Telefonica, Intel pitch cloud bursting

Telefonica is teaming with Intel to make a play for enterprise’s cloud business, with a joint pilot designed to highlight simplicity in switching from in-house to external data centers.
The telco’s Telefonica Digital division is working with Intel Labs and Intel Architecture Group on the research program, which aims to prove the potential of a cloud-bursting hybrid cloud service concept for businesses of all sizes. The approach aims to put enterprise customers in control of the applications and IT services they shift to the cloud, and which they keep in house.
Internal data center resources can be managed via the public cloud, and interaction between the two storage areas is claimed to be seamless. The test involved sending data from a local private cloud to the public cloud. A second stage trial will seek to highlight the security of infrastructure management policies on cloud technology.
Jim Blakley, director of Intel’s architecture systems integration division, says consumers of cloud services “will have an easier time assessing service quality and SLA compliance,” as a result of the pilot. Cloud providers, meanwhile, “will be able to offer differentiated cloud services even when their offering is part of a larger service,” he adds.