Hitachi and SAP expands global alliance

Aaron White, GM, Middle East and Turkey, HDS
Aaron White, GM, Middle East and Turkey, HDS

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, and SAP have announced an expansion of their worldwide alliance by signing a global original equipment manufacturer (global OEM) agreement that introduces plans to include SAP HANA delivered by HDS. The collaboration focuses on providing future technology innovation and combined sales and marketing activities to customers worldwide, according to the statement released. With this agreement, the companies will extend further integration in areas such as cloud computing, the SAP Real-Time Data Platform and high-performance enterprise computing. Hitachi plans to build on its vision for social innovation, industries, and big data expertise with SAP HANA, it said.

This global OEM agreement enables HDS to bundle a more complete Enterprise Data Center solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse on SAP HANA, and is the first OEM agreement for SAP NetWeaver on SAP HANA. The tighter integration will allow customers to make purchases that consist of a unified computing platform, software and managed services from HDS. It is envisioned that customers can benefit from a platform that scales without affecting performance or adding needless complexity, according to the statement made by the company.

The global collaboration is designed to bring customers from SAP, Hitachi and HDS a more cohesive solution with a focus on SAP HANA, storage virtualisation, cloud computing, enterprise resource planning and information life-cycle management solutions. The parties expect that customers will be able to achieve maximum value from SAP and Hitachi solutions, including lower implementation and operational costs, higher availability and increased enterprise-class disaster tolerance. This is very valuable to the Middle Eastern market, says HDS general manager Middle East and Turkey Aaron White, where growth for both companies is strong region-wide.

“In this market, Hitachi Data Systems’ customers need to see a real return on the data they collect and store. Speed, scalability, and access to business information are their primary concerns, and each are boosted by the disruptive technology in SAP HANA. Our partnership with SAP will help both companies mutually benefit from recent growth and success in the region, and will help our customers use new technology to innovate with information,” he says.

Steve Lucas, President, SAP Platform Solutions said, “This announcement represents a new level of collaboration with Hitachi and HDS, underscoring our commitment to ongoing innovation with our partners for the benefit of our customers. Through our expanded collaboration, customers will more easily be able to gain significant advantage with SAP HANA, which will provide them tightly integrated, innovative solutions and reduced time to market, while minimising migration costs.”


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