Business Deals

Autonomic Becomes a Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider

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Autonomic Resources announced that it has joined the Red Hat Cloud ecosystem as a Certified Cloud Provider in the federal community. Red Hat Certified Cloud Providers have to meet business, operational, and technical requirements to be able to offer Red Hat solutions under cloud-appropriate business models and are backed by Red Hat support relationships.

Autonomic Resources Cloud Platform (ARC-P) is a government-only elastic compute environment that meets the NIST criteria for what is considered "cloud computing." The combination of shifting budgetary targets, conditional funding streams, and cloud first / future first policy initiatives has driven the need for utility based computing. One of the key benefits identified in the governments cloud computing initiative is the reduced overhaul of software and hardware every few years, removing political, budgetary and integration headaches...

Equinix and Tier 3 join to enhance cloud computing for enterprises

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Equinix Inc., a provider of global data center services, and Tier 3, the enterprise cloud platform provider, announced Tuesday a partnership to create an enterprise-ready gateway to the cloud by offering Tier 3’s Enterprise Cloud Platform through Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers. The partnership enables enterprise customers to take advantage of the business agility and cost efficiency of cloud technologies by using Tier 3’s distinctive enterprise-grade Infrastructure as a Service coupled with the geographic breadth, network density and application performance optimization of Platform Equinix.

Tier 3 addresses the enterprise market with a public cloud platform known for its business-grade high availability, built-in business continuity and security features that enable isolated environments for each customer. Leveraging secure, high performance direct connections from Platform Equinix, customers inside Equinix data centers will be able to tap into a Virtual Private Cloud solution from Tier 3. This solution creates a virtual extension of the customer’s enterprise, transforming the public cloud into a virtual private environment that meets IT’s stringent requirements for security and compliance...

Cloud Industry Veterans Join Evolve IP to Support Company Growth

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Today Evolve IP announced that five industry veterans have joined the company to support its rapid growth in the areas of cloud computing services and virtual call centers. Joe Corvaia, Rich Fox, Bill Maun, Ritzcel Exconde, and Greg Drake bring decades of customer-focused technology experience to Evolve IP. They will work to further expand Evolve IP’s award-winning virtual call center and cloud solutions, help customers capitalize on these services, and meet growing demand.

Joe Corvaia joins Evolve IP as Vice President, Cloud Services, and will use more than 16 years of experience with infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), hosted virtual desktop (HVD), and communications as a service (CaaS) to keep Evolve IP on top of the competitive cloud landscape and draw in high-end business opportunities. Joe will play an active role in the development, marketing, and sales of Evolve IP’s cloud computing services, focusing on The Evolved Office: Desktop and vServer solutions. Joe previously served as Vice President, Cloud Computing Sales and Solution Engineering at Broadview Networks, where he led technical sales and support company-wide, and drove growth of cloud computing and cloud VoIP solutions...

Cloud Computing: Zumbox digital mail provider doing business abroad

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Maureen O'Gara.

Zumbox, the American digital mail start-up, has changed its overseas strategy. Rather than try to involve the local postal operator - as it has once with New Zealand Post - it's going to go it alone.

It's starting in Australia where its wholly owned licensing arm, Zumbox Software Inc, has just climbed in bed with two big publicly traded mail outsourcers to create a joint venture called Digital Post Australia (DPA) that will offer consumers a way to get their paper mail electronically...

Informatica adopts NetSuite cloud solution

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Data integration software services company, Informatica, has adopted cloud-based ERP software vendor, NetSuite’s professional services automation solution to manage its worldwide services business.  Under the deal, Informatica has installed NetSuite OpenAir for project management, time and expense, global billing, resources management and reporting.

Richard Busch, director of professional services operations at Informatica, said the company had experienced significant growth over the past seven years, driven by growth in cloud computing and big data, and the demands placed upon Informatica’s services organisation have increased tremendously...

SafeNet and Dell strengthen cloud computing security with acquistions

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IT security vendor SafeNet has acquired the privately-held maker of cloud authentication tools Cryptocard to strengthen its authentication-as-a-service offering.

SafeNet intends to integrate Cryptocard's Backshield cloud platform, which lets firms continue to utilise legacy authentication servers and tokens to secure remote access to virtual desktop infrastructure or cloud-based platforms, with its Fully Trust Authentication service.

“As data continues to proliferate and move beyond traditional perimeters, customers are demanding solutions that protect and control data and identities across networks, mobile devices and to and from the cloud,” said Chris Fedde, SafeNet chief executive...

EarthLink Partners with independenceIT to Deliver Complete Cloud Workspace to Business Customers’ Desktops

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independenceIT™ (iIT), provider of the Freedom desktop workspace, today announced at XChange Solution Provider 2012 that it has signed an agreement with EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading managed IT services and communications provider. Under the terms of the agreement, EarthLink will offer iIT’s Total Freedom™ Workspace and Instant Freedom™ Workspace solutions to its customers as a part of the EarthLink’s IT Services offerings.

EarthLink Business® IT Services, Internet and MPLS services deliver the superior and secure computing and communications experience that business customers require. The addition of iIT’s desktop computing solutions to EarthLink’s IT service offerings enables customers to have the ability to access all of their business applications and data in the cloud, from any device, at any time. EarthLink IT Services will roll out an additional desktop workspace service incorporating iIT’s solution as a complement to the managed virtualization, security, application and support services it already offers...

Cloud Computing: AMD and Globalfoundries Divorce

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Maureen O'Gara.

AMD is giving up what remains of its ownership of its manufacturing plants, turning its 8.8% position over to the Abu Dhabi owners of Globalfoundries.

AMD will keep getting its chips made by Globalfoundries under a new negotiated take-or-pay wafer pricing commitment through 2013 but it doesn't have to use Globalfoundries exclusively for certain of its anticipated 28nm APUs.

That concession, following serious 32nm yield, ramp and cost overrun problems at Globalfoundries last year, is going to cost AMD $425 million altogether: $150 million Monday, $50 million July 2, another $50 million October 2 and finally $175 million in 1Q13. As a result it'll take a one-time charge of $703 million this quarter...

Cloud Sherpas, GlobalOne Merger Makes Google Apps, Salesforce.com Shop

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Clint Boulton.

In a megamerger of cloud software service providers, Cloud Sherpas and GlobalOne have joined forces to combine their expertise in installing and supporting Google Apps and Salesforce.com applications.

Cloud Sherpas counts itself as among the first Google Enterprise partners, migrating over 1.5 million workers to the Google Apps cloud, spanning over 1,500 customers.

GlobalOne helps new Salesforce.com customers integrate, install and configure Web-based software into legacy, on-premise ERP and CRM apps. GlobalOne has crafted custom solutions on Force.com, mobile apps, and enabled B2B collaboration on Salesforce.com's Chatter app...

CallidusCloud Signs a Partnership Agreement With SESTRA

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Callidus Software Inc., the leader in sales effectiveness and cloud computing, announced today that it has signed a partnership with SESTRA, to market the CallidusCloud(TM) suite in Mexico and Central America. The agreement was signed in the first quarter of 2012.

The two companies will showcase CallidusCloud sales effectiveness solutions at "Creando Lideres Comerciales Efectivos" -- a sales leadership workshop that will bring together sales executives, managers, and industry thought leaders from Mexico to deliberate on the latest sales trends and opportunities in the country. The workshop will be held on March 1, 2012 at Hotel Fiesta Americana Grand Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico. The workshop will focus on techniques to drive sales effectiveness by optimizing sales process management using leading indicators and by developing effective sales leadership practices including sales coaching and collaboration...