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Primeur weekly 2011-07-25

Exascale supercomputing

High-Tech Consortium launches European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing

Desktop Grids

8th IDGF Workshop to issue Call for Participation

Einstein@OSG to use resources from Open Science Grid and D-Grid

The Cloud

Acer to acquire US-based iGware with US$320 million for mid- to long-term investment in Cloud technology

Citrix acquires Cloud.com

Dell announces intent to acquire data centre networking expert Force10 Networks

IBM Federal Community Cloud to speed agency adoption of social collaboration technologies

State of Vermont transforms business operations with Cloud technology from IBM and Silanis

LEAD Technologies releases LEADTOOLS V17.5

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated Cloud services in 22 countries

NIST proposes new privacy controls for federal information systems and organisations

Oracle buys Ksplice

Therap Services expands health services infrastructure with Oracle servers

Oracle announces Oracle Unified Directory 11g

Oracle introduces Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1

Oracle WebLogic Server selected by Choice Hotels to power its Cloud infrastructure and choiceADVANTAGE SaaS application

EuroFlash

transtec and Bright Computing enter into partnership for European HPC market

Bull technology supporting the University of Perpignan Via Domitia

Cosmological evolution of dark matter is similar to that of visible matter

Budding engineers build a supercomputer with the Smallpeice Trust

USFlash

Emerson Network Power research highlights the progress of data centre infrastructure management initiatives in the U.S.

New line of embedded computers from Emerson Network Power offer fast, cost-effective and lower risk solutions

Gigamon Solutions monitors National Center for Supercomputing Applications

HP helps Desjardins General Insurance Group reduce costs and risk by migrating off mainframe technology

HP helps enterprises advance development for the Cloud

HP helps enterprises scale up

Researchers demonstrate breakthrough storage performance for big data applications

Next generation IBM XIV Storage System improves efficiency for demanding application workloads

New IBM zEnterprise mainframe server advances smarter computing for companies and governments in emerging markets and mid-size clients around the world

Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems

Jaryba and Vinetech enter into a reseller agreement to sell Jaryba SmartSuspend throughout Korea

Polk transforms Analytic Solutions as a Service with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation

OSC lifts OSU land speed racer toward 400-mph goal

SAS' 'big analytics' tackles big data, speeds problem solving

CSC selects SGI to advance climate forecast modelling at NOAA

VMware partners embrace VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated Cloud services in 22 countries

22 Jul 2011 Paris - Capgemini and Microsoft have launched a global plan that will bring the expertise of Capgemini's consulting, technology and outsourcing services to help deploy customer solutions on the Windows Azure platform. As part of the agreement, Capgemini will market and deliver services around Windows Azure, Microsoft's Cloud platform, mobilizing Capgemini's full life-cycle capabilities in orchestrating, designing, developing and running Cloud-based application services.

As a business priority for both firms, the joint plan will offer Windows Azure solutions across 22 countries with a first focus on the U.K., the Netherlands, North America, France, Belgium and Brazil. There will be targeted market offers across sectors including financial services, the public sector, and energy and utilities. The Windows Azure platform delivers highly cost-effective development and deployment options on a flexible platform that offers increased speed to market.

The joint plan also will provide advice to businesses on how to develop a cohesive, enterprise-class Cloud strategy, giving new alternatives to dealing with legacy and mergers and acquisitions challenges. In addition, Capgemini will work with Microsoft as an ecosystem co-ordinator among software providers that have created solutions on the Windows Azure platform for specific markets.

“Capgemini already has a very strong alliance with Microsoft, and this further strengthens our relationship. We have a long history of customer collaboration and deep, sector-specific expertise, and Microsoft offers innovative solutions to meet customer needs in the quickly growing domain of the Cloud", stated John Brahim, Capgemini's Europe Deputy CEO. "Together, we are well-positioned to deliver Cloud services that will help customers keep ahead of the technology curve while at the same time reducing costs."

