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Oracle Readies Cloud Blitz With New Partner Specialization, Integration Programs

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Chad Berndston.

Oracle (NSDQ:ORCL) plans to attack the cloud computing opportunity with a slew of new channel offerings for its 25,000 partners, including programs that will designate specialized Oracle partners as cloud builders and others that will pay partners referral fees and extra incentives for their cloud integration expertise.

It's the latest in a series of cloud-centric moves from the software giant, for which a software-and-services strategy is seen as increasingly important as its hardware business continues to erode. The launch is actually five distinct channel offerings that Judson Althoff, Oracle senior vice president, worldwide alliances and channels, is scheduled to unveil to partners during an Oracle Partner Network (OPN) keynote on Sunday -- the channel kickoff to Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco...

Cisco, EMC Align ‘Three Paths to the Cloud’ Incentives

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) and EMC (NYSE: EMC) have aligned their channel incentives in their “three paths to the cloud” strategy. The goal? To help partners increase their profitability no matter how they decide to play in the cloud computing space — as cloud services providers, cloud aggregators or cloud integrators.

As part of the announcement made at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, the two companies unveiled new joint reference architectures and integrated customer support, as well as new offerings to support the VCE Vblock appliance. For customers, it means more flexibility and choice, the companies stated, but for partners, it hopefully means some more ease in providing cloud computing infrastructures and services — and, of course, better margins...

Interoute and Unisys combine expertise to deliver complete enterprise cloud solutions

Grazed from RealWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, is partnering with worldwide IT solutions and services provider Unisys to help businesses to realise both immediate and long-term business value through with a simpler, more straightforward and more disciplined approach to cloud computing.

The initiative will combine Interoute's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capability, including its Virtual Data Centre (VDC), with Unisys cloud advisory, implementation and management services portfolio...

Cloud Vendors Team Up To Announce Paas Application Management

Grazed from BizTech2. Author: Editorial Staff.

Technology vendors, including CloudBees, Cloudsoft Corporation, Huawei, Oracle, Rackspace, Red Hat, and Software AG, have announced Cloud Application Management for Platforms (CAMP), a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) management Application Programming Interface (API) specification.

Designed for managing both public and private cloud applications, including packaging and deployment of the applications, CAMP will be submitted to Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) for development of an industry standard, in an effort to help ensure interoperability for deploying and managing applications across cloud environments...

Oracle, Red Hat team on CAMP cloud standard

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Enterprise software rivals Red Hat and Oracle, along with a number of other software and online services providers, have collaborated on a standard that they hope will ease the use of PaaS (platform as a service) among customers.

"Starting and stopping an application really ought to be standardized to make it easier for customers to manage their applications across different platforms," said Jeff Mischkinsky, Oracle senior director for Oracle's Fusion middleware, who was involved in the development of the standard...

Nirvanix, TwinStrata Launch Cloud Storage Starter Kit

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Unsurprisingly, the news coming out of VMworld 2012 so far is heavily tied into the cloud computing realm. One of the first announcements off the springboard was the launch of a cloud storage starter kit developed by Nirvanix and TwinStrata.

Both cloud storage service businesses, Nirvanix and TwinStrata are combining 50 TB of Nirvanix cloud storage with TwinStrata’s CloudArray to provide a “pre-tested, fully integrated cloud storage starter kit” for $48 per year. The two companies are targeting enterprise customers in search of backup, archiving and global collaboration in one solution. Additionally, the companies have crafted a set of SLAs around the offering...

VMware To Join Cloud Initiative Led By Rackspace

Grazed from Investors.com. Author: Reinhardt Krause.

VMware (VMW) is set to join OpenStack, a cloud computing software project that was spearheaded by Rackspace Hosting (RAX) and space agency NASA. More than 150 companies have joined the OpenStack software initiative, which freely licenses open-source programming code for software that runs servers in data centers.

But VMware and another cloud heavyweight, Amazon.com (AMZN), haven't been OpenStack supporters. VMware's "virtualization" software is widely deployed on servers in data centers. VMware recently acquired computer networking firm Nicira, which was an OpenStack member, for $1.2 billion.

The OpenStack Foundation is expected to approve VMware's application to join the group at a meeting on Tuesday. VMware is majority-owned by data storage firm EMC (EMC)...

IT firm Wipro join hands with Google to offer cloud computing solutions

Grazed from Econonmic Times. Author: Editorial Staff.

Technology services firm Wipro has partnered with internet search engine provider Google to offer cloud computing solutions that leverage the vast computing infrastructure that the search major has built over the past several years.

Wipro will build technology services solutions such as developing applications using Google App Engine, cloud-based storage solutions that use Google's vast data centers and data analytics that require significant computing power using both Google's compute engine and its extensive server farms across the globe...

CITIC Telecom CPC partners with EMC and Riverbed Technology to Enhance SmartCLOUD Capabilities

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited (CITIC Telecom CPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883), today announces a partnership with EMC and Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD) to further enhance its SmartCLOUD cloud computing offerings. The new solutions give Asia Pacific enterprises a more secure cloud storage environment and increased application performance and reliability, while providing them with a trusted, internationally-complied and secured springboard to grow business in the region.

New SmartCLOUD offerings with industry-leading storage and traffic management capabilities

The enhanced offering includes the new traffic and application balancing solution SmartCLOUD TAB (Traffic and Application Balancer), as well as enhancements and expansion of the storage capabilities in the SmartCLOUD portfolio...

CompuCom Taps BMC Software to Help Clients Ease the Journey to Cloud Computing

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

CompuCom Systems, Inc., the leading IT outsourcing specialist, has formed a strategic relationship with BMC Software (NASDAQ: BMC) to deliver the business benefits of cloud computing and accelerate the speed with which a client can realize its value.

The cloud is not just an IT strategy; it is a business strategy. Organizations have many things to consider as they contemplate migrating applications and services from traditional data center environments to a cloud delivery model. CompuCom’s 25-year history of building intimacy with clients while maintaining technical excellence was the catalyst to incorporate BMC’s industry-leading orchestration and automation platform into the company’s innovative IT Service Management model...