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Outsourcerer Tata sidles up to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, kisses IaaS

Sprinkles its Enterprise Cloud Platform with the SUSE juice

SUSE today confirmed that Indian outsourcer Tata Consultancy Services has opted for its OpenStack Cloud as the standard for its Enterprise Cloud Platform (ECP).

Tata launched ECP last November, using Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to give customers a path to a cloudy future via private and hybrid services.

At the time, Tata trumpeted its stuff as "unique", which might have come as a bit of a surprise to the likes of Microsoft and others, who have been banging the hybrid drum for years.

The OpenStack Cloud product has been slotted into the ECP line-up, which integrates Cisco ACI, KVM and VMware as hypervisors and EMC as the storage back-end. Tata and SUSE reckon that this architecture can be rapidly deployed to meet customer demand. Doubtless accompanied by a small army of Tata consultants to make the thing hang together.

SUSE OpenStack Cloud, which contains a substantial amount of tech acquired from Hewlett Packard Enterprise forms part of the Linux slinger's Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). With the Tata's ECP being software-defined infrastructure, the inclusion of the product makes sense.

A cynic might suggest that Tata is a great fit for an outfit committed to open source. After all, a bungling Tata developer managed to share source code and confidential documents related to several international financial institutions with the world last year, albeit accidentally.

More offerings from SUSE are likely to make their way to the Tata ECP, with the roadmap featuring the likes of the SUSE Cloud Application Platform and the SUSE Cloud Foundry distribution due to arrive in the near future. ®

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