Showing posts with label Alliances. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alliances. Show all posts

Friday, December 5, 2014

NetApp Partners with VMware

NetApp announced a new partnership with VMware to deliver enterprise-class EVO: Rail Integrated Infrastructure.

The NetApp Integrated EVO: RAIL Solution is designed for enterprises and midmarket organizations, including remote and branch office environments with limited IT personnel. The NetApp Integrated EVO: RAIL Solution includes flash-accelerated, scale-out NetApp enterprise storage.

“Customers asked us to take a fresh look at how we could extend the benefits of converged systems to meet the needs of smaller department and branch offices,” said George Kurian, executive vice president of Product Operations at NetApp. “By combining NetApp storage with VMware EVO: RAIL, we now offer an integrated solution that offers simple, cost-effective scaling, enterprise performance and the protection required for business critical applications, a single point of support, and best of all, complete flexibility to integrate with the cloud using the NetApp data fabric.”

http://www.netapp.com/us/company/news/press-releases/news-rel-20141203-970055.aspx

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cisco Teams with IBM on VersaStack Data Center Solution

Cisco and IBM are teaming up to offer an integrated data center solution that combines Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the IBM Storwize storage system.


The new VersaStack solution, which will be sold through business partners, is aimed at cloud, big data and analytics, and mobility deployments.  Specifically, the VersaStack solution includes the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), ACI-Ready Cisco 9000 Nexus switches, Cisco MDS switches, and Cisco UCS Director and the IBM Storwize V7000 storage.

Over time, the platform will be optimized for IBM business applications, while integrating Cisco innovations such as Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Intercloud Fabric.

"VersaStack will help our mutual customers streamline deployment and operation of their IT infrastructure. It will also provide a foundation for innovation between Cisco and IBM—from mobility and data analytics to Intercloud and application centric infrastructure," stated Satinder Sethi, Vice President, Data Center Solutions, Cisco.

"As cloud, mobile, and big data continue to challenge and transform data centers, more organizations are turning to innovative solutions, like the VersaStack, for help," said Laura Guio, Vice President, Business Line Executive Storage Systems, IBM.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1542257
http://www.ibm.com


  • In October, EMC agreed to take over VCE as Cisco agreed to sell all but 10% of its equity stake in the joint venture to EMC. VCE was the joint venture formed in 2009 by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.  VMware is a subsidiary of EMC. Going forward, VCE will be a subsidiary of EMC and will serve as  "an integration point for technologies from across the company."  VCE's flagship product is its Vblock Systems, a converged infrastructure offering that combines VMware vSphere software running on Cisco Unified Computing Systems (UCS) connected with Cisco Nexus switches, attached to EMC Symmetrix storage. More than 1,000 enterprises and service providers have deployed over 2,000 Vblock Systems worldwide.

Juniper and VMware Extend Collaboration

Juniper Networks and VMware have closely aligned their private cloud products and sales teams to support customers in the APAC region.  The companies said their increased collaboration will provide the following:

  • Interoperable products, which are available in APAC today, to deliver smart forwarding across physical and virtual infrastructures and provide end-to-end visibility and management of physical and virtualized infrastructures from a single pane of glass. These include:

    * Layer 2 Gateway Services for VMware NSX certified on the Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers to enable seamless bridging between virtual and physical environments.

    * Full VXLAN routing on the EX9200 and MX Series platforms to extend virtual networks seamlessly across multiple data centers. This capability leverages custom silicon and employs native L3 capabilities on EX9200 and MX platforms for connectivity of L3 LANs and WANs at wire speed, effectively making VXLAN a fully functioning replacement for legacy VLANs

    * Juniper Networks' Junos Space Network Director layer with VMware vCenter® enables discovery, management and monitoring of virtual networks including vCenter servers, hosts, VMs and virtual switches. It also provides detailed virtual to physical network connectivity information. This will help ensure consistency and visibility across virtual and physical networks.
  • A proof-of-concept (POC) lab that will be open to customers for the purposes of conducting testing and analysis of the interoperable VMware NSX and MetaFabric solution.

