SAP will use IBM data centers to offer business services to its customers Â (Photo: IBM)
IBM will start offering SAP infrastructure services to companies as part of a new strategic partnership between the US IT group and the German business software company.
Under the pact, IBM will become a provider of cloud infrastructure services for business-critical SAP applications. SAP HANA, the company's cloud-based analytics platform, will be available through the IBM cloud.
"This global agreement with IBM heralds a new era of cloud collaboration," Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, said in a statement. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the IBM cloud "will enable SAP clients to support new ways to work in an era shaped by big data, mobile and social."
Â The two companies said SAP will bring the real-time capabilities of its SAP HANA in-memory computing to the partnership. IBM contributes the open architecture of its cloud offering.