Google already has Cloud Platform and Compute Engine customers in the Asia Pacific region, but the company looks as though it's hoping to boost its presence and win over new customers and developers. Google launched new zones in Asia Pacific.
Red Hat and Dell have jointly launched an enterprise-grade private OpenStack cloud. Dubbed the Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution, the new cloud offering was announced at Red Hat Summit this week and is powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.
IBM (IBM) has scored a major cloud contract with The Hartford, a 200-year-old company dealing in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. Under the contract, IBM has signed on for a six-year technology services agreement to implement a new service model that includes a private cloud infrastructure.
High-performance fiber optic network solutions provider FiberLight is getting into the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) business through a partnership with Cirracore, a provider of VMware-based cloud IaaS solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity.
The Red Hat Summit kicked off with the open source company announcing the launch of the OpenShift Marketplace, which is being billed as "a one-stop shop that will enable customers of all sizes to find and try solutions for their cloud applications."
IBM is updating the cloud services available to SoftLayer customers with the addition of disaster recovery and managed security services. Big Blue is aiming to dig deeper into two growing cloud markets that are both expected to grow over the next few years.
NTT Communications is joining the growing desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) market in the U.S. The Tokyo-based company has launched its Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure virtual desktop service into the U.S. market.
Mirantis and Parallels are hoping to make it easier for service providers to offer OpenStack infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings to customers via the Parallels Automation platform. The companies have partnered to integrate the Mirantis OpenStack distribution with Parallels Automation.
Third-party tools for managing the costs of Amazon Web Services-based cloud services already exist, but now Amazon itself is jumping into the game with its own Cost Explorer tool. According to the public cloud company, Cost Explorer was designed to be integrated with AWS Billing Console, which launched in November.
Managed networking and cloud services provider Masergy is adding to its security-as-a-service offerings through the acquisition of Global DataGuard. According to Masergy, the acquisition enhances it portfolio with "patented technology that leverages machine learning and expert human intelligence."
Infor is tackling the large automotive industry vertical and hoping to get more companies in the sector on board with cloud computing. Infor launched CloudSuite Automotive, an extension of its recently announced CloudSuite offering for Amazon Web Services.
HP has released the next generation of its CloudSystem solution for managing and building clouds. Announced at HP Discover in December, the latest version of CloudSystem is intended to provide enterprise customers with a fast and simple path to the cloud while being able to manage existing traditional IT assets.