IT Outsourcing Firm CSC Launches Cloud Computing with Security Focus

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IT consulting services giant CSC is launching a cloud computing initiative that enables IT organizations to outsource much of their computing needs. CSC is partnering with Cisco and its Unified Computing effort as well as with VMware and EMC to build the offering. Some services in the SAAS, platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service offering will go live this summer.

IT consulting services company CSC (NYSE: CSC) is getting into the cloud computing game with a three-part offering for companies looking to send some of their computing into the cloud.
Partnering with Cisco and its Unified Computing effort, EMC, and VMware, CSC will offer what it is calling "Cloud Orchestration" and "Trusted Cloud" services, designed to provide more management, consulting security and other additional services than are provided by other cloud providers such as Amazon.com.

No pricing information was immediately available. CSC said it will release more details about individual offerings together with its partners. Some initial offerings will be available this summer, the company says.

CSC says its new model combines private clouds with the new public cloud models. CSC manages "complete ecosystems of cloud service providers," including, the company says, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service and software as a service (SAAS).

CSC’s Cloud Orchestration services offer service-level management, remote monitoring, reporting, auditing and data transparency. They also provide automated arrangement, coordination, federation, management and security in addition to a public, private and hybrid cloud computing environment.

Trusted Cloud services provide a portfolio of desktop, computing, storage and network infrastructure services available on a just-in-time and on-demand basis, the company says, with full security and service-level agreements.

In addition, CSC customers will have access to the company’s consulting on cloud computing.

CSC says the Global Business Consulting and Solutions Practice will be led by Lem Lasher, president of CSC’s Global Business Solutions and chief innovation officer.
"CSC has decades of experience managing 'private cloud' enterprise computing environments on a global scale," says Brian Boruff, vice president of CSC's Cloud Computing, in a prepared statement issued by the company. "Extending these skills to integrate and manage public and private clouds is a natural step in the evolution of our business. Enterprises that need secure cloud operations will find that CSC offers 'the right mix' of private and public cloud experience and will effectively orchestrate risk."

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com