SAP May Need More Data Centers

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SAP, the giant German company known for its ERP software, has been preparing a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, which will likely be available sometime next year. Nicholas Carr notes that the new product, known as A1S, will have infrastructure implications:

The shift toward providing software over the Net poses some big challenges for the German giant. First, it’s going to have to get into the data center business – and that will mean substantial new capital investments. As Business Week reports: “The investment will shave its expected 2007 operating margin by 1% to 2%, to around 27% of sales. That’s slightly lower than in 2006. ‘You have a lot of costs up front,’ says (SAP CEO Henning) Kagermann. ‘It’s a different model.’”

Read more of Nick’s thoughts at Rough Type and broader coverage at Google News.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.