Capgemini heads for the Cloud with Amazon

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Cloud Computing isn't just for SaaS and Web 2.0 firms – there's also a consultancy market there for the making. Capgemini is the latest to make a move on this space, this week signing with Amazon.com to offer application development and hosting services using Amazon.com's infrastructure.

The new offering will focus on implementing Microsoft's SharePoint content management and collaboration software and the transport and logistics module for Oracle ERP. Capgemini will bill customers for its consulting services and Amazon's infrastructure.

Use of Amazon's infrastructure is billed per CPU (central processing unit) used per hour, with data billed by the megabyte. Applications will be hosted within Amazon's Web Services, the company's network of computer, storage and database services centered around Amazon's Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2).

Capgemini and Amazon will offer a 99.95% uptime guarantee a year - or no more than four hours and 30 minutes or so of downtime per year. Capgemini also launched a new group, the Cloud Computing Centre of Excellence, that will help businesses evaluate and implement cloud services and offer cloud consulting, application development, lmigration, and backup services and readiness assessments, beginning with services for Amazon's cloud platform.

The Amazon deal follows up on one with Google last September, when Capgemini agreed to provide desktop outsourcing services for Google Apps.

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