IT standards organisation Open Group has announced the launch of IT4IT, a forum composed enterprises, service providers and technology incumbents focused on delivering a comprehensive set of standards for managing systems integration and interoperability. Georg Bock, senior director of portfolio strategy at HP Software IT Management told BCN the standards being developed by the forum will help tackle the integration of mobile and cloud technologies within the rapidly changing context of enterprise IT.
Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG (SSB), the principal public transportation organisation in the City of Stuttgart, Germany, has deployed IBM’s private cloud platform and flash storage in a bid to improve data access speeds and availability of its SAP ERP platform.
IBM is selling its chip division, including a massive portfolio of semiconductor-related intellectual property, to GlobalFoundries – with IBM paying GlobalFoundries $1.3bn over three years to take over the division in a bid to save money. The move comes as IBM reported a dismal Q3, with net income for the quarter slipping 17 per cent to $3.5bn.
Hosting provider OVH has launched a cloud service based on IBM’s Power8 processor architecture, an open source architecture tailored specifically for big data applications, and OpenStack.
SAP and IBM are making the HANA in-memory platform available on SoftLayer infrastructure globally, the companies announced.
Networking incumbent Cisco is to set up a joint venture company with Chinese hardware manufacturer TCL, the latest in a series of cloud-focused partnerships leveraging China’s vast technology manufacturing capacity and cloud market potential.
IBM announced the opening of a cloud resiliency centre in North Carolina, which will offer backup, disaster recovery and business continuity cloud services.
Yonyou Software has announced a strategic collaboration with IBM that will see the ISV used IBM’s database and big data technologies to underpin it software solutions in China.
A large carrier-neutral datacentre services provider in China, 21Vianet, has teamed up with Huawei to build what the company’s claim to be the largest commercially deployed software-defined networking (SDN). The technology is likely to boost the services of other cloud providers like AWS and IBM, which have both partnered with 21Vianet in China.
US fixed line operator and cloud service provider CenturyLink is reportedly looking to acquire Rackspace, according to Bloomberg, the latest in a series of rumours following a strategic review implemented by Rackspace in May. But given CenturyLink’s relatively recent acquisition of Savvis and a gap that would need bridging in terms of technology platforms and branding, the acquisition seems unlikely.