Atos has announced the launch of alien4cloud, through its technology brand Bull, a software suite which it claims will accelerate customer digital transformation.
Alien4cloud automates the application lifecycle, from development to deployment and production both on premise and for all types of cloud, allowing customers to abstract applications from the infrastructure to increase efficiencies.
Building on the theme of continuous digital transformation, Atos is aiming to leverage one of the biggest pain points for the industry currently, cloud migration. The team claim two out of three companies will have 50% of the applications in the cloud within three years. The migration to the cloud can often be a complex, costly and time consuming process.
“This announcement is another step towards our ambition of supporting clients in their digital transformation,” said Jérôme Sandrini, Vice President, Head of Big Data Software & Services at Atos. “Alien4cloud helps IT departments to rationalize their IT assets and fosters competitiveness with a shorter application lifecycle in line with the evolving business needs. With alien4cloud, self-service business lines will no longer need to use uncontrolled Shadow IT.”
Atos claims by using DevOps practices, it provides development teams with a self-service portal to improve collaboration, to shorten the entire application lifecycle, and to optimize the ROI. Marketing for the product has focused around a number of areas including a reduction in deployment time, increased collaboration throughout the application lifecycle, flexibility to shift deployment location, leverages TOSCA and continuous application provisioning.
Equipment maker Huawei and B2B service provider Telefónica Business Solutions are to jointly offer a global service migrating clients’ internal IT systems to the cloud, reports Telecoms.com.
Under the terms of their agreement they will help enterprises to outsource the running of their own computing, storage and backup services to Telefónica’s data centres without making any infrastructure investment. The cloud services offered will be charged on a pay per use basis. According to a Huawei statement, the virtual servers will be run as ‘bare metal’ (i.e. without hypervisors.) Telefónica and Huawei will jointly run a Cloud innovation centre with the aim to contribute to the OpenStack community and help to create new cloud services.
The logistics of the arrangement involve Huawei using Telefónica’s Open Cloud service based on OpenStack in eight Telefónica data centres. Telefónica will use Huawei’s knowledge and experience on its public cloud service in the Chinese market. The first countries targeted for the service are Brazil, Mexico and Chile, where it will be launched in the first quarter of 2016. Five additional locations are planned for the same year.
Telefónica will be in a better position to serve its enterprise customers with an easily scalable system at a competitive cost, according to Juan Carlos Lopez-Vives, CEO Telefónica Business Solutions. “The combination of Telefónica’s and Huawei’s capabilities represents the best guarantee for our customers,” said Lopez-Vives.