Cloud Consulting

Arkadin Launches a Cloud Consulting Practice to Ensure Clients Have Highly Functioning UC Services

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Arkadin, an NTT Communications company and market leader in cloud Unified Communications and Collaboration services, announces today a new managed service to help enterprises successfully navigate their digital cloud transformation journeys. Cloud Transformation Services (CTS) is a holistic, technology agnostic program that includes the full spectrum of UC services, including needs assessments, risk mitigation, migration planning, training, change management and adoption campaigns. It also includes ongoing support services through Arkadin's 24/7 help desks and regular Service Management reviews to measure the quality of the UC service.

"As Microsoft, Cisco and other leading UC providers continue to roll out advanced cloud capabilities, our clients need a trusted partner to help make decisions about the platforms and technologies best suited to their needs," said Christophe Reyes, Arkadin's Managing Director, UCaaS. "We are well positioned for this: Our clients benefit from sophisticated networking and telecommunications expertise from fellow NTT Group Companies Dimension Data and NTT Communications, and our own deep experience in telephony and collaboration. Together we offer the full life-cycle of services for optimising their cloud UC journeys."

Components of the 4-step ‘Cloud Transformation Services' program:

Benefits of Cloud Consultants

 Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Annie Bustos.

A cloud consultant can guide an organization through every step of cloud implementation. This includes an overall review of the business to identify areas where cloud will have the most value. The consultant can identify any gaps the company has that might prevent smooth integration, and suggest cost-effective strategies to fix those gaps.

And cloud storage and services continue to fall in cost, especially when compared to traditional in-house setups.  A well-planned cloud consulting strategy developed by an experienced consultancy can help a business in several areas:...

Former Amazon Web Services employees merge cloud consulting firms

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Two former employees are merging their cloud computing startups, hoping to grab a bigger pool of clients that need help transitioning to cloud-based infrastructure.

Tacoma-based Options I/O — started by former Amazon Web Services sales executive Matthew Scott — and Santa Monica, California-based DualSpark — led by former AWS manager Simon Plant — are combining operations in a deal of undisclosed size that they say will “deliver world-class service, support and enablement to our clients and partners.”...

CSC Helps Customers Accelerate Cloud Adoption with SAP HANA

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CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT services and solutions, today announced a new opportunity for clients to accelerate their adoption of cloud solutions with the SAP HANA® platform. Working with SAP (NYSE: SAP) and in collaboration with CSC’s global consulting practice and applications modernization partnership with HCL Technologies, a leading global IT services provider, CSC will develop a broad set of innovative end-to-end cloud solutions.

These solutions are designed to help companies quickly and easily move to the cloud to gain new insights, engage customers and partners in new ways, and help unleash new operating models that can drive profitability and advantage. The initial market focus will be on banking, engineering, construction and operations, and public sector social services solutions, with other industries expected to follow...

LG consulting biz wants to be 'trusted' supplier of cloud, big data

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LG's consulting services unit is seeking out growth opportunities in cloud computing and big data, which it believes will be further fueled by the emergence of smart devices. "Our goal is to become one of the most trusted suppliers for technology solutions in cloud computing and big data," said Kim Dae-hoon, CEO of LG CNS, during last week's Entrue World 2014 forum, reported The Korea Times.

He said the world was transitioning toward Smart Technology 2.0, an era comprising smart devices such as smart glasses, faster network connectivity, big data, and cloud computing services. Businesses in the automotive, medical, security, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing sectors would benefit most from this new realm, Kim noted, adding that LG CNS is poised to rise this wave. Its cloud offerings include virtual desktop infrastructure, storage, and consulting services...

Capgemini Expands Hybrid Cloud Services with Virtustream

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Capgemini, the global consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider, is expanding its cloud portfolio by becoming a Virtustream partner. By partnering with the IaaS vendor, Capgemini is expecting to expand its hybrid and private cloud solutions for its customers.

This announcement follows less than two months after Capgemini's rollout of a Big Data analytics offering on Amazon (AMZN) Web Services. In the last couple of years or so, Capgemini has also partnered with Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Azure. Although those announcements focused on the public cloud sector, the Virtustream partnership is intended to build out the consulting firm's hybrid—and to a lesser extent, private—cloud solutions...

CSC: The cloud's quiet whiz kid

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When most people who track the industry think of the cloud computing market, big names like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google, Rackspace, Verizon Terremark and others come to mind. HP, Joyent, IBM and Dell even. But Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)?

Each year research firm Gartner puts out its Magic Quadrant, and this year’s report caused some to do a double-take. CSC beat out all those other companies – except for Amazon – and was the only company named with AWS in the coveted "leaders" quadrant of the report...

Ideaca wins Gold for Best Cloud Computing Solution at the CDN Channel Elite Awards

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Ideaca, a Canadian IT consulting firm, announced today that they received Gold for Best Cloud Computing Solution at the 2013 CDN Channel Elite Awards. Ideaca has consistently been a finalist in previous CDN Channel Elite Awards, and was a finalist for the Best Mid-Market Solution category in 2013.

CDN’s Channel Elite Awards recognizes IT Solution Providers for their innovation, leadership and commitment to creating value for their customers. Solution Providers owned and operated in Canada were invited to submit solutions to 10 different award categories. Channel Elite Award medalists and all finalists were recognized at CDN's Channel Elite Awards Gala on Sept. 11, 2013 at the Paramount Conference & Event Venue in Toronto. All winners and finalists have been posted on and winning solutions were profiled in CDN, Computing Canada and Direction Informatique. Winning solutions also receive the CEA Seal of Excellence and position themselves as a leader in the growing Canadian IT industry...

IBM Wins Its Largest U.S. Cloud-Computing Contract

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That's one big check for Big Blue. IBM won a federal cloud-computing contract with a maximum value of $1 billion, its largest such agreement with the U.S. government, according to an article on The Interior Department awarded similar, 10-year pacts to nine other suppliers, including Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT), which also described the agreement as its largest federal cloud contract.

The deals might reach a combined $10 billion, allowing the agency to speed its efforts to move information to the cloud, a Web-based pool of shared resources such as data storage and software. Other U.S. departments may eventually tap the program...

SRA Makes Advances in the Cloud with Stratify

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SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, today launched Stratify(TM), a secure cloud computing solution. The Stratify solution allows federal agencies to address cloud security and compliance gaps by delivering a practical cloud-centric architecture that enables mission success. SRA will be discussing the benefits of Stratify at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit on Sept. 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

While agencies across the federal government recognize the operational efficiencies that can be achieved by migrating applications or workloads to the cloud, chief information officers and chief security officers remain concerned about the risks of losing control and visibility of their systems and data. Stratify(TM) provides the architecture, tools and processes to help agencies quickly implement cloud security and reporting mechanisms while maintaining cyber situational awareness of their data, leveraging existing enterprise IT investments and meeting compliance requirements...