"While it is no secret that the entire IT landscape is undergoing a dramatic shift toward mobile applications delivered from the cloud, nobody should underestimate the challenge this represents to data center operations. Together with Juniper Networks, we have a strong focus on addressing data center complexity by leveraging the power of network virtualization to radically simplify IT, while delivering services at the speed of today's business," stated Sanjay Mirchandani, senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware.

http://www.juniper.net
http://www.vmware.com

HP and Alcatel-Lucent Expand Alliance

HP and Alcatel-Lucent are expanding their global alliance to include selected Alcatel-Lucent IP routing and optical products in HP's existing routing and storage portfolios.

Specifically, HP Storage will extend its solutions between datacenters to provide joint HP and Alcatel-Lucent customers with fully validated end-to-end business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities. The companies have certified long distance synchronous, low-latency replication using HP 3PAR RemoteCopy for distances up to 130 kilometers. The solution components include HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP 3PAR Remote Copy software, HP StoreFabric Storage Networking and Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS optical products.

HP Networking is also expanding its WAN router portfolio for large organizations with the targeted adoption of selected Alcatel-Lucent Carrier-grade routers.

Under their previously announced alliance, Alcatel-Lucent has comprehensively adopted HP IT technologies and HP supply chain efficiencies. Alcatel-Lucent has also recently joined as a member of the HP's Early Access Forum for HP Helion, HP's open-source, distributed cloud computing platform based on OpenStack technology.

"HP and Alcatel-Lucent's expanded alliance demonstrates our deep joint commitment to help large organizations and service providers transform and disrupt their respective industries and markets," said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, HP enterprise group. "We do this by taking each other's best-in-class flagship products from our respective IT and networking portfolios, to deliver a unique set of data center and network solutions that reduce complexity, lower OPEX and boost agility to accelerate innovation of new products and services."

"This expanded alliance with HP allows us to continue doing what we do best -- building networks that help meet our customers' objectives. And it will allow us to leverage the strengths of both companies to increase the value we deliver to those customers," said Basil Alwan, President Alcatel-Lucent IP Routing and Transport. "Together, we will continue to innovate and offer large enterprises and service providers the industry's most agile and flexible solutions with the right performance and economics for the cloud era."

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.hp.com



  • HP and Alcatel-Lucent first announced their global alliance in June 2009.


Brocade Partners With Mirantis on OpenStack

Brocade announced a partnership with Mirantis to provide cloud service providers with a new turnkey, OpenStack-based, on-demand data center solution.

Mirantis, which is a start-up based in Mountain View, California, offers software and services for running production-grade OpenStack clouds. Its solution provides a visual interface as a single control plane for OpenStack clusters and enables automated hardware discovery and network verification.

Brocade said it is building on the Mirantis OpenStack platform and Fuel, an open source deployment automation tool for OpenStack, to enable multitenant network orchestration across the data center. Brocade also provides additional network services to OpenStack environments with the Brocade Virtual ADX and Brocade Vyatta vRouter offerings. Both of these offerings will be certified with Mirantis OpenStack 5.x in the near future.

Brocade also announced that the company's OpenStack plugin for Brocade VDX Switches is now certified for Mirantis OpenStack.

"Cloud service providers face a number of challenges in hosting modern data centers that hinder innovation, including the lack of automation, limited resources, and high costs. To address this, Brocade and Mirantis have partnered to provide a best-in-class solution for cloud service providers based on Mirantis OpenStack distribution and Brocade networking technology -- all designed to support the ever-increasing demands of cloud environments," said Jason Nolet, Vice President Data Center and Enterprise Networking, Brocade.

http://www.mirantis.com
http://www.brocade.com


  • In October, Mirantis raised $100 million for its pure-play OpenStack solutions. Mirantis offers software and services for running production-grade OpenStack clouds. Its solution provides a visual interface as a single control plane for OpenStack clusters and enables automated hardware discovery and network verification.
    For this round, Insight Venture Partners was joined by August Capital, as well as existing investors Intel Capital, WestSummit Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures). Alex Crisses, managing director at Insight Venture Partners, will join the Mirantis board of directors.

