IBM, SAP team up on big data, cloud

Both companies recently reported revenue growth due to cloud, "smarter Planet" initiatives

After thumbing its nose at Oracle recently by building its own in-memory database for big data called HANA, SAP expanded its long-time partnership with IBM (NYSE: IBM), in which IBM announced the launch of new new global cloud and big data services as part of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise.

The partners are providing assurances that all SAP applications will be accessible in the cloud from data centers in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany and Japan. A site in Spain will open later this year.

They also claim this will pose a challenge to Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) and help "drive differentiated applications to clients," according to an International Business Times article. Both companies recently reported revenue growth due to cloud and "Smarter Planet" initiatives.

IBM reported that its 2012 net income rose 4.7 percent to $16.6 billion and that its revenue from the cloud soared 80 percent. Its Smarter Planet revenue rose 25 percent. SAP said cloud subscriptions and support rose 1,400 percent in 2012 to $363 million.

The new services from IBM have been deployed in the Smart TV Platform from Philips, by Summit Healthcare and by the Catalonia regional government in Spain, the article said.

For more:
- see the International Business Times article

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