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Cisco to begin Early Field Trials of AVE to extend ACI to Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google

Cisco had recently announced its plans of extending Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) – its Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution, to the public cloud – Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google.

This will allow quick innovation and digital transformation as enterprises will get to access ACI anywhere along with the flexibility of running their applications across their private and chosen public cloud, while maintaining constant network policies along complete multi-cloud domain.

ACI helps in reducing data center complexities by providing hardware and software capabilities jointly via one environment. Approximately 4,000 customers of Cisco are currently using ACI platform.

In the wake of this development, Cisco made another announcement of commencing Early Field Trials (EFT) of its ACI Virtual Edge (AVE), Cisco’s next generation Application Virtual Switch (AVS) for the ACI environments. AVE is independent of hypervisor and offers seamless policy control across a number of hypervisors, with its basic version targeted for VMware ESXi.

Frank Palumbo, Senior Vice President, Global Data Center & Enterprise Networking Sales announced this development in his blog post. He said, “We are on schedule to ship by the end of this year.”

He added, “Cisco understands the burden of operational change. We have designed the ACI Virtual Edge for an easy transition with minimal operational disruption. Current customers can continue to use the AVS and move to the AVE at their convenience. We will continue support for the AVS to alleviate customer concern. With this solution, customers can maintain their existing policies and operational procedures.”

With traditional hardware based switches and routers quickly fading away, Cisco has been continuously trying to position itself as a software vendor. This year, the company experienced a dip in its switching revenue by approximately 9% YoY in fiscal 4Q17, that cover almost half of its revenue.

Cisco seems to be in the initial transition stages of moving to the software and subscription revenue business model and so this dip is expected when the companies switch business models. The recent announcements are the proof that the tech giant is focusing on innovation that can create long term business value.

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Despite revenue decline, Cisco fights back with new acquisition and plans for product extensions

Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced its intent to buy Springpath Inc, leading hyperconvergence software provider for $320 Million in cash.

The decision came few days after the computer networking giant announced its fourth quarter earnings report of a declining revenue base.

Total revenue was down 4% recorded at $12.41 billion.

The revenue from many of its products was considerably low (5% down). The primary products revenue was down in the fourth quarter, while services saw an increase by 1%. Security and wireless offerings recorded 3% and 5% upsurge. While other revenue sources were all in the decline, including switching and routing (9% down year-over-year).

Reportedly, analysts said that they don’t expect much improvement to the business in coming quarters, but the company can perform well in the long run. This can be due to the increased efforts towards acquisition of software and subscription businesses.

The intention to buy Springpath can be considered as one such effort. Cisco’s HyperFlex HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure) is an Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM) of Springpath.
The duo, thus, have been working very closely since 2012, when Springpath was founded. And, most of the customers and channel partners expected the companies to merge businesses in future.

Rob Salvagno, Vice-President, Corporate Business Development, Cisco said, “This acquisition is a meaningful addition to our data center portfolio and aligns with our overall transition to providing more software-centric solutions,”

He further added, “Springpath’s file system technology was built specifically for hyperconvergence, which we believe will deliver sustainable differentiation in this fast-growing segment. I’m excited to be able to provide our customers and partners with the simplicity and agility they need in data center innovation.”

The company also announced its plans to extend ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) into public cloud segment.

In a company blog it said that now the customers will be able to run applications across their private as well as public cloud. The service will soon be available on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud platform.

With this, the company aims to offer maximum flexibility to its customers. Currently, ACI service supports multiple hypervisors, Linux containers and bare metal servers. The company even co-engineered with over 65 Data Center ecosystem partners who run their products with ACI. This has helped ACI turn into the most flexible and widely deployed SDN (Software defined networking) solution.

And now by extending the same facility to public cloud domain, customers will get more benefits.

With such developments and efforts in revamping product line, it would be interesting to see how Cisco jumps back with higher revenues.

Stay tuned for updates!

