Westpac Bank Partners With IBM to Use SoftLayer Private Cloud Computing Services

Westpac Bank will transform its entire existing legacy banking systems to IBM’s private cloud computing services to make them modern, secure and efficient.

westpacGREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by IBM Corporation NZ today on Thursday August 21, 2014 that it has bagged a five year contract with New Zealand’s top bank for upgrading its digital banking systems by utilizing the private cloud computing infrastructure of IBM’s SoftLayer Company. The statement further elaborated that this contract is includes up gradation and migration of many digital services of the bank to the IBM cloud computing infrastructure based in Auckland data center of the company.

It was further informed in the statement that the modern IT infrastructure of the bank would be able to support many features, capabilities and online banking services of the bank based on the private cloud computing platform. Westpac Bank plans to run mobile banking services and many other digital banking services influenced by the trend on the social media and other form of modern communication. The bank is planning to run many online services based on the IBM cloud computing infrastructure to offer high level of security, reliability, scalability of the services on multiple platforms and devices such as, mobile, tablets, laptops, desktops and others. The single ID user access, and identity management is being enforced with the help of IBM cloud infrastructure to make the services more robust and secure.

“IBM’s private cloud platform would further enable increased development of Westpac’s digital capabilities as it responds to customer demands for a more personalized, convenient way of banking. The platform provides a robust and advanced infrastructure enabling a seamless online banking experience across multiple devices. This supports our goal of being New Zealand’s leading digital bank” says the interim CIO of Westpac bank, Mr. Jason Millett. He further added that, “In addition, IBM’s local and global expertise, commitment to work within our regulatory framework, deep knowledge of our business and industry, and responsive commercial models provide a market leading offering that can support our changing needs over time.”

In his official statement, Mr. Rob Lee, the MD IBM New Zealand said, “Westpac’s underlying IT systems must operate uninterrupted, be secure and be able to support future needs as customers increasingly engage on mobiles and tablet devices. Our relationship with Westpac New Zealand is one of our longest and closest, marked by a high degree of innovation and collaboration. We continue to invest in skills and advanced technologies including our cloud solutions to help deliver on their vision to be New Zealand’s leading digital bank.”

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CloudSigma, the Provider of Public Cloud Computing Services Joins Equinix Cloud Exchange Platform

With this integration of cloud computing based IaaS services of CloudSigma, the Equinix Cloud Exchange Interconnection customers will be able to access the CloudSigma’s public cloud services.

CloudSigmaGREATRESPONDER.COM – It was announced by Equinix Advanced Interconnection Provider Company, on Monday, August 18, 2014 that CloudSigma, the provider of public cloud computing based IaaS services to its high performance platform called Equinix Cloud Exchange Interconnection. By joining the Equinix Cloud Exchange platform, CloudSigma would be able to offer its cloud computing based services to multiple clients of the platform. These clients enjoy the flexibility and freedom to access and use the cloud computing based platforms of multiple cloud service providers on one single integrated platform.

While talking about the opportunities and benefits that CloudSigma will get from this partnership, it was explained that CloudSigma would get an opportunity to offer challenging business solutions of providing private cloud access to the business customers on a high performance, automated and cost effective ecosystem. This will also allow CloudSigma to develop standard business processes globally through automated and integrated platform.

The Vice President of Global Service Provider at Equinix, Mr. Jim Poole, in his statement said, “We are excited to welcome CloudSigma to the growing number of cloud service providers who have joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange. CloudSigma’s unique flexibility, resource provisioning and private patching capabilities will make it an attractive option for enterprises in the Cloud Exchange. By working with innovative companies like CloudSigma, we continue to expand the breadth of cloud services available across Platform Equinix – ensuring enterprises have the necessary resources and interconnection options needed to confidently meet business demands.”

While the CEO of the CloudSigma, Mr. Robert Jenkins said, “By providing enterprises with direct, private access to our public cloud, we are able to significantly enhance performance and security, while capitalizing on Equinix’s global footprint. We are actively expanding our partnership with Equinix across new geographies and joining the Equinix Cloud Exchange will enable us to extend our reach even further. Now, more enterprises and network service providers will be able to use our services in an even easier and cost-effective way.”

This is very important to note that Equinix is expanding its presence globally. The Equinix Cloud Exchange services are available in more than 19 markets across the globe. The initial connection point for CloudSigma would be SV5 Silicon Valley data center of Equinix.

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Juniper Networks and Nike Join Hands to Establish a Private Cloud Computing Network for Retailer Giant

Juniper Networks would help Nike to integrate their data centers across the globe with the help of cloud computing based virtualized infrastructure.

Juniper-nikeGREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by the two giants – Juniper Networks, and Nike Shoe Stores – in their respective domains that they are going to establish a partnership to develop a cloud computing based network to integrate the data centers of Nike located all around the world. This announcement was made public on Sunday, August 17, 2014 through a joint statement. The partnership would work out an integrated and comprehensive solution for the giant retailer to integrate the on-premises resources into a private cloud computing based network.

It was further informed through the official joint statement of the companies that targeted cloud computing network as the result of this partnership would be a new cloud of the data centers and retail network infrastructure to offer the benefits of the cloud to Nike.

The chief executive officer of Juniper Networks, Mr. Shaygan Kheradpir, in his official statement said, “The aim of the partnership is to create secure network architecture that is also “ultra-scalable”. Enterprises are re-engineering their business models in light of changing customer behavior and emerging technologies.” He further added that, “It also requires building private clouds that deliver applications with high performance and agility.”

It was maintained in by the CEO of the company that for this transformation of the existing networks into a new cloud computing based network, the high performance network infrastructure is highly needed, so that a seamless and smooth transformation and subsequently adoption of the next generation networks can be accomplished.

While informing about the technical aspects of the partnership, the statement elaborated that MetaFabric of Juniper Networks would be deployed by the Nike Company; this platform will act as the core foundation of virtualization of the entire resources of the company located across the globe. This implementation would offer high flexibility, reliability and scalability to the Nike infrastructure as maintained in the statement.

In his statement, the CTO of Nike Company, Mr. Anthony Watson said, “The changes to its architecture are to support the company’s current and future business goals. This requires progressive and agile technology solutions that keep pace with our growth, which is what Juniper’s solutions offer.” He further maintained that Nike’s IT governance will improve with the help of this partnership.

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