Cloud Deals

Google triples number of $500k cloud deals year over year as latest results announced

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Google says it has tripled the number of its big cloud deals year over year as its parent company Alphabet announced revenues of $26 billion (£19.9bn) for the most recent quarter. In a call with analysts, Google CEO Sundar Pichai – who it was also announced is joining the Alphabet board of directors – discussed the company’s ‘impressive’ cloud assets.

“[Google Cloud Platform] continues to experience impressive growth across products, sectors and geographies and increasingly with large enterprise customers in regulated sectors,” he said, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha. “To be more specific about our momentum with big customers, in Q2 the number of new deals we closed worth more than $0.5 million is three times what it was last year,” Pichai added...

IBM to Buy Verizon's Private Cloud, Managed Hosting Business

Grazed from ChannelPartnersOnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Verizon is selling its private cloud and managed hosting services to IBM. George Fischer, senior vice president and group president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, wrote in a blog Wednesday that the carrier will partner with IBM for “strategic initiatives" in cloud and networking. “This is a unique cooperation between two tech leaders to support global organizations as they look to fully realize the benefits of their cloud computing investments," Fischer said.

The companies have not disclosed the terms of the deal, but it is expected to close later this year. Fischer says Verizon Enterprise Solutions is set up to provide customers intelligent networking, business communications and managed IT services. “It is the latest development in an ongoing IT strategy aimed at allowing us to focus on helping our customers securely and reliably connect to their cloud resources and utilize cloud-enabled applications," he said...

Akamai, China Unicom strike cloud deal

Grazed from BCN. Author: Editorial Staff.

China Unicom and Akamai have announced a partnership that will see the two companies integrate their cloud services and content delivery network, respectively. The deal between China Unicom’s cloud division CU Cloud and Akamai will see the former offer the latter’s full portfolio of content delivery, web performance and security offerings, a move CU Cloud said will improve global access to its growing suite of cloud services.

Akamai’s turnkey CDN technology will also underpin global delivery of its cloud services, CU Cloud said. “China Unicom is a major carrier in China, serving the global internet market,” said Noam Freedman, senior vice president of Akamai’s global networks division. “We’re excited to be partnering with CU cloud to tap into the fast-growing China cloud and CDN market. Akamai sees increased demand for delivering content to Chinese internet users from global customers...

IBM Lands Cloud Deals With Marriott, Others

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Darryl K. Taft.

IBM announced a major cloud deal with Marriott along with three other hybrid cloud wins today. IBM said Marriott will use IBM’s cloud to power its IT operations for its more than 4,000 properties across the globe. Marriott will migrate a significant portion of its core IT systems and applications to IBM’s open cloud platform over the next few years. IBM did not disclose the value of the deal.

Big Blue will also provide managed DevOps services to enable the development of “born on the cloud” capabilities using the cloud solution. And Marriott will be deploying IBM’s Big Insights analytics software. “Marriott continually transforms its technology to ensure we provide a seamless and enjoyable experience for guests throughout their entire stay,” said Bruce Hoffmeister, global chief information officer at Marriott International, in a statement...

Cloud Computing: Nuage wins big deal in China

Grazed from BusinessCloud. Author: Steve Brooks.

China is vast, it is the second largest country by land mass in the world with 9.6 million square kilometres and a population of 1.3 billion. The challenges of providing cloud services to such a huge market are huge and China Telecom as one of the main providers in China has turned to Nuage networks to solve one of its key issues.

With the need to build a dynamic software defined network (SDN) to enable it to deliver new services, China Telecom has turned not to Huawei, as one might expect, but to Nuage networks. With a large and increasingly complex network the SDN technology will be important to meet the growing demand on its network and cloud services. Part of the contract also includes security services to mitigate against Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS), which because of the volume of computers on the network becomes almost a certainty as a result of events rather than malicious intent. In the event of targeted attacks against specific customers the technology is able to isolate parts of the network to mitigate that attack...

IBM Signs $1.25 Bln Seven-year Cloud-computing Services Deal With WPP

Grazed from Nasdaq. Author: Editorial Staff.

Technology company International Business Machines Corp. on Tuesday entered into a new seven-year cloud-computing services contract with British advertising giant WPP Plc (WPP.L, WPPGY) for IBM to transform and manage WPP's global technology platform. The deal will enable WPP to accelerate its digital transformation and global leadership.

"This announcement is a significant milestone in the deployment of enterprise cloud and extends IBM's position as the premier global cloud platform. Our secure, open enterprise cloud platform will enable WPP to quickly deliver new innovations to their customers," said Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services...

IBM Signs 10-Year Cloud Deal For $10 Billion

Grazed from BreakingFinanceNews. Author: Toi Williams.

International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has announced that it signed a 10-year, $10 billion deal with ABN AMRO to provide cloud services to the banking company. The multibillion-dollar service agreement includes the management of the IT infrastructure of the bank and the implementation of a private cloud for the bank’s global operations. ABN AMRO is based in the Netherlands and serves private, corporate, and retail banking customers.

The contract with IBM includes fully managed services for servers, storage, end-user computing, application support, and a help desk. The 10-year agreement also includes the standardization and simplification of the bank’s entire IT landscape. IBM will handle a wide variety of IT tasks for the company, including upgrading its mobile computing operations and maintaining the company’s existing mainframe infrastructure...