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ZNetLive To Add Hybrid Cloud Solution Based on Microsoft Azure Stack to Its Product Portfolio

Hybrid Cloud based on Azure Stack Solution to help users flexibly deploy, manage and migrate workloads while retaining full control across complete cloud environment via client portal.

ZNetLive – a leading web hosting and cloud services provider, announced its plan to expand its product portfolio to include Microsoft Azure Stack-based Hybrid Cloud Solution to help users get proficient computing capabilities with increased productivity at reduced operational costs.

The Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud solution expected to be made commercially available by early Q3 this year, will provide users with single vendor support for Azure Stack and Azure public cloud. The solution encompasses Azure’s storage, geo-presence and flexible capacity to enable an organization’s expansion on a global level.

The pay per usage solution will be available with one contract and monthly invoicing and the users will get their own client portal, with which they will be able to seamlessly create, deploy and manage their workloads on cloud.The kind of IT automation that this solution will provide will enable organizations maintain crucial business data on-premise while getting economies of scale with faster deployment of new services and applications on the public cloud.

This is one more step by ZNetLive in empowering Digital Transformation. The Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud solution combines path-breaking ZNetLive’s cloud management services with modern, scalable and flexible Microsoft Azure Stack capabilities to provide a comprehensive hybrid cloud solution to enterprises seeking digital transformation for modernization, high performance and scalability at low costs,” said Munesh Jadoun, Founder & CEO, ZNetLive.

For those onboarding the solution, the management, and support provided by ZNetLive will include cloud strategy formulation, building Azure hybrid cloud following detailed analysis of crucial and routine workloads and customers’ workload migration. It will also include security, back-up and disaster recovery services.

The company has been implementing integrated Azure Stack and Azure Pack cloud solutions for some time now.

The solution also includes Azure ExpressRoute Services to provide users with speedier private Azure connection from production environment for regular data migration, data transfer and thus, helping in expenditure reduction. With it, the users can add storage and compute capacity to their existing datacenter for high throughput and reduced latencies. The solution will enable them to build applications spanning on-premise infrastructure and Azure without compromising on privacy or performance.

For more details, visit: https://www.znetlive.com/

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“Tandem Comes With a Lot of Perks That Most Reseller Programs Don’t” – Dan Ushman, SingleHop

There is a lot to like about hosted IT infrastructure and Cloud computing provider SingleHop. Everything about the company – be it their extremely transparent SLA, automated deployment system, proprietary control panel LEAP, white-label partner programs, or the extensive detail in which the customer service & tech support system is listed on their website with multiple guarantees about the quality of services – is assured, innovative and fresh.

We talked to Dan Ushman, Co-founder and CMO, SingleHop, about some new developments at the company this year (EU Data Center, Enterprise Private Cloud), LEAP, Tandem and the much known ‘Bill of Rights’ SLA.

The idea behind LEAP is that you can deploy and manage any kind of infrastructure in any data center anytime through one single portal which is accessible from any device. Web hosting providers can white-label LEAP and call all of our products, research, automation, technology and partners as their own. They get more than just an infrastructure, they get a platform to build a hosting company on.

– Dan Ushman, Co-founder and CMO, SingleHop.

Dan Ushman, Co-founder and CMO, SingleHop.
Dan Ushman, Co-founder and CMO, SingleHop.

Q: Let’s begin with the recently launched AMS-1 facility. Why did SingleHop choose Amsterdam as the site for the new data center?

A: We looked at all of Europe and compared London, Germany and Amsterdam with each other. Amsterdam seemed like the best fit for us for three key reasons.

First, it is the networking hub of Europe. There are a lot of good data centers with good network connectivity and several other options.

Second, it’s politically neutral and there are no major conflicts. There’s no reason somebody from other parts of Europe would not want to serve in the Amsterdam.

Lastly, we found that the people there are very smart – there are a lot of good engineers and administrators that we can hire to work in the data center. So everything sort of aligned perfectly and it seemed like a good step overall.

