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Capgemini and EMC offer hosted storage service in first of cloud collaborations

Karl Flinders

Capgemini is working with EMC to develop hosted services with storage-as-a-service set to be the first.

The storage-as-a-service will be the first of a number of services to be announced over 18 months. Another service planned is messaging-as-a-service.

The storage-as-a-service is intended to reduce forward-planning in IT departments by removing the need for estimating the capacity needed.

EMC hopes Capgemini's global presence and close relationships with business will accelerate cloud take-up.

"Capgemini's global scope will enable customers around the world to more easily accelerate and adopt cloud computing to meet their business objectives," said Bill Teuber, EMC's vice-chairman.

The two companies have signed a five-year agreement to work together.

The services will be designed for particular vertical market segments and geographies, including North America, the UK, Netherlands, the Nordic countries, France, Germany, China and Brazil.

Capgemini has significant UK customer cloud engagements. Royal Mail recently signed a six-year deal with Capgemini to introduce cloud computing technology to its IT infrastructure. This is supporting cost-cutting through a pay-as-you-go IT model and will make it easier to introduce new online services.

Through Capgemini's Infrastructure Transformation Services (ITS) the Post Office will have a single point of contact for all cloud services. Costs come down because the Royal Mail will only pay for the raw computing power it uses when delivering a service.

It also makes it easy to introduce new services as additional computing resources can be taken on demand without buying hardware and booking other IT resources.


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