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HAVE YOUR SAY: What are the top inhibitors to cloud adoption?

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We speak with enough enterprises and cloud service providers to understand the benefits cloud platforms can offer. But what’s holding organisations back? Is there a dark side of cloud?

SMBs demand cloud services from comms providers

Orange and Accenture have teamed up to help enterprises move their infrastructure to the cloud

Coleman Parkes Research surveyed 1,311 SMB decision makers from North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific on behalf of Amdocs. The company found that with the growing adoption of cloud services among SMBs, the vast majority (80 per cent) prefer to receive one bill for all the communication services they consume.

Haier inks deal with Orange Business Services for IaaS

Orange Business Services inked a three-year deal with Haier that will see the electronics manufacturer deploy Orange's IaaS platform

Orange Business Services, the enterprise IT-focused wing of French telco Orange announced Thursday a three-year contract with Chinese consumer electronics giant Haier that will see the latter deploy Orange’s infrastructure as a service platform.

Pacnet and China Telecom partner on datacentres, cloud

China Telecom and Pacnet are working together to expand cloud services in the city of Chongqing

Hong Kong-based Pacnet, which operates a large datacentre network in Asia Pacific, the US and Europe announced a strategic partnership with China Telecom Thursday that will see both companies jointly expand and develop datacentres for cloud solutions in the city of Chongqing, a rapidly growing municipality in the southwest of China.

Dimension Data acquires IT service provider Nexus

Dimension Data said it has agreed to buy Nexus for an undisclosed sum

Brett Dawson, chief executive officer of Dimension Data (a part of NTT Group) said that its purchase of California-based Nexus will help Dimension Data expand into the vast (and particularly crowded) American datacentre support and IT services business, expanding the company’s presence in the US by about 40 per cent.

IBM reveals open source servers and chip architecture for big data

IBM claims its Power8 technology can compute big data workloads up to 50 times faster than new x86 commodity servers

Following an announcement in August last year that IBM would invest millions in open sourcing its Power server chip architecture, the company said Thursday that it has released detailed technical specifications for its latest Power architecture, Power8, in addition to servers based on technology developed by its OpenPower Foundation.

Helsinki Bus Co. uses big data to boost fuel economy, driver performance

The Helsinki Bus Transportation Company is using big data to save money on fuel, optimise routes and improve driver safety

Using a data warehouse solution developed with CGI and a combination of big data technologies from Microsoft, the Helsinki Bus Transportation Company in Finland has over the past two years managed to save about 5 per cent of its fuel usage and increase customer satisfaction. Michael Andersson, technical director at Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy said the project has helped deliver significant commercial benefits to its business, and make its operations safer in the process.

Equinix to roll-out Azure ExpressRoute in 16 markets to bolster private links

Equinix will be rolling out Microsoft technology that allows private connections between on-premise, colocated servers and Windows Azure

Global cloud services provider operator Equinix announced a deal with Microsoft this week that will see the company deploy Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute technology in its international business exchange (IBX) datacentres in 16 markets. The deal, a first for Microsoft, is intended to help reassure customers with security concerns about hybrid cloud deployments.

Birst shakes up leadership to expand cloud analytics platform

Brad Peters (left) and Jay Larson (right)

Cloud-based business intelligence and analytics provider Birst announced Wednesday that it has appointed Jay Larson to the role of chief executive officer. He will replace co-founder Brad Peters, who will take on the role of chairman and chief product officer at the company.

China Telecom deploys SDN in datacentre

China Telecom has deployed what it claims is the world’s first wholesale software defined network

The solution, deployed by Huawei, comprises components including the smart network controller (SNC), which is powered by a carrier-grade SDN control algorithm, and the NetMatrix orchestrator, which optimises traffic for datacentre nodes.

Don’t You Forget about Me: Bringing the CIO and CMO together

Amy King, vice president of product marketing, Evidon

At the beginning of John Hughes’ classic