The new deal comes shortly after the two companies crossed the one-year mark of an expanded strategic alliance announced in January 2016. It follows several other significant milestones achieved last year as part of the joint commitment to develop new cloud solutions for the China market, pioneer global innovations leveraging SAP HANA and Lenovo server technologies, and execute collaborative go-to-market programs. Lenovo and SAP have been working closely together, particularly in China, since 2010.
The solution’s cloud environment will be customized by Lenovo, with support from SAP, to optimize performance and availability running SAP HANA-based applications such as real-time data analytics. The core infrastructure will employ Lenovo’s high-performance System x3850 and x3950 X6 servers, while the System x3650 M5 will power the application servers.
Lenovo will build and operate the end-to-end cloud data center infrastructure for the solution in China, while also managing and supporting its SAP HANA database and applications, including customer technical support such as a hotline service. SAP and Lenovo will jointly expand its market presence and offer off-premise solutions to customers in China. SAP will help Lenovo with quality assurance during the deployment and support process.
With the agreement, Lenovo gains a major new channel for its industry-leading capabilities in deploying SAP HANA and delivering its benefits. The company currently is among the largest SAP customers in China and also runs one of the largest instances of SAP HANA in the Asia Pacific region. By deploying SAP HANA in-memory database technology deeply in its own organization using its own infrastructure, Lenovo has developed vast knowledge of how to optimize application performance, as well as implement the technology rapidly and efficiently, which it applies to customer engagements.
Lenovo Enterprise Cloud designed for SAP HANA will be available from SAP and Lenovo starting in the first half of 2017.
Latest Milestone in Expanded Alliance
Introduction of the managed service for SAP HANA in China culminates a year of intense collaboration between SAP and Lenovo flowing from the companies’ expanded alliance agreement. Some of the most significant developments in 2016 included:
- Unveiling of a roadmap for expanded memory support in solutions running SAP HANA – up to eight-socket, 8TB configurations, an advancement that will enable customers to expand their SAP S/4HANA® footprint and deliver faster, more responsive data access.
- With Samsung, SAP and Lenovo outlined a vision of in-memory systems that will leverage 128GB memory technology to unleash further performance advancements, as well as new levels of scalability.
- Lenovo earned an SAP HANA Innovation Award for its internal implementation to accelerate supply chain management reporting. The company cut the time needed to generate reports from 1-2 weeks to 6-8 minutes, while enabling near real-time cost analysis and driving about $50 million in cost savings.
- Lenovo’s lifetime shipments of SAP HANA reached 6,800 worldwide, ranking it among the top two global leaders in this segment.
Lenovo:(Peter Hortensius, CTO & Head of Strategy, Data Center Group)
“SAP’s selection of Lenovo to partner in delivering its enterprise cloud for SAP HANA in China – as well as the trust and confidence implied in this decision – serves as compelling proof of our industry leadership capabilities in this rapidly expanding market segment,” said Peter Hortensius, chief technology officer and head of strategy, Data Center Group, Lenovo. “It is also the latest demonstration of how Lenovo’s open, flexible strategy of partnering with industry leaders delivers valuable co-innovations that address the most critical challenges of our mutual customers.”
SAP: (Edward Chen, chief business officer, SAP Greater China)
“This new dimension of our partnership with Lenovo gives China enterprises access to a powerful, highly scalable cloud solution for rapidly and efficiently deploying applications running on SAP HANA off premise,” said Edward Chen, chief business officer, SAP Greater China. “Also, we anticipate that Lenovo Enterprise Cloud designed for SAP HANA will be a compelling option for customers because it leverages the company’s high-performance server technology, as well as its deep skills and experience in delivering these applications.”
Industry Analyst: (Kitty Fok, Managing Director of IDC China)
“The joint effort of Lenovo and SAP to offer the enterprise cloud solution for users of SAP HANA will help companies in China deploy their platform and migrate workloads to SAP HANA rapidly,” said Kitty Fok, managing director of IDC China. “We anticipate that enterprises will benefit from the performance of the SAP HANA platform and Lenovo’s professional services for the data center, which will help bring them competitive advantage in the future.”
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