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Infosys join hands with Huawei; extends agreement with Microsoft, Hitachi

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India’s second largest software services firm Infosys today said it has partnered China’s Huawei Technologies to offer enterprise cloud, big data and communication solutions. The announcement comes amidst visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

India has pressed its neighbour for export of IT services and promotion of tourism between the two countries. China has committed USD 20 billion investment in India over the next five years and has agreed to provide greater market access to Indian products in farm, pharma and gems & jewellery sectors, with a view to reducing trade gap. The Bangalore-based firm also expanded its partnership with US-based tech giant Microsoft on cloud services and with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a subsidiary of Japan-based Hitachi, on infrastructure and data centre solutions. Infosys, a systems integration partner of Microsoft, will also establish a global ‘centre of excellence’ for Microsoft Azure Machine Learning that will train over 1,000 engineers by the end of fiscal year 2015, it said in a statement.

The firm in partnership with HDS will offer enterprises infrastructure and data centre transformation solutions and will also set up a centre of excellence for ‘pay-per-use’ solutions. The IT services major said it will build a broad range of predictive analytics offerings using Microsoft Azure Machine Learning to help enterprises adopt and use advanced analytic tools and algorithms. Infosys will accelerate its efforts to design frameworks, tools and accelerators to improve end user productivity for the digital workforce on Microsoft cloud platforms.

These platforms, including Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, complement Azure solutions, it added. Meanwhile, the firms will jointly develop IT solutions that combine Huawei’s cloud infrastructure and service expertise from Infosys. These solutions will target enterprise customers looking to modernise their operations by leveraging cloud infrastructure.

Both parties will build reference architectures and standardised solutions for big data platforms, on Huawei hardware infrastructure, for joint go-to-market efforts. Infosys’ Cloud Ecosystem Hub, a solution that helps firms build and manage a unified hybrid cloud environment, will be integrated with Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform (UCP) to reduce time-to-market and simplify complex migrations.

The combination will enable enterprises to move to a 100 per cent virtualised environment with management, orchestration and hypervisor integration, Infosys said.

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