Accenture and Oracle embark on enterprise cloud adoption push

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IT services firm Accenture has joined forces with Oracle to form a business group geared towards accelerating enterprise adoption of cloud technologies. The Accenture Oracle Business Group will provide enterprises with access to industry-specific services built using Oracle’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings.

The hope is, by offering firms access to services designed with the needs of their industry in mind, Accenture and Oracle can help them make the move off-premise more quickly by doing a lot of the preparatory work on their behalf. The delivery of these services will be supported by Accenture and Oracle’s joint workforce, which includes 52,000 consultants and 20,000 Java professionals...

Optus ups cloud capability with Microsoft partnership

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Optus Business customers will have access to Microsoft Azure-enabled cloud services, with the Australian telco becoming a partner of Microsoft's Cloud OS Network. The Singtel subsidiary claimed on Monday that the partnership would see it become the first Australian network service provider to partner locally with Microsoft for its Cloud OS Network, which claims Rackspace and Cisco among its global partners.

The software giant announced its Cloud OS Network in late 2013, when it formalised an initial 25 partnerships with cloud service providers globally, including Aruba, Fujitsu, Lenovo, and Optus Singapore-based parent company Singtel. "Through this partnership with Microsoft, Optus can now deliver solutions based on the Microsoft Cloud Platform designed to meet enterprise customers' hybrid computing needs," said Microsoft Australia managing director Pip Marlow...

Mirantis joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

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OpenStack specialist Mirantis has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation in a move being slated as furthering open standards in the maturing cloud industry, as Mirantis looks to support customers topping off their cloud computing stack with a developer layer for building out applications and services.

Mirantis styles itself as the "pure-play" OpenStack company, offering a straight build of the open source cloud computing framework that is not integrated with proprietary technology. Other vendors offer an OpenStack build that is designed to operate with their existing products, such as VMware, which runs OpenStack atop vSphere...

Ericsson, Canonical enter cloud partnership

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Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, announced a three-year partnership with Ericsson to drive innovation around IT cloud and telecom cloud products, the latter in line with OPNFV. The move will help both organisations respond to increasing demand from telecoms companies and enterprises for more flexible, scalable options to meet the ever-growing appetite for new services.

Under the terms of the partnership, Ericsson will deploy Ubuntu as the host OS for Ericsson’s Cloud System platform. Ubuntu Server OS will underpin Ericsson’s offering for its telecommunications network, internal data centre and cloud computing customers. Ericsson chose Ubuntu Server OS as the host OS for its Cloud Execution Environment, a core component of the company's cloud infrastructure...

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Google offers a new service for launching packaged apps in VMs to Cloud Platform, by way of a partnership with Bitnami

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Google's latest enhancement to Cloud Platform is not a new feature but a repackaging of an existing innovation. But it's a downright useful offering all the same. Cloud Launcher is a gallery of applications that can be deployed to Google Cloud Platform with one click. Many of the offered apps are courtesy of a partnership with an existing app-packaging solution, Bitnami. The service's catalog includes many commonly deployed applications, such as WordPress or SugarCRM, plus development stacks (LAMP) and stack components (Nginx, Node.js).

The blog post detailing Cloud Launcher indicates that the service is aimed mainly at admins who want to deploy VM-based applications -- as opposed to containerized ones -- but don't want to deal with the hassle of setting up a VM, then deploying an app into it. Enter Bitnami, which has been providing VM-packaged application solutions for some time...

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Faction and SoftNAS Partner to Deliver Enterprise Grade Cloud Storage Service

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Faction, an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud service provider offering hybrid, private, and public cloud solutions, today announced its partnership with SoftNAS™, a leading cloud storage software company. Faction partners with SoftNAS to complement its NetApp storage portfolio and address a growing need for on-demand, enterprise-class network-attached storage (NAS) and cloud file gateway capabilities with advanced Network File System (NFS)/Common Internet File System (CIFS) shared storage in the cloud, a mainstay storage solution for customers moving to the cloud.

With Faction’s recent rebranding, the company introduced a flexible cloud computing portfolio designed the way customers want it — with deep access, broad customization capabilities and patented layer 2 private pathways to the Faction cloud. Faction’s core bundles called Cloud Blocs are modular, flexible, and completely customizable so customers can design them with their unique network, processing and storage requirements. Storage is an essential component for enterprises of any size, so they can archive, back up and protect their business-critical data environments and applications...

Airtel partners with Amazon for cloud computing services

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Airtel yesterday announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services to offer its cloud computing services to customers in India. The Cloud computing services will offer software and other facility to customers while charging them on usage basis, without requiring them to buy entire product.

Bharti Airtel’s Global Business CEO Ajay Chitkara said that they are excited to strengthen Airtel’s cloud services portfolio by adding Amazon Web Services to our growing list of cloud services providers. Under this partnership customers will get commitment from the company on a dedicated connection between their premise and AWS data centres – the facility which was not available earlier...

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Cloud Computing: IBM mines Twitter for business data

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IBM has introduced its first cloud-based data-mining and analysis services that have arisen out of its new partnership with Twitter.  The US technology giant is offering to trawl through Tweets posted on the micro-blogging site, evaluate and analyse them for the benefit of its business clients.

A half a billion Tweets appear daily on Twitter and, with the help of intelligent analytical tools, trends can be identified and client requests fished out, IBM manager Alistair Rennie said at CeBIT, the world's largest info technology fair in Hanover, Germany...

Cloud Computing: Huawei signs cloud/IoT partnerships with Deutsche Telekom, SAP

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Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Huawei have announced an IT and cloud partnership at the computer expo CeBIT 2015. The two firms said the deal will see Huawei provide its hardware and solutions expertise to combine with DT’s systems integrator arm T-Systems’ cloud experience.

According to T-Systems Director of IT, Ferri Abolhassan the partnership is part of the company’s strategy in becoming a cloud technology leader. “We are bringing together strengths from two continents: T-Systems’ technology and quality leadership in cloud services, and Huawei’s cutting-edge technology and solution expertise,” he said...

Microsoft and Cisco offer a cloud-in-a-box

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Cisco and Microsoft have jointly created a software and hardware package designed to help cloud providers spin up new services more quickly. The Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform was designed to streamline the process of setting up a cloud service by integrating Cisco hardware and software with Microsoft's cloud and system software.

The package could be used to set up infrastructure, platform and software services. It has been designed to support enterprise applications in particular. Cloud systems can be difficult and expensive to set up properly because they involve coordinating operations among all the different elements, including servers, networking equipment and operating systems. A set of integrated offerings could cut deployment and maintenance times significantly...