Accenture beefs up cloud platform with AWS, Azure, Verizon support

Summary:Accenture is extending the global footprint of its Cloud Platform with new support for some big name service providers.

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Accenture is launching an updated version of its Cloud Platform for public and private cloud infrastructure deployments with a packed list of additional supported service providers.

Some of those familiar names are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure, Verizon Terremark and NTT Communications.

The inclusion of these vendors does a few things for Accenture.

For starters, a more diverse group of vendors beefs up the number of services that Accenture can provide and how to deploy them.

Michael Liebow, managing director and global lead for the Accenture Cloud Platform, explained further in prepared remarks that with more providers, Accenture can offer a more flexible architecture based on open source components, which should lower costs for everyone.

Furthermore, signing on more vendors means extending Accenture's global reach. Here's a rundown:

For example, supporting Verizon's Terremark enterprise cloud extends Accenture's reach into Latin America through the Terremark datacenter in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The same thing is true with support for NTT and its public datacenters in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

And then there is Amazon Web Services with datacenters in nine regions scattered worldwide.

Earlier this year , Accenture introduced its new Cloud Platform for hybrid cloud integrations, designed to marry legacy systems with enterprise-level cloud services.

At its core, the Accenture Cloud Platform is described to offer a pre-integrated, scalable platform with automated provisioning through a self-service portal.

Accenture also plans to invest more than $400 million in cloud technologies and capabilities through at least 2015.

That fund will be dedicated to developing cloud services with its network of providers while also working on blending its own cloud portfolio with third-party solutions -- all reflecting the hybrid cloud strategy in general.

The Cloud Platform is comprised of both on-demand services and on-premise deployment with services also available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, Enterprise 2.0, Microsoft, Verizon

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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