Atos plans to create a new company called Canopy designed to be a one-stop shop for cloud services while speeding up the delivery of solutions. Based on technology from EMC and VMware, the company will offer an open cloud platform that enables customers to access and deploy cloud-based services. EMC and VMware are also investing in Canopy.
The new cloud offerings will be targeted at selected vertical markets, including:
An Enterprise Application Store, giving clients access to the applications they need under the Software as a Service (SaaS) model.
An Enterprise Platform as a Service (PaaS) will provide a Java development environment.
A Private Cloud will provide pre-configured, standardised ‘cloud stacks’ to enable clients to speed up cloud implementation.
Cloud strategy and transformation consulting services.
Canopy will have its headquartered in Europe and its CEO will be appointed by Atos, its main shareholder.
Well the logic’s clear. Atos says that cloud computing currently accounts for 10% of the IT market and is set to quadruple by 2020. Canopy aims to cash in through offering cost reduction through flexible pricing models, access to the latest technology and rapid implementation. Atos gets more direct access to cloud technology and VMware and EMC get another route to the services market where they can get close to customers.
It all sounds ideal, if it wasn’t for those pesky global IT services company competitors ….