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Dell bolsters cloud programme with NTT Com partnership #telcocloud

Source: Business Cloud News

Dell and NTT Com have announced a partnership that will see the latter join the former’s cloud service provider programme, with NTT’s cloud services being made available to Dell customers globally.

It has been about two years since Dell announced it would dump its public cloud strategy, instead choosing to develop partnerships with other leading public cloud providers and give customers a coherent set of tools (Enstratius) to help them deploy and manage workloads across those platforms.

This week the company added NTT Com’s enterprise cloud service platform, which has a stronger presence in Asia among other geos – excluding the other cloud providers NTT Com and its parent own; all told the NTT Group has datacentres in close to 200 countries.

The NTT Com platform is deployed on datacentres in 13 cities across 10 countries and 3 continents.

Nick Hyner, director of cloud services for EMEA at Dell said: “Partnering with NTT is a good strategic move for us, as it allows our customers to quickly tap into emerging markets and reap the benefits of a truly global cloud service. NTT will complement our Cloud Services Partner Program with its vertical expertise and extensive capability to manage a range of Cloud Infrastructure and Applications, along with its significant geographic reach.”

Damian Skendrovic, vice president of cloud services, NTT Europe said Dell adds value in the partnership with its hardware expertise, and by helping customers grapple with the cloud service brokerage component, which can be quite complex.

NTT Group hit the ground running this year with big plans to grow its cloud businesses. DimensionData, a South African cloud service provider owned by the company said it plans to hire over 300 datacentre operations and architecture specialists over the next 18 months. And just last week NTT Com moved to bolster its cloud and colocation presence in Germany and Austria with the acquisition of e-shelter.


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Exclusive Q&A with Ian Helliwell, Senior Architect at AstraZeneca

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Ian Helliwell is Senior Enterprise Architect at AstraZeneca.

He will be presenting in the Comms and Collaboration Theatre at Cloud World Forum at the Olympia in London (24-25 June) on Collaboration in the Cloud: Lessons Learnt from a Multinational, covering:

  • Understanding the experience of moving to a collaborative cloud in a large enterprise
  • Overcoming obstacles to opening up systems and openly sharing
  • Identifying and breaking down behavioural challenges
  • Leveraging the advantages at the end of the implementation journey

We took a few minutes with Ian to talk about his career and thoughts on the Cloud market, covering the specific challenges of the pharmaceutical industry, some of the innovative projects being undertaken at AstraZeneca, and the status of Cloud in his market, compared to other industry verticals.

Firstly, we discuss some of the challenges of the pharmaceutical sector.

What AstraZeneca aims for, compared to generic manufacturers, who take established off-patent drugs and market them as cheaply as possible, is the innovative specialist drug market. The challenge there is the length of time that it takes to get such a drug to market – “you get a 20 year patent on a new drug and yet it probably takes you at least 10 years to get it to market to go through all the clinical trials, effective medicine, the regulatory hurdles to get it to a point they can launch it to the market”. So these innovative drugs can be seen as very expensive, and AstraZeneca are therefore challenged on cutting costs down as much as possible, as well as on price, from the NHS or big healthcare providers in the US market, for example.

“So we have a big opportunity or a big challenge, whichever way you look at it, to try and make the best uses of the data and our processes to try and both cut down cost and also reduce those lead times.”

Another evolution that AstraZeneca and their pharmaceutical competitors are seeing is the degree of partnering in the industry. There are certain processes and products that other companies are betterplaced to develop, rather than them being developed in house. “There are small startup pharmaceutical research companies, BioPharms, the University spinoffs, the ones who have the creative ideas to develop a new drug but just don’t then have the size and weight of the company to take that drug through to market”.So they are looking at what is core to their business, and offloading anything that isn’t core to other organisations. From an IT perspective, a challenge of such partnerships is around sharing data easily across company boundaries. Speaking of data, another challenge is how to get the best out of their data. This is no longer just about information that they have within the company, but information that is available through other research organisations, academic institutions, and other published data.

“So it’s given a huge opportunity to use technologies and techniques for big data mining and to gather the intelligence from the massive amounts of data that this company has generated over many, many years.”

The amount of data generated for the pharmaceutical industry is only going to increase. There is therefore an opportunity to gather far more and far better patient-related data, with smart devices that patients can use to self-monitor, to help them administer their dosages, to record data. Previously the information that came back from the marketplace about the effectiveness of drugs was greatly averaged, but that data is becoming increasingly user-by-user specific.Leading on from this, we talk about some of the innovative, exciting projects that are currently being undertaken at AstraZeneca. Many people see the pharmaceutical industry as being particularly advanced in terms of IT and analytics, and these analytical models are helping scientists increase and improve the personalisation of medicine, looking at how a drug can be tailored to suit an individual rather than the attitude being “here’s a generic drug which everybody with that disease takes and hopefully it will have an overall good effect”.

Read the full interview here


Ian will be presenting in the Comms and Collaboration theatre at the Cloud World Forum, at Olympia Grand in London on the 24th – 25th June 2015, on ‘Collaboration in the Cloud: Lessons Learnt from a Multinational.’

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Telco Cloud Forum pre-conference workshops announcement: Hosts include AppDirect, BCSG Huawei and Intel #telcocloud

Telco Cloud Forum 2015

Pre-conference workshops announced for the 6th Annual Telco Cloud Forum, taking place in London this April.

The Telco Cloud Forum will be opening in London in just 7 weeks. Ensure you secure your free pass today!

Pre-conference workshops are free of charge and available to telecom operators and enterprises only.

If you have already registered, don’t forget to make your selections from the four pre-conference workshops taking place on 27 April from 12.30 -18.00.

For more information click here.

For updates on the conference agenda, please click here.

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Register your interest in the AppDirect pre-conference masterclass

AppDirect workshop summary:

12.30 -15.30: “Building Successful Strategies for Cloud Service Commerce”

More companies than ever before are using cloud-based software and services to power their businesses. In fact, worldwide spending on cloud services is set to grow from $47.4 billion in 2013 to $107 billion in 2017, a CAGR that is five times faster than the IT industry overall. However, launching a cloud service marketplace—and ensuring its success—can be fraught with challenges.

This three-hour workshop, hosted by Cloud Service Commerce industry leader AppDirect, will deliver valuable insights to help you plan, launch, and optimize a cloud service platform. Led by AppDirect co-CEO Daniel Saks, the workshop will explore:

  • Partnering with software vendors
  • Customer segmentation
  • Curating a relevant application catalog
  • Technical and sales best practices
  • Differentiating your Cloud Service offering

Learn about these topics and more from the AppDirect team that has successfully launched marketplaces with Telstra, Samsung, Deutsche Telekom, ADP, and other leading providers.
This workshop will deliver the insights and information you need to take advantage of the Cloud Service Commerce opportunity, giving you the chance to expand your cloud portfolio and increase revenue per customer while delivering the best marketplace customer experience.

Daniel Saks, co-CEO, AppDirect
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BCSG

Register your interest in the BCSG pre-conference masterclass

BCSG workshop summary:
16.00 -18.00: “Driving SMB cloud adoption to deliver business growth plans” 

Case studies and best practices, from a team that has spent over 10 years developing cloud service propositions for small businesses. The workshop will offer insights and experience on what it takes to drive strong cloud adoption from your small business customers and how to build long lasting relationships through ongoing engagement and support.

  • Tailoring a differentiated cloud service proposition for SMB
  • Achieving a seamless and integrated brand experience
  • Making market waves to drive customer awareness
  • Enabling GTM channels to maximise sales volumes
  • Support the customer to grow value
  • Ongoing engagement to build loyalty and lasting relationships

Tim Marsden – Director, Service Providers – BCSG
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HUAWEI

Register your interest in the Huawei pre-conference masterclass

Huawei workshop summary:
16.00 -18.00: Maximise your profits, Value add your services, Generate more revenues and Meeting your Customer’s Needs”

Discover how Huawei’s ICT capabilities can help you to maximise your profits, value add your services and generate more revenues to meet your customers’ needs. This 2.5 hour workshop, hosted by Ronald W. Raffensperger, with his vast global experiences will share the current trends of cloud technologies that brings you to see future business values.

With our Cloud experts, we will bring you through a series of topics such as:

  • Carrier DC Transformation
  • Hybrid Cloud Architecture
  • SDN
  • VDC
  • Openstack and other Cloud technologies that will impact your economic and business endeavor

Ronald Wright Raffensperger, CTO (IT Solutions), Huawei
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INTEL

Register your interest in the Intel pre-conference masterclass

Intel workshop summary:
12.30 -15.30: “Insights into New Approaches to Running Cloud Services”

This half day masterclass led by top industry experts from Intel will provide you with insights into new approaches to running Cloud services.

This subject specific masterclass will give you a unique opportunity to drill down into the details of cloud service provision.

Experts from intel will share their recent experience, knowledge and insights.

More information coming soon…

The Telco Cloud Team.

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