HP enters the "cloud in a box" market
Hewlett-Packard has delivered a cloud computing environment to Euro telecom SFR, marking its entry into the "cloud in a box" market. SFR will use the products to deliver Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to its business customers.
The HP Cloud Services Enablement (CSE) portfolio for Communications Service Providers (CSP) integrates HP Aggregation Platform for Software as a Service (SaaS), HP Cloud Service Automation and HP BladeSystem Matrix products, according to the press release. This marks an increasingly competitive market for cloud computing platforms. Cisco, EMC, IBM and Oracle are lining up to deliver clouds to service providers and enterprises that include hardware, software and support bundled together.
Verizon to test Cisco Unified Communications service
Verizon Business is building out its portfolio of high-powered IT services. The telecom giant announced today at Cisco Live! that it will be offering Cisco's new Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution. This is a program built on Cisco Unified Communications and Unified Services products and is available to other resellers as well as Verizon.
"This is the first offering for communication services at the application layer as a cloud-based service," said Roberta Mackintosh, executive director for Verizon Business.
She said Verizon's ability to scale its own server deployments up and down if demand warrants was important in reducing the experiment's risk level. No customers were named, but they reportedly include an automaker, a clothes retailer and a government agency. The trial will run for two months.
Amazon adds SSL for RDS
Amazon Web Services has added support for Secure Socket Layer (SSL) communications to its MySQL Relational Database Service (RDS), no doubt a welcome relief to administrators who had been slightly unnerved by communicating with their database over unsecured Internet protocols. Port 443 is now open for business, according to AWS, but as usual details are limited. Users receive a certificate and the ability to turn SSL access on and off.