SAP Enterprise Cloud alternatives

SAP Enterprise Cloud
Get the best of both worlds – the power of real time + the simplicity of the cloud – with our cloud-based deployment option for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP NetWeaver BW powered by SAP HANA, and the SAP HANA platform.
SAP Enterprise Cloud alternatives are:
Oracle Cloud, Force.com, IBM Cloud, Amazon Web Services
Here are the latest news about SAP Enterprise Cloud:

2013 SAP boss is mooning Oracle boss again


SAP co-founder and chairman Hasso Plattner is an old "friend" of Oracle boss Larry Ellison. They compete not only in the IT business but also in yacht races. Plattner, reportedly, once dropped his pants and mooned the crew of Ellison’s racing yacht when it was passing by. After that Ellison didn't miss a chance to throw a jab at SAP. For example, his first and only tweet is dedicated to SAP's failure on the cloud market. But the history repeats and now Larry Ellison once again is watching SAP's back. Recently we told about SAP's new product - HANA - the Big Data database that left behind Oracle's database business. And now SAP has launched a cloud platform SAP Enterprise Cloud (built on HANA), which has the potential to become the Amazon for big companies and beat Oracle on the cloud market.

Enterprise Cloud platform is designed not only to host SAP's own ERP and portals. It's positioned as a PaaS service on which developers can create high-performance enterprise applications. According to Plattner, already 430 startups are building apps on top of the new platform.

But SAP - is SAP. And its cloud platform has one big drawback in the SAP style. Each company that wants to use the new platform must first pay the full cost of the SAP HANA license (as if it buys SAP HANA but not lease it from the cloud).