HP and Salesforce have joined Verizon’s secure cloud interconnect service, which uses private IP addresses to connect its cloud and multiple cloud platforms together.
VMware has revamped its disaster recovery offerings for vCloud Air users and added metered usage billing to the company’s virtual private cloud offerings. The company has also made changes to its network function virtualisation platform NSX in a bid to bring it more in line with competing NFV products.
Belgian telco Proximus announced a renewed partnership with Cisco this week which will centre on co-developing cloud-based video delivery services and smart cities offerings, and bringing support for SDN to the telco’s network.
The company’s central offering, a cloud application delivery platform, combines network monitoring and analytics with an SDN-inspired app delivery architecture, which it claims offers significant benefits in the form of scale, and can deliver either on premise or cloud-native apps via the cloud.
Chinese infrastructure specialist Huawei and open source software vendor Red Hat have announced a partnership to deliver carrier grade, OpenStack-based cloud solutions to enable NFV deployments.
Network automation control company Infoblox’s recently appointed chief executive officer Jesper Andersen, a former Cisco, Oracle and Pivotal executive, is set to take the reins this week. The move comes as Infoblox looks to bolster its position in the SDN space.
Spanish operator Telefónica announced that the company will offer direct connectivity to Equinix’s cloud exchange in a bid to bolster access to a broader array of commercial cloud services.
Digital Realty has announced a deal with Zayo that will enable the datacentre operator offer low-latency connections to over 20 cloud platforms. The move will help Digital Realty compete more effectively with other datacentre giants investing in cloud interconnections.
HP has announced it will begin developing original NFV capabilities in partnership with network virtualization specialist Wind River. Carrier-grade network technologies from Wind River will be integrated into HP’s Helion OpenStack technology, and is intended to provide service providers with an open-source based cloud platform bringing enhanced reliability to NFV.
Under threat from companies not traditionally viewed as competitors, telcos are racing to both offer cloud services to end-user customers and tap into the cloud to run core network functions in a bid to make their value propositions more competitive and infrastructure more dynamic. But cloud experts from Orange, Swisscom and AT&T have each voiced concerns around just how capable the sector may be at managing such a bold transformation with existing tools.