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Telefónica Group CIO: Using cloud to regain ground lost to OTT players

Phil Jordan, group CIO at Telefónica

With operations in 24 countries, over 120,000 employees globally, Telefónica Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, is looking to put at IT at the core of everything that it does in order to compete globally in an industry currently in the throes of a digital revolution. Phil Jordan, group chief information officer at Telefónica tells BCN that cloud is at the centre of how the company plans to regain terrain lost to over-the-top (OTT) players, make its core mobile and fixed line operations more flexible and scalable, and enable it to provide next generation digital services.

VMware buys CloudVolumes to unify management across virtualised, physical environments

VMware said its acquisition of CloudVolumes will help it unify application management across multiple environments

Virtualisation incumbent VMware announced it has acquired CloudVolumes, a provider of virtual desktop application services, for an undisclosed sum. VMware said the move will enable customers to more easily manage applications within virtualised and physical desktop environments.

VMware vets launch Platform9 to mash up best of AWS, Docker and OpenStack

Platform9 aims to give IT admins management and automation capabilities for virtualised and containerised environments in one place

Platform9, a cloud management platform founded by former VMware engineers, emerged from stealth mode Tuesday and announced it has secured $4.5m in funding from Redpoint Ventures. The company said it aims to AWS-style public cloud capabilities in-house to VMware, OpenStack, KVM and Docker with its cloud management and automation platform.

Six unexpected challenges of cloud

Orsini: 'Cloud is great but managing cloud services can be a pain in ways most don't anticipate'

For years now there has been talk of how business is driving IT to move to cloud. In many cases, business teams go so far as to circumvent IT and buy cloud services themselves, taking decisions into their own hands. Much has also been written about why IT should eagerly accept this imperative and embrace the use of cloud. In reality, however, managing a cloud footprint is much harder and more specialised than many imagine.

Internap takes bare metal cloud to London, Hong Kong

Internap is the latest cloud service provider to bolster its bare metal service

Infrastructure as a service provider Internap announced that it has expanded it bare metal public cloud service to London and Hong Kong. The move comes as other cloud incumbents look to bolster their bare metal cloud offerings alongside their virtualised platforms.

Cloud customers overcharged £1bn annually, ElasticHosts claims

ElasticHosts is the latest cloud services provider to see the light when it comes to app containerisation

Research from cloud hosting provider ElasticHosts suggests cloud customers are frequently overcharged because they are generally charged for the resources provisioned rather than those actually used. Richard Davies, CEO and co-founder for ElasticHosts argues containerisation is a much better deployment method because it could lead to fairer cloud billing practices and higher asset utilisation.

Rackspace announces bare metal cloud based on OpenStack Project Ironic

Nigel Beighton, vice president of technology, international at Rackspace

Rackspace announced the launch of OnMetal Thursday, a single-tenant infrastructure as a service that can tap into the full range of APIs available in the OpenStack ecosystem. The company’s vice president of technology and product, international Nigel Beighton told Business Cloud News that the service represents a “step change” for the cloud industry because it breaks dependence on virtualisation and alters how the industry thinks of “the cloud.”

Hot Metal: How bare metal is making a comeback in cloud

In the world of cloud not all workloads are created equally and bare metal cloud might be making a comeback

Cloud computing entails a significant shift in the way IT services are delivered to organisations, a trend correlated with, and to some extent the cause of, virtualisation in datacentre services. Given the many benefits virtualisation affords: flexibility, scalability, and agility, to name a few, it can be confidently said that most cloud-based services offered today are hosted on some virtualised platform. Yet there is a converse trend that is seeing enterprises, driven by performance, security and cost concerns, swinging back towards bare metal implementations.

Work begins on virtualization in transport layer

The Optical Interworking Forum (OIF) will soon start work on a specification for Virtual Network Services, a mark of virtualization technology filtering out into the wider transport network

The Optical Interworking Forum (OIF), an industry group uniting the data and optical networking sectors including carriers, component manufacturers and system vendors, said this week that it will soon start work on a specification for Virtual Network Services (VNS) that could become a main driver for deployment of SDN (software defined networking) in transport networks.

Telefónica Brazil deploys TOA for cloud-based field service solution

Vivo, the Brazilian subsidiary of Spanish telco Telefónica deployed TOA Technologies' cloud-based field service management softawre

Vivo, the Brazilian subsidiary of Spanish telco Telefónica said Tuesday that it has deployed TOA Technologies’ cloud-based field service management application, which provides end-to-end service tracking for both employees and contractors.

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