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Securely delivering SAP + Google Partnership

The partnership

On March 2017, SAP and Google announced a partnership to help business run better with flexibility, scalability, and speed on highly-secured solution and on a highly-secured public cloud platform.

SAP and Google started with several technical works where both teams made sure that SAP HANA is certified to run on top Google Cloud Platform(GCP).

 Then, moved on to the SAP NetWeaver platform, which is an ABAP-based application server, this serves as a foundation that enables SAP core products such as S/4HANA, which can run on top of the GCP. In addition, innovative products such as SAP Cloud Platform and Data Custodian are being tested on GCP.

 With all the possible scenarios where SAP solutions run on top of GCP, SAP, as a trust advisor for customers’ core business processes for more than 40 years, it is essential for both SAP and Google to provide a unified approach on securely delivering the solution to our customers.

 This is where the security teams from both SAP and Google need to not only understand how security controls apply to both companies, but where SAP and Google need to work together to provide a highly-secured solution on a highly-secured cloud platform.


SAP Global Security and Google Security

 Our team, which belongs to the SAP Global Security, was focusing our discussions on security with Google’s security team to align how security controls and best practices apply to the GCP as well as various SAP cloud solutions that Google will be using. The discussion included topics from audit requirement, patch management, ISO certification, security breach notification, and to how we as individuals in the security industry can deliver a better security message to our customers and those not working in the security field.

 The proximity of the SAP Palo Alto office and Google’s office allowed us to have several on-site discussions, in addition to the virtual sessions.

 Even though SAP’s Global Security team is spread out around the world, those of us located in Silicon Valley could quickly align with different security teams in SAP Global Security to help sort out any concerns or potential issues. This was only possible with the great help of Lutz Bartsch, Darina Vitcheva, and Daniel Fryer


The work

 As a result, both SAP and Google have reached several agreements, moving the SAP and Google partnership to the next level.

 However, this is far from over for the security team on both sides, as the partnership deepens this is just setting the foundation on the security discussion. There will be more as we deliver more solutions together; after all, the goal is to provide our customers a highly-secured solution on a highly-secured platform.

 Security is a never-ending effort; if you are interested on how SAP delivers security, visit the SAP Cloud Trust Center and let us know if you have questions.

 Or, if you ever come to the SAP Palo Alto office come meet the SAP Global Security team and we will be glad to discuss security with you.

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