Q: What are Infrastructure and technical specs at the new facility ?

A: All our data centers are the same, the only difference is how big they’re. The Amsterdam facility has a capacity of 2,000+ servers and supports all of our products including dedicated servers, bare metal, public cloud, private cloud and managed services.

Q: How has the response been so far?

A: 80% of initial data center capacity was reserved by the existing customers before it even opened. AMS-1 has been very popular since its launch at the beginning of June and there are about 300 active customers in data center active right now.

Q: I am a guy who wishes to get into hosting-reselling business, but has very little resources to do so. What additional value can ‘Tandem’ provide me with, when compared to other White-Label Reseller Hosting platforms out there?

A: Firstly, Tandem can be integrated into any commercial billing system using its extensive API. It gives clients the ability to manage dedicated servers and cloud instances that you resell to them under your own brand.

In addition, Tandem comes with a lot of perks that most reseller programs don’t. For example, our resellers get unlimited SSL certificates for free, which they can either sell for profit or give away as a way to stand out.

Also, Tandem is automated, so no matter what you are trying to deploy, it happens right away.

Q: How much flexibility does Tandem offer in terms of enabling resellers to offer customized solutions for specific vertical markets?

A: Our resellers can design hardware or multi-server solutions, clone them and redeploy them. They can develop custom images, customize the server, clone the software and redeploy that on any of their infrastructure, and they can automate it all using our API. In addition, they can execute post-install code from customization scripts.

Q: SingleHop’s LEAP has an extremely streamlined interface and a lot of work seems to have gone into the GUI, unlike most of the other industry control panels. Do you think it affects the decision making process in any way?

A: Yes, I think it does. Most of the reseller hosters in the market are small companies who don’t have in-house developers, project managers and system administrators to develop new products or to automate the existing ones, and then if you look at who they compete with – it’s the other small providers who’re doing the exact same thing – they all offer consult the same way. They all promise good up-time, good support etc. and are very identical to one another and that’s the problem with them. So even little things like a good GUI can set them apart from their peers.

Q: What are some other key features and benefits of LEAP?

A: The idea behind LEAP is that you can deploy and manage any kind of infrastructure in any data center anytime through one single portal which is accessible from any device. The overall value proposition is that you can automate parts of your job that take time and make your life easier.

Web hosting providers can white-label LEAP and call all of our products, research, automation, technology and partners such as GlobalSign, Bannaz, DemoWolf etc. as their own. They get more than just an infrastructure, they get a platform to build a hosting company on. We do a lot of stuff for our partners like writing PDFs, collaterals and datasheets for them. We also white-label banner ads and make their own banners for them. It’s all part of a holistic partnership approach we have.

Q: What made SingleHop choose VMware vCloud Suite for its cloud services launched earlier this year?

A: We looked at OpenStack, Windows Azure, Citrix, CloudStack and various other cloud computing platforms and found VMware most mature from a technology standpoint. It has a lot of functionality developed over the years that other platforms haven’t yet caught up on.

Another reason why we chose VMware vCloud Suite is that in testing we found that it works well with our existing platform too. For example, we can deploy private cloud with VMware, you can scale your VMs inside that private cloud as much as you want, and when you need to make your private cloud bigger, you can just automatically deploy new nodes.

It’s also fully integrated into LEAP and they work very well together. While you can control your VMWare instances from within LEAP, it also gives clients access to the vCenter if they are very technical and need access to the system itself.

Q: Wrapping up, SingleHop proclaims the Bill of Rights as Industry’s best SLA. Please elaborate? Also, how does it vary w.r.t customers’ infrastructure components?

A: The Bill of Rights is very granular and covers specific tasks, like how fast we respond to our customers and how long it takes to deploy infrastructure. If it says that the longest amount of time you will have to wait for a new server to be deployed is X, and we don’t hit it, we will automatically give you a credit for Y.

