IBM and SAP team up to run HANA Enterprise Cloud in major deal

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SAP and IBM have announced a major partnership with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud being delivered through IBM’s cloud.

The two firms, who have had a fruitful partner relationship for over 40 years, gives users the choice to run SAP’s HANA in-memory database across either SoftLayer, the IaaS firm acquired by IBM last year, or IBM’s cloud managed services.

Doug Clark, UK & I cloud leader at IBM, notes the previous collaborations the two companies have, with IBM already...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Vendors.

AT&T and Amazon Web Services buddy up with NetBond VPN service

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Recent stories that have arrived at CloudTech HQ have focused on the opportunity the cloud provides for telcos, and this one’s no different: AT&T has announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for AT&T NetBondSM, its network enabled cloud (NEC) solution.

With...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Public, Vendors.

CenturyLink expands further into Asian cloud market with Chinese managed hosting

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Communications provider CenturyLink has opened up a Shanghai data centre and announced the availability of its managed hosting service in China.

The latest expansion continues the telco’s aggressive move to the cloud, after a series of data openings this year including Toronto, Reading and Chicago. Back in May CenturyLink slashed prices on its cloud storage, in line with competitors, and in August they...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Vendors.

Red Hat CEO claims it is “only a matter of time” before cloud winners emerge

The CEO of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst, has spoken of the “huge opportunity” to become the leader in enterprise cloud in a newsletter, describing the shift from client-server to cloud-mobile as a “once in every 20 years” change.

Whitehurst put pen to paper summing up Red Hat’s summer on a positive note with a glut of acquisitions and partner news over the past few months. The most recent of these was the buyout of Irish mobile backend as a service provider FeedHenry,

By James Bourne, 23 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: PaaS, Vendors.

Raising cloud customers the right way: How parenting skills overlap

As a cloud vendor, you might find that winning a new customer can evoke the same feelings of warmth and pride that accompany the arrival of a new member of the family. In many respects, the two can be similar; you have the same feelings of responsibility and obligation that you get with the arrival of a new child, and the same desire to attend to their needs. But should the paternalistic (or even maternalistic) tendencies end there?

Absolutely not! For too many cloud vendors, the cutting of the proverbial...

By Mark Hennessy, 28 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Vendors.

CenturyLink launches new private cloud, aims for public cloud capability

Updated 1756 BST: Everyone knows that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck – or at least we have to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae.

Thus according to the duck test if it looks and feels like a private cloud, it should be a private cloud. Yet CenturyLink aims to turn that on its head with its latest private cloud launch, which aims to offer the agility of a public cloud but with the security...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Vendors.

How to win big when cloud computing is pervasive

Some people are never satisfied. These fearless agents of change are everywhere. They're informed, confident and willing to experiment. They seek out the best business technology solution for the job at hand. They act on instinct. Yes, you could say that they're driven.

However, they're also at risk of being labeled as "rogue employees" because they ordered a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and perhaps expensed it without prior approval. Sometimes they're the champion of progressive projects that are...

By David H Deans, 17 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Vendors.

Rackspace plays to its strengths with new Managed Cloud offering

Rackspace has today announced a managed services offering called Managed Cloud which aims to give flexibility on managed services but with DIY-styled pricing.

The new Managed Cloud service offers two options: Managed Infrastructure, which offers what seems to be a standard 24x7 access to engineering support plus other features including architectural, security and launch guidance, and Managed Operations, which is essentially Rackspace managing the account 24x7.

Speaking to CloudTech, Rackspace VP technology and...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Industry, Vendors.

Fujitsu announces £1bn cloudy funding, strengthens IaaS, PaaS, SaaS commitment

Japanese IT giant Fujitsu has announced a strengthening commitment to cloud computing with a 200 billion yen (approx £1.2bn) investment over the next two financial years.

In a move that will remind CloudTech readers of competitors IBM and HP, Fujitsu is putting its eggs in one basket to “achieve its growth strategy” – in other words, bringing new offerings to market, growing its customer base and deepening deployments.

“Fujitsu has a vision of a human-centric intelligent society, one where...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS , Vendors.

Assessing the balance of power for data centre operators

Achieving the lowest possible power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating should not be the only objective of a data centre operator. After all, the most energy efficient data centre is one which has lost all power! Furthermore there is a considerable grey area around the method of PUE calculation.

Effectively consolidating space and power constrained legacy data centres into more energy efficient ‘PUE-friendly’ environments ultimately requires their migration into modern facilities. These can offer...

By Nick Razey, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Why data centre moves are an opportunity for service providers

Ian Redpath, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure

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Internet content providers, stock exchanges, banks, communications service providers (CSPs), and others are investing billions of dollars to build data centre space. The proliferation of data centres in new geographic locations is fundamentally changing network demands and driving larger volumes of traffic. Data centres (DCs) with thousands of servers will require terabits of optical transport. CSPs...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Vendors.

Customers miss out as vendors fight cloud wars, research argues

As the cloud wars gain pace from the big vendors, customers are losing out due to overwhelming failure rates, according to new research from enterprise cloud infrastructure provider iland.

“Stories about successful cloud implementations are captivating, but the reality is that cloud is more complex than many news headlines make it out to be,” said EMA vice president Dennis Drogseth. “Companies must be self-aware.”

The research, of more than 400 professionals across three continents,...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Vendors.

The new Nokia is placing its bets on cloud and CEM

Clare McCarthy, Practice Leader, Telco IT

Nokia held its fifth analyst event in advance of the TM Forum’s Management World (TMF Live!) in Nice. After six years under the NSN banner, the company did not hesitate to return to a Nokia brand that fronts a networks business. The “new Nokia” comprises three business units:

  • Nokia Networks includes all of its core and radio access network solutions, as well as its customer experience management (CEM) and OSS solutions and services – basically the whole of the former NSN business, which...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Vendors.

Could the net neutrality battle kill cloud competition and create SaaS monopolies?

The scorched-earth legal and PR battle currently taking place between Netflix and Verizon makes for some entertaining headlines. But the outcome of this fight will have profound impacts for both end-users and IT professionals. 

One thing that doesn’t get discussed enough is the potential effect that this battle could potentially have over market freedom and competitively within the general SaaS and media space. But before we get into this discussion, let’s look at some of the key areas of...

By Patrick Jobin, 20 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Vendors.

Using your MSP to manage your public clouds…step by step

Those who leverage managed server providers (MSPs) often use the MSP to access and manage public cloud services.  However, there are right and wrong ways to do this.

Many believe that MSPs and public clouds live in very different worlds.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In the past, ‘managed service providers’ was a term used to describe infrastructure services delivered on a subscription basis.  With the advent of cloud computing,...

By Logicworks, 09 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Vendors.

Green IT: Does it still matter?

By Adrian Thirkill, managing director, Easynet Global Services UK

Five years ago, you couldn’t move for ‘green’ claims from businesses. In a rush to become the first businesses to go carbon neutral, hoards of companies offset air miles, replanted forests, and invested in wind farms. “We turn our lights off at night!” they whooped. “We put monitors on automatic standby!” they gushed.  

All admirable and well-intentioned.  But there’s a worrying hint of...

By Easynet G.S., 15 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Vendors.