Capgemini and Microsoft will jointly invest in sales, technical training and various marketing activities. Together, the firms have agreed to produce a future global study into the issues of data quality, security and sovereignty in the Cloud. Capgemini will also do the following:

  • Train 1,500 architects and developers globally on the Windows Azure platform.
  • Develop a dedicated offshore centre of expertise through building up the Windows Azure Center of Excellence in Mumbai, India.
  • Migrate selected solutions to the Windows Azure platform.
  • Actively drive ecosystems of third-party suppliers of Windows Azure-based solutions in targeted sectors.

Joint customers, including the Dutch police, are already piloting the Windows Azure platform, backed with services by Capgemini.

"Our mutual customers will benefit from this joint plan with Capgemini to offer flexible Cloud business solutions to customers through the Windows Azure platform", stated Doug Hauger, general manager for Windows Azure at Microsoft. "The Windows Azure platform minimizes the need for infrastructure investments. Applications developed on Windows Azure can be deployed rapidly with the reliability and security that's essential for the enterprise. Microsoft is committed to continued investment in Cloud solutions and will work with Capgemini to facilitate the deployment of cloud solutions for customers around the world."

"Police officers identified a gap between police legacy systems and the growing trend for app stores and cloud computing. To counter this, we wanted to transition to a Cloud-based model for better information sharing, both internally and externally", stated Willem Broer, program director VPK, from the Dutch police. "Capgemini has been our partner for designing the architectural framework (both long- and short-term solutions) in order to decide upon a road map for innovation. To connect our legacy systems with new Web parts, Windows Azure was a trusted choice for our technology management programme. The programme, called 'Virtual Police Service', is aimed at a new style of policing, making use of the latest tools for analyzing data and apps for supporting daily routine. Policemen can use mobile devices to facilitate knowledge sharing and practical communication via private and public networks. The Internet portal is currently being piloted among police, safety professionals and civilians in order to support a multiagency approach. Because safety is an issue for the whole society, an important part is the introduction of citizen support tools, so citizens can use apps to help the government in controlling and combating organized crime."
Source: Microsoft

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Primeur weekly 2011-07-25

Exascale supercomputing

High-Tech Consortium launches European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing

Desktop Grids

8th IDGF Workshop to issue Call for Participation

Einstein@OSG to use resources from Open Science Grid and D-Grid

The Cloud

Acer to acquire US-based iGware with US$320 million for mid- to long-term investment in Cloud technology

Citrix acquires Cloud.com

Dell announces intent to acquire data centre networking expert Force10 Networks

IBM Federal Community Cloud to speed agency adoption of social collaboration technologies

State of Vermont transforms business operations with Cloud technology from IBM and Silanis

LEAD Technologies releases LEADTOOLS V17.5

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated Cloud services in 22 countries

NIST proposes new privacy controls for federal information systems and organisations

Oracle buys Ksplice

Therap Services expands health services infrastructure with Oracle servers

Oracle announces Oracle Unified Directory 11g

Oracle introduces Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1

Oracle WebLogic Server selected by Choice Hotels to power its Cloud infrastructure and choiceADVANTAGE SaaS application

EuroFlash

transtec and Bright Computing enter into partnership for European HPC market

Bull technology supporting the University of Perpignan Via Domitia

Cosmological evolution of dark matter is similar to that of visible matter

Budding engineers build a supercomputer with the Smallpeice Trust

USFlash

Emerson Network Power research highlights the progress of data centre infrastructure management initiatives in the U.S.

New line of embedded computers from Emerson Network Power offer fast, cost-effective and lower risk solutions

Gigamon Solutions monitors National Center for Supercomputing Applications

HP helps Desjardins General Insurance Group reduce costs and risk by migrating off mainframe technology

HP helps enterprises advance development for the Cloud

HP helps enterprises scale up

Researchers demonstrate breakthrough storage performance for big data applications

Next generation IBM XIV Storage System improves efficiency for demanding application workloads

New IBM zEnterprise mainframe server advances smarter computing for companies and governments in emerging markets and mid-size clients around the world

Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems

Jaryba and Vinetech enter into a reseller agreement to sell Jaryba SmartSuspend throughout Korea

Polk transforms Analytic Solutions as a Service with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation

OSC lifts OSU land speed racer toward 400-mph goal

SAS' 'big analytics' tackles big data, speeds problem solving

CSC selects SGI to advance climate forecast modelling at NOAA

VMware partners embrace VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite