systems used by data centres are known to have a capacity that can power villages for days; hence you can function for number of days when there is no power. Moreover, a reputed data centre will also ensure that there is a backup system for a backup system.

Cost savings

Colocations help you save substantial amounts of money for your company. Simply moving to an off-site data centre can reduce your IT costs considerably. You don’t have to worry about equipping or managing an on-site data centre and there will be no staff related costs either. Instead you pay a set monthly rental to the professional service, which helps you allocate your budgets a lot better. And for no extra cost you can make the most of the top of the line equipment.

Enhanced performance, speed and connectivity

Moving to a colocation site can make a huge difference to the overall performance of your system. These facilities can bring you the best Internet solutions and power rates, and that’s why you get good value for your money. Redundant networks and web services mean there is no or hardly any downtime while your connections remain responsive, fast and completely secure too.

Colocation grows with the business

You have to understand that as your business grows, so do your data storage needs. But that doesn’t have to mean you have to worry about setting up bigger infrastructure or hire more staff members. You can simply ask the professional service you have hired to offer you more space. As your business grows, you will have flexibly growing data storage solutions too.

Expert Management

Professional data centres are managed by qualified experts who have access to the latest monitoring tools. If there are technical or environmental factors that need to be looked into urgently, the concerned people will be alerted at the earliest. This type of high level of monitoring can ensure that problems are recognized even before they occur and blow out of proportion. You just can’t get this kind of monitoring in case of on-site data and often you realize that there is a problem when it’s too late and your equipment is offline.

Integrated support

When you are working out your colocation contract, you have to make sure that you get access to an on-site support team from your chosen service provider. This highly skilled professional team can work with your own support team, thus bringing you the best. Many of the renowned data centre service providers are well aware of the importance of support, which is considered to be a key deliverable. They will offer best possible support to their clients to ensure that they stay for long term.


Effective management and downtime mitigation are taken quite seriously by data centre companies because they could be faced with huge penalties in case there are any outages. There are stringent SLAs in place, which keep colocation providers on their toes. As a business if you have data to protect, particularly that of your clients, then you can benefit hugely from these services.

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The Race for the Software-Defined Enterprise

A recent article on CIO Insight explores the next generation of enterprise IT, and asks: Is it all a contest between VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack? 


Rather than relying on expensive human labor, IT organisations are increasingly using software to automate the management of data centers in a way that scales to unprecedented levels.

This fundamental shift in the way IT is managed is creating an intense contest for control of those data centers between VMware, Microsoft and a host of vendors that are actively promoting the emerging OpenStack framework. At the moment, thanks to a significant head start and the deep loyalty of many CIOs, it appears that VMware is building an early lead that its rivals might find difficult to overcome.

VMware says that license bookings for the vCloud Suite more than doubled in 2013. While VMware concedes that those licenses are only about 10 percent of its customer base, the company is clearly gaining a lot of momentum in the private cloud computing space, which is expected to be a $50 billion market by 2016. “vCloud Suite is the fastest growing product in the VMware,” says Raghu Raghurham, executive vice president for cloud infrastructure and management at VMware.

Obviously, VMware is hardly the sole vendor with an eye on that market. Microsoft has gained a fair amount of virtualization ground with Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines that are free with various flavors of Microsoft Server. And a broad alliance of vendors backing OpenStack are making a case for a lower cost framework for managing clouds that promises IT organizations much greater levels interoperability across different instances of cloud computing.

But VMware is trying up the ante. What initially started out as an effort to create the software-defined data center is now a race to define the software-defined enterprise in a way that brings server, network and storage management under one common framework. And VMware is counting on the loyalty of its customers to put a significant amount of distance between it and the competition.

Whether VMware can sustain its lead over the long haul remains to be seen. By the time rival architectures catch up, however, VMware might be fairly well ahead in defining the next generation of enterprise IT.

The way an enterprise approaches its IT is changing through software defined technology and this is on track to dominate discussions in 2014. There is a lot for enterprise CIOs, CTOs and enterprise IT Managers to learn and evaluate how they can adopt their existing infrastructure as well as their current Cloud investment plans to fit a ‘Software-defined’ future.


From the producers of the market-leading Cloud World Forum comes the ‘Software Defined Enterprise World Forum’ as the only dedicated meeting place to cover SDN for Enterprise, SDDC and SDS under one roof.

The event covers all sides of software defined technologies through the prism of enterprise organisations. It targets both the CIO for the overall business case behind SDx but also the engineers, working on the nitty-gritty details of the
SDDC and SDS. Download the Draft Agenda now.

Intel introduces a slew of datacentre technologies for cloud service providers

Intel-ChipIn a bid to entrench its technology further into hyper-scale datacentres, Intel on Wednesday showcased chip innovations that will see the manufacturer turn up the heat on rivals AMD and ARM for the datacentres of cloud service providers.

At a media event on Wednesday, Intel’s Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the datacentre and connected systems group introduced the company’s long anticipated successor to the first generation 64-bit Atom processor, the Atom C2000, the first product family based on Intel’s “Silvermont” micro-architecture and developed using a 22nm process.

Intel says it will be delivering 13 customised Atom processors that will be optimised for specific light weight workloads including dedicated hosted, distributed caching and content delivery. The chips will feature up to eight cores, a range of 6 to 20 watts TDP (Thermal Design Power), integrated Ethernet and support up to 64 GB of memory, and the company says the performance will be between four to eight times what the previous generation delivered.

Alongside the launch of the Atom product family Intel also introduced an optical fibre and silicon photonics connector it worked on with Corning which delivers 1.6Tbps of bandwidth, and an entry-level microserver-optimised switch that when combined with the integrated Ethernet controller on the new Atom chips can be used to create software defined networking solutions for datacentres.

“As the world becomes more and more mobile, the pressure to support billions of devices and users is changing the very composition of datacentres,” Bryant said. “From leadership in silicon and SoC design to rack architecture and software enabling, Intel is providing the key innovations that original equipment manufacturers, telecommunications equipment makers and cloud service providers require to build the datacentres of the future.”

The new chip designs and product offerings will give Intel the opportunity to expand into the cold storage and networking markets, the latter being highlighted by Intel’s recent partnership with Ericsson to get its Atom-based switches into the cloud systems solutions it sells to telcos.

Moreover, the company’s move to integrate all three communication workloads – storage, processing and networking – onto the single chip shows the company is serious about staying ahead of its competitors ARM and AMD (and IBM) when it comes to keeping its technology well entrenched in the datacentres of cloud service providers. HPC datacentres require flexibility – particularly as their architectures move towards the software-defined everything model, and it will be interesting to see how Intel’s competitors respond when the company begins using a 14nm process next year; AMD’s 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named “Seattle,” are due out in Q1 2014.

It will also be interesting to see whether Intel’s move into the networking space ruffles Cisco’s feathers.

September 5, 2013  Written by Jonathan Brandon for Business Cloud News.


Big Data World Congress News…

Discover the business value of Big Data at the Big Data World Congress taking place on 3- 4 December 2013, at The Westin Grand Munich, Munich, Germany : FREE EXPO PASS

Big Data World Congress- registration is now open

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Taking place on the 3-4 December 2013, the Big Data World Congress arrives in Munich for the first time after two successful and insightful conferences in London. The registration for this event is now open. This event is free for operators and enterprises. 

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A vital topic for all aspects of the modern-day enterprise, big data and our increasing ability to analyse in real-time and cost effectively is leading to new levels of understanding about our business efficiency, customers and ROI.
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With an agenda driven by real-life case studies and a showcase of analytics and infrastructure solutions, the 3rd Annual Big Data World Congress promises to be one of the most interactive and engaging events on our calendar – a glimpse into the future of enterprise technology beyond the foundations being set by cloud computing.

I look forward to welcoming you in Munich this December.

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Laura Paul
Marketing Manager
Cloud and Big Data World Series

3rd Edition Big Data World Congress Discover the business value of big data 3- 4 December 2013, The Westin Grand Munich, Munich, Germany

Apple and Facebook Flash Forward to Computer Memory of the Future

apple-data-center If you hire a plane, you can fly over the massive data center Apple operates in the woodlands of North Carolina, snapping some distant photos of the 500,000-square-foot facility that drives the company’s iCloud web services. And if you’re on foot, you can get a little closer. You might even sneak a peek at the solar farm or the biogas plant that helps power this internet engine room. But Apple won’t let you inside the building — and it won’t tell you what you might find there.

It would be nice to know. Like Google and Amazon, Apple delivers web services to hundreds of millions of people across the globe — at last count, iCloud served over 250 million souls — and that requires a whole new breed of hardware and software, stuff that’s far more efficient than the gear inside most data centers. You can think of this as the technology of tomorrow. As the web continues to grow, the tech used by the Apples and the Googles will trickle down to the rest of the world. In many cases, it already has. (more…)

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