Nokia signs multiyear deal to migrate its data center infrastructure to Google Cloud

Networking equipment provider Nokia announced that it has signed a multiyear agreement to use Google as its cloud infrastructure provider. Nokia said it will migrate its global data centers and servers, as well as various software applications, onto Google Cloud infrastructure over an 18- to 24-month period.

Nokia said the deal reflects the company’s operational shift toward a cloud-first IT strategy. The cloud move is also meant to help Nokia manage its digital operations and expand collaboration capabilities for its employees working remotely amid the pandemic.

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 Under the deal, Nokia will use a suite of Google Cloud products and services, with its infrastructure and applications running in the public cloud or via SaaS model. The companies have also worked out a customized migration schedule that will allow Nokia to exit its data centers more quickly. Google Cloud will deploy strategic systems integrators, solutions specialists, and engineers to ensure a stable migration, the companies said.

“Nokia is on a digital transformation path that is about fundamentally changing how we operate and do business,” said Ravi Parmasad, VP of Global IT Infrastructure at Nokia. “This is crucial for how our employees collaborate so that we continue to raise the bar on meeting the needs of our customers. Given Nokia’s digital ambitions and plans, this is an ideal time for Nokia to be taking this step with Google Cloud to accelerate our efforts; and doing all of this in a secure and scalable way.”

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IBM Spinoff Should Rejuvenate Cloud Effort

Finally. On October 9th, IBM announced that it will split itself up by breaking up the company into two pieces, spinning off its legacy IT services businesses to focus on cloud. IBM shares rose about 6% on the news the first day, thought they have pulled back to be close to where they were when the deal was announced.

The change is sorely needed — IBM CEO Arvind Krishna is wise to pursue the strategy as the company needs some sort of catalyst to drive growth in the era of the cloud explosion. This deal should put IBM in a better position to compete with other cloud titans such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, and Microsoft Azure by putting more focus on its prized Red Hat unit. It should also enable IBM to compete more strongly against other large tech conglomerates pursuing cloud, such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Oracle. This is the catalyst needed that could push shares higher.

IBM’s share price has been stagnant for many years — especially compared with other cloud giants such as Microsoft and Amazon — frustrating investors that would like to capture the upside it the company’s vast cloud holdings, where it is regarded by many as the #3 cloud infrastructure player behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

NewCo on the Go

In the move, expected in 2021, the bulk of IBM’s IT Infrastructure Services will be spun off as an independent public company, leaving IBM free to focus entirely on hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI), with its Red Hat division as the anchor.

The new spinoff, temporarily nicknamed NewCo, will have about 90,000 employees and $19 billion in revenue and continue to function as IBM’s partner, doing business with its former parent as needed while maintaining enough autonomy

Velocity Technology Solutions Deepens Cloud Services Portfolio With Launch of Two New Service …

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Cloud Managed Service Provider, Velocity Technology Solutions, is enhancing its Cloud Services portfolio with the launch of two new service offerings: Managed Container Services and Cloud Data Analytics. These service offerings help Velocity customers sharpen their competitive edge by making the deeper and richer functionalities of the cloud more accessible.

This announcement comes on the heels of Velocity’s Cloud Managed Infrastructure, Cloud Managed Database, and Cloud Disaster Recovery services launch, which were designed to help customers optimize efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve resiliency in the public cloud. Now, with the launch of Managed Container Services and Cloud Data Analytics, Velocity is helping customers go one step further in their digitization journeys.

Velocity’s two new cloud service offerings include:

Managed Container Services: Velocity’s Managed Container Services offers planning, deployment, and ongoing management of customers’ Kubernetes environments with enterprise-grade functionality backed by robust service levels. This offering allows customers to eliminate the complexity and steep learning curve associated with Kubernetes adoption and empowers their application teams to focus on accelerating time-to-value for the core business code.

“We see customers rapidly modernizing applications or building new ones but being hemmed in by the complexity of deployment in production on cloud-native infrastructure,” said Nagarajan Ramachandran, Velocity’s Vice President of Cloud Services Strategy, Portfolio & Engineering. “We created Managed Container Services to offer our customers an end-to-end white-glove managed service for container platforms, allowing them to focus on accelerating business value rather than worrying about the technology platform underneath their application.”

Cloud Data Analytics: For customers looking to accelerate their data modernization journey, Velocity’s Cloud Data Analytics services can minimize the complexities of implementing a data lake. This will help enterprises access and utilize the rich data they need faster than on their own. Cloud Data

Council Post: Cloud Kitchens: A Technology-Driven Phenomenon

CTO and Founder at pulsd — a company in the business of democratizing fun in New York City.

Like seemingly everything else, technology has been taking over the food industry. Around 60% of new restaurants fail within the first year, and almost 80% shut down before their fifth anniversary. So if technology can give the industry an uplift, I’ll call it a win.

What are the cloud kitchens (a.k.a. ghost kitchens, shared kitchens, dark kitchens or virtual kitchens)?

They have been in the news a lot lately. So chances are that you have at least heard of them. On the surface, cloud kitchens are delivery-only restaurants. However, if you dig deep, you’ll find out that they are a little more than that.

Historically, we have used the word “cloud” to mean either that the processing happens at some data center or the files are saved at a data center. However, the meaning of the word has evolved lately to include anything that happens in the background so you can get the final product wherever you are. Cloud kitchens are restaurants that only have kitchens. They are essentially food production facilities where dozens of restaurants rent space to prepare delivery-optimized food items.

Cloud kitchens are more of a technology play than a restaurant

The major innovation is not happening in the kitchens but in the cloud. A data-driven approach has all the venture capitalists running to grab a piece of it, as opposed to traditional restaurants, which VCs generally stay away from. There is a good reason for that. Traditional restaurants are capital intensive, not easily scalable and have thin margins, making the ROI for VCs slim.

How do cloud kitchens command higher margins?

The biggest cost for a traditional restaurant is the rent, more often than not. A prime

Insights on Cloud Services Brokerage Market within the Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals Sector | Increasing Adoption of Cloud Computing to Emerge as a Key Driver | Technavio

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