Google Cloud, SAP to develop enterprise solutions

Google Cloud has entered into a new strategic partnership with SAP, focused on developing and integrating Google’s cloud and machine learning solutions with SAP enterprise applications.

Nan Boden, head of global technology partners at Google Cloud, said in a blog post the partnership includes certification of the in-memory database SAP HANA on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), new G Suite integrations, Google’s machine learning capabilities, and data governance collaboration.

Boden said the, offers Google Cloud, SAP and customers more scope, scalability, and the opportunity to create new products.

She said the SAP HANA database is now certified on GCP, enabling customers to run mission-critical SAP applications and databases like SAP HANA on GCP through ongoing certifications and integrations. 

Also, the partnership represents the start of a close engineering collaboration between SAP and Google. Developers can now use SAP HANA express edition to build custom enterprise applications on GCP with the flexibility of on-demand, near instantaneous deployment leveraging Google Cloud Launcher.

Further, the SAP Cloud Platform’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution now supports G Suite and GCP. The integration with Google allows customers to easily and securely connect SAP with Google’s productivity suite G Suite or GCP and give access to their users to any application from any device at any time.

Boden observed that enterprise customers moving from on-premise to public cloud environments wish to retain insight and control over the access to their sensitive data, while at the same time benefiting from the agility, scale and global presence of a public cloud platform.

She said GCP provides a rich set of capabilities around access control, auditing and encryption key management to enable customers to defend against external attacks and manage insider access risk.

“We're now working with SAP to develop a governance, risk management and compliance solution that provides visibility and control over how data is handled on GCP, including how administrative access is granted by the cloud provider,” said Boden.

“For customers desiring an independent entity overseeing the handling of their data on a public cloud, SAP plans to act as a data custodian for their data on Google Cloud Platform,” added Boden.