Akanda joins the Canonical Charm Partner Programme

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Canonical is excited to announce that Akanda has joined the Charm Partner Programme (CPP). Canonical’s CPP helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling with a click of a mouse. The Juju Charm Store has over 300 cloud based applications ready to be used on most public and private clouds, as well as bare metal servers.

Akanda is the main contributor to the OpenStack project Astara, which they will be charming as part of the CPP. It is the leading open source network orchestration solution built by OpenStack operators for real OpenStack clouds. Astara eliminates the need for complex SDN controllers, overlays and multiple plugins for cloud networking by providing a simple integrated networking stack (routing, firewall, load balancing) for connecting and securing multi­tenant OpenStack environments.

Cloud Computing: Why Cisco and Ericsson are Teaming up for Future Growth

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Cisco and Ericsson, two giants in the telecommunications gear sector, have teamed up to generate $1 billion in revenue for each company by 2018. The two companies will co-develop products, align customer service and share patents in a partnership that’s unprecedented in the industry.

The alliance, announced Monday, is a sign both of consolidation and competition in the market for telecommunications equipment as rival Alcatel-Lucent merges with Nokia, but also a symptom of the merging of both computing and communications as more business is conducted in the so-called cloud. Both companies are stuck in a mature industry providing equipment that underlies the backbone of both the wired and wireless Internet...

Cloud Computing: Cisco, Extreme, Big Switch Form SDN Partnerships

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: David Ramel.

Software-defined networking (SDN) players continue to form partnerships while jockeying for position amid the sea-wave change to virtualized networking. Making moves this week were Cisco Systems Inc., Extreme Networks Inc. and Big Switch Networks Inc.

Cisco made the most noise, as Verizon Communications Inc. announced Tuesday that it was the first major service provider to offer Cisco SDN technology, in the form of its Managed Software Defined Wide Area Network (Managed SD-WAN. The service leverages Cisco's Intelligent WAN, based on Cisco's counterpart offering to upstart SDN products, called Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)...

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Accenture Collaborates with Salesforce to Extend Its Accenture CAS Software Suite to the Cloud

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Accenture announced today it is collaborating with Salesforce to extend the complete AccentureCASsoftware suite to the Salesforce1 Platform. By bringing the solution to the cloud it will combine the market leading suite of customer management and mobility software of Accenture CAS with the built-in mobile, social and analytics capabilities of Salesforce’s leading CRM and enterprise cloud platform.

Accenture and Salesforce will offer consumer goods companies a single system of engagement for sales and trade marketing processes. In the first phase of the rollout, which is scheduled for release in calendar year 2016, Accenture CAS Trade Promotion Management and Retail Execution products will be made available on the Salesforce1 Platform. This will enable consumer goods firms to leverage Salesforce’s leading CRM capabilities in sales, service, marketing and analytics...

MainOne's MDX-i partners Microsoft on cloud computing

Grazed from TelecomPaper.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Nigerian operator MainOne's data centre subsidiary MDX-i announced the launch of its new cloud-based service offering with Microsoft. The service is built on Microsoft Azure infrastructure for secure private computing to companies on a pay-as-you-go basis. Benefits of the Infrastructure as a Service include access to a wide range of computing resources, such as storage, CPU, memory, security firewalls and network bandwidth, provisioned on a subscription basis.

This the first cloud offering MDX-i is launching in partnership with Microsoft and positions the company to meet the computing infrastructure needs of companies deploying private, public or hybrid clouds from its Tier III data centre in Lagos...

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Fujitsu, Red Hat partner on OpenStack-based private clouds

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Fujitsu and Red Hat have jointly developed a dedicated solution to simplify the creation of OpenStack private clouds. The Primeflex is a converged compute and storage combines Fujitsu’s server technology with Red Hat OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform software, and backed by Fujitsu’s professional services outfit.

The companies said the OpenStack-based converged offering will speed up cloud deployment. Harald Bernreuther, director global infrastructure solutions at Fujitsu said: “Primeflex for Red Hat OpenStack can underpin any organisation’s plan to transform their business model by leveraging cloud computing. By opting for an OpenStack-based solution, organisations can run new cloud-scale workloads while also optimising costs...

Cloud Computing: CA Technologies Joins Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project to Advance Innovation on the Mainframe

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A Technologies CA, today announced it is a founding Platinum member of The Linux Foundation’s new Open Mainframe Project. The project is designed to create a collaborative environment among top industry leaders and academic institutions to drive both improvements and enterprise innovation on the mainframe. The project will initially focus on reinforcing four key areas: scalability, availability, performance and security.

The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. As a founding Platinum-level member of the Open Mainframe Project, CA Technologies participation will help fuel innovation by participating in a neutral forum to drive support for Linux tools, associated hypervisors and open source components...

Cloud Computing: Chinese, Russian, tech giants join global open source efforts

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Simon Sharwood.

Notable tech companies from China and Russia are taking strides into the heart of the global technology community. Aliyun, the cloud computing offshoot of Business-to-business tat bazaar Alibaba, has become an Advisory Board member of the Xen Project, maker of the popular (if frequently-perforated) open source Xen hypervisor.

The Xen project says Aliuyn “has been contributing vulnerability fixes to the project for some time.” Xen Project Advisory Board members have the right to “propose and vote upon changes and additions to Xen Project test and validation infrastructure” and enjoy access to project leaders and the chance “to share technical and marketing priorities, and endorse new strategies for the project.” Financial contributions aren't required...

Cloud Computing: Check Point, VMware Expand Security Partnership

Grazed from The Var Guy.  Author: Michael Cusanelli.

Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP) recently announced an expanded partnership with VMware (VMW) to combine the security vendor’s vSEC virtual network security with the VMware NSX network virtualization platform.
Check Point’s vSEC is a software-defined data center offering that resides inside the NSX platform. The collaboration is designed to help joint customers protect their enterprise private cloud environments by providing security controls within the data center, giving users increased ability to monitor and prevent internal breaches...

Cloud Computing: Intel and Rackspace Team To Speed Enterprise Adoption of OpenStack

Grazed from CIOToday.  Author: Jeff Cozza.

 These days, Intel has its head in the clouds. It wants to ensure its enterprise clients do, too. Yesterday, the semiconductor company announced a new “Cloud for All” initiative to push for faster adoption of cloud architecture by enterprises. As part of the initiative, Intel said it is teaming up with Rackspace to open a new development center for the OpenStack cloud platform.

OpenStack, a free, open-source platform deployed by organizations under an infrastructure-as-a-service model, was originally developed by Rackspace in collaboration with NASA in 2010. Called the OpenStack Innovation Center, the new center, which will house Rackspace and Intel engineers, will be located at Rackspace’s corporate headquarters in San Antonio...