Press Release

VCE Teams With SAP On Cloud Initiatives

Richardson, Texas – November7, 2011 – VCE today announced it has become an SAP global technology partner, through which it will cooperate with SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) to help customers deploy the latest virtualization and cloud technologies to simplify and automate their mission-critical applications.

As an SAP global technology partner, VCE and SAP will work closely to provide customers with solutions, services and support for their SAP® applications running on Vblock™ Infrastructure Platforms, which integrate best-of-breed technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware into a highly automated and standardized IT infrastructure.

Cloud computing, enabled by Vblock platforms, provides a more elastic and efficient utilization of an IT infrastructure resulting in improved availability, performance and service levels. VCE and independent testing has shown that Vblock platforms can also make it easier for customers to deploy new SAP software and projects, and that benefits realized included:

  • Reduced time required to provision new SAP application servers from weeks or days to just minutes.
  • Reduced hardware and software investments by up to 19 percent using scalable servers and virtualization management tools.
  • Lowered implementation costs up to 32 percent as a result of simple setup and reconfiguration of virtual machines and the use of pre-configured templates.
  • Saved up to 25 percent in continuously optimized project costs resulting from reduced system management and the ability to add or remove virtual machines on demand.
  • Improved database and application performance by up to 50 percent, resulting from best-of-breed hardware, optimization and tuning.

Additional details on savings and benefits of running SAP software on Vblock platforms can be found on

VCE: An SAP Global Technology Partner

SAP global technology partners provide SAP and its customers with a wide range of products to support SAP technology. As an SAP Global Technology Partner, VCE will work with SAP in several areas, including the following:

  • Early access to SAP and VCE products for development and testing.
  • Co-development of new solutions and best-practices.
  • Joint customer service and support.
  • Joint executive, sales, marketing and training initiatives.

Supporting Quotes

Kevin Ichhpurani, senior vice president, Business Development and Strategic Alliances, SAP
“SAP and VCE are working together to help our mutual customers optimize their SAP solutions on the VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platform to transform business processes. This global technology partnership provides a framework for a variety of collaborative efforts designed to bring together the cloud and virtualization technologies enabled by VCE converged infrastructure with SAP software and applications to help customers be more efficient and lower costs. Teaming with VCE demonstrates the value and innovation provided to customers through SAP’s customer-focused partner ecosystem.”

Todd Pavone, executive vice president, Products and Solutions, VCE
“Cloud computing brings many opportunities to customers, including simplified deployments and lower operational costs for mission-critical applications. As an SAP global technology partner, VCE will work closely with SAP across many areas of our businesses to accelerate the adoption of best-in-class converged infrastructure in SAP solution-based environments.”

About VCE

VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for our customers. VCE, through the Vblock platform, delivers the industry's first completely integrated IT offering with end-to-end vendor accountability. VCE's prepackaged solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating and managing IT infrastructure. VCE and Vblock are registered trademarks or trademarks of VCE Company LLC or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

SAP Forward-looking Statement

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