Storage vendor EMC has unveiled a new hybrid Cloud solution integrating hardware, software and services from EMC and VMware and Microsoft.

The solution enables IT-as-a-service in as few as 28 days, according to a company statement.

The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution enables IT to be a broker of trusted cloud services while maintaining the freedom to choose the Management and Orchestration technology upon which the hybrid cloud is standardised.

The result is a hybrid cloud solution capable of supporting traditional and next-gen applications, financial transparency so IT can prove its value to the business, and a seamless and secure management experience.

It is designed to be simple, automated and on-demand and features a number of valuable benefits including access to a full service catalog of automated data services, interoperability with public cloud services built on VMware vCloud Air, Microsoft Azure, AWS and other EMC-powered cloud service providers.

It can also be built on VCE Vblock Systems and EMC VSPEX reference architectures for accelerated deployment.

In 2015, EMC plans to offer the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution built with Microsoft and OpenStack technology.

EMC's solution for the Microsoft Cloud Platform will be designed to enable customers to easily integrate their on-premises EMC storage solutions and Windows Server Hyper-V infrastructure with Microsoft Azure, in order to flexibly deploy and manage applications and workloads across hybrid environments," according to a company statement.

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"EMC supports customer choice and is committed to helping customers be successful with their hybrid cloud deployments, regardless of the cloud platform they choose," according to a statement.

"By offering the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution with Microsoft and OpenStack, EMC will extend the same value and benefits to those solutions that are being delivered in the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Federation Software-Defined Data Centre Edition with VMware."

EMC is also introducing new professional and educational services designed to help customers quickly implement the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution within their IT environment.

The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Federation Software-Defined Data Centre Edition with VMware is available now.

IDC analyst, Laura DuBois, said Hybrid cloud enabled businesses and their IT organisations flexibility in where they hosted their many and varied workloads.

"A well-run hybrid cloud must allow enterprises to seamlessly offer services and apps to their users from the device of their choice, whether they originate from an on-premise data centre or from public cloud sources," she said.

"Hybrid cloud offerings like the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution allow enterprises to retain security and control by enabling IT organisations to become a broker of apps and services and to do so via user self-service and automation that correspond to organisational policies."

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Cisco chief technology officer, Cloud infrastrcuture, Ken Owens, said Cisco and EMC believed that hybrid cloud solutions were critical to enabling enterprises to embrace IT-as-a-Service.

"By utilizing best-of-breed technology from Cisco and EMC, the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud will ensure that customers extract maximum business value from private and public clouds," he said.

"We will continue to partner closely with EMC to turn the promise of the Intercloud into a reality for our mutual customers."

Microsoft general manager, Cloud and enterprise partner marketing, Garth Fort, said the company was pleased to work with EMC to deliver hybrid cloud solutions that combined the best of EMC storage with the scale and enterprise-readiness of the Microsoft Cloud, providing enterprises with a consistent platform across their own datacentres and the public cloud.

"With this offering our joint customers will be able to move faster, innovate for their business and maximize their IT investments."

OpenStack Foundation, executive director, Jonathan Bryce, said enterprise adoption of OpenStack was accelerating.

"OpenStack has emerged as the preferred open source cloud software platform," he said.

"From automotive manufacturing to financial services and government to research and development, organisations are finding OpenStack the ideal platform for deploying the infrastructure services required to meet the needs of today's application developers."

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