Cloud Services

AT&T taps into HP cloud

Grazed from Telecoms. Author: James Middleton.

US carrier AT&T has added HP’s offerings to its network-enabled cloud ecosystem, allowing customers to use their VPN to connect to the HP Helion portfolio of cloud services. AT&T said its NetBond tool creates a highly secure private path between a customer’s AT&T VPN and a cloud service provider, like HP, flexing and scaling network resources dynamically as a company’s cloud computing needs change.

The company claimed network elasticity which automatically flexes with the needs of the cloud service allow customers to save as much as 60 percent on networking costs. Moreover, the solution delivers as much as 50 per cent lower latency and three times the availability compared with the public internet, as well as isolating traffic from risks such as DDoS attacks...

Skyscape Announces Availability Of Services On G-Cloud 5

Grazed from RealWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave cloud services company, today announced that its full range of assured cloud services will be available on the latest iteration of the G-Cloud Framework - G-Cloud 5.

"As a long-standing supporter of the G-Cloud Framework - which has succeeded in transforming the procurement of IT services for public sector buyers and has created a more level playing field for providers - we welcome the latest iteration and are pleased to confirm that our full range of cloud services, which have recently achieved re-accreditation by CESG PGA to Impact Level 3 (IL3), will be available via G-Cloud 5," said Phil Dawson, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. "In line with our ongoing commitment of continually enhancing our services and ensuring the best value for money for our public sector customers, we are delivering further price reductions, free PSN data transfer and have made a significant investment in our Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering."...

Fujitsu Enhances Suite of Private Cloud Platform Products with Support for OpenStack

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Fujitsu today announced that it is offering private cloud products and services that support OpenStack, the open cloud environment, to meet diverse customer cloud needs in the era of cloud computing. To support an open cloud environment, Fujitsu is offering a private cloud platform product based on OpenStack technology and an integrated service catalog management portal product for hybrid cloud environments that combine private and public clouds. The company is also offering support services for building and operating Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the OpenStack distribution from Red Hat, Inc.

Fujitsu has long been an active participant in Japan's open source software (OSS) community, and it has a wealth of experience deploying cloud systems. With its track record in applying Linux and other OSS to mission critical systems, and with its development and support unit of 700 Japan based people involved in OpenStack and other OSS projects, Fujitsu delivers safe and reliable open cloud environments...

Amazon's Werner Vogels: Cloud services must empower the customer

Grazed from TheGuardian. Author: Werner Vogels.

We are rapidly entering into an era where massive computing power, digital storage and global network connections can be deployed by anyone as quickly and easily as turning on the light. This is the promise – and the reality – of cloud computing which is driving tremendous change in the technology industry and transforming how we do business in Europe and around the world.

Europe's fastest growing start-ups, like Hailo, JustEat and WeTransfer, some of the largest enterprises, like Royal Dutch Shell, SAP and Unilever, governments, education and research institutes, all are using cloud technologies to innovate faster and better serve their customers and the citizens of Europe...

Microsoft's new cloud music service can't compete against Apple's Beats

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Preson Gralla.

Reports say Microsoft is building a streaming cloud-based music service like Google Music, but if true, it won't help the company compete against Apple and Beats music. What else can Microsoft do if it wants to thrive in the streaming music business? The Chinese site LiveSino reports that it has examined the source code for Microsoft's OneDrive storage service, and that has found a new Music folder that can be used to upload music to OneDrive -- and then use OneDrive to stream music via Xbox Music to a variety of devices. The Verge reports that the site found this text: "Meet your OneDrive Music folder. Upload your music files to this folder, so that you can play them via Xbox Music from any of your devices. You can also add files to this folder using the OneDrive app for your computer."

That capability is much like what is found in Google Music and the Amazon Cloud Player. I use both services, and they're both quite good. But they don't compete against Beats music, which Apple is said to be negotiating to buy, or against Spotify, because they only let you access your own music, not many millions of other tracks. For that matter, they don't compete against Microsoft's Xbox streaming music service, either...

SAP Cloud Effort Pushes Forward Despite Exec Turnover, Official Says

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: 

The recent executive shakeups at enterprise software giant SAP hit the company's cloud computing business particularly hard, with some of the top people in that unit exiting.  Vishal Sikka, SAP's CTO in charge of products and innovation and a key developer the company's HANA in-memory database, resigned May 4. HANA has proved to be a highly successful product for the company and has become the primary platform for SAP's cloud computing ambitions.

Days later, it was announced that Shawn Price, who in January took over as head of SAP's cloud unit, was ousted, continuing a trend at the company of instability in a key business for SAP as it looks to compete with the likes of, Oracle and Microsoft in the all-important cloud arena...

Connector Systems and 2X Software sign distribution agreement, making the move to cloud computing simple

Grazed from WhatTech. Author: Luke Frost.

2X Software, a global leader in virtual desktop and application delivery, remote access and corporate mobility, today signed a distribution agreement covering the A/NZ Markets with Value Added Distributor, Connector Systems. Andrew Craze, Connector Systems Country Manager (Australia), said: “The 2X Software offering fits perfectly with our solution portfolio, particularly our VDI/Thin Client Business Unit.

2X Software is the number one alternative to Citrix. The 2X ApplicationServer XG platform offers enterprise-rich functionality at a fraction of the cost of the usual offerings.” “Not only does 2X Software develop innovative products such as 2XOS for converting desktop PCs into thin clients, they create solutions, such as 2XLifeCyclePlus, designed to prolong the life of legacy Windows XP PCs...

Google Buys Stackdriver to Boost Cloud Computing Services

Grazed from StackDriver. Author: PR Announcement.

Google said on Wednesday that it acquired startup Stackdriver to help improve the Internet giant’s cloud computing services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stackdriver’s technology lets developers monitor how their apps and other software services are performing as they run on cloud computing platforms including those offered by’s Amazon Web Services and Rackspace.

Stackdriver employees, currently based in Boston, will be moving to Google’s Cambridge, Mass. offices where they will integrate the startup’s monitoring technology into Google’s Cloud Platform services. Google recently announced a big new push to get more developers using its cloud platform, which offers remote computing power and storage that can be rented rather than owned...

IBM puts all its cloud services in one place

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

IBM has assembled a vast array of hosted cloud services, and now it has somewhere to show them off. On its IBM Cloud online marketplace that goes live on Monday, enterprises can find the full range of IBM's offerings behind a single gateway. "So many of our customers want to build new cloud-based, front-end systems, but they want to tie them into their back-end infrastructure. We're delivering a whole set of integration components and control services to do the connection, and monitor and control what is taking place," said Steve Mills, IBM senior vice president and group executive for software and systems.

The marketplace has more than 100 hosted IBM applications, as well as middleware components from IBM's Bluemix platform as a service (PaaS). It also serves as a portal to IBM's SoftLayer infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and houses a collection of services from IBM partners...

Avnet Expands Cloud Service Portfolio with SoftLayer

Grazed from The Var Guy. Author: Michael Cusanelli.

Avnet Technology Solutions has expanded its long-standing distribution relationship with IBM to include services from cloud infrastructure provider SoftLayer. Avnet (AVT) says the new distribution agreement for North American channel partners will allow it to help resellers develop their cloud portfolios with a new range of IBM middleware and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.

"Avnet and IBM share a common passion for investing in market opportunities, such as the cloud, that will help business partners and their customers evolve to better meet the needs of an ever-changing world," said Fred Cuen, senior vice president, general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, IBM Solutions group, in a prepared statement...