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Microsoft to ‘walk the walk’, details internal cloud strategy

Microsoft wants to move most of its internal IT systems over to cloud in the next five years

Microsoft’s Service Deployment and Operations (SDO) team, a division within the company’s internal IT department detailed its cloud strategy and implementation roadmap, as it looks to consolidate its datacentre footprint and retire thousands of servers reaching end of life. The company said the initiative could save nearly $120m in capital costs over four years.

CloudSigma moves into Equinix Cloud Exchange

CloudSigma is the latest cloud service provider to join Equinix's growing cloud interconnection service

Cloudsigma is the latest cloud service provider to join Equinix Cloud Exchange, a service that links up multiple cloud platforms within Equinix datacentres globally, in a bid to ease hybrid cloud enablement.

Samsung snaps up SmartThings in IoT play

SmartThings is a connected home specialist

The landgrab for Internet of Things (IoT) assets continues with Samsung buying up a ready made IoT community and ecosystem in the form of SmartThings.

Ericsson to help Telstra introduce SDN, NFV

Telstra is working with Ericsson to introduce SDN and NFV into its core network

In a bid to support more cloud and digital services Telstra announced that it is working with telecoms equipment vendor Ericsson to introduce software defined networking and network function virtualisation into the telco’s network.

Empirix picks up telco big data analytics provider Verios

Empirix has acquired big data analytics provider Verios for an undisclosed sum

Network performance specialist Empirix has acquired real-time analytics firm Verios Software & Systems for an undisclosed sum. Combining the two product suites, Empirix said it aims to create a service operation centre management suite that will analyse and troubleshoot wireless network customer experience from end-user devices to the core network in real time.

Mesosphere partners with Google, integrates Mesos with Kubernetes

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Mesosphere, a platform that simplifies the process of deploying and running Apache Mesos at scale, has announced a partnership with Google that will extend Mesophere’s core capabilities to the Google Cloud Platform. The companies also said they will work towards integrating support for Mesosphere within Kubernetes, Google’s open source Docker management tool.

Saudi Airlines CIO: “Our survival depends on data”

Saudi Airlines has implemented a combination of Microsoft technologies in a bid to generate efficiency savings from big data

Saudi Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the Middle East, has recently completed the implementation of a combination of Microsoft’s on premise cloud-based business intelligence solutions in a bid to improve how the airline analyses, visualises and shares operational data. Muhammad Albakri, chief financial officer and chief information officer of Saudi Airlines said the move has enabled the company to improve operations and generate savings in the tens of millions.

US regulators clear IBM divestiture to Lenovo

IBM gets that cloud and big data is where its capacity for future revenue generation lie

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved the sale of IBM’s lower end x86 hardware business to Lenovo, an acquisition first announced in January following years of dwindling sales and increasingly pressured margins.

Juniper Networks to help Nike just do it (cloud)

Nike is looking to SDN as a necessary stepping stone to virtualising its datacentres

Juniper and Nike announced a multi-year partnership that will see the two companies work together to re-develop Nike’s datacentre infrastructure as the sports fashion retailer looks virtualise more of its IT landscape.

Getting the facts straight: why charities are resisting the lure of the cloud

Richard Cooper, director of programmes at Technology Trust

The growing use of Cloud technology in business is nothing short of phenomenal. The reason for this is that it saves on time, cost and enables flexible working. Despite these benefits, I find that many charities are still resisting its adoption. Recent research by Technology Trust found that, of 426 respondents, 58 per cent of charities still don’t use the cloud – 65.1 per cent of which are small charities. With the array of articles written about the benefits of the cloud, I wanted to know why.

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