SAP co-CEO touts broadband infrastructure and next generation cloud

In-memory technology to be the next major technology driving the cloud trend

The next generation of cloud computing will be based on in-memory technology and rely on high-speed broadband infrastructure investments, according to SAP global co-CEO, Jim Hagemann Snabe.

Speaking to Computerworld Australia during a trip down under to meet and greet some of its biggest clients, Snabe said cloud computing would be about more than virtualisation going forward.

SAP has traditionally been strong in on-premise software and came to the cloud solution market late, launching its Business ByDesign on-demand enterprise resource planning (ERP) offering at the Sapphire conference in May.

“We are now in the final stages of getting ByDesign into the market in a volume base way,” Snabe said. “We launched at Sapphire and we have around 100 customers; they run on a SAP cloud. That cloud is what we believe is the next generation cloud. Cloud today is very much a virtualisation of existing hardware.

“We believe that the next generation cloud is a very high-capable cloud in terms of its hardware with massive in-memory technology. So it is not just about virtualising existing hardware, it’s about building a very powerful infrastructure.”

SAP also intends to buying Sybase for its mobile and database technologies in a $US5.8 billion deal, with a view to use the company's in-memory processing technology to help it extend its ERP and business intelligence solutions.

“I actually believe Australia is one of those markets that will pick up the solution rapidly,” Snabe said about ByDesign. “The infrastructure is there and the people are technology-savvy.”

The co-CEO said continued investment in faster broadband would not only assist vendors such as SAP push cloud-based solutions, but would offer governments a “wave of efficiency gains and opportunities to advance themselves”.

“If you look at Australia from my point of view, it’s a big country from a geographical size and it’s the infrastructure and technology that will enable this country not just to be connected domestically but to be connected the rest of the world and to take advantage of that,” he said. “The physical distance is so big you need the technology to cross that distance. There is a huge opportunity there.”

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