It is also highly automated. The data center staff have tablet computers they carry around that keeps track of everything they are working on and lets them know what the SLA for a particular service is and how much time they have left so that they never fall behind. Every data center staff gets paid a bonus every quarter based on what percentage of the SLAs they hit, so if they only hit half of them, they get half of their bonus.

Every customer of ours has his services protected by the Bill of Rights’ Standard SLA from the day one. Once they reach a certain number of infrastructure components for mission critical applications and need faster service, we offer them an Enhanced SLA.

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IBM Closes SoftLayer Acquisition; Partners With Flow to Provide Real Time Integrated Data Solutions

IBM has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies for an undisclosed amount. IBM entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SoftLayer a month back in a bid to strengthen its position in cloud computing.

IBM has also announced that Flow, Inc will now stream its real-time data analytics based on IBM SmartCloud and the SoftLayer technology platform.

IBM plans to provide clients with real-time integrated solutions based on Flow, the SoftLayer technology and IBM SmartCloud, which will enable them to send and receive data from any mobile device that is integrated with enterprise data, thereby enabling the collaboration essential to a Social Business.

We were delighted to learn that IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer has been finalized. Real-time performance is at the heart of our value proposition and SoftLayer immediately delivered us dramatic performance improvements. In addition, with IBM’s SmartCloud, we are able to apply improved analytics to the data we stream. – Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow.Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow

“We were delighted to learn that IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer has been finalized,” said Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow.

“Real-time performance is at the heart of our value proposition and SoftLayer immediately delivered us dramatic performance improvements. In addition, with IBM’s SmartCloud, we are able to apply improved analytics to the data we stream,” he added.

With the combination of Flow and SoftLayer software, IBM clients will be able to connect, process and route real-time data to and from any number of enterprise applications, analytics and mobile services.

IBM has formed a new IBM Cloud Services division which will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform. The said division, led by James Comfort, General Manager, IBM, will thus provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs, enterprises, channel partners and technology partners.

While IBM enjoys a dominant position with the enterprises and government in the cloud computing market, its spread among the SMBs is weak when compared to Amazon.com. This acquisition will help IBM build out its private and public cloud-based services for a broader range of clients, including SMBs

“Cloud computing provides a profound and transformative change in business and government,” said James.

“With SoftLayer in IBM’s portfolio, it will be easier and faster for organizations to adopt game-changing cloud services,” he added.

The speed and simplicity of SoftLayer’s public cloud services combined with IBM’s enterprise grade reliability, security and openness will make it easier and faster for SMBs around the world to incorporate cloud computing.

IBM Acquires SoftLayer

IBM SaaS solutions for Smarter Cities, Smarter Commerce and other applications will be made available via SoftLayer over time, providing line-of-business clients improved time to value and new innovation across an increasingly integrated portfolio of solutions that accelerate business process innovation, provide analytics at the point of impact, and connect collaborative business networks within and across organizations.

For more information, click here.

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Softchoice to Offer VMware vCloud Hybrid Services Across the United States and Canada

North American solutions company Softchoice yesterday announced that it plans to begin offering VMware vCloud Hybrid Service across the United States and Canada.

vCloud is an ideal fit with our focus on providing clients with a number of cloud-ready solutions. Hybrid cloud solutions like this are making it simpler, more cost-effective and less risky for organizations to enhance the performance of their business through the cloud. – David MacDonald, CEO, Softchoice. David MacDonald, CEO, Softchoice

The new service offering is aimed at providing clients with a common platform that spans private and public clouds, thereby enabling organizations to scale their IT infrastructure dynamically using the VMware management tools and infrastructure.

Softchoice Solution Architects and Professional Services engineers will assist clients by providing consultations on the vCloud environment, an overview of pathways to adoption, and hands-on support with respect to the migration of virtual data center infrastructure.

“vCloud is an ideal fit with our focus on providing clients with a number of cloud-ready solutions,” said David MacDonald, CEO, Softchoice.

“Hybrid cloud solutions like this are making it simpler, more cost-effective and less risky for organizations to enhance the performance of their business through the cloud,” he added.

