Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade are jointly developing hybrid cloud solutions based on Microsoft Azure and Accenture Cloud that help users migrate applications and workloads between private and public clouds.
A recently published survey of over 900 IT pros suggests enterprise adoption of public and private cloud-based services is rapidly maturing, with more than nine in ten either running or experimenting with infrastructure as a service offerings. With over half of enterprises reporting that their on premise or collocated applications are built in cloud-friendly architectures, that number is set to grow – which has implications for central IT stakeholders.
UK e-retailer Shop Direct, the firm behind Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, has enlisted IBM to help the company set up and manage a hybrid cloud platform in a bid to make its online platforms more performant.
A pan-African vision has inspired the African Stock Exchange which has ambitious plans to tap the potential of the continent using hosted technology and a secure base in Mauritius.
VMware announced a partner programme that it said would boost the ability of independent software vendors (ISVs) to move their applications over to VMWare’s vCloud Air servic
Building on earlier commitments to launch Cisco’s InterCloud platform in Australia Telstra said the service is now in live beta in the country, and announced plans to bring the OpenStack-based platform to Hong Kong and Singapore.
CenturyLink has launched a private cloud service based on the company’s proprietary cloud automation, orchestration and management public cloud platform acquired from Tier 3 last year. The move comes as spending on hosted private cloud services looks set to skyrocket.
Microsoft’s Service Deployment and Operations (SDO) team, a division within the company’s internal IT department detailed its cloud strategy and implementation roadmap, as it looks to consolidate its datacentre footprint and retire thousands of servers reaching end of life. The company said the initiative could save nearly $120m in capital costs over four years.
According to research published this week, although nearly three in every four US federal government agencies using at least one cloud service, most federal government IT staff see a very limited role for cloud services within their overall IT strategy. MeriTalk and AT&T, the firms that commissioned the research, claim the feds may be missing out on nearly $19bn in IT savings.
In a bid to expand its presence in the UK cloud space VMware has added a datacentre in Chessington to support the company’s hybrid cloud service. Its expansion in the UK follows its recent move into the Asia Pacific region.