Sprint, Systems Integrator CSC Team Up for Forthcoming IaaS Offering

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-11 Print this article Print

Sprint's network will become the communications backbone to enable secure, high-speed connectivity to CSC's Trusted Cloud and to bring CSC's cloud service catalog to Sprint customers.

Sprint, like AT&T, Verizon and other telecommunications service providers that are investing heavily in the lucrative data center services business, on July 11 announced an exclusive deal with systems integrator CSC to deliver a new infrastructure as a service offering.

The agreement specifies that Sprint's network will become the communications backbone to enable secure, high-speed connectivity to CSC's Trusted Cloud and to bring CSC's cloud service catalog to Sprint customers. As part of this new service, Sprint also will offer compute, storage, hosting and backup capabilities to midsized and large businesses by late 2012.

CSC's cloud services include infrastructure and managed hosting services, productivity and collaboration solutions, and application enablement and testing.

The deal with CSC, a large international consulting and services provider, follows the announcement earlier this year of Sprint Complete Collaboration (UCaaS)€”the telco's portfolio of cloud-based service options planned for launch later this year. Sprint's cloud-services approach emphasizes the integration of mobile deployments for any time/any place access from any device.

Sprint Complete Collaboration is built upon a fully integrated Cisco Hosted Collaboration platform and delivered over an all-IP network for real-time UC and collaboration applications.

Sprint's 3G, 4G and all-IP Global MPLS networks include secure connectivity for enterprises of all sizes that are considering using hosted services.

Sprint also said it is planning the launch of its own software as a service (SaaS) portfolio later this year.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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