VMware Cloud on AWS? These customers are all in

Infoworld | August 19, 2019

When does it make sense to move applications and data to the public cloud? What exactly should be moved? What are the potential and actual cost benefits?Business and technology leaders at many organizations are likely asking these questions on a regular basis as more and more cloud services emerge. The answers are not always clear, despite the ongoing hype about everything related to the cloud. To plunge headlong into a cloud migration without having a clear business case and a long-term cloud strategy is to risk losing money and wasting time. On the flip side, building a strong use case and executing on a coherent strategy can deliver significant benefits.Analyzing the thinking behind moving the VMware virtualization platform to the cloud provides a good case in point. What makes such a move possible is an initiative announced in late 2018 by VMware Inc. and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to expand VMware Cloud on AWS in the U.S. and Europe.

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Salesforce and Cisco have announced that they will be working together to develop and market solutions for Cisco’s collaboration, IoT, and contact center platforms with Salesforce Sales Cloud, IoT Cloud, and Service Cloud. This means that two industry leaders in the contact center, CRM space will be working in tandem, rather than in parallel, to provide natively integrated products that utilize cutting-edge technology to create business opportunities heretofore unobtainable.

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Salesforce and Cisco have announced that they will be working together to develop and market solutions for Cisco’s collaboration, IoT, and contact center platforms with Salesforce Sales Cloud, IoT Cloud, and Service Cloud. This means that two industry leaders in the contact center, CRM space will be working in tandem, rather than in parallel, to provide natively integrated products that utilize cutting-edge technology to create business opportunities heretofore unobtainable.

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VMware | September 22, 2022

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Ribbon | December 06, 2022

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