Consulting firm Atos has launched a new cloud computing service company called Canopy to provide customers with a "one-stop shop" for cloud services that will take advantage of technology from EMC and VMWare.
Canopy will offer customers a range of enterprise services, which will include both cross-industry and industry-specific business applications, the firm said.
The offerings will include a secure Java development environment, incorporating a standard development framework where Canopy's clients can design, create and test new cloud applications.
There will also be an Enterprise Application Store that will enable customers to access and download applications on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, which the firm said would include both industry specific and more general applications.
All the applications on offer from Canopy will be utilise storage technology from EMC and virtualisation technology from VMware.
Atos chairman and chief executive Thierry Breton said that Canopy should help Atos gain an early-mover advantage in winning customers, many of whom still habour concerns over the cloud.
"Atos estimates that cloud computing is just five per cent of the overall spend of our customers," said Breton. "Our customers are scared of the complexity of moving to the cloud.
"We want to make sure they have access to the best technology but we also want to make sure they are not locked into a proprietary environment."
Atos said the Canopy offerings will be based on open standards so customers can choose their preferred technology, whether to run the solution off or on-premise and how to mix private, public and hybrid cloud services.
"It is our solution to unlock the possibilities and make sure all customers can benefit from the cloud," said Breton.
"So we will be the one-stop-shop where customers can find everything they need and find clear accountability."
Meanwhile EMC chairman and chief executive officer, Joe Tucci said that it was part of EMC's cloud strategy to partner with service companies rather than trying to compete with them.
"Atos have a compelling business model in the form of Canopy," added Tucci.
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