Business Deals

Oracle Sales, Profit Top Estimates on Cloud Computing Demand

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Aaron Ricadela.

Oracle Corp. reported fiscal second- quarter sales and profit that topped analysts’ estimates on growing demand for Internet-based software, which is now on track to bring in more than $1 billion in revenue this year.

Profit excluding some items was 64 cents a share on adjusted revenue of $9.11 billion, the Redwood City, California- based company said yesterday in a statement. That compares with analysts’ average projection for profit of 61 cents on sales of $9.02 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Adjusted revenue includes some subscription and support contracts, as well as other licensing revenue...

Business associate agreements remain ambiguous amidst cloud-computing advances

Grazed from PhysBizTech. Author: Madelyn Kearns.

While clouds often symbolize a lazy sense of freedom or wistful disconnect, healthcare’s adoption of cumuli demands certain boundaries be established to keep the latest advances in information storage/sharing from raining down on the industry’s developing techno-ecosystem.

As Adam Greene — partner at the Law Offices of Davis Wright Tremaine and chairman for the HIMSS Cloud Security Workgroup — noted during his introduction at the Privacy & Security Forum in Boston last week, a purportedly successful outlet like cloud computing, rather liberated and undefined in these early stages, poses a lot of questions for providers and servicers alike regarding its receptiveness to hard HIPAA legalities...

iSoftStone Teams with IBM to Co-build A Cloud Computing Center of Excellence in Central China

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

iSoftStone Holdings Limited ("iSoftStone" or "the company," NYSE: ISS), a leading China-based IT services provider, today announced that it has signed an agreement with IBM and the Xiangyang city government to co-build an IBM Central China Cloud Computing Center of Excellence (CCoE) in the city of Xiangyang in China's Hubei province.

As a sub-center city in Hubei, Xiangyang has become one of China's largest automotive industry bases in which many manufacturers of vehicles, engines, and other vehicle parts are located. The IBM CCoE, located in Xiangyang and taking all of Central China as its service area, aims to build the first cloud platform to integrate the information needs of the automotive industry supply chain in China...

Cloud Computing: Box gets more international with Equinix deal

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Box will use six Equinix IBX data centers worldwide to serve the business users of its file-sharing and storage solution. Up till now, Box had no data center capacity outside the US although more than half of its customers were international. Box, which offers a cloud storage and file sharing to business customers, is getting more global, inking a deal to with Equinix to run on six of that company’s IBX data centers around the world.

Up until now, more than half of Box’s claimed 14 million customers were outside the U.S. but all of its data center capacity were there. Now, Box will also run in Equinix IBX data centers in Chicago, Ashburn, Virg., Amsterdam, Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the company said. Using Equinix, Box said it can boost performance for those customers by 60 percent...

LuxCloud and The Jatis Group Announce Partnership to Deliver Cloud Computing Services in Southeast Asia

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

LuxCloud recognized Southeast Asia as a rapidly growing market and are eager to develop strong partnerships in the region as part of their globalization plan. Jatis, a company founded in 1997, is headquartered in Jakarta with offices in Indonesia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Manila; they serve over 400 international corporate clients and are the leading provider of wealth management services in Indonesia. The partnership will maximize the best from both companies and substantially benefit all their customers by meeting new demands and offering innovative services.

Leading up to the partnership

LuxCloud, founded in 2010, is the global channel-centric market place for cloud services offering a SaaS delivery platform providing automation of billing and full provisioning of SaaS services; their portfolio includes the full range of Microsoft Hosted Services, as well as a growing range of commodity, proprietary and open source software applications. LuxCloud’s latest product, Hosted365, is a compilation of cloud services in a securely hosted desktop with web based versions of Microsoft Office programs; with the full support of Microsoft it currently offers Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Office Web Apps. Jatis customers were requesting subscription based cloud services, as opposed to the more traditional, one-off license models; initial discussions revealed mutual benefits for both organizations that resulted in the eventual partnership...

Dimension Data Achieves Cisco Cloud Builder Designation In North America

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

To support the expanding role of the network in deploying cloud services, Dimension Data, the $5.8 billion global specialist IT solutions and services provider, today announced that it has achieved the Cisco Cloud Builder designation within the Cisco Cloud Partner Program¹. This designation recognizes Dimension Data's competencies in selling and implementing Cisco end-to-end cloud solutions for end customers and cloud providers².

"As companies increasingly embrace cloud computing to enhance their business, we realize that planning, building and managing a cloud can be very complicated," said Jim Hirt, vice president of Enterprise Services, Dimension Data Americas. "Building upon our cloud services portfolio and global cloud platform, earning the Cisco Cloud Builder designation better positions us to help our clients with their journey to the cloud – including design, implementation, management and support."...

Cloud Computing: Cologix Enters Strategic Partnership with Appcore

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Appcore®, provider of the industry's only complete automated cloud computing platform, and Cologix, a network-neutral colocation and interconnection provider, today announced a partnership to enable customers to deploy Appcore Onsite™ within Cologix's 11 data centers across North America.

Cologix currently services over 550 customers across nearly every industry, ranging from carrier to managed services, media, content, financial services and enterprise businesses. Leveraging Appcore's technology solution empowers Cologix customers to implement scalable public or private cloud environments according to their business model or cloud focus...

Citrix, NetApp partner to simplify enterprise cloud deployments

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

The partnership will address storage automation, resource allocation, and virtual machine backup and recovery Server, desktop virtualisation, networking, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud computing technology firm Citrix has extended its partnership with storage, data management applications provider NetApp to accelerate the adoption of enterprise cloud deployments.

Under the expanded collaboration, the companies will provide an integrated cloud orchestration and storage application that claimed to address storage automation, resource allocation, and virtual machine backup and recovery...

HP, Microsoft link up in $250 million cloud computing pact

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday a $250 million partnership designed to simplify technology operations for businesses and promote cloud-computing technologies. The high-tech giants said they plan to partner in all aspects of business technology, including servers, storage, software and networking, during the three-year agreement.

H-P and Microsoft said the partnership would be based on an "infrastructure to application" business model, including collaboration on the Microsoft Windows Azure platform and offering prepackaged technology offerings for data management and online transactions...

Avnet, Amazon Web Services Partner on Cloud Services

Grazed from Talkin Cloud.  Author: Joe Panetierri.

Avnet Technology Solutions (NYSE: AVT) and Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) have inked a cloud computing partnership to empower VARs, MSPs, ISVs and other channel partners, Talkin’ Cloud has learned. The cloud relationship will initially involve Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) database services and Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD) Whitewater cloud storage gateway solutions. But take a closer look and it’s clear Avnet and Amazon intend to explore of additional cloud solution bundles for Avnet’s channel partners.

The Avnet Cloud Solutions initiative (unveiled in May 2012) seems to be gaining momentum with industry heavyweights. Instead of simply reselling SaaS offerings to channel partners, Avnet has been creating custom bundles (backed by a cloud support team) for its partner ecosystem...