IBM, SAP to partner on cloud computing for businesses

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Andrew Nusca.

IBM and SAP plan to announce on Tuesday that they will partner to offer cloud computing services to companies. Specifically, IBM will provide cloud infrastructure services to SAP, which will run its business applications—collectively dubbed the HANA Enterprise Cloud—on top of them.

For IBM, it’s the second megawatt deal of the year with a technology industry peer as it continues to stake ground through large cloud computing partnerships. In July, it announced it would partner with Apple AAPL -0.33% to sell phones and tablets (and related applications and services) to business customers...

AT&T offers secure links to IBM SoftLayer cloud

Grazed from GCN.  Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM and AT&T are teaming up to stay competitive in the cloud market, announcing a deal that would let customers link their IT services to IBM SoftLayer cloud using AT&T NetBond secure virtual private network (VPN).

The dual service offering would give customers a method for securely connecting their data and IT systems to a set of SoftLayer managed hosting and hybrid cloud services...

Cloud computing push: Infosys inks pacts with Huawei, Microsoft, Hitachi

Grazed from FirstPost.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Infosys Ltd, India's second-biggest IT services provider, said it had signed a partnership agreement with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to offer enterprise customers cloud computing services.  Infosys also said it had expanded existing cloud computing partnerships with Microsoft Corp and a Hitachi Ltd unit.

Infosys, led by Chief Executive Vishal Sikka, has been planning to boost investment in cloud computing, smartphone apps and other new technologies to win more high-margin outsourcing contracts. These are expected to help Infosys back to the forefront of India's $100 billion IT outsourcing industry...

tw telecom and Virtacore Team to Provide Enterprise Customers with Secure, Direct Access to the Cloud

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR NewsWire.

tw telecom, a leading provider of Business Ethernet and networking solutions, and Virtacore, a leading cloud services provider specializing in virtual infrastructure solutions, today announced a partnership to provide a combination of cloud, network and data center services, giving customers the ability to deploy flexible cloud solutions.

Virtacore provides customers the ability to cost-effectively extend their IT infrastructure in the cloud utilizing best-of-breed technologies built on Cisco's UCS platform, VMware VSphere, and hybridized storage using either NetApp or Nimble storage devices hosted at Equinix data center ecosystems. Utilizing tw telecom's eLynk service, customers benefit from a secure, dedicated and scalable Ethernet cloud connection...

NetApp Extends Relationship with VMware to Drive the Future of Software-Defined Services Delivery Across the Hybrid Cloud

Grazed from NetApp. Author: PR Announcement.

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced it is extending its more than a decade-long alliance with VMware to help customers transition to an IT future that is increasingly software defined and embraces cloud computing. As a leader in software-defined storage (SDS), NetApp is forging a deeper technology relationship with VMware to accelerate modern software-defined data center deployments as a foundational step to the hybrid cloud.

At VMworld® 2014, NetApp was announced as a key design partner for VMware Virtual Volumes, the new storage architecture for software-defined data center approaches. Additionally, NetApp and VMware continue their commitment to working together on application deployment and accelerating cloud desktop deployment. The companies are partnering on development with VMware Horizon® to help enterprises move applications and desktops to the cloud, and by doing so delivering them as a managed service to customers, enabling total cost reduction of desktop ownership...

Cloud Computing: Cisco signs deal with LG in push into Internet of Things

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Amy-jo Crowley.

Cisco has joined forces with LG to develop technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing systems. The networking firm said it had chosen LG CNS, a subsidiary of the South Korean electronics giant, as its first local business partner in efforts to identify business opportunities in the Korean market.

Chong Kyung-won, GM and VP of Cisco Korea, told The Korea Times: "Cisco believes the cloud computing market has huge growth potential. We've been consistent in providing standardised and qualified cloud and managed services to our partner companies.
"We hope the partnership with LG CNS lays the groundwork for shared growth with more Korean partners in those segments."...

Cloud and big data boost IBM as it announces Apple partnership

Grazed from IBM. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profits last night, as it pressed ahead with its shift to higher-end businesses such as big data, cloud computing, and security and mobile services. The business technology giant’s total revenue fell two per cent to $24.4bn (£14.3bn) in the second quarter, above analysts’ average estimate of $24.1bn.

Profit rose to $4.1bn from $3.2bn during the same period last year. On Wednesday, IBM announced a partnership with Apple to begin selling iPhones and iPads into enterprises, as well as developing business-specific applications for use on Apple’s platforms.

Cloud Computing: Oracle saddles up with OpenStack distributor Mirantis

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Joining a plethora of other vendors to support the open source cloud computing platform, software giant Oracle this week announced a partnership with pure-play OpenStack distributor Mirantis, blessing this company’s open source software to support Oracle Linux and Oracle VMs.

This is not Oracle’s first foray into the OpenStack community - in fact the company is a corporate sponsor of OpenStack and has its own distribution of the open source cloud management platform. But, it is one of the company’s first alliances in this competitive, yet still nascent community...

VMware to form cloud computing partnership with China Telecom

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Teppei Kasai.

Silicon Valley-based VMware Inc said it will form a cloud computing partnership with China Telecom Corp, expanding in China at a time when many U.S. technology firms' businesses there are experiencing fallout from a cyber security squabble. VMware said on Tuesday it will work with China Telecom to build a hybrid cloud service to be operated by the state-owned company, China's biggest cloud service provider.

Hybrid services can be used to combine private infrastructure such as on-premises data centers with public cloud services. U.S. equipment and software providers such as IBM Corp and Cisco Systems Inc have seen their China sales drop after last year's revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of U.S. spying...

MemSQL, GoGrid Partner on High-Performance Big Data Cloud Analytics

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

Public cloud computing and Big Data analytics have converged in a new partnership between MemSQL and GoGrid designed to simplify the orchestration of MemSQL's in-memory distributed database system for business intelligence. MemSQL and GoGrid are both invested in high-performance Big Data computing.

MemSQL's platform leverages in-memory storage to speed both real-time and historical data analytics, while GoGrid tailors to customers interested in Big Data-oriented hosting solutions that include SSD storage, large amounts of RAM memory and dedicated servers. The new partnership between the companies, which they announced June 17, adds ease of use to the high-end services that each provides, they said...