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Symmetry Launches Next Generation Converged Cloud Platform to Power SAP HANA and Enterprise Workloads

Symmetry, a leading enterprise application management and cloud hosting solutions provider, today announced national expansion of its cloud hosting platform engineered to support and manage production SAP and SAP HANA workloads alongside traditional IT workloads.

Symmetry, a certified SAP Hosting, Cloud and SAP HANA Operations provider, has expanded its platform into Phoenix and Northern Virginia, complementing existing data centers in Chicago and Madison, WI.  The expansion and technical advancements significantly increase Symmetry’s ability to provide comprehensive and highly compliant cloud solutions supporting a wide range of IT workloads spanning SAP, SAP HANA, other critical third party applications and traditional IT workloads.

These capabilities are unique in that it enables Symmetry to segment discrete resource pools for specific customer applications, in essence giving an SAP HANA workload its own prescribed mix of performance and availability, while at the same time—and on the same platform—giving a Hadoop deployment its own tier optimized for scale. Previously, service providers had to maintain separate platforms as isolated islands of resources, making capacity utilization and resource allocation very difficult. This placed artificial limits on customer flexibility and resulted in higher infrastructure costs that had to be passed on to customers. CIOs were forced to choose one cloud service provider for performance-sensitive or scale applications and another for more mainstream workloads. Symmetry’s enhanced platform can easily handle both.

Built on enterprise-class composable infrastructure for compute and storage, the new platform leverages Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), and Palo Alto Networks firewalls that together enable new levels of customer self-service and mixed workload management. It is supported by a comprehensive automation and orchestration platform that enables customers to deploy the resources they need, when they need them—along with real-time visibility into performance metrics and usage. Technical advancements are focused on maximizing redundancy, optimizing disaster recovery, and delivering high availability services.

“Symmetry’s enhanced platform enables us to fully leverage advancements in composable, software-defined datacenter services to give our customers unprecedented levels of flexibility to configure cloud resources to support both SAP and mainstream IT workloads on the same secure, compliant platform,” said Christian Teeft, Chief Technology Officer for Symmetry. “It enables customers to effectively reduce the number of cloud hosting service providers and provide a single, federated view into consumption, performance and resource availability.”

“Until recently, enterprises have been resistant to exposing management of their mission critical applications to IT service providers opting instead for an ad-hoc, inefficient mix of on-premise and third party solutions,” said Ted Chamberlin, Principal Advisor and Analyst, Custom Shop Strategies. “Symmetry is changing this by integrating proven mission critical application management services with an innovative automation and orchestration platform whose physical compute, storage and network fabric resources are treated as dynamic services.  As a result, Symmetry can now provision customer workloads just as quickly and efficiently as public cloud service providers, while still maintaining security and compliance over the infrastructure that supports their mission-critical applications in a multi-tenant cloud setting.”

“Symmetry is laser focused on delivering the most flexible, secure and high performance cloud—both for mission critical applications like SAP that we manage, as well as mainstream IT workloads that customers seek to deploy on our unified platform,” said Pete Stevenson, Chairman and CEO of Symmetry. “Because we are hands-on, with a team of experts that provide sophisticated technical management for customers every day, Symmetry is in a truly unique position to design and deploy the next generation cloud. Our business and culture combines deep technical expertise with the latest technology—along with a sincere commitment to serve as a collaborative and trusted extension of our customers’ IT team.”