Other cloud-ready offering of Softchoice are access to public infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, Softchoice Cloud – a proprietary platform that provides centralized procurement, deployment, management and support across more than 50 Software-as-a-Service applications.

“Whether you’re looking to build high-availability infrastructure, or need to expand existing data centers, vCloud delivers new levels of flexibility, reliability and ease of use,” said Steve McDonald, Director of Business Development, Data Center and Hybrid Cloud Solutions, Softchoice.

“The fact that vCloud is built upon the same platform many of our customers already use means a faster route to the cloud without the need for additional infrastructure investments or changes to the way they manage existing applications,” he added.

For more information, click here.

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Newly Launched CloudSigma 2.0 Features Private Patching, SSD Storage System & Advanced CPU Options

Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider CloudSigma today launched CloudSigma 2.0, a next-generation public cloud that enables high-performance hybrid environments.

Some of the salient features of ClodSigma 2.0 are:

CloudSigma 2.0 is a true benchmark in IaaS capability. We have eliminated contention and bottlenecks, created a new level of interoperability and hybrid cloud integration, and broadened the user’s ability to customize their service, all while maintaining our open and transparent model. – Robert Jenkins, CEO and co-founder, CloudSigma.
  • Direct private patch capability: CloudSigma 2.0 has a  transparent private patching capability that allows customers to connect their own infrastructure directly to the vLANS within CloudSigma’s public cloud, all exposed via the same subnet. This significantly improves data portability and security.

    CloudSigma 2.0’s private patching avoids the need for inefficient VPNs and allows for a totally private IP-only solution at full line speed and with low latency.

  • Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS): The new private patching capability streamlines data portability to enable a full-fledged DRaaS strategy, thereby giving customers instant access to and recovery of their data in the event of an outage or disaster.

    Customers can hence  run one environment both inside and outside of CloudSigma’s cloud without the overhead of maintaining two differentiated platforms.

    Also, since customers are no longer required to send their sensitive data over a public IP, CloudSigma 2.0’s private connectivity mitigates data security concerns like cyber-attacks, data leakage and malicious hacking.

  • All-SSD, high-performance storage: Incorporating an all solid-state drive (SSD) storage, CloudSigma 2.0 eliminates the input/output (I/O) bottlenecks and CPU wait time to provide high levels of speed and stability.

    It also boosts VM-to-VM connectivity speeds using next generation virtual networking technologies.

  • Advanced CPU options for better application performance: CloudSigma 2.0 places no restrictions on VM size, offers all resources including CPU and RAM on a utility basis, incorporates advanced CPU options with full-exposure of CPU instruction sets to VMs, and offers the ability to control visibility and emulation of non-uniform memory access (NUMA) as well as hypervisor timer settings.

As per the official press release, many customers like  iStreamPlanet, Cinecert and Tracky who’re already hosting environments with CloudSigma 2.0 have een at least a 30 percent general performance improvement in terms of scalability, compute power and resource utilization.

CloudSigma 2.0’s pricing has an unbundled, pay-as-you-go approach.

“CloudSigma has always been focused on driving innovation as a founding principle, and that’s why we took our IaaS offering to the next level as soon as we had the opportunity,” said Robert Jenkins, CEO and co-founder, CloudSigma.

“CloudSigma 2.0 is a true benchmark in IaaS capability. We have eliminated contention and bottlenecks, created a new level of interoperability and hybrid cloud integration, and broadened the user’s ability to customize their service, all while maintaining our open and transparent model. These improvements are allowing us to further improve our SLAs, and we’re confident we can deliver on them,” he added.

For more information, click here.

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OnApp Cloud v3.1 Enables Service Providers to Include Dedicated Smart Servers Into the Cloud

Cloud services provider OnApp yesterday announced OnApp Cloud v3.1, a new version of its flagship product OnApp Cloud that allows services providers to offer truly hybrid cloud services, utilizing smart and bare metal servers that can be managed with a single platform – OnApp control panel.

