Business Deals

IBM Signs 10-Year Cloud Deal For $10 Billion

Grazed from BreakingFinanceNews. Author: Toi Williams.

International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has announced that it signed a 10-year, $10 billion deal with ABN AMRO to provide cloud services to the banking company. The multibillion-dollar service agreement includes the management of the IT infrastructure of the bank and the implementation of a private cloud for the bank’s global operations. ABN AMRO is based in the Netherlands and serves private, corporate, and retail banking customers.

The contract with IBM includes fully managed services for servers, storage, end-user computing, application support, and a help desk. The 10-year agreement also includes the standardization and simplification of the bank’s entire IT landscape. IBM will handle a wide variety of IT tasks for the company, including upgrading its mobile computing operations and maintaining the company’s existing mainframe infrastructure...

Corent Technology And NephoScale Cloud Computing Offer Cloud Industry's First "SaaS Enablement As A Service"

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Corent Technology today announced that its ground-breaking SurPaaS® Velocity, an innovative, elastic, and scalable Software as a Service Delivery Platform, is now available "as a Service" on NephoScale Cloud -- the very first self-service offering of its kind.

IT Link Solutions is the first software vendor to realize all the benefits of SurPaaS Velocity by taking its CRM application to production as a fully instrumented SaaS (Software as a Service) on NephoScale Cloud.  "Corent's SurPaaS running on NephoScale's High Performance Cloud Platform is a disruptive technology offering self-service SaaS delivery to ISVs. We applaud Corent for developing this advanced technology that simplifies, automates, and accelerates the migration path to scalable SaaS...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce targets identity management through ForgeRock deal

Grazed from BusinessCloud News. Author: James Middleton.

Software as a Service (SaaS) provider Salesforce.com this week entered the Identity and Access Management (IAM) market, striking a deal with specialist player ForgeRock. Under the deal, ForgeRock announced an OEM agreement with Salesforce.com to deliver Salesforce Identity Connect, enabling enterprises to integrate with existing on-premise identity directories using Salesforce Identity.

ForgeRock is gaining a reputation for redefining IAM through its Open Identity Stack for externally-facing cloud applications. “We are delivering Salesforce Identity Connect to create a bridge between existing on-premise directory solutions and Salesforce,” said Chuck Mortimore, vice president of product management, Salesforce Identity, Salesforce.com...

Capgemini Expands Hybrid Cloud Services with Virtustream

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

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...

8x8 Announces Sale of Dedicated Server Hosting Business to The IRC Company, Inc. (dba Black Lotus Communications)

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

8x8, Inc., provider of innovative cloud communications and computing solutions, today announced it has sold its dedicated server hosting business to The IRC Company, Inc. (dba Black Lotus Communications) for $3 million in cash. The transaction signed and closed on September 30, 2013.

The dedicated server hosting business, acquired by 8x8 in May 2010, provided managed hosting services on dedicated servers to 288 customers as of June 30, 2013. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, this business generated revenue of approximately $3.8 million and $753,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. 8x8's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) cloud hosting business is not included in this transaction. The Company will report a gain of approximately $1 million related to this transaction in the second quarter of fiscal 2014...

Centrify looks to Paradyne for Cloud expertise

Grazed from ARN.  Author: Nermin Bajric.

Unified identity services provider, Centrify, has boosted its product suite by signing its first specialist Cloud computing partner, Paradyne.  The partnership, which will be formally launched at Microsoft’s TechEd conference later this week, will see Paradyne’s Cloud expertise applied to Centrify’s portfolio.

Earlier this year, Centrify extend its product set from the datacentre to the Cloud through Centrify for Mobile 2013 and Centrify for SaaS 2013.  The integrated capabilities are designed to deliver secure, enterprise-class mobility with integrated application single sign-on (SSO) for security and productivity...

Cloud Computing: Dimension Data expands Citrix relationship

Grazed from DimensionData. Author: PR Announcement.

In a move to accelerate momentum and broaden scope across its solutions and services for client computing, cloud, networking, data centre and enterprise mobility, Dimension Data has expanded its global collaboration with Citrix.

The two-year Global Market Acceleration agreement will see the two organisations co-invest to drive product management, sales and marketing efforts across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. Dimension Data will develop and integrate Citrix technologies more deeply in its existing solutions and services, all designed to meet growing client demand. Joint initiatives will be governed globally and executed locally to maximise market penetration...

Amazon rips GAO, IBM in lawsuit over CIA cloud deal

Grazed from FCW.com. Author: Frank Konkel.

In its lawsuit against the federal government filed in July, Amazon Web Services claims IBM's protest of its $600 million cloud computing contract with the CIA was "untimely" and "meritless," and that's just a snapshot of a 79-page document sitting before U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler.

The lawsuit, unsealed Aug. 20, blasted the Government Accountability Office's June decision to uphold portions of bid protests filed by Big Blue as irrational and against federal contracting law -- a "flawed" decision that AWS argues is based on a technicality and contends would not have changed the CIA's decision...

IaaS, Private Cloud Provider Unitas Global Partners With Avant

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: CJ Arlotta.

Technology distributor Avant Communications Inc. has tapped private cloud and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider Unitas Global to provide private cloud services for its partners and customers.

Avant said the partnership will customer companies with a single source solution for designed, deployed and managed complex IT environments. Avant Executive Vice President Jennifer Gallego said in her prepared remarks that Unitas bridges the gaps in various technologies for Avant customers and partners...

IBM complaint might have just cost Amazon $600M CIA cloud deal

Grazed from Network World. Author: Brandon Butler.

Amazon Web Services may have just lost out on a $600 million contract to supply cloud computing services to the Central Intelligence Agency, after the federal government upheld a protest that IBM had made related to the awarding of the contract.

Amazon Web Services reportedly secured a four-year, $600 million contract to provide "commercially managed" cloud computing services to the CIA. IBM filed a protest with the federal Government Accountability Office, and the GAO today agreed with IBM and recommended that the CIA rebid the contract. Federal Computer Weekly first reported this news today...