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Thứ Hai, 24 tháng 11, 2014

Security Is Focus in SAP's Government Cloud Portfolio - CIO Today

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SAP sees plenty of opportunity in the federal government, and the global technology giant is zeroing in on potential revenues with a secure Relevant Products/Services cloud Relevant Products/Services offering that aims to address every dimension of the cloud model -- including support, operations and delivery.

SAP has announced plans for a U.S. federal secure node that will be delivered in partnership with SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2), its independent, U.S.-based subsidiary. Plans call for a fully managed, secure cloud for mission-critical applications like the SAP Business Warehouse application and custom app on the SAP HANA cloud platform.

"Cloud-based solutions are driving transformation across the private sector, and innovative government agencies that embrace them can fuel meaningful change in the way government business Relevant Products/Services is done," said Jen Morgan, president of SAP in North America. She stressed the security Relevant Products/Services and reliability of the new SAP Cloud portfolio offerings for federal government agencies.

Regulatory Compliance Focus

This is a heavy-duty offering from a regulatory and compliance perspective. SAP's U.S. federal secure node environment is designed to comply with National Institute of Standards and Technology parameters and data Relevant Products/Services sovereignty and citizenship restrictions that are part and parcel of delivering cloud-based services to U.S. federal civilian agencies and the U.S. Department of Defense.

With SAP NS2, the company is recognizing that government agencies have various regulatory guidelines through which to wade, along with security demands that can make it difficult to fully embrace cloud technology in an age of rising cyber Relevant Products/Services threats. SAP aims to help government clients find the right balance of cloud, hosted and on-premise technology to address the needs of citizens.

"It is critical that our federal customers have access to cloud models that are tied to national standards along with options for secured support," said Mark Testoni, president and CEO, SAP NS2. The company hopes its federal secure node will become the poster child for how industry can support customers with mission-critical solutions and platforms.

SAP's Market Challenge

Will SAP hit that mark? We caught up with Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get his thoughts on the new SAP offering. He told us SAP's strategy is a bit more complex than Oracle's recently announced expanded government cloud solutions portfolio, mainly because of the company's foreign incorporation and ownership.

Oracle recently announced that Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud), Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud), and Oracle Sales Cloud applications are available to government organizations through Oracle Government Cloud.

"SAP should be able to get around any legal and regulatory sensitivities in its creation of an independent U.S.-based company that will manage SAP NS2 services and processes. It's also interesting to note the announcement's intent focus on security as a paramount concern," King said.

"Some might consider that a simple attempt to reassure potential public-sector customers, but it also highlights how SAP understands the priorities of the customers it hopes to court. Overall, I expect SAP NS2 will do pretty well in its target markets."

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