Multinational appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has transitioned away from its on premise hosting environment and selected IBM’s cloud platform deployed on SoftLayer, with private networking support being provided by AT&T Netbond, for its e-commerce platform. The company said it shifted its systems to the cloud because it needed to become more flexible on a global level.
IBM announced the opening of a cloud resiliency centre in North Carolina, which will offer backup, disaster recovery and business continuity cloud services.
Disaster recovery and backup solutions provider Acronis has acquired BackupAgent, a provider of whitelabel cloud-based backup software solutions for service providers, for an undisclosed sum.
In a bid to bolster Azure as a hub for business continuity services Microsoft has acquired InMage, a provider of on premise and cloud-based disaster recovery technologies. The announcement comes as Microsoft continues to drive storage integration between Azure and Windows server platforms.
Microsoft is looking to drive tighter integration between its cloud infrastructure platform Azure and StorSimple, a cloud-integrated storage platform it acquired in 2012. Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president, cloud and enterprise marketing at Microsoft said the move will allow customers to cut storage costs and implement disaster recovery more easily.
Petrus Human, CTO of Attix5 spoke with Business Cloud News at the recent Cloud World Forum conference in London about how enterprises can develop robust disaster recovery and data backup strategies, and use the cloud to help ensure their organisations can always recover from an event.
Building on its Hyper-V Recovery Manager, Microsoft has unveiled a service that brings Azure’s cloud based capabilities to bear on disaster recovery for both on-premise Windows Server and Azure-based workloads.
US-based hosting and cloud services provider Latisys said Wednesday that it is bringing its cloud infrastructure and hybrid cloud solutions to the UK with the launch of its London Tier III-certified datacentre.
Large multinational corporations tend to have very complex datacentre estates, largely resulting from years of growth and multiple acquisitions. And while research published this week by Gartner suggests a twin data centre topology – usually two per continent – is optimal from both cost and risk perspectives, many of these businesses actually operate 20-40 across the globe, equating to more than four per continent. But despite the many recognised benefits of datacentre consolidation, non-IT roadblocks can derail streamlining efforts according to Rakesh Kumar, research vice president at Gartner.
US-based cloud storage provider Nirvanix announced this week that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following news a few weeks ago that the company was going to shut down as of September 30.