AWS Announces the Launch of X1 Instances for EC2

The newly launched X1 instances offer 2 TB of memory and high performing Intel processors that is more than any of the other SAP certified cloud instance available today.

amazon intel x1  Amazon Web Service announces the launch of X1 instances for Amazon EC2. These memory optimized instances will support the large scale in memory database, process big data and HPC. AWS is providing the most comprehensive collection of instances.

The X1 instances have 2 TB of memory and they are powered by four 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon E7 8880 v3 processors delivering 128 vCPUs. The X1 instances also offer up to 10 GB per second of dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store that the team believes is well matched to hold up large-scale in-memory databases, big data processing, and high performance computing.

“Amazon EC2 provides the most comprehensive selection of instances, offering customers, by far, the deepest compute functionality to support virtually any workload,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2.

He further said “With 2 TB of memory – 8 times the memory of any other available Amazon EC2 instance, and more memory than any SAP-certified cloud instance available today – X1 instances change the game for SAP workloads in the cloud. Now, for the first time, customers can run their most memory-intensive applications at scale with the elasticity, flexibility, and reliability of the AWS Cloud, rather than having to battle the complexity, cost, and lack of alertness or on-premises solutions.”

The X1 instances have been certified by SAP for manufacturing workloads. They meet the recital bar for SAP OLAP and OLTP workloads backed by SAP HANA.

It is easy to migrate the on-premises deployments to AWS and also start fresh. Both ways, it can run S/4HANA, SAP’s next-generation Business Suite, as well as earlier versions.

Many AWS clients are presently running HANA in scale-out fashion across multiple R3 instances. Many of these workloads can now be run on a single X1 instance. This design will be simpler to set up and less costly to run. The updated of the SAP HANA Quick Start will offer the clients with more information about their configuration options.

The AWS clients, across almost every industry and layout, are using SAP applications on the AWS Cloud and experiencing the suppleness, scalability, safety, and cost savings of the world’s most complete cloud platform for their business applications.

Microsoft Grows Aggressively in SaaS Market 2015

The latest research from the synergy research group finds that the Microsoft is growing in the Software as a Service (SaaS) Market, but Salesforce still is the leader of this market.

SaaS Market  Latest data from Synergy Research Group shows that Microsoft is now challenging the position of leader in the enterprise Software as a Service market. In the year 2015 Microsoft increased its market share by nearly 3 percentage points, but it was still a small way at the back of long time leader Salesforce. Though, Microsoft continues to grow its Software as a Service revenue much more speedily.

According to the research, Microsoft established the 2nd top level of increase within the division at 70 % year-on-year, only at the back of SAP who were at 73 %, but still only sits 2nd in the market share rankings. Salesforce is one of only four in the top ten in the division who proved less than 50% growth, however, still accounts for just under 15% of the global market share for Software as a Service. Adobe, IBM, Oracle, Google, ADP, Intuit and Workday complete the top ten.

“In many ways SaaS is a more mature market than other cloud markets like IaaS or PaaS,” said John Dinsdale, Chief Analyst at Synergy Research Group. “However, even for SaaS it is still early days in terms of market adoption. It is notable that the big three traditional software vendors – Microsoft, Oracle and IBM – are all now growing their SaaS revenues faster than the overall market and yet SaaS accounts for less than 8% of their total software revenues.”

The Software as a Service has been indicating strong growth over the past few years, as Synergy calculated approximately this market division has grown by 40% over the last 12 months, and it is expected to be triple over the next five years. The expected growth trends are also supported by a Research by Cisco. Last year the group forecasted that by 2019 59% of total cloud workloads will be SaaS, as evaluate to 45% in 2014.

The research also shows Microsoft as making constructive steps in the customer SaaS market segment beside its enterprise business. Whereas the user segment is approximately a third of the size of the enterprise market, the company’s growth in this division exceeding rivals who at present, have a more secure position in the market.

IBM and SAP to Integrate Complementary Cloud Technologies

The sweeping program will enable both the companies to provide their clients with the modernized systems and processes that will be built on their cloud collaboration and combined technologies.

SAP and  IBM Corp., and well known business software provider SAP SE said they will put up on their cloud partnership and unite complementary technologies and services with an offer to renovate their systems for the digital economy. The partnership plans to unite IBM’s cognitive competence and cloud and power systems with SAP’s software and cloud platform. The long time allies plan to co-locate assets in Walldorf, Germany, where SAP is based, and Palo Alto, Calif.

“The future of business strategy and business value will proceed from the foundation elements of this announcement — cognitive, cloud and the design of consumer-quality experiences in every industry,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. “We’re formalizing a complementary set of capabilities to simplify and speed outcomes for clients evolving to become cognitive enterprises” he said.

The SAP vends software that deals with business operations such as manufacturing, stock and finance. Its HANA business software, which develop memory chips to add speed advantages over usual databases that run on disk drives, has become the center of its cloud offerings.

IBM has been operational to re-invent itself in the cloud computing age. SAP’s partnership with the tech giant appeals to set up companies that have shied away from outsourcing operations or want use a grouping of their own data centers and those in the cloud.

“Today’s announcement builds on SAP’s commitment to enable strong, growing businesses that can seize the amazing opportunities of the digital economy, “SAP S/4HANA is the re-imagined suite of core business applications, ” said Rob Enslin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and president of Global Customer Operations, SAP.

The corporations will depict on the successful, strategic partnership between IBM and SAP for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud services announced in October 2014 to balance the IBM cloud platform to fulfill the random demands of digital transformation. In adding up, IBM and SAP will work together on industry specific cloud solutions and increase current SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud services to comprise ongoing application protection and support services.

The companies will expand joint consulting models illustrated on proven, nimble services and support methodologies from both organizations. IBM’s Institute for Business Value and SAP’s Value Engineering organization will co-create digital transformation road maps by industry and by C-suite role.