    Mirantis has helped more than 130 customers implement OpenStack – including Comcast, DirecTV, Ericsson, Expedia, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Symantec, Samsung, WebEx and Workday.  Among these is the largest OpenStack deal on record: a five-year software licensing agreement with Ericsson. Mirantis is also the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry, serving Huawei, NTT Docomo, Orange, Pacnet, Tata Communications, and others.

IBM and Docker Announce Strategic Partnership

IBM and Docker announced a strategic partnership.

The Docker platform will make it easier for enterprises to build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem. The idea is to develop portable, distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud.

IBM will be a premier provider of Docker Hub Enterprise (DHE).

“This partnership with IBM is a great win for the rapidly growing number of enterprises that see Docker as the foundation for a new generation of business critical distributed applications,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker  “IBM’s commitment to delivering enterprise-grade Docker native solutions will drive dynamic, new business initiatives for enterprises through portable, highly dynamic Docker-based applications.”

http://www.docker.com
http://www.ibm.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GENBAND and Nokia Collaborate on VoWiFi/VoLTE

Nokia Networks will offer GENBAND´s QUANTiX evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG) as part of its voice evolution solutions, including Voice over WiFi.  The GENBAND ePDG will be integrated into Nokia’s Liquid Core portfolio to support multimedia voice, data and video sessions and anywhere/any-device services.

The ePDG is a key component of GENBAND’s Wireless Access Gateway solution and enables Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) interworking to allow for seamless, secure network connectivity and an enhanced customer experience.

“Combining GENBAND’s ePDG with Nokia’s Liquid Core portfolio allows operators to take advantage of communications services inWiFi networks, offering their customers the ability to make calls and send messages regardless of where they may be,” said BG Kumar, Chief Product Officer at GENBAND.  “We are excited to build on our longstanding partnership with Nokia Networks, a global leader in mobile broadband, to bring advanced solutions to the mobile marketplace.”

“With the evolution of voice and messaging services, like VoWiFi, the combination of Nokia’s and GENBAND’s solution is an effective way to ensure agility and flexibility for our customers. It allows operators to launch innovative, intelligent solutions while maximizing the value of their networks,” said Thorsten Robrecht, Vice President, Nokia Networks. “As part of our strategy, we will integrate GENBAND’s ePDG in our core portfolio to provide complete solutions to operators, without compromising our quality requirements.”

http://www.GENBAND.com
http://networks.nokia.com/

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Telefónica Teams with Geotab on M2M for Fleets

Telefónica announced a partnership with Geotab to provide M2M fleet transport telematics technology in Spain, Germany and the U.K. with the intention to explore Latin American markets in the near future.

The solution, which includes Geotab’s plug-and-play device, offers real time fleet management and the ability to develop a number of alerts, notifications, and review driver trip and activity reports. Advanced features also include on-board diagnostics through engine indicators to return feedback, such as engine failures, or an in-depth engine fault code diagnosis; detect accidents and retrace cause of the accident; and allow add-ons such as a navigational device, NFC driver ID key, sensors and more.

http://pressoffice.telefonica.com/

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Equinix Partners with Datapipe on Hybrid IT for AWS

Equinix announced a partnership with Datapipe to provide managed Hybrid IT Solutions for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The solution leverages Equinix’s global footprint of more than 100 International Business Exchange (IBX®) data centers and combines Equinix’s Cloud Exchange™ interconnection solution with Datapipe’s managed services and the AWS platform.

