At the Google Cloud Next 2017 conference this week, cloud service providers (CSPs) professed much love for the partners they've finally acknowledged are critical to their success in the enterprise. After all, convincing independent software vendors (ISVs) to host their software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications on a cloud is one thing. Getting IT organizations to host enterprise-class workloads on a public cloud requires a level of hand holding that CSPs themselves are not willing to provide directly.
Based on hard-won experience, however, enterprise IT organizations are wary of being locked into a platform. In that light, the most significant announcement at Google Cloud Next was a pledge by SAP to make its HANA in-memory database available on the Google Cloud Platform. SAP already makes HANA available both on a cloud it manages that runs on the IBM Cloud service and on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure clouds.