SAP, a software company that provides business applications such as accounting and human resources, is going to make its SAP Cloud Platform available on other public clouds via the Cloud Foundry open source software.
“Cloud Foundry is supported by all major cloud providers and hence the best choice to be the basis for the multi-cloud architecture of SAP Cloud Platform,” wrote Bjoern Goerke, CTO of SAP, in a corporate blog post.
Cloud Foundry provides an open source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) software. Earlier this year, at Mobile World Congress, SAP was touting its SAP Cloud as a PaaS as opposed to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) from public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.
At that time, a SAP board member said “We consider the public cloud infrastructure providers as partners. Of course, we run in our own data centers, but we are vigorously working on making these services available on any infrastructure.”
And this week’s announcement delivers on that promise.
Goerke wrote in his blog, “The SAP Cloud Platform is the first and only end-to-end digital enterprise platform that offers you the flexibility to use the infrastructure provider of your choice: SAP, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (as public BETA), and soon also Google Cloud Platform (GCP).”
In another blog, SAP Advisory Board Member Matthias Steiner wrote, “Let’s be clear: SAP will continue to invest into its own infrastructure and to expand its global data center footprint. Yet, in parallel we have signed strategic, long-term partnerships with the top three hyper-scale cloud vendors. As a result, SAP is first to provide a multi-cloud enterprise cloud platform with free choice of infrastructure.”