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.
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.
IBM has deployed Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology, which provides chip-level application validation and security capabilities, in its SoftLayer datacentres. The company claims to be the only bare metal cloud service provider to deploy the technology.
HP has broadened its Helion portfolio with the launch of a professional services practice geared towards helping enterprises implement OpenStack-based cloud platforms, joining the likes of Mirantis and IBM in offering OpenStack-focused engineering consultancy services.
Outsourcing and systems integration firm Capgemini has opened a digital innovation lab in Melbourne, Australia focused on developing innovations in and helping clients implement social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies. The move comes as IBM and SAP bolster operations in what seems to be emerging as a key tech hub in the region.
IBM plans to launch its SoftLayer cloud platform in Australia in September, the company announced, the latest of 15 new SoftLayer datacentres to be built out globally by the end of this year. Adrian Ho, principle analyst with Ovum’s enterprise practice said the move is bound to shake up the Australian cloud services market, one of the most mature and competitive in the region.
China Telecom has signed a three-year agreement with IBM to help small and medium businesses in China implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP cloud-based applications.
Australian bank Westpac has signed up IBM to assist a major digital banking push in New Zealand. The bank plans to use IBM’s private cloud technology to build mobile services and social media presence.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved the sale of IBM’s lower end x86 hardware business to Lenovo, an acquisition first announced in January following years of dwindling sales and increasingly pressured margins.