The companies said their joint solution provides improved security and performance, better control, and higher throughput versus connecting to AWS via the public Internet. It provides direct bandwidth for access to AWS services and the seamless integration with dedicated IT environments, such as complex databases, to support highly available, data-intensive applications. The result is improved user Quality of Experience (QoE) and more effective migration to and adoption of the AWS cloud.

http://www.datapipe.com/
http://www.equinix.com

Nokia Networks and HP Advance their NFV Partnership

Nokia Networks and HP are moving ahead with their partnership to offer a telco cloud solution compliant with ETSI NFV principles and designed to provide operators with an open source-based cloud.

The companies said they will provide telco operators with an integrated solution enabling Nokia Networks virtualized network functions (VNFs) to run on a cloud infrastructure layer that integrates HP data center hardware, hypervisor and virtual infrastructure manager, based on HP Helion OpenStack technology.

Telco cloud virtualized network function management will be performed by Nokia’s Cloud Application Manager.  The cooperation extends beyond hardware and software to encompass the technical, services and commercial capabilities needed to deliver, maintain and operate a telco cloud.

Nokia Networks is already delivering the first commercial NFV solution which brings cloud technology to life with services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE). It expects its virtualized network functions and cloud management solutions based on HP Helion OpenStack with carrier grade technologies to be available by mid-2015.

“Services are fundamental to enable the transformation that the cloud promises to operators for telco and IT applications. Working together, Nokia Networks and HP can deliver the expertise and technological leadership that mobile operators need to gain the full benefits of a complete telco and IT cloud solution – and all under one contract for simplicity,” said Igor Leprince, executive vice president Global Services, Nokia Networks.

“Operators want the same advantages enterprises have experienced with open source-based cloud solutions. HP Helion OpenStack with carrier grade technologies provides them with a clear path to get there,” said Saar Gillai, senior vice president/COO, HP Cloud and general manager, NFV, HP. “Together, Nokia Networks and HP plan to deliver a pre-integrated solution leveraging our cloud platform and their VNFs to provide customers with a simplified and faster means to deploy NFV services.”

http://networks.nokia.com
http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1837792#.VGVjh_m-1WA
  • In February 2014, Nokia and HP first announced a Telco Cloud partnership.

  • Why OPNFV? Prodip Sen, CTO for Network Functions Virtualization at HP and Reino Tammela, Head of Nokia's Technology Center in Espoo, discuss the reasons for a new industry initiative outside of ETSI's ISG for NFV.  The new project aims to accelerate deployments. The jump-start does not aim to replace on-going standards development but to take a pragmatic approach to market demands.
http://youtu.be/XoOPhcSr4Z0





At the end of September, The Linux Foundation launched the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV) with the goal of accelerating the commercial introduction of NFV products and services.

OPNFV will establish a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. Because multiple open source NFV building blocks already exist, OPNFV will work with upstream projects to coordinate continuous integration and testing while filling development gaps.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Digital Realty and Zayo Team on Cloud to Data Center Connections

Zayo and Digital Realty announced an alliance agreement to expand the Digital Realty direct connect cloud offering.

Under the pact, Digital Realty customers will have the ability to access Zayo’s Connect to the Cloud platform, which offers access to more than 24 leading cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and IBM SoftLayer.


Digital Realty clients will be able to deploy hybrid cloud solutions through Zayo’s Cloud connectivity platform. They will also be able to access pricing, place orders, and view existing and pending services through Tranzact, Zayo’s innovative shopping platform.

Digital Realty is one of the largest data center providers worldwide, with more than 130 locations across 11 countries. Zayo’s network, which spans more than 81,000 route miles and connects to more than 500 data centers, is connected to the majority of Digital Realty locations, enabling the two companies to offer complementary infrastructure to customers.

“This agreement builds on a long standing relationship with Zayo and our customers benefit from Zayo’s extensive network and ability to quickly deploy solutions for customers,” said Mike Bohlig, director of global alliances at Digital Realty. “Zayo’s footprint complements our global portfolio of data centers, enabling us to provide mutual customers with a diverse set of services, including connectivity to a wide range of cloud providers.”

http://www.zayo.com/network/cloud-connectivity
http://www.digitalrealty.com

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wind River Partners on HP Helion OpenStack Solutions for NFV

HP and Wind River have entered into a partnership to develop solutions with HP Helion OpenStack technology to enable carrier grade network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities.

