IBM, CSC Team for Hybrid Cloud Expansion

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IBM has expanded its partnership with CSC, a Virginia-based IT services provider, with the goal of developing joint applications to support mobile, analytics and cognitive intelligence across hybrid cloud platforms. The partnership centers around the integration of the IBM Cloud, which includes services such as analytics, mobile, networking and storage, with the CSC Agility Platform, which allows customers to use hybrid clouds across multiple cloud providers as well as their traditional IT environments.

By combining the IBM Cloud with the CSC Agility Platform, CSC customers can now use IBM cloud services in a hybrid multi-cloud environment, according to the announcement. IBM has agreed to incorporate the IBM Cloud as a key component of CSC’s IT strategy as both companies work to help clients meet their compliance requirements...

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Mirantis and Palo Alto Networks Integrate Production-Grade OpenStack With Next-Generation Security

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Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, and Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, today announced a joint partnership and availability of Palo Alto Networks next-generation security as a virtual network function (VNF) within Mirantis OpenStack, a production-grade OpenStack distribution. The combination protects applications from cyberthreats while taking advantage of the agility, cost savings, and innovation of the OpenStack cloud ecosystem.

"OpenStack cloud environments are an attractive choice for many organizations because it gives them flexibility to accelerate innovation by rapidly deploying emerging technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV). We have teamed with Mirantis to give organizations next-generation security as a virtual network function (VNF) needed to operationalize OpenStack and effectively prevent successful cyber breaches."
-- Marc Benoit, vice president of technical business development, Palo Alto Networks

VMware backs out of planned Virtustream cloud business

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Just months after announcing plans to merge its cloud business with EMC’s Virtustream, VMware said today that it is backing out of the deal. VMware informed investors via a regulatory filing that it will no longer participate in the formation of a Virtustream Cloud Services Business unit, but did not say why.

The move comes as EMC announced over the weekend that is moving forward with plans to be acquired by Dell for $67 billion, having not received any better offers since the record deal was revealed in October. The history between VMware and Virtustream has been murky. EMC, which owns a majority stake in VMware, announced in May that it was buying Virtustream for $1.2 billion...

Telus announces hybrid cloud offering in partnership with Microsoft and Cisco

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It’s not everyday that a single announcement can bring three household names together in one room, but that is just what happened Tuesday. At a small gathering in downtown, the Telus announced that it is partnering with the software and networking giants to provide cloud aimed at the mid-market and large enterprise.

The managed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering will include public, private and hybrid clouds, and is enabled both by its own, as well as Microsoft’s new data centres that are coming to Toronto and Quebec city in the new year, and Cisco’s Cloud Architecture. “What we’ve essentially done here… is the Telus Hybrid Cloud,” said Tom Jolly, vice president of IT and cloud services at Telus. “We are interworking Microsoft’s and Cisco’s technologies into the Microsoft Azure platform, as well as providing the ability to integrate customer on-premise data centres.”...

HPE partners with Microsoft for enterprise cloud services

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In an effort to improve its cloud offerings, HP Enterprise (HPE) has just announced a partnership with Microsoft. HPE will be working alongside Microsoft to implement its cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure to handle its enterprise cloud services. Under the new agreement, Microsoft will become a preferred public cloud provider of HPE and HPE will likewise become a preferred provider of Microsoft Azure services.

What brought these two companies together is that they share similar beliefs in regard to a hybrid approach for enterprises. HPE and Microsoft both see a chance to simplify hybrid infrastructure for their consumers through this partnership. HPE is planning to close down its own public cloud service next year which will allow Microsoft to step in and fill the void experienced by HPE’s current customers...

Huawei taps Telefonica data centres for global cloud migration

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Huawei and Telefonica are collaborating on a global scale to promote migration to the cloud. The two companies will work together to help businesses to migrate their servers to the cloud, using Telefonica's data centres for computing, storage and backup services. The services are being made available without infrastructure investment and on a pay-per-use basis.

Huawei's role in the partnership will see it deploy Telefonica's Open Cloud service, which is based on OpenStack, in eight of its partner's data centres. Telefonica will tap into Huawei's knowledge in the public cloud market in China. The collaborative services will be rolled out firstly in Brazil, Mexico and China during the first quarter of 2016, with five additional locations later in the year.

Cloud Computing: VCE Taps Cisco ACI for New Vblock System, More Secure Data Centers

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The next evolution of VCE's Vblock System has emerged with a little help from Cisco. This version integrates the networking giant’s Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, or ACI, to help developers build secure, flexible data centers that can adapt more rapidly -- and with less effort -- to business and app requirements as they change.

That sounds like a tall order but it’s the potential fruit that the partnership between Cisco and VCE could deliver by tapping into software-defined innovations to drive operational efficiencies. The proposed endgame: to help customers be more successful in a competitive cloud era...

Mirantis and FusionStorm Partner to Deliver Turnkey OpenStack Appliances With Round-the-Clock Enterprise Support

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Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, today announced FusionStorm as the latest Certified Rack Partner to offer Mirantis Unlocked Appliances. These turnkey, rack-based appliances ship with Mirantis OpenStack pre-configured to run in production environments and are easy to install, deploy and operate at scale.

FusionStorm customers will be able to buy the Mirantis Unlocked Appliance for Cloud Native Applications, a pre-validated turnkey environment designed for developing and deploying cloud native applications and container-based environments at scale, and pre-integrated, delivered and supported by FusionStorm.


Verizon and VMTurbo Join Forces to Develop Intelligent Cloud Control

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Verizon Enterprise Solutions, a global communications technology provider, and VMTurbo, the only application performance control system for the software-defined data center, today announced Verizon Intelligent Cloud Control, powered by VMTurbo , to help Verizon customers migrate workloads to the ideal public cloud service based on an enterprise's performance and resource requirements.

Unlike existing cloud brokerage solutions that manually recommend workload placement to public cloud service providers (CSPs), Intelligent Cloud Control enables Verizon customers to take advantage of software to drive real-time, automatable, price, performance and compliance-based placements. It also allows sizing and configuration decisions to deploy and migrate workloads to and among CSPs.

Microsoft ties up with rival Red Hat for cloud computing

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Long-time rivals Microsoft and Red Hat have tied up to, in their own words, “lend a helping hand to customers in taking up hybrid cloud computing by deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure”.  As part of the recently announced agreement, Microsoft will offer Red Hat’s Linux OS as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure.
In a media statement, the Redmond-based software major Microsoft said it is working with Raleigh-based open source software proponent Red Hat to build, deploy and manage applications across private and public clouds...