Submitted by virtustreamadmin on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 04:00
SAN FRANCISCO - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - Virtustream, Inc., the leading enterprise class cloud software and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, today announced that the first SAP ECC-on-HANA in the cloud is now live in production on the Virtustream Enterprise Class Cloud powered by its xStream cloud management software. This is a significant addition to Virtustream’s SAP capabilities and allows customers to deploy SAP HANA® as a managed service, with no up-front hardware costs and a fully managed HANA environment.
Virtustream, which already supports a wide variety of SAP technologies in the cloud, now provides HANA as a managed service connected to Virtustream’s IaaS enterprise class cloud. This means that HANA can be deployed for all production as well as test and development environments in very short timeframes to dynamically address customers’ business needs. With Virtustream, enterprises deploying HANA as part of their Business Warehouse (BW), Suite on HANA, and Enterprise environments can access proven cloud and HANA expertise, at significantly lower infrastructure costs than those associated with physical deployments.
"The performance of our production version ECC on the HANA Managed Service is astounding," said Don Whittington, CIO of Florida Crystals Corporation and client of Virtustream. "Reports that ran in minutes are running in milliseconds. Programs that previously ran for hours are now finishing in a matter of minutes. This, combined with the cost effectiveness of the pay-what-you-use cloud environment and white glove service of a fully managed SAP environment, we now plan to move to HANA for all of our production environments in the Virtustream enterprise cloud."
As an SAP-certified cloud services and SAP-certified cloud hosting provider, Virtustream manages, operates and delivers heavyweight enterprise SAP applications in the cloud. In addition to the new HANA Managed Service, Virtustream also offers the migration of enterprise applications such as SAP Business Suite and Business Objects’ BI applications to the cloud. For HANA in particular, Virtustream offers HANA optimization consulting to enable enterprises to realize the full value of this exciting new technology.
Virtustream’s HANA Managed Service offers capex-free access to configured and available managed HANA appliances, hosted in Virtustream’s SAP-certified data centers and connected to Virtustream’s SAP-certified xStream cloud platform. Once their landscapes are provisioned, additional HANA nodes and related SAP landscapes can be added in hours. The xStream cloud platform delivers the elasticity needed to optimize performance and scale to meet demand, while drastically cutting time to market. In fact, SAP’s response time improves by 20 percent running on Virtustream’s cloud. Virtustream’s micro-VM™ (µVM) technology makes it possible for IT operating expenses to be more efficiently optimized, while its consumption-based pricing eliminates upfront capital expenditure costs. As a result, customers are able to move to the cloud at their own pace and in alignment with their business needs, while significantly reducing IT costs since pricing will adjust accordingly as the organization grows.
"We are excited to announce Virtustream’s HANA Managed Service, for enterprises wanting to deploy this technology quickly, with no initial capex and in our secure, scalable cloud," said Rodney Rogers, chairman and chief executive officer of Virtustream. "We also look forward to helping enterprise customers realize the benefits of running their organization’s SAP applications in the cloud, delivering greater resource efficiency and infrastructure cost savings."
Virtustream’s CEO and CTO, Kevin Reid, and Florida Crystals Corporation’s CIO, Don Whittington, will present at SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW | ASUG Annual Conference on Thursday, May 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in a session entitled "SAP HANA. In Production." The session number is 2411 and the location is S320G: S. Concourse, L3.
Virtustream is a leading cloud innovator offering enterprise class cloud solutions to enterprises, governments and service providers. Virtustream enables businesses to move complex production applications to the cloud – whether private, public or hybrid – while delivering the full economic and business benefits of the cloud. Virtustream offers xStream, cloud management software for private/public/hybrid clouds and also offers the Virtustream Cloud which provides secure, high availability, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to enterprises. Both xStream and the Virtustream Cloud deliver secure, cloud efficiency with performance SLAs for mission critical applications (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and thousands more). Virtustream’s solutions are backed by professional services to design, migrate to, and manage clouds.
Virtustream offers these enterprise class cloud solutions worldwide; owns data centers in the U.S. and EMEA; operates an international Cloud Exchange, SpotCloud®; has offices in San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., Toronto, London, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and has partners in Asia and China.