Cisco Expands Cloud Partner Network with Microsoft Azure Integration

Grazed from RedmondMagazine.  Author: Kurt Mackie.

Cisco and Microsoft announced a technology integration effort today that promises to expand the options of Cisco's cloud service provider partners, allowing them to more easily tap Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources.

Cisco currently has more than 60 partners centered on its Intercloud effort, which is based on the OpenStack cloud architecture. This new technology integration effort with Microsoft will expand on Cisco's Intercloud effort by facilitating partner use of Microsoft's proprietary Azure infrastructure...

Huawei, Intel expand tie-up amid China's rising scrutiny of U.S. tech firms

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Paul Carsten.

China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and Intel Corp are expanding an existing alliance to provide cloud computing to global telecoms carriers, as U.S. tech firms vie for Chinese tie-ups to retain access to a tough mainland market. The partnership, announced by Huawei in a statement, comes as U.S and other Western tech firms' scramble to burnish their bona fides with China, which has become increasingly wary of foreign technology.

Joining hands with Chinese companies, including technology transfers and adopting Chinese partners' branding, can make these products more palatable to local buyers and authorities in the world's second-largest economy. "How do you stay in this market and do the least damage to your core business - that's the puzzle everybody is focusing on now," said James McGregor, chairman for advisory firm APCO China...

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Cloud Computing: IBM Forms Partnership With Juniper on Data-Networking Analysis

Grazed from Bloomberg.  Author: Alex Barinka.

International Business Machines Corp. formed a partnership with Juniper Networks Inc. to create networks with built-in analytics, harnessing big data to improve mobile and other applications.

IBM and Juniper will design and sell tools to help businesses analyze information, update operations, reduce costs and improve how applications run, according to a statement Tuesday. This could involve customizing experiences for watching videos, running business apps or managing Web-connected devices...

CenturyLink, IBM target big data, cloud services with software tech project in Louisiana

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM, CenturyLink and the State of Louisiana today announced an innovative public-private partnership that will create high-value, high-tech jobs in Louisiana and fuel the talent demands of the digital economy. As part of a 10-year business transformation agreement between IBM and CenturyLink, IBM will open and staff the new applications development innovation center in Monroe, creating at least 400 new roles for experienced professionals and drawing heavily on graduates from the state's colleges and universities.

The rapid adoption of mobile and social technologies over recent years is driving fundamental transformations to business processes and applications. The center will provide IBM's clients with services that address the increasing demand for flexible software services to create value from big data, cloud computing and mobile-led business transformation...

Piston and ActiveState Partner to Offer OpenStack and Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service

Grazed from AppDeveloperMagazine. Author: Richard Harris.

Piston Cloud Computing and ActiveState Software are partnering together to use Piston with ActiveState’s Stackato Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities to offer an OpenStack and Cloud Foundry PaaS based private cloud environment. Piston provides a turn-key infrastructure management and automation layer while Stackato provides a platform to manage, develop and deploy software.

With the combination of Piston and Stackato, customers can deploy a production-ready IaaS plus PaaS stack in a single day. Stackato is based on the Cloud Foundry and Docker open source projects. It provides development teams with built-in languages, frameworks and services on one single cloud application platform...

Cloud Computing: CommVault Enters Agreement with NaviSite

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Elizabeth White.

CommVault has announced an arrangement with NaviSite, Inc., to extend the data protection capabilities of Simpana® software to NaviSite's NaviCloud® portfolio. CommVault will provide data protection and management capabilities for customers using NaviCloud Director, an enterprise-class cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution offered directly to customers via an intuitive self-service portal, and also delivered in conjunction with NaviSite's broad portfolio of managed services.

"Our clients come to us for solutions that can readily scale to meet their enterprise level requirements, while reducing risk and providing value back to the business," said David Grimes, chief technology officer, NaviSite. "Simpana software satisfies our requirements and provides the capabilities of multiple point products we were evaluating within a single solution -- providing a great degree of flexibility for our clients, while resulting in less complexity and costs for our internal organizations."...

FireHost Teams With Dell For Secure Managed Private Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Ericka Chickowski.

FireHost this week teamed up with Dell Services to roll out a converged infrastructure solution that brings together Dell compute and server hardware with FireHost's cloud architecture to create a secure, single-tenant managed cloud. Known best for its security-focused public cloud platform, FireHost steps out with this move into the managed private cloud market for the first time.

"Our secure managed private cloud offering provides the channel with a physical, converged readymade rack that can be deployed on site," says John Funk, director of global partnering for FireHost. "By us offloading some of the security and compliance burden from customers through our secure managed service approach, the channel has a unique talking point and can position themselves more strategically in accounts as a partner who enables customers to scale toward other key business priorities."...

Avaya, VMware Collaborate on Hybrid Cloud Services

Grazed from TheVarGuy.  Author: Michael Cusanelli.

Avaya is partnering withVMware (VMW) on a new enterprise hybrid cloud service that leverages the vCloud Air platform. Avaya's Hybrid Engagement as a Service platform is designed to enable users to bridge private and public clouds to deliver a flexible approach to implementing enterprise communications.

“This new set of cloud services from Avaya provides additional flexibility and cost efficiency to enterprise customers who want to take advantage of a public cloud model for our customer and team engagement solutions,” said Joe Manuele, vice president, SI/SP, Alliances and Cloud at Avaya, in a statement...

EXIN to develop certification program for OpenStack with support from HP

Grazed from TheHostingNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

EXIN, the global independent certification institute for ICT professionals, has signed an agreement with HP to develop a certification program for OpenStack™, the open source cloud operating system that is already used by many organizations worldwide, with support from HP. HP will be first to offer the opportunity to gain certification through the training course, which will be based upon the established HP OpenStack course.

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With the continuous growth of cloud computing, organizations are realizing that cloud computing is not merely a technological change. Cloud computing has an impact on all layers of an organization, especially the ICT professionals. This leads to new questions about the changing role and position of ICT departments and professionals. That is the reason why EXIN has developed a number of certifications in the area of Cloud Computing...

Juniper's Partnership With VMware Will Boost Private Cloud Adoption

Grazed from SeekingAlpha. Author: Maria Zahid.

Cloud computing technologies have continued to take the world of IT and digital media by storm as more and more companies are switching over to the innovative new technology, in an effort to ride the wave of momentum that it has gained since its inception. Network infrastructure provider Juniper Networks has decided to expand its already existing agreement with leading cloud infrastructure provider VMware.

Juniper had previously agreed to collaborate with VMware over the provision and development of integrated technologies. The companies have now agreed to develop platforms and enabling environments for the adoption of private cloud computing. The deal would allow both companies to grow and gain a foothold in the emerging cloud market...