Microsoft and Dell’s Partnership Expansion
Dell Technologies and Microsoft are expanding their partnership to help their customers accelerate their digital transformations. The two companies announced last Monday that the expansion will address a wide range of customers’ needs, including the delivery of a fully native VMware Cloud built on Azure infrastructure.
According to VMware, the expansion will allow VMware Cloud customers to “seamlessly migrate, extend, and run existing VMware working on on-premises environments to Azure.” The company states that this should eliminate the necessity for re-architecting applications or retooling operations and that customers will be able to extend a single model for operations.
Additionally, joint Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE customers will be able to manage Office 365 across devices via cloud-based integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella said, “At Microsoft, we’re focused on empowering customers in their digital transformation journey, through partnerships that enable them to take advantage of the Microsoft cloud, using the technologies they already have.”
VMware Introduces VMware Cloud on Dell EMC
In related news from VMware, the company has introduced VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. VMware claims the cloud will provide simple, secure and scalable infrastructure delivered as a service to customers on-premises data center and edge locations. They stated that the company’s new cloud service combines public cloud simplicity, agility, and economics, with the security, control, and performance, of on-premises infrastructure.
Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware, said “VMware Cloud on Dell EMC will deliver that cloud experience to organizations that need to maintain data and applications on-premises—completely transforming how they acquire, deploy and manage infrastructure. The service will provide consistent infrastructure and operations across cloud, data center and edge, freeing organizations to drive innovation and deliver business value while VMware operates the entire infrastructure end-to-end.”
Amazon and Google Cloud Announce New Blockchain Services
Amazon has announced that its Managed Blockchain, which it previously unveiled at AWS re:Invent 2018, is now available for production use in the US East Region. The announcement was made by Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist of AWS. The Managed Blockchain can be used to create scalable blockchain networks that use the Hyperledger Fabric open source framework, with Ethereum in the works.
Once a network is created, customers can easily manage and maintain their blockchain network, as well as manage certificates, invite new members, and scale out peer node capacity in order to process transactions more quickly. The service can span multiple AWS accounts so that a group of members can execute transactions and share data without a central authority. Barr noted that, as always, they have a healthy roadmap for the service and followed by saying to stay tuned for updates.
In other blockchain news, Qtum has partnered with Google Cloud to launch a suite of free blockchain developer tools designed to give developers a cost-effective way of launching nodes and building on the Qtum blockchain. Previously, developers had to source the necessary tools themselves to create a full Qtum node or decentralized applications. The tools will be available through the Qtum compute engine.
OVH Plants Roots in Texas
The founder and president of OVH, Octave Klaba, has begun work setting up the company’s first office in Texas. The company chose Texas because of its central location between the east coast and the west coast, the two regions where the company is located and Dallas specifically because of its job market.
Klaba tweeted a video walking around the new site. In the video, you can see a massive single-level space. As the filmer continues walking, contractors can be seen working. The cables hanging from the ceiling, exposed insulation, and palettes of drywall show that there is still work to be done, but progress is being made. Liftr Cloud Insights will be on the lookout for more updates.
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