HP Helion OpenStack solutions with carrier grade capabilities will be available in calendar year 2015.

Key benefits of the HP Helion OpenStack-Wind River integrated solutions will include:

  • Reliability – Carrier grade Linux and kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) hypervisor, advanced self-healing, and high availability add-ons for OpenStack Control Plane to enable service availability levels that carriers and CSPs demand
  • Performance – Carrier grade accelerated vSwitch for high performance networking, advanced NFV workload placement to maximize the number of subscribers supported per server, utilization of system topology to optimize Virtual Network Function (VNF) performance, and an availability and affinity model designed to ensure VNF service availability while providing max performance with the lowest latency
  • Manageability – Scheduling and orchestration of workloads, security features to meet carrier needs, and open, standards based applications programming interfaces (APIs)

“The telecom industry is eager to tap into the vast potential of NFV. By taking advantage of a virtualized or cloud environment, service providers can easily and quickly introduce new high-value services while reducing costs. In every case, maintaining carrier grade reliability is critical,” said Jim Douglas, senior vice president and CMO, Wind River. “By partnering with a leader like HP, we’re enabling a new generation of carrier grade, cloud-enabled NFV deployments for our customers in this changing market.”

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1830185#.VFmzRvmjOM4

Microsoft Partners with Dropbox

Microsoft announced a partnership with Dropbox that will allow Office applications to work better with Dropbox folders.

Over 1.2 billion people use Office. Dropbox has more than 300,000,000 users and has become home to more than 35 billion Office files.

“In our mobile-first and cloud-first world, people need easier ways to create, share and collaborate regardless of their device or platform,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together, Microsoft and Dropbox will provide our shared customers with flexible tools that put them at the center for the way they live and work today.”

http://www.microsoft.com
http://www.dropbox.com


  • Dropbox is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Austin, New York, Dublin, and Sydney.  The service is now available in 19 languages.

Friday, October 31, 2014

IBM Teams with Tencent to serve Enterprise Cloud in China

IBM and Tencent Cloud announced an alliance to collaborate on providing public cloud with Software-as-a-Service solutions for enterprises in China.

The partnership will focus on emerging small and medium enterprises that are using mobile, cloud computing and big data tools to transform internal processes and operations.

As part of the pact Tencent Cloud and IBM will jointly promote industry innovation and gain from each company's resources and global capacity.

“Tencent has a stable and reliable cloud computing platform, while IBM has abundant industry expertise aimed at the enterprise. We will work together to bring ‘Internet mode’ to more enterprise-level clients through cloud computing,” stated Mr. Taosang Tong, President of Social Network Group, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/45281.wss

  • In August, China Telecom and IBM announced a three-year agreement to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP cloud-based applications.

  • In July, IBM announced a 10-year initiative to support China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens.  IBM's "Green Horizon" project seeks to address three areas critical to China's sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy forecasting and energy optimization. The project will be led by IBM's China Research laboratory and tap into the company's network of 12 global research labs and create an innovation ecosystem of partners from government, academia, industry and private enterprise.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NBASE-T Alliance Pitches 2.5 and 5 GigE over Existing Copper Cables

A new NBASE-T Alliance has been established to promote the development of 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet (2.5GE and 5GE) technology for enterprise network infrastructure. Founding members include Cisco, Aquantia, Freescale and Xilinx.

NBASE-T Alliance aims to advance multi-gigabit Ethernet technology that enables faster data rates on existing enterprise cabling originally designed for 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GbE) technology.

Most enterprise campus networks use Category 5e (Cat5e) and Category 6 (Cat6) twisted-pair copper cables, which do not support 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) up to 100 meters.  This points to the need for for intermediate rates between 1 and 10 Gigabit over existing cables.

