CSC Rallies Around Cisco, EMC, VMware Coalition With Cloud Alliance


Systems integrator and cloud computing solution provider CSC this week broadened its alliance with the Virtual Computing Environment coalition (VCE) to launch a new global solutions unite based around the Vblock infrastructure.

Through the alliance with VCE and its collaborating vendors, Cisco, EMC and VMware CSC will leverage Vblock as the technology stack for its cloud offerings to move it customers easily and securely to the cloud.

Along with expanding its alliance with the VCE, CSC had VCE have also committed new sales, engineering and support resources for customers to test VCE-enabled offerings through CSC Centers of Excellence in the U.S., England and Australia in the next 90 days.

The tightened partnership with VCE will help CSC provide fully integrated, seamless and secure transitions to the cloud that tie together its consulting, service oriented architecture (SOA), applications modernization refactoring and trusted cloud managed services. The VCE's Vblock platform will serve as the fabric to deliver client applications and business process through an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model.

The Vblock platform combines virtualization software from VMware; Cisco's unified networking, security and computing; and storage and security from EMC. CSC said its Trusted Cloud Managed Services will leverage Vblock as the basis for its IaaS, PaaS and future SaaS offerings.

The VCE alliance follows CSC's June unveiling of seven cloud-enabled data centers and new cloud services, which include CloudLab and CloudExchange, built to operate on Vblock infrastructure.

"Today's announcement takes the commitment to the VCE coalition one step further to make Vblock the lead technology stack for CSC's private cloud offerings and to deliver dedicated support and services through a new global solutions unit," CSC said in a statement.

With Vblock, CSC will help clients evaluate their business processes, identify workloads to generate ROI and assist clients in moving to cloud applications. CSC will offer tailored services around Vblock and plans to deliver cloud-enabled CSC software to the new environment to leverage Vblock, including services like "SAP on VCE," where CSC will use its application knowledge and its SAP practice to help clients utilize cloud services.

"Businesses are looking for ways to rapidly take advantage of the benefits of virtualization and secure cloud computing, and CSC is excited about the momentum we're building in the marketplace with key VCE cloud implementations like the recently announced win with AMP in Australia," CSC chairman, president and CEO Michael W. Laphen said in a statement. "We offer the global scale and consulting prowess, multi-vendor systems integration, and applications expertise needed to deliver agile and secure business services on the VCE coalition's unified fabric. Our strong and strategic alliance with the VCE coalition helps our clients take full advantage of both the economics and flexibility of virtualization and cloud computing."