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SAP SE today announced the development of a U.S. federal secure cloud offering that is planned to address all dimensions of the cloud model, including support, operations and delivery. 

The planned U.S. federal secure node, delivered in partnership with SAP National Security Services™ (SAP NS2™), an independent, U.S.-based subsidiary of SAP, is a fully managed, secure cloud. It is envisioned to be ideal for mission-critical applications such as the SAP Business Warehouse application and custom applications on SAP HANA Cloud Platform. It will offer the right mix of cloud, hosted and on-premise technology based on each agency’s needs, providing flexibility, choice and control over deployment strategy.

The U.S. federal secure node environment will comply with National Institute of Standards and Technology parameters, as well as data sovereignty and citizenship restrictions inherent in the delivery of cloud-based services to U.S. federal civilian agencies and the U.S. Department of Defense. This includes organizations that house export-controlled or other sensitive information.

Recognizing that government agencies of all sizes with varying regulatory guidelines and security needs are looking for different ways to embrace cloud technology, SAP is working with government customers to offer the right mix of cloud, hosted and on-premise technology needed to simplify operations and improve quality of life for the citizens they serve. Government agencies are using infrastructure and solutions from SAP and certified partners to extend their existing IT environments into the cloud, making the most of limited resources to deliver key services securely and with minimal disruption.

“With the SAP Cloud portfolio, we are offering agencies the agility and confidence to deliver services in a way that suits their citizens’ needs, particularly in terms of security and reliability — whether completely in the cloud or in hybrid form — in a non-disruptive way,” said Jen Morgan, president, North America, SAP. “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 is done.”

“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. “Our planned federal secure node is an excellent example of how industry can support customers with mission-enabling solutions and platforms by delivering rapid innovation in a secure environment.”

Underscoring the federal demand for enhanced security within the cloud, Alan Wade, a member of the newly formed SAP NS2 Advisory Board, noted: “Trusted cloud environments enable assured information-sharing through rigorous attention to security, infrastructure engineering and daily operational practices.”

SAP offers government agencies the flexibility to consume the cloud when and how they want through a comprehensive portfolio of public, private and managed cloud offerings. With more than 30 million users and more than 6,000 customers, the SAP Cloud portfolio includes:

  • Fastest-growing enterprise cloud company at scale: Non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue increased 41 percent in the third quarter of 2014
  • The most comprehensive cloud portfolio: Covering all key lines of business, including HR, procurement, sales, service, marketing
  • The leading social business platform: More than 15 million users of the SAP Jam social software platform
  • The largest cloud implementations in the world: Some with more than 2 million users
  • Agility of an advanced cloud platform: SAP HANA Cloud Platform enables new business processes and levels of innovation faster than ever before

Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in providing more than 14,800 public service organizations around the world with industry-specific capabilities, SAP is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges and opportunities that government organizations face in changing the way they deliver employee, partner and constituent solutions.

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