Chris Spain, vice president of product management, Cisco, said, “The NBASE-T alliance is addressing one of the top networking challenges of today – speed in the access layer. The industry is moving to the next generation of 802.11ac – Wave 2 with theoretical data rates of up to 6.9 Gbps and actual aggregated bandwidth of up to 5 Gbps; a 1 Gbps link between the access point and switch is not sufficient. Our mission in working with the Alliance members is to provide customers with innovative technology to increase network speed without the need to upgrade the cabling infrastructure.”

Kamal Dalmia, vice president sales and marketing, Aquantia, said, “The advent of 802.11ac wave 2 has created a unique opportunity for the formation of the NBASE-T Alliance, a strong and unique group of industry leaders gathered to bring multi-Gigabit rates solutions over legacy copper cables.” Dalmia added “We’re proud to be part of the NBASE-T Alliance and are looking forward to working closely with a growing base of supporters in the market.”

http://www.nbaset.org/


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brocade Expands Alliance with VMware

Brocade announced an alliance with VMware to advance solutions that support the New IP by allowing enterprises to more easily transition to software-defined data centers (SDDCs) and adopt network virtualization. Specifically, Brocade Ethernet and Fibre Channel fabrics will be interoperable with VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 (formerly the VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite). The collaboration will enable better analytics capabilities for both Fibre Channel SAN and IP networks. Previous work on Fibre Channel integration into VMware vRealize Operations is now being leveraged by next-generation data centers.

"Our collaboration with Brocade on vRealize Suite 6 has resulted in an interoperable solution that delivers an agile, scalable network infrastructure and enables a seamless migration to cloud architectures," said Sanjay Katyal, Vice President, Strategic Alliances and OEM Partnerships at VMware. "Working with companies such as Brocade allows for the creation of better hybrid cloud architectures for the evolving software-defined data center. This includes delivering a more unified and comprehensive management experience, and helping customers integrate physical and virtual infrastructures that can be viewed and managed as a single unified infrastructure."

"Leveraging both Ethernet and Fibre Channel fabric technologies to support The New IP, Brocade shares VMware's vision for a simplified and automated data center environment that allows our mutual customers to say goodbye to the status quo of inflexible, legacy network and data center designs," said Jason Nolet, vice president, Data Center and Campus Networking, at Brocade. "Our partnership continues to expand in uniting the best aspects of virtual and physical networking across a cloud orchestration framework to enable SDDCs that deliver greater simplicity, higher scalability and more efficient resource utilization."

http://www.brocade.com
http://www.vmware.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEC Teams with Dell on NFV/SDN

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) announced a collaboration agreement with Dell on a high-performance, highly reliable SDN-enabled fabric solution.

Recently, the companies completed interoperability validation between NEC’s ProgrammableFlow Controller and Dell’s OpenFlow-enabled S-Series switches, helping ensure that the devices worked well together.

“Dell’s SDN strategy is built on providing customers a choice, allowing them to tailor networks to their specific needs. Combining our innovative Dell Networking switching platforms with the leading NEC ProgrammableFlow Controller, we are able to deliver a highly differentiated and cost-effective SDN solution to customers embracing Network Functions Virtualization and OpenFlow technologies,” said Arpit Joshipura, vice president, Product Management & Strategy, Dell Networking.

“As leaders in the networking industry, NEC and Dell are dedicated to providing our customers with more choices and better flexibility when

http://www.necam.com/SDN

HP and VMware Expand Partnership

HP and VMware are expanding their longstanding partnership with a new enterprise-class appliance for software-defined IT infrastructure.

The HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL is a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance powered by VMware EVO: RAIL that tightly integrates compute, network, storage and management resources seamlessly.  It features a pre-integrated, pre-tested 100 percent VMware software stack, to provide high availability at both the compute and storage layers, with VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware vRealize Log Insight (formerly vCenter Log Insight), and the EVO: RAIL engine.

