What Microsoft and Accenture's Cloud Partnership Means

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Microsoft  recently teamed up with Accenture to jointly fund and build a new hybrid cloud bundle, which is expected to launch next year.  The "hybrid cloud" refers to businesses managing some of their own resources in-house, while relying on external cloud services for others. For example, a company can keep its recent customer data on in-house storage, but send its archived data to a public cloud service.

This approach, which is built on top of existing IT services, is useful for large companies, which can't transfer their data to the cloud as quickly as smaller businesses...

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Symantec and HP Team for OpenStack-based Disaster Recovery

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Data security and backup software specialist Symantec and IT heavyweight Hewlett-Packard (HP) are partnering for a disaster recovery as-a-service (DRaaS) product anchored by HP Helion OpenStack. HP Helion Openstack is the Palo Alto, Calif.-based tech company's business-oriented take on the popular open-source cloud computing platform. Announced in May, HP Helion OpenStack represents a $1 billion investment by the company, excluding data center build-out projects.

In August, HP said its Helion portfolio has helped lift its cloud computing segment. While reporting the company's third-quarter 2014 financial results, HP's CEO Meg Whitman said in an earnings call that since launching Helion, "we're seeing strong engagement from customers, and we're extending our share leadership in private cloud." By partnering with Symantec, HP is leveraging its OpenStack know-how to help businesses keep their applications running in the event of IT mishaps...

Applied Micro Collaborates With Red Hat and Cirrascale to Deliver an Evaluation Platform for HPC Clusters to Lawrence Livermore

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Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, today announced collaboration with Red Hat® andCirrascale® to deliver a high performance computing (HPC) cluster based on the world's first ARM® 64-bit X-GeneTM Server on a ChipTM to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory®. This cluster will be tested and evaluated as a platform for HPC and Big Data technologies.

The X-Gene-based cluster delivered to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory comes in Cirrascale RM1905D chassis and is based on a software platform developed as a part of the Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program...

Toshiba Teams with Cisco on Fog Computing for Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Community Initiative

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Toshiba and Cisco this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of enhancing the progress of a new Smart Community by extending collaboration on new ways to utilize the Internet of Everything (IoE) to improve processes, productivity and experiences in manufacturing, transportation and city environments. The global collaboration is intended to bring together the Cisco Fog Computing network environment featuring Cisco's network-wide security solution with the Toshiba Group's endpoint management technology.

Toshiba seeks to generate new value by connecting its energy, health care, storage products and services using cloud computing, big data and analytics technologies, with the goal of creating a Human Smart Community: a safe, secure, and comfortable society...

Rackspace Announces Microsoft Cloud Support

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Rackspace on Monday said it now supports Microsoft’s cloud platform, including System Center, Hyper-V, Windows Azure Pack and Windows Server, in all of its U.S. data centers. Part of its managed cloud strategy, Rackspace says the move gives customers options, whether it be the company’s own OpenStack-powered Rackspace Private Cloud, or Microsoft technology.

“Rackspace customers who use Microsoft software tend to be looking for the ‘whole package,’ meaning they want a place to host their servers along with a partner who can work with them to ensure they run better here than anywhere else in the world, wrote Rackspace’s Jeff DeVerter, in a blog...

Wipro, Red Hat expand partnership for cloud computing solutions

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Wipro has expanded its partnership with Red Hat to accelerate the deployment of open source-based hybrid cloud computing solutions. As part of the expanded collaboration, Red Hat and Wipro will work together to develop and deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions to the market, and will also jointly deliver next-generation developer and operations-related solutions for integration and testing, according to a company statement.

As part of this most recent alliance expansion, Wipro becomes a Premier, Global Systems Integrator for Red Hat. With the expansion, Wipro's open source infrastructure solution stack now includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and OpenShift, the statement added...

Microsoft to marry Office with Dropbox for cloud productivity

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In the latest example of Microsoft partnering with a major competitor, the company has struck a deal with Dropbox to improve interoperability between Office and Dropbox's cloud storage and file sharing services for consumers and businesses. The partnership, announced Tuesday, creates a "coopetition" relationship, since Microsoft's OneDrive and OneDrive for Business compete against Dropbox's namesake consumer service and against Dropbox for Business.

The motivation is to make life easier for the company's vast number of shared customers, which currently store 35 billion Office files in Dropbox. While in a perfect Microsoft world, all Office users would rely on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, Dropbox has amassed a user base of about 300 million people. Meanwhile, Office has 1.2 billion users...

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HP and Wind River Partner to Create Carrier Grade HP Helion OpenStack Solutions for NFV

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Today at the OpenStack Summit, HP announced a partnership with Wind River to develop solutions with HP Helion OpenStack(R) technology to enable carrier grade network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities.

The addition of proven carrier grade technologies from Wind River into HP Helion OpenStack is designed to provide communications service providers (CSPs) with an open source based cloud platform that meets their demanding reliability requirements and accelerates their transition to NFV deployments...

Microsoft, Dell Package Azure Cloud-in-a-Box Offering

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Microsoft (MSFT) has partnered with Dell to package a cloud-in-a-box offering for the data centers of its enterprise and service provider customers. Dubbed Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), the solution — first introduced yesterday by Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, during a Microsoft webcast — combines pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft for Azure customers.

CPS, available for purchase on November 3, is built on Dell hardware, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack. It was designed to scale from a single rack to up to four racks and optimized for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) deployments...

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Red Hat Collaborates With SAP to Deploy Mobile Data Management Cartridge for SAP(R) SQL Anywhere on OpenShift

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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new results of its collaboration with SAP to drive the next generation of mobile database development and synchronization. With today’s news, developers now have access to new components of the SAP(R) Data Management portfolio in OpenShift, Red Hat’s award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering. The mobile data management cartridge for the SAP SQL Anywhere suite makes it easier for developers creating MySQL-based database applications to extend their data to remote and mobile applications, and keep it synchronized.

Today’s announcement builds on Red Hat’s existing collaboration with SAP to bring SAP components to OpenShift. In April 2014, Red Hat announced plans to offer free development cartridges for the SAP Data Management portfolio, including SAP Adaptive Server(R) Enterprise (SAP ASE), SAP IQ software and SAP SQL Anywhere for use with the OpenShift portfolio, aimed at enabling developers around the world to build next-generation applications...