SAP opens cloud data centre in Saudi Arabia
SAP exploring how to integrate the SAP Public Cloud Data Centre into the planned Saudi Government Cloud
SAP has announced its first public cloud data centre in Saudi Arabia, the centrepiece of a 4-year SAR 285 million Saudi investment plan.
The announcement comes as the Saudi IT market continues to grow, expected to reach SAR 33 billion in 2018, according to a recent report by BMI Research.
Customers’ deployments of SAP HANA in-memory database and SAP Cloud Platform will now be hosted locally on the SAP Public Cloud Data Centre. SAP will also be offering its latest Cloud ERP solutions, such as the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, on its cloud data centre. The data centre allows a greater number of businesses adopt OPEX consumption model for SAP applications with solutions available for 25 industries and 12 lines of business.
“Today’s SAP Public Cloud Data Centre launch will deliver a new level of cloud-based digital solutions to accelerate transformation and competitiveness to the Kingdom, underscoring our commitment to Saudi Vision 2030,” said Ahmed Al-Faifi, senior vice president and managing director, SAP Middle East North. “Our in-country Public Cloud Data Centre will enable Saudi public and private sector organisations to securely digitally transform their business.”
The SAP Public Cloud Data Centre is part of the SAP’s wider Digital Hub, which also includes an open digital platform supporting entrepreneurship, co-innovation with customers, partners, and localisation to support the Government’s digital vision.
“Our investment in a Public Cloud Data Centre is aimed at supporting the Kingdom’s transformation into a leading digital economy, enabling young Saudi talent to innovate, and fostering the next generation of Saudi leaders,” said Khaled Alsaleh, the recently-appointed managing director for SAP Saudi Arabia. “Saudi organisations that use our SAP Public Cloud Data Centre can optimise their budgets in an OPEX model, and analyse data easily and securely for new levels of business innovation to excel.”
SAP is currently exploring how to integrate the SAP Public Cloud Data Centre into the planned Saudi Government Cloud, as it continues to deliver on its Memorandum of Understanding with the Saudi Government.
SAP is also supporting the Saudi workforce with the SAP Training and Development Institute, which has now graduated more than 750 young previously unemployed Saudi talent through their Young Professional and Dual Study Programs. 98% of them have been placed over in employment in the greater SAP ecosystem. SAP’s Startup Focus Program is also supporting local entrepreneurs, and the Winnovate initiative seeks to inspire innovations by providing coaching and tools to businesses and institutions.