With OnApp you can put workloads where it makes sense to put them – on bare metal, on a smart server or in a public or private cloud. You get a single pane of glass into the different services running across your infrastructure, and so do your customers. – Ditlev Bredahl, CEO, OnApp.

OnApp Cloud v3.0 was rolled out earlier this year with an integrated SAN, global CDN and new support for VMware clouds.

This new version adds cloud benefits to service providers’ legacy hosting offerings and enables them to manage a full datacenter through a single pane of glass, along with new automation capabilities that more easily allow for third-party platform/application integration.

Now, entire virtual environments can be automatically built, and different applications and tools can be installed or activated, making running a cloud infrastructure even more light-touch. Other new features include General Availability Zones (GAZs) for OnApp CDN edge servers, bare metal server support and recipes for adding functionality or customization.

Some salient features of OnApp Cloud v3.1 are:

  • Recipes: Introduced in the new version, a recipe is a set of instructions that can be applied automatically to virtual machines, hypervisors, bare metal servers, smart servers and the OnApp control panel at different stages of deployment. Cloud providers can use recipes to tweak a configuration, install apps and patches or create a complete PaaS or SaaS environment. They can automate the process of adding new functionality or server configurations to standard OnApp environments.
  • Blueprints: Also introduced in the new version are blueprints – a new feature for VMware clouds running in OnApp. A way to deploy a complete distributed application like a web server, application server or database server with a single click, blueprints make application provisioning fast and error-free, and enable OnApp cloud providers to deploy and redeploy multi-server templates for the first time.
  • Smart servers: Customers who need dedicated hardware can now spin up a smart server on demand through the OnApp Cloud control panel. With smart servers, customers get the automatic scaling, self-provisioning and automatic failover features of OnApp Cloud. Smart servers have a thin virtualization layer and deploy across the network from a central repository using OnApp Cloud’s Cloud Boot capability.
  • Bare metal servers: can now be deployed and managed through OnApp Cloud control panel. Bare metal servers have no virtualization layer and customer apps and databases run straight on the hardware to get maximum performance.


OnApp Cloud v3.1 also includes provisioning and UI enhancements. Service providers now have more options for billing based on zones, which they can use to group different types of infrastructure for public, private, smart server or bare metal services.

OnApp CDN now has the ability to manage multiple CDN edge server locations from a single control panel server.

A free upgrade for existing OnApp Cloud customers, OnApp Cloud v3.1 will be available in the summer. Pricing for cloud servers will remain the same as the current version of OnApp Cloud, with a monthly fee per core and per cloud. Bare metal servers and smart servers will be priced per server per month.

A few weeks back, OnApp announced it’s partnership with Dell for creating three pre-tested cloud packages.

“Service providers have to change from thinking about the cloud as another silo of infrastructure, to thinking about the value of their infrastructure as a whole,” said Ditlev Bredahl, CEO, OnApp.

“With OnApp you can put workloads where it makes sense to put them – on bare metal, on a smart server or in a public or private cloud. You get a single pane of glass into the different services running across your infrastructure, and so do your customers. It’s how everyone gets the most out of legacy and cloud hosting,” he added.

To read our recent interview with Mr. Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp, please click here.

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IBM Buys Cloud-Computing Firm SoftLayer; Forms New Cloud Services Division

IBM is buying SoftLayer for an undisclosed amount in a bid to strengthen its position in cloud computing. The acquisition is expected to close following customary closing conditions including regulatory clearances by Q3 of 2013.

While IBM enjoys a dominant position with the enterprises and government in the cloud computing market, its spread among the SMBs is weak when compared to Amazon.com. This acquisition will help IBM build out its private and public cloud-based services for a broader range of clients, including SMBs.

The speed and simplicity of SoftLayer’s public cloud services combined with IBM’s enterprise grade reliability, security and openness will make it easier and faster for SMBs around the world to incorporate cloud computing.

