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IBM to Acquire Cloudant to Strengthen Its Cloud Computing Portfolio

IBM to Acquire Cloudant to Strengthen Its Cloud Computing Portfolio

IBM to Acquire Cloudant to Strengthen Its Cloud Computing Portfolio

IAggressive investment and acquisition from Big Blue continues in the domain of cloud computing technology; the latest example is proposed Cloudant acquisition.

This was announced by the IBM corporation on this weekend that it is going to acquire the Cloudant, the provider of cloud computing based database as a service DBaaS. This acquisition is being made to strengthen the cloud computing portfolio of the company, who is aggressively seeking to establish itself as the leader in cloud computing technology. Although, the terms and conditions of the acquisition were not disclosed in the official statement from the company.

This acquisition came after the big announcement of the company to invest billions of dollars in this domain of business, acquisition of SoftLayer, and establishing the separate business units for cloud computing and cognitive computing.

In the official statement, it was further elaborated that the Cloudant company would be placed under the newly established business unit called Information and Analytics Group. This business unit is a part of IBM software and systems group. The services offered by the Cloudant will be integrated with the existing cloud computing service portfolios of the company running under the cover of SoftLayer.

The “Cloudant” offers the innovative, flexible and highly featured database related solutions for synchronizing and managing the data in different structures through its popular JSON cloud computing based data service. With the merger of Cloudant service into the IBM cloud services, the later one would be more featured, flexible, scalable and customer oriented.

According to the statement, the technology used in Cloudant database service would be integrated with the IBM’s Apps development platform for mobiles called MobileFirst, which will enable the developers to develop the web and mobile applications fully integrated with the structured and unstructured database. With the integration of the Cloudant’s cloud computing based data base services into the WorkLight platform of the IBM application development platform, the company would be able to leverage its influence to the developers and professionals to work on its cloud platforms.

Many analysts believe that with the acquisition of Cloudant DBaaS services with the cloud computing profile of IBM would strengthen the global data distribution and the geo load balancing, which will enable the company to offer highly efficient and robust cloud services to the enterprise customers and the developers in the marketplace.

Telstra Partners with Cisco to Extend Cloud Computing Capabilities

Telstra Partners with Cisco to Extend Cloud Computing Capabilities

Telstra Partners with Cisco to Extend Cloud Computing Capabilities

Cisco System will help Telstra to leverage its ambitions in the domain of cloud business by providing support to the enterprise customers to develop highly featured cloud computing solutions.

This was announced by the Telstra on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 that it is going to establish the world first global partnership with Cisco systems to launch the cloud computing based solutions for it medium to large enterprise customers. This partnership would be one of its kind in this marketplace, in which a large amount of investment will be injected from both of the partners to leverage their power in the domain of cloud computing services.

In recent years, the big providers and IT giants such as, IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Dell, Rackspace and many others have aggressively invested in this cruising field of business. Telstra has partnered with the Cisco systems after long in-house discussions and pondering.

While talking about the importance of partnership with Cisco systems, the executive director, Telstra Global Eterprise Services, Mr. Erez Yarkon said, “ We could partner with an Amazon or a Microsoft, but our first partnership is with Cisco for many good reasons and considerations”. “Under the partnership, Cisco will install and operate a local node of its global cloud platform inside the Telstra’s data centers. Telstra will be the first outfit globally to partner with Cisco in this way,” he added further.

In the statement, it was further elaborated that a huge money will be invested, but the figure was not disclosed. Meanwhile, the company informed that the targeted market of cloud computing services would be government sector and medium to large enterprise. The company will offer very featured cloud solutions based on the Cisco Cloud Platforms, which also offer a wide range of applications such as, ERP, Disaster Recovery, Application Management, Analytic support and many others. Yarkon maintained that our service would be a one stop shop for a complete solution.

The executive director further said, “This world first partnership sees us move from being a provider of enterprise-grade Cloud infrastructure and market-leading cloud solutions, to adding more value to our customers by helping them design the best cloud environment to suit their business – The Cisco relationship allows us to offer deeper and broader service capabilities to help our customers manage their critical applications, making the transition to the cloud simpler and more cost effective.”