8×8 and VCE Deliver Cloud Services to Businesses Business communications and cloud computing solutions provider 8×8 and VCE are collaborating to deliver cloud computing services to businesses utilizing the Vblock Infrastructure Platform. VCE or the Virtual Computing Environment Company was formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel. This company was established to create a fully integrated IT platform that combines compute, network, storage, virtualization and management technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware. 8×8 is able to accelerate deployment of cloud-based computing solutions by adopting the Vblock platform. These solutions have the ability to significantly cut down
Dimension Data Acquires OpSource To Accelerate Global Cloud Strategy Johannesburg, South Africa and Santa Clara, CA – June 30, 2011 – Dimension Data announced today that it has acquired OpSource, an enterprise cloud company, in a deal that will see Dimension Data, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Holdings, accelerate its cloud computing services offerings. At the same time, Dimension Data, a US $4.7 billion ICT services and solutions provider has created a centralised Cloud Solutions Business Unit which will report directly into Dimension Data’s CEO, Brett Dawson. OpSource will become part of the Dimension Data Cloud Solutions Business Unit.
AWS Announces New Data Transfer Pricing We’re pleased to announce that we’re lowering our pricing for AWS data transfer, effective July 1, 2011. We’ve often told you that one of our goals is to drive down costs continuously and to pass those savings on. We’ve reduced prices on over a dozen occasions over the last four years. We’re happy to be able to once again pass along savings to you. We will no longer charge a separate fee for internet data transfer in. For internet data transfer out, we’ve added three new tiers — at 1 PB, 5 PB and
Avnet Technology Solutions has introduced its HP-designated Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) at its Global Solutions Center in Chandler, Ariz. Avnet’s HP CCoE is built on a complete, integrated and open platform – HP’s CloudSystem. This platform allows both businesses and service providers to build and manage services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments. This facility can be leveraged by Avnet’s HP value-added reseller (VAR) partners in the U.S. and Canada to show prospects the benefits of incorporating cloud computing solutions from HP into their data centers and IT environments. Avnet has also announced several cloud solutions templates so
Update: Rackspace Discontinues Reseller Client Support We are discontinuing 24×7 Client Support to resellers’ end customers. To more clearly identify who is authorized to act on behalf of an account, Rackspace will no longer discuss account related issues or provide account specific support to individuals that are not our direct customers. We will stop providing support for end users effective July 28, 2011. We understand that this could cause some inconveniences for resellers, as any end user reaching out to Rackspace will be directed back to the primary account. Supporting the non-primary customer causes confusion, and our ability to properly
NEC Helps Customers Build Enterprise Hybrid Clouds NEC is enabling organizations to directly implement communication-as-a service delivery models as part of their private or hybrid clouds. The company has announced the immediate availability of UNIVERGE Sphericall as a VMware software-based virtual appliance to this end. Because UNIVERGE Sphericall is adapted to a VMware software-based virtual appliance, it is an ideal choice for a wide range of communication services, says NEC, a specialist in the integration of IT and network technologies. The company notes that businesses using a virtualized voice and data infrastructure can provide a cost effective, flexible, and agile
SPCC software moves to the Cloud SAN FRANCISCO, California — June 27, 2011 — Locus Technologies (Locus), the industry leader in Web-based water, energy, and environmental software, announced today that it has expanded ePortal, its flagship product, to manage compliance, data and information for the EPA Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule. This introduces the industry’s first enterprise level SPCC software deployed in the Cloud. The SPCC rule is part of the EPA’s Oil Pollution Prevention regulations, which also includes the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rule. On July 17, 2002, the EPA amended the SPCC regulations (67 FR 47042),