Yesterday we had a bumper crop of cloud news, as providers across the ecosystem continue to jockey for position via partnerships, product launches, and the like. Here’s a quick rundown on items from Savvis, Masergy, Navisite, Cisco, Juniper, and Limelight:
Savvis (news, filings) [a subsidiary of CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings)] announced details of an enterprise ecosystem program aimed at adding new capabilities and flexibility through partnerships. Early participants include BMC Software, ServiceMesh, Rackware, Compuware, DataGardens, Racemi, RiverMeadow Software, and ScaleXtreme. Each get complimentary access to Savvis’s cloud for API integration and testing in exchange for making their offerings available to Savvis’s customer base.
Managed services provider Masergy Communications (news, filings) added new internet management services based on Fortinet’s enterprise network security appliances. They’ve deployed Fortinet’s FortiGate in key POPs throughout their global network, not just for firewall and VPN but also for content filtering and application control. Security remains the key piece of the cloud that everyone is trying to nail down this year.
VMware expanded its relationship with both Navisite (NASDAQ:NAVI, news, filings) [a subsidiary of Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC, news)] and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings). On the service provider side, NaviSite released version 2.0 of its NaviCloud AppCenter portal, implementing vCloud Director 5.1 and giving its customers better visibility into their cloud assets. And amongst the vendors, Cisco expanded its partnership with the company for nextgen cloud infrastructure, planning joint engineering investments to align gear and software.
Meanwhile, Juniper enhanced its vGW Virtual Gateway solution offering security for both IPv4 and IPv6, as well as better scale and automation. The new gateway solution will be available in September.
And from the CDN side of things, Limelight launched a new cloud-based product aimed at high-tech marketers. The new Orchestrate platform helps marketing professionals optimize their digital presence across many different channels, which means it lets them efficiently post and promote fresh interactive content all over the place.