“This collaboration between HP and VMware to deliver EVO: RAIL will provide organizations with an innovative approach to driving better business outcomes through a software-defined data center architecture,” said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, Software-Defined Data Center Division, VMware. “Together, HP and VMware are helping customers dramatically simplify and accelerate the delivery of software-defined infrastructure services while lowering operating expenses.”

“Today businesses are looking for more efficient ways to speed time to application and service delivery that reduce the strain on existing infrastructure, said Nariman Teymourian, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Systems, HP. “Our collaboration with VMware to deliver hyper-converged infrastructure reinforces our commitment to provide customers superior technology choices as they migrate from inefficient legacy systems to modern integrated infrastructure.”

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1815967#.VD1ip_mWWSo
http://www.vmware.com/products/evorail

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent Form Customer Care Alliance

Accenture and Alcatel-Lucent announced a strategic alliance to design, build and run scalable, cost effective customer care operations for all-IP networks.

A new Accenture Alcatel-Lucent Business Group will be formed with dedicated sales and delivery resources.  The solutions will be based on Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive line of products.  The new Group will also explore small cell wireless network solutions with a focus on integrating cellular technology and WiFi between service providers and large enterprises.

Accenture will be Alcatel-Lucent’s preferred supplier for software and network integration services. Alcatel-Lucent will also be a preferred technology provider for Accenture’s customer care and small cell solutions needs.

“Consumers and businesses expect any network they are on to provide sophisticated services that support multiple devices, combined with fast, reliable access,” said Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent. “Our collaboration with Accenture is strategic to our growth as we work to enable our clients to deliver on those expectations. By combining our outstanding IP platforms with Accenture’s consulting, systems integration, delivery, and process optimization skills, we will be well-positioned to significantly and measurably improve the world’s communication experience.”

“We look forward to working with Alcatel-Lucent to help fulfill the increasing demand for broadband services over wireless networks,” said Pierre Nanterme, chairman and CEO, Accenture. “The collaboration is consistent with our strategy of working at the heart of the digital ecosystem and growing our network services to enable communications service providers to undergo the transformation they need to thrive.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/
http://www.accenture.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cisco and Equinix Team Up on Intercloud to Cloud Exchange

Cisco and Equinix will jointly develop enterprise customer solutions that utilize Cisco’s Intercloud technologies and the Equinix Cloud Exchange to deliver more secure, resilient and efficient interconnection to public clouds.  The non-exclusive partnership aims to extend connectivity from the application layer through data center networking system to enable a seamless experience between public cloud services, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, to enterprise networks that powered by Cisco equipment. The partnership is significant because of the shared enterprise customer base and global reach of the companies into key co-location data centers.

Some highlights:

  • Cisco intends to deploy Intercloud-enabled capabilities in 16 Equinix data centers across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • As Cisco expands its Intercloud capabilities, Equinix will be a preferred supplier, offering access to Cisco Cloud Services inside its global platform of International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.
  • Equinix intends to deploy Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) within the Equinix Cloud Exchange infrastructure to deliver application-driven policy control. It plans to deploy the key hardware and software elements of the Cisco ACI architecture in its data centers, including the Nexus 9000 Series Switch and the APIC Controller.
  • Equinix has already deployed elements of the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP) - an open, comprehensive orchestration and virtualization software platform on Equinix Cloud Exchange, providing real-time automation for service provisioning, over physical and virtual networks.
  • Equinix, the global interconnection leader, has a global data center footprint of more than 100 data centers across 32 markets in 15 countries.  

"What Cisco and Equinix are doing together is all about visibility and control. By connecting Cisco Intercloud and Cloud Exchange, we are adding policy, performance, security and visibility all the way to the application level, removing performance concerns sometimes associated with hybrid cloud services. Elasticity is essential for enterprises, and by providing a private, high bandwidth, highly secure infrastructure, we’re allowing enterprises to achieve their vision of a truly elastic cloud,” stated Ihab Tarazi, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1496004




See also