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Intel, SAP announce new partnership

Intel, SAP announce new partnership
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Multinational technology and chip maker Intel and German ERP leader SAP SE announced  a multi-year technology partnership, Intel said in a statement on Thursday.

As part of the deal, Intel’s latest platforms like the Intel Xeon processors and Intel Optane DC memories would be utilised in SAP's enterprise software offerings, including SAP S/4HANA. 

The partnership would help better infrastructures running on-premise or hybrid cloud environments, while decreasing migration times to SAP S/4HANA. The SAP Leonardo portfolio of intelligent technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), blockchain and analytics, would benefit from optimised Intel platforms, the release said.

Additionally, the partnership would help clients better optimise cloud solutions as well as faster computation at the edge. 

A planned centre of excellence would help customers to innovate and adopt technologies that have been tested and augmented by Intel and SAP, the release added. 

“Broadening our technology collaboration with SAP means our mutual customers will be able to achieve faster insights from the largest data challenges, delivering a competitive edge,” Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the data center group, said.

The Intel statement  said running SAP HANA-based applications in conjunction with Intel Optane DC persistent memory could help in reducing the risk of running real-time data crunching applications. This is achieved by the persistent data that is resilient to power outages and provides better security features. 

 “SAP HANA customers deploying Intel Optane DC persistent memory are capable of reducing data recovery times from 50 minutes to 4 minutes on a 6TB SAP HANA instance,” the release said. 

The collaboration would also realise cost savings and better processing capabilities for customers moving to the HANA platform. 

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