“Canopy unveils cloud platform for digital business”

Las Vegas, 7th May 2014

Empowering organisations to accelerate their move to digital business while enabling IT to become a Cloud Service Broker

Canopy, the Atos cloud, powered by EMC² and VMware, announced at EMC World today its strategy and supporting products to empower digital businesses in the cloud. It launches a cloud platform on which to develop, deploy and manage existing and next generation data-centric applications on a choice of cloud infrastructures.

Organisations around the world are in a race to reinvent themselves as a digital business which can successfully harness the power of big data/analytics, mobile and social applications to deliver superior customer experiences in the cloud. In fact, industry analyst firm Gartner reports that “all industries in all geographies are undergoing radical digital disruption — a “digital dragon” that is potentially very powerful if tamed but a destructive force if not”1).

To help organisations get ahead in the digital race, Canopy today announces its cloud platform for digital business that will allow them to:

  • Accelerate their move to digital by cloud-enabling existing applications instead of having to re-engineer them
  • Accelerate time to market for development of new cloud-native applications with advanced enterprise Platform as a Service
  • Drive competitive advantage by accelerating the speed with which big data can be analysed and applications updated with new insights and functionality to deliver new business innovation
  • Empower their IT to regain control over cloud sprawl and avoid lock-in with the flexibility to run any application on any cloud

Enabling IT to become a cloud broker with Canopy Compose

The first instalment of the Canopy cloud platform for digital business is a new version of Canopy Compose which enables IT to:

  • Minimise the time, risk and cost to become a digital business by creating cloud services from existing applications and publishing them to a self-service portal for automated deployment.
  • Act as a cloud service broker: flexibly deploy and manage their cloud services to a number of Canopy or partner clouds, including VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™, while keeping a single point of management and billing through Canopy.

Darren Ratcliffe, SVP PaaS, Canopy said: “Competitive advantage in the digital era will be determined by the speed with which you can analyse big data and deliver business innovation through cloud applications. We're very excited about the value our cloud platform for digital business will deliver to empower our customers to become digital leaders in their respective markets.”

Michelle De Hertogh, Senior Director Global Strategic Partner Marketing, at EMC Corporation: “As part of Canopy's broader cloud platform for digital business, we see the ability of EMC powered Canopy Compose to enable IT to become a cloud service broker as a critical step toward delivering IT as a Service (ITaaS).”

Dave O'Callaghan, senior vice president, Global Partner Organization, VMware: “Built on VMware infrastructure, Canopy Compose is a important solution for software-defined enterprises. Organizations can deploy Canopy Infrastructure clouds powered by VMware, and also use VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ and vCloud Powered Services. This empowers enterprises with choice and flexibility for the different needs and requirements of their businesses.”

See live demos by visiting Canopy at booth #358 at EMC World (May 5-8, Las Vegas), or learn more by visiting www.canopy-cloud.com


1) Gartner Executive Programs Executive Summary, Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda, 2014 No. 1

About Canopy

Canopy, the Atos cloud powered by EMC² and VMware, is the Cloud Service Line of Atos and the European leader in enterprise and government cloud. Offering a one-stop-shop for cloud services focused exclusively on cloud delivery to large public and multinational private sector organizations, Canopy brings substantial benefits to its customers: IT cost reduction and reduced capex expenditure through flexible pricing models plus access to innovative and agile technology that can enable rapid cloud implementation and faster time to market for products and services. Canopy offerings are based on open standards so customers can choose their preferred technology and decide whether to run solutions off- or on-premise to best meet their business needs. Headquartered in London (UK), Canopy currently operates in 9 countries across 3 continents. For more information: www.canopy-cloud.com.

About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is an international information technology services company with 2013 annual revenue of €8.6 billion and 76,300 employees in 52 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers IT services in 3 domains, Consulting & Technology Services, Systems Integration and Managed Services & BPO, and transactional services through Worldline. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail & Services; Public sector, Healthcare & Transports; Financial Services; Telco, Media & Utilities.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is quoted on the NYSE Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.

VMware, vCloud Hybrid Service and VMware vCloud are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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Caroline Crouch

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