A new challenger approaches!

Could SAP be about to enter the PaaS market?

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.

Elliot Bentley

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