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Ericsson buys Sentilla to bolster cloud management, analytics capabilities #telco cloud

Source: Business Cloud News

Swedish networking incumbent Ericsson has acquired Sentilla, a California-based provider of datacentre infrastructure management and visibility software, for an undisclosed sum. Ericsson said the move will create new revenue opportunities in the enterprise segment.

Following the acquisition Sentilla, which was founded in 2003 and provides real-time infrastructure monitoring capabilities and analytics for multi-vendor datacentre environments, will be folded into the company’s business unit support solutions division.

Ericsson said it intends to combine Sentilla’s monitoring and analytics technology with its cloud management and automation platform, which will expand its managed IT service capabilities and its appeal outside the telco vertical.

“As more businesses leverage mobility and cloud-based applications, the unique combination of automation and just-in-time intelligence that we can provide enables necessary agility and responsiveness. As a result, Ericsson helps drive increased operational and financial efficiency,” said Elisabetta Romano, vice president and head of OSS and service enablement, business unit support solutions at Ericsson.

“By combining our capabilities with key Ericsson offerings, we can support dynamic optimization of workloads across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures, including constantly changing data centre environments,” said Mike Kaul, chief executive officer of Sentilla.

“This functionality is imperative for service providers that want to continue to deliver a compelling enterprise offering,” Kaul added.

The acquisition is likely to give Ericsson a leg up on one of its key competitors in the enterprise segment, Cisco, which in August began offering a monitoring tool for UCS (Performance Manager) – though it only really works for the Cisco stack.

Ericsson has for the past year aggressively targeted cloud initiatives, including strong increases in cloud-related research and development spending, and a greater focus on rolling out both cloud-enablement technologies and cloud-based services.

The company recently bought a majority stake in Apcera, a US-based startup providing multi-workload deployment and management platform as a service, and is also working with a number of telcos to help rollout software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).

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Alcatel, Fujitsu join AT&T’s cloud-focused network architecture effort

Alcatel-Lucent and the networking communications arm of Fujitsu have joined AT&T’s ‘User-Defined Network Cloud’ programme, the telco’s bid to rearchitect its core network in a move that will make it more elastic, scalable, and capable of handling massive volumes of IP-based traffic.

Earlier this year AT&T announced a bold move to embrace software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) in its core network because of the changes it has foreseen in how customers will use its network.

Underpinning this is the company’s ‘Domain 2.0’ effort, an initiative that sees key vendors like Ericsson and Juniper working with AT&T to develop the underlying technology platform allowing network services and infrastructure to be used, provisioned, and orchestrated like a cloud platform.

As part of the announcement both Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu will join in the effort to develop the Domain 2.0 platform.

“The architecture and deployment teams are finalizing their planned introduction of this new architecture, which we expect to roll out later this year and early 2015,” said Tim Harden, president, AT&T Supply Chain.

“We look forward to collaborating with Fujitsu and Alcatel-Lucent to achieve our next-generation network.”

The Domain 2.0 platform is a direct response to both actual and forecast growth in cloud services uptake among AT&T’s customers; legacy networks simply aren’t dynamic, flexible or scalable enough to keep up with the growth in IP-based traffic.

“The rapid growth in IP endpoints requires greater scale and efficiency in handling the number and diversity of devices than we are getting from traditional network solutions. Movement of data to the cloud for use on any device and increasing use of virtual machine models redefines the endpoints and timeframes for provisioning network connections. These drivers require the business of networking to significantly improve the capital efficiency and human operations per unit of business,” the operator said.

“It will allow AT&T and our customers to share a common pool of resources (& CAPEX) and to use those resources in order to compose network capabilities and services on-demand, with elasticity, and driven with orchestration techniques similar to those seen managing the workloads in cloud datacentres.”

AT&T said other benefits associated with its network overhaul include better utilisation of physical assets, more flexibility with customers, greater access to a wider range of suppliers and open source technologies

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According to research, IT Practitioners don’t seem to understand SDN yet.

However, all evidence highlights that enterprises must take the opportunity to manage the speed of change made possible by the virtualisation of other data centre resources and provide the perfect complement to cloud computing.

Recognising the unity between network virtualisation, cloud and enterprises, the Cloud World Series is pleased to bring the timely Software Defined Enterprise Forum.

Confronting the difficulties Enterprise IT experts and vendors face when grasping the SDN momentum, the two day conference agenda brings key case studies and best practice from those already ahead of the Software Defined Networking, Storage and Datacenter game!

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27 days to go! #cloudafrica

The Cloud World Forum Africa 2014 is fast approaching!

Don’t miss your opportunity to join leading industry professionals at Africa’s Largest Cloud & ICT Event for Enterprise & Telecom Professionals!

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Just some of our 2013 attendees!

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And examples of who you will meet this June!

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Other companies that have attended the Cloud World Forum Africa!

4G African Broadband Forum; 8.ta; ABN Africa; ABSA; ACSA; Adams & Adams; Adcock Ingram; Adcorp Holdings Pty Ltd; ADT; ADVA; Africa Analysis; African ICT Alliance (AfICTA); African Reinsurance Corporation – South Africa; Africom; Airports Company South Africa (ACSA); Airtel Bharti Nigeria; Amazon Web Services; ARUP; ASG Software Solutions; Astel; Automatic Mass Production; Autotask; Avbob Mutual Assurance Society; Aztec; Barclays Bank; Bodytech 2000; Bombela Operating Company; BotswanaPost; Britehouse Holdings; Britehouse vPS; Busbyhouse; CellC; CES Group; Clicks Group; Clientele; Cloud Credential Council; CMC NETWORKS; Comnet Lesotho; Compass; Insurance; Competition Commission South Africa; Consol Glass Propriety Limited; CxO Advisor; DAG; DATA GUARDIAN; Deloitte & Touche; Delta Partners Investments; Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO); Department of Roads and Transport; DIRCO; DreamMobile; DRIVE CONTROL CORPORATION; EngineerIT; Enterprise Cloud; EOH; Ericsson; Eskom Pension & Provident Fund; Etisalat Nigeria &  many more!

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We hope you can join us!

A cloud over telecoms

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The last thing anybody needs is another story highlighting the benefits and challenges of implementing a cloud-based solution for their enterprise.

Most CIOs of enterprises now understand that the cloud is where IT is going. Maybe not the public cloud — yet, anyway — but private clouds and managed services are gathering more and more momentum every day.

Various estimates from the likes of Gartner and IDC estimate the cloud market to expand to a value of $72.9 billion this year, with the market for public cloud computing services in the Middle East and North Africa reaching $378.5 million.

What does warrant more discussion is who an organisation should turn to when selecting a reliable cloud service.

Yes, there are the large multinational organisations throwing their services into the fray — the EMCs, the Oracles and the SAPs, for example.

Then there are also the small start-ups that have made a name for themselves by becoming globally successful cloud services. (more…)

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