ICT solutions provider, Dimension Data, is now a SAP-certified global provider of Cloud and hosting services.
Dimension Data has also released a set of pre-configured Cloud server images to provision an environment of SAP solutions.
With Dimension Data's Cloud server images for the SAP ERP application available for its cloud clients, users can, in most cases, have a new cloud server operational on Dimension Data's Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) within 30 minutes. The company's hosting and Cloud services have been certified by SAP for meeting high-quality operational standards to deliver SAP software, including the SAP ERP, SAP Supply Chain Management, SAP Customer Relationship Management, SAP Product Lifecycle Management and SAP Supplier Relationship Management applications and SAP BusinessObjects, Business Intelligence solutions.
This certification applies to Dimension Data's MCPs globally for the next two years.
Dimension Data group executive, IT-as-a-Service business unit, Steve Nola, said the the company's enterprise clients and provider partners could benefit from the right size, right scale and right time characteristics of the Cloud to deliver significant cost savings and efficiency gains for their cloud-based SAP applications, coupled with our experience in optimising the datacentre.
"SAP is the world's leading provider of enterprise software and services, and the certification of our Cloud and hosting services is a vital part of our global strategy to enable clients to offload their SAP applications in production environments and temporary workloads."
According to a company statement, clients can host their own environments running SAP solutions on Dimension Data's cloud infrastructure or use Dimension Data's Cloud server images for SAP ERP.
These consist of a set of standardised builds involving the SAP enhancement package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0, Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 that can be deployed in minutes onto a virtual machine in the Dimension Data Cloud. The public Cloud and managed hosting environments enable clients and partners to develop, test and customise SAP applications quickly while reducing upfront capital expenses (capex) and ongoing operating expenses (opex), delivering the benefits of mobility, flexibility and scalability for local and global SAP solution-based environments.
It supports the full data centre lifecycle of both mission-critical applications such as SAP ERP and temporary workloads. Its cloud capability enables clients to reduce the time it takes to make changes to their implementation of SAP applications, helping improve their agility to meet strict business timelines while reducing risk and increasing uptime. For enterprise clients and SAP's ecosystem partners, Dimension Data's combination of systems integration and cloud capability helps ease the transition of SAP applications from traditional data centres to a Cloud environment.