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Terremark announced it is the first service provider to offer hosting services for SAP solutions on its cloud computing platform. Through its innovative Enterprise Cloud infrastructure, Terremark will be able to leverage its secure, top-tier data centers with access to massive and diverse network connectivity to provide customers a new, cost-effective model for hosting their SAP solutions in a live production environment.

“Terremark’s hosting services will offer several benefits to both small and large SAP customers," said Michael Ressemann, global head of BPO Solution Delivery and Partner Enablement at SAP. "Our partnership with Terremark will provide customers the ability to experience significant cost savings, while not having to sacrifice the reliability of their hosted SAP applications."

Powered by the VMware virtualization platform, the Enterprise Cloud allows customers to dynamically provision servers for their SAP solutions from a pre-allocated pool of dedicated computing resources. The Enterprise Cloud also provides a flexible “burst mode” that allows clients to access additional computing power as needed. Customers can also access Terremark’s managed security services, which protect the business-critical applications running in customer environments with a variety of highly sophisticated security measures, including comprehensive vulnerability assessments, log aggregation and event correlation, network session flow analysis, attack replay, and application firewall management.

“We are actively leveraging Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud to offer comprehensive solutions to users of SAP solutions,” said Dean Adamopoulos, CEO of Protera Technologies, one of the leading providers of hosting and consulting services in support of SAP solutions for Fortune 1000 clients worldwide. “As an SAP-certified provider of application management services, it was vital for us to find a cloud solution that met all of the requirements for reliability and security that our clients demand.”

At the center of Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud is an easy-to-use web application that allows customers to configure and provision servers in minutes, grouped and organized according to role, and dynamically extend their available resources according to utilization. A variety of preconfigured server roles are available across Microsoft Windows, Linux and Sun Solaris operating systems. Plug-and-play bandwidth on demand is available from more than 160 global carriers.

“As cloud computing continues to gain momentum in the marketplace, the ability to deliver business-critical applications like SAP solutions is key to helping customers fully leverage the cloud,” said Dan Chu, vice president, emerging products and markets, VMware. “Supporting an SAP solution landscape that anticipates peak demand can require significant compute resources, which may be underutilized during normal load periods. So we’re excited that Terremark, a VMware vCloud partner, is working with SAP to provide our joint customers cost-effective, secure on-demand access to SAP solutions, leveraging technology that dynamically expands computing power only as needed. This collaboration allows customers to reduce total cost of ownership and to shift their focus toward business innovation and driving faster solutions to their business problems, instead of managing infrastructures.”

“Our commitment to continuously adding more and more innovative capabilities to our platform helps to maintain the Enterprise Cloud’s leadership position in the cloud computing marketplace,” said Marvin Wheeler, Terremark’s COO and president of the U.S. Commercial Business Unit. “We’re excited about the additional opportunities we believe will arise from our unique ability to offer hosting of SAP solutions from the pre-eminent enterprise-class cloud computing platform.”

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Salvatore Genovese is a Cloud Computing consultant and an i-technology blogger based in Rome, Italy. He occasionally blogs about SOA, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, open source and bleeding-edge technologies, companies, and personalities. Sal can be reached at hamilton(at)sys-con.com.