SAP and NetApp Deepen Strategic Partnership to Integrate Storage With Next-Generation Database, Analytics and Application

    SAP and NetApp Deepen Strategic Partnership to Integrate Storage With
        Next-Generation Database, Analytics and Application Solutions

Through Expanded Collaboration, SAP and NetApp to Enable Customers to
Accelerate Deployment and Delivery of an Agile Data Infrastructure for SAP®

PR Newswire

WALLDORF, Germany and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013

WALLDORF, Germany and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In an
effort to accelerate the deployment and delivery of database, analytics and
application solutions, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) today
announced they are deepening their collaboration with the intent to support
next-generation solutions, including the SAP HANA® platform and SAP NetWeaver®
Landscape Virtualization Management software. By complementing innovative
database solutions from SAP with NetApp's storage and data management
solutions, the companies are providing customers with an agile data
infrastructure for SAP® applications that can help drive competitive advantage
and reduces cost of ownership.


Business needs and requirements change frequently and on short notice, forcing
IT to become flexible enough to expand and contract IT and application
services at a moment's notice. Small applications might need to grow quickly,
while others need to scale down. In this environment of IT uncertainty, some
things remain constant. Lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) and
accelerating time to market remain business imperatives. Therefore, companies
are looking for flexible and efficient IT delivery environments, powered by
industry leaders, to meet business requirements and propel their organizations
to the next stage of growth.

"SAP is recognized worldwide for innovation and providing collaborative
business solutions that help our customers compete and adapt to their
fast-changing business needs," said Rob Enslin, president of SAP Global
Customer Operations and member of Global Managing Board, SAP AG. "Expanding
our partnership with NetApp provides our customers with increased scalability
and data protection, while at the same time allowing for greater management of
data growth and adaptability to our customers' changing on-demand needs."

Results of Deepened SAP and NetApp Strategic Partnership
With the explosive growth of all types of data, SAP HANA is enabling customers
to analyze big data and make decisions in real time. It is spurring
productivity and new innovations, including the Cisco UCS with NetApp Storage
solution for SAP HANA, which combines the innovative Cisco Unified Computing
System™ (Cisco UCS®) with NetApp unified storage systems. This solution
delivers unprecedented scalability, simplified management, and extremely high
system availability.

Fujitsu and NetApp have collaborated for more than a decade, and the
relationship has resulted in the delivery of cutting-edge appliances for SAP
HANA and converged infrastructure solutions such as FlexFrame Orchestrator for
SAP HANA as well as traditional SAP application workloads. The solutions can
provide increased service level agreements and flexibility at reduced cost.

With these technologies, NetApp is part of the solution that supports
customers running classic SAP solutions as well as SAP HANA. The
building-block-style architecture supports logically unlimited scalability and
offers high availability for support of non-stop operations.

NetApp storage and data management solutions, including the Cisco and
NetApp-developed FlexPod, complement SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization
Management in the automation of routine administration tasks; reduction of
costs, hardware resources and power; and simplification of landscape
management of SAP solutions.

All NetApp solutions for SAP applications enable the acceleration of business
success by leveraging an agile data infrastructure. Specifically, customers
can deliver impact faster, achieve non-disruptive operations and scale their
solution without limits and without complexity.

"Through our expanded relationship with SAP, businesses now have access to
powerful integrated solutions that help to reduce total cost of operations and
drive greater business agility," said Rob Salmon, executive vice president,
Field Operations, NetApp. "NetApp storage solutions ease the deployment and
management of landscapes running SAP solutions and accelerate the transition
our customers are making to cloud-based agile data infrastructures."

Future Plans
SAP and NetApp plan to extend their collaboration into new areas to drive
additional benefits for customers. Areas of new co-innovation may include SAP
database solutions, further integrations around SAP NetWeaver Landscape
Virtualization Management and cloud-based system management automation, and
optimizing performance and availability of data management solutions for SAP

For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom.

About NetApp
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver
outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our
commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a
great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth
and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers.
Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster
at Use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a
legal partnership between NetApp and any other company.

About SAP
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companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to
boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers
people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business
insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications
and services enable more than 232,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt
continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit

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