IBM SaaS solutions for Smarter Cities, Smarter Commerce and other applications will be made available via SoftLayer over time, providing line-of-business clients improved time to value and new innovation across an increasingly integrated portfolio of solutions that accelerate business process innovation, provide analytics at the point of impact, and connect collaborative business networks within and across organizations.

IBM Acquires Softlayer

With SoftLayer, IBM will accelerate the build-out of our public cloud infrastructure to give clients the broadest choice of cloud offerings to drive business innovation. – Erich Clementi, SVP, IBM.

Alongside the acquisition, IBM has also announced the formation of a new IBM Cloud Services division which will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform.

IBM will expand SoftLayer cloud offerings to include OpenStack capabilities consistent with its entire SmartCloud portfolio.

It will also support and enrich the SoftLayer cloud-centric partners and ecosystem and its performance capabilities for Big Data and analytics.

The said division will thus provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs,enterprises, channel partners and technology partners.

“SoftLayer has a strong track record with born-on-the-cloud companies, and our move today with IBM will rapidly expand that footprint globally as well as allow us to go deep into the large enterprise market,” said Lance Crosby, CEO, SoftLayer.

“The compelling opportunity is connecting IBM’s geographic reach, industry expertise and IBM’s SmartCloud breadth with our innovative technology. Together SoftLayer and IBM expand their reach to new clients – both born-on-the-cloud and born-in-the-enterprise,” he added.

For more information, click here.

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Windstream Hosted solutions to Open 72,000-Square-Foot Enterprise Class Data Center in Charlotte, NC

Managed Hosting provider Windstream Hosted Solutions today announced undergoing construction of it’s  new 72,000-square-foot enterprise-class data center in Charlotte, North Carolina that is going to open later this year. Windstream’s fourth DC in Charlotte and seventh in North Carolina, the new facility will have multiple 10,000-square-foot data center suites  delivered in a phased approach.

Aimed to help businesses manage their resources in a cost-effective manners,  the Charlotte DC will provide Windstream’s full suite of cloud computing, dedicated hardware, data storage, and managed services.

Some key features of the new facility are:

This newest data center represents our commitment to providing customers with the highest level of services and reliability in order to meet the changing needs of their businesses. – Chris Nicolini, SVP, Data Center Operations, Windstream Hosted Solutions.
  • 2N modular design for  capacity expansion.
  • True A-Side & B-Side power distribution via fully redundant 2N critical infrastructure.
  • Fully staffed on-site Network Operations Centers (NOCs),  providing 24 x 7 x 365 facilities and network monitoring, security, technical and remote-hands support.
  • Access to multi-tenant infrastructure, such as Enterprise Cloud, EMC and NetApp SAN/NAS, F5 GTM/LTM platforms, as well as Cisco and Juniper network and security platforms.
  • High Efficiency Chillers with 450 tons of 2N day 1 cooling capacity expandable to 1350 tons.
  • Fire Suppression, including both FM200 and Dry-Pipe (double interlock pre-action fire suppression) and VESDA early detection system.
  • High capacity, burstable, carrier-neutral Internet connectivity via multiple  Tier I Internet providers.
  • 3000kVA of day 1 utility capacity easily expanded to over 12MVA.
  • 1215kW of day 1 usable UPS capacity expandable to over 3600kW.
  • Customer workspace and build rooms.

“Many of our customers have already realized the benefits of integrated, personalized solutions from Windstream Hosted Solutions, and demand for those services has continued to increase significantly year over year,” said Chris Nicolini, Senior Vice President, Data center operations, Windstream Hosted Solutions.

“This newest data center represents our commitment to providing customers with the highest level of services and reliability in order to meet the changing needs of their businesses,” he added.

Windstream Hosted Solutions offers managed and dedicated hosting solutions like public, private, and hybrid cloud products. It also offers  voice and data services such as VoIP, SIP trunking and  MPLS.

For more information, click here.

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