Portland, OR: Well, this is surprising. SAP had been pushing forward with bringing its enterprise software suite to the cloud for some time. But no one expected to see SAP really putting its muscle behind the open source cloud and that's exactly what they're doing.
On July 22, at OSCon SAP announced that it had become a sponsor of two major open source projects: Pivotal's Cloud Foundry, a leading platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud, and the OpenStack Foundation, with its extremely popular infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud
Ironically, in the case of OpenStack, SAP will be partnering with arch-rival Oracle. Miracles do happen!
SAP isn't just supporting these projects with money. WIth Cloud Foundry collaboration, SAP has contributed code for an open source Cloud Foundry service broker for SAP HANA. This service broker will allow any Cloud Foundry application to connect to and leverage the in-memory capabilities of SAP HANA.
As for OpenStack, Thomas Grassl, SAP's head of developer relations, said "There are ideas in the works where we want to actively contribute, shape it, and work with the community. It's a good thing for us to do this through the joint community."
"The developer and open source community are key to breakthrough technology innovation," said Bjoern Goerke, SAP SE's executive vice president of Products and Innovation Technology in a statement,. "Through the Cloud Foundry and OpenStack initiatives, as well as new developer tools, SAP deepens its commitment to the developer community and enables them to innovate and code in the cloud."
SAP isn't putting all its chips on Cloud Foundry and OpenStack. The company also recently announced that it was certifying its core applications on Microsoft Azure. SAP seems to be covering all its cloud bets so it can deliver its services to its enterprise and SMB customers no matter which cloud platform wins out in the end.