A new challenger approaches!

Could SAP be about to enter the PaaS market?

Elliot Bentley
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With yesterday’s major update, speculation grows that SAP’s PaaS, NetWeaver Cloud, may be close to release.

The
crowded PaaS market may be about to become even more
hotly-contested, as speculation grows that SAP’s NetWeaver Cloud
may be close to release.

A major update pushed
yesterday
includes the introduction of major new ‘Persistence’
and ‘Connectivity’ services, which allow for integration of SAP’s
HANA technology and integration with other SAP services – two key
selling points for the service.

It’s possible that NetWeaver Cloud may be launched at SAP’s
TechEd conference, which
takes place in two weeks’ time. However, according to
CIO
, a company spokesperson declined to comment on the
matter.

While the PaaS market is hardly lacking in players, SAP’s entry is
particularly interesting due to compatibility with services such as

HANA
, their proprietary in-memory database technology, and the
fact that it runs on SAP’s own Oracle-certified Java Virtual
Machine, SAP JVM.

Currently, NetWeaver Cloud only supports Java EE 6 – though
frameworks such as Spring are supported, and support for Java 7 and
other languages is “planned for future releases”
according to an FAQ
.

While the company’s entry into the market has been a long time
coming, a player as large as SAP may be able to carve out a
significant slice of the market on brand name and interoperability
alone.

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