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Vodacom and Novell Partner in Cloud Computing

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May 24, 2010

Vodacom and Novell Partner in Cloud Computing

By Hans Lewis, TMCnet Contributor

In order to help businesses across Africa securely provision, manage and monitor multi-tenant applications deployed from Vodacom (News - Alert) Business's cloud infrastructure, Novell BrainShare Europe  and Vodacom Business, announced a partnership that will integrate much of Novell's Intelligent Workload Management portfolio including: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Platespin Virtualization and Workload Management, and Identity and Security solutions into the network provider's cloud hosting solutions. 

Richard Vester, executive head of hosted services at Vodacom Business said, "Cloud computing will change the way companies do business. The service delivery model is vastly scalable and less resource and energy intensive, enabling organizations to purchase robust and reliable infrastructure and application services for a reduced cost. However, security concerns are inhibiting the adoption of cloud computing. Our partnership with Novell (News - Alert) enables us to deliver infrastructure and application services that can support our customers' specific security policies and regulatory compliance requirements."

Markus J. Krauss, vice president of service providers at Novell EMEA said, "Cloud computing is core to Vodacom Business's strategy and we're pleased to be their engineering and technology solution partner for their cloud strategy. Vodacom Business is another proof point for Novell's strategy to become the leader in the intelligent workload management marketplace. We're looking forward to providing our partner with a more agile, cost effective and scalable way of managing, optimizing and securing cloud environment so they can pass the full benefits of cloud computing onto their customers."

As businesses move to the cloud, successfully managing all aspects of infrastructure technology including service quality, security and availability, become more critical. Customers need comprehensive information about their physical and virtual server environments to obtain a true picture of how resources are being used, especially when trying to scale and rapidly provision workloads. Designed to take the guesswork out of complex server consolidation and capacity planning initiatives, Vodacom Business is using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell and virtualization and workload management solutions including PlateSpin Recon, PlateSpin Migrate and PlateSpin Protect from Novell to respond to growing business demands, improve server workload performance, reduce energy consumption and lower costs.

A major benefit of cloud computing is the flexible, on-demand model that allows enterprises to rapidly acquire additional computing power only when needed. However, this presents significant security and audit challenges. Today's regulations require a complete audit trail when demonstrating identity and security compliance. Vodacom Business will leverage Novell identity and security management solutions to give customers the ability to treat their cloud assets as an extension of the data center. A core tenet of Intelligent Workload Management is the integration of identity and security management into cloud resources. This ensures policies and procedures for regulatory compliance and prudent business practices will be enforced ubiquitously.

Both companies have proven experience working together to enable application providers the ability to offer secure business practices in the cloud. For example, BasisOne, a hosting provider based in South Africa, uses Novell identity and security solutions for its platform that deploys SAP (News - Alert) ERP solutions as a service using Vodacom Business's private cloud. Using Novell identity and security solutions, BasisOne can extend an enterprise organization's security policies onto the applications that are running on virtual servers at Vodacom Business's state-of-the-art data center.

Read here about how SingleHop, a leading Chicago-based dedicated server and managed Web hosting provider, has launched the first product under its Cascade cloud hosting services program, the CloudLinux operating system.

Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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