Recent Cloud Computing Team Ups – I

Recent Cloud Computing Team Ups – I

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
– Babe Ruth (1895-1948), American baseball legend.

The above quote coming from someone who personalized individual achievement speaks volumes about the importance of teams. Working in teams is one of the defining characteristics of modern business, and this is not restricted to working within organizations only. Even across companies, teams have been able to leverage multiple competencies to deliver astounding results. That is why even rivals like Toyota and General Motors have embraced this concept. As regards teamwork, the sum is certainly more than the parts. With this in mind, it is not surprising that team ups have begun to emerge in the cloud computing space.

Today’s article focuses on three recent ones.

Red Hat and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Red Hat took a major step towards its projected billion dollar revenue mark (See: Red Hat Aims For One Billion Revenue Mark on Cloud Computing Growth ) when it announced an agreement with Virginia-based defense contractor SAIC to use Red Hat’s offerings in SAIC’s new Advanced Computer Engineering (ACE) Laboratory in South Carolina. Products and services that are part of this deal include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, systems management technologies, Red Hat CloudForms (See: Red Hat CloudForms Infrastructure-as-a-Service: Build Clouds Without Limits), and the company’s OpenShift PaaS platform.

As per the press release, the ACE Laboratory is intended to provide “physical and virtual environments for hands-on collaboration between SAIC, other contractors, small businesses, information technology vendors and government employees.” Areas expected to be covered include cloud computing best practices and low-cost, enterprise-scale “create once, optimally manage and reuse often” solutions. With the US military actively looking at cloud computing (See: US Military Asks for Private Sector’s Help to Understand Cloud Computing), this partnership may have a lot of potential.

Red Hat has a longstanding relationship with SAIC to provide open source technologies and methodologies on large programs in the federal government, dating back to our first master marketing agreement in 2006. This most recent iteration capitalizes the widespread use by cloud providers of open source architectures to deliver services. Red Hat is a leading provider of supported, secure and scalable products for both IaaS and PaaS,” said Paul Smith, Red Hat’s vice president and general manager of public sector.

Using our ACE Lab, SAIC experts work with customers to develop advanced engineering solutions for some of our nation’s most significant cyber and software challenges. With Red Hat on our team, we’re continually finding ways to use our expertise to help keep customers a step ahead of the curve when it comes to cloud computing,” said Jim Thigpen, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

By Sourya Biswas

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