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Telefonica And Intel Launch Hybrid Cloud Pilot Scheme

Telefonica and Intel have got together to jointly develop a pilot scheme to demonstrate the capabilities of a cloud-bursting hybrid cloud service.

The two firms have announced the successful completion of the first phase of the research program to prove technologies which will allow for the seamless transition of enterprise computing workloads from local data centre to third-party public cloud - the hybrid cloud model.

Intel and Telefonica's solution allows an enterprise to transfer as much of its applications and data as it wishes to the public cloud, keeping important or vital apps running internally (and securely). It's a model with flexibility that allows a business to meet sudden spikes in demand without breaking a sweat, and with no portability issues between the two different cloud environments.

The pilot successfully demonstrated the cloud-bursting exchange from the local private cloud (played by the Intel Cloud Builder facility) to the public one (played by the Telefonica Virtual Data Center public cloud service).

Jim Blakley, Intel Architecture Systems Integration Division Director, commented: "This capability brings a previously unavailable level of transparency and federation between cloud consumers and Cloud providers, helping preserve the service policies across cloud boundaries down to the hardware platform level."

"Cloud consumers will have an easier time assessing service quality and SLA compliance. Cloud providers will be able to offer differentiated cloud services even when their offering is part of a larger service."

The next phase will demonstrate the "trustworthy enforcement of infrastructure management policies across cloud service boundaries", the two companies announced.