SAP plans to roll out a set of services for integrating applications in the cloud alongside a new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that will both be built on top of the company's High Performance Analytics Appliance (HANA) platform.
Speaking at the SAP Influencer Summit in Boston today, SAP Executive Vice President Peter Lorenz said that integration services will be used to not only integrate SAP applications running in the cloud, but also SAP and third-party applications running locally in a customer's data center.
Simultaneously, SAP is building a PaaS platform based on the in-memory computing technology in HANA that will allow developers to create cloud applications in either SAP's ABAP language or Java. According to Lorenz, the company is also going to allow cloud application developers to invoke tools embedded in its SAP Business By Design environment or use new tools based on a lightweight River Definition Language that the company is currently working on to make HANA more accessible to developers.
Lorenz says that SAP Cloud Services will also be integrated with applications from Google and Microsoft, and that the company envisions integrating its cloud service with other cloud computing services such as Google App Engine.
The end goal, says Lorenz, is to provide customers with a complete cloud application lifecycle management capability that leverages a unified technology stack based on an in-memory computing model that makes it possible to run even the most performance-sensitive applications in the cloud.
As the shift to in-memory computing models gets under way, access to compute engines that are orders of magnitude faster than existing servers are going to change the dynamics of where application code is optimally run. In the meantime, SAP is positioning itself to create a massive application ecosystem in the cloud that will not only consist of its applications, but also large numbers of third-party developer and customer applications that are all tied to a common set of cloud services managed by SAP.