CSC Take Aim at Amazon First Cloud Services

Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), the largest independent consulting firm now that EDS is a part of HP, has been on the sidelines in the cloud computing craze. Until now.

The consulting giant today announced a trio of managed cloud services for enterprise customers who find other cloud services lacking. To offer these services, the company has formed a new Cloud Consulting Group led by Lem Lasher, president of CSC’s Global Business Solutions and chief innovation officer.

This ecosystem includes platform-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service and software-as-a-service, all with higher level service agreements and greater support and guarantees for the customer.

“Have you ever seen Amazon S3’s [Service Level Agreement]? It’s about four of five paragraphs. Companies say that’s great but I need something more, with someone to monitor and mange it,” Brian Boruff, vice president of cloud computing for CSC told

CSC’s (NYSE: CSC) service consists of three offerings:

Cloud Orchestration Services is the basic cloud services, with service level management, remote monitoring, reporting, auditing and data transparency. It provides automated arrangement, coordination, federation, management, security and operation of private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments.

The Trusted Cloud Services is a portfolio of industry-compliant desktop, computing, storage and network infrastructure services available on a just-in-time, on-demand basis with full security features and stringent service-level criteria.

Finally, CSC said its Consulting Capabilities provide enterprise IT clients and independent software vendors to take advantage of improved business models enabled by private, public and hybrid cloud capabilities.

CSC has not disclosed the cost, but it won’t be as cheap as Amazon. Pricing will come out in the coming weeks. “It will be a little more expensive than Amazon S3 because we see a place in the market that people will pay a little more for security and reliability,” that Boruff claims will be more comprehensive than Amazons’.

Evaluating different cloud services

Boruff said CSC’s independence will prove an asset. “We think as the only true independent technology vendor that isn’t trying to sell hardware, software or an old world business model, we’re in a good position to help customers evaluate vs. Azure or Google Apps vs. Microsoft online services,” he said.

That said, CSC isn’t entirely alone. It’s allied with Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), VMware (NYSE: VMW) and EMC (NYSE: EMC) to support Cisco’s Unified Computing Service.

“We can’t think of a better trio of partners to go to market with. When you bring global delivery capabilities of CSC with Cisco’s routing, VMware’s virtualization and EMC’s footprint, it’s a powerful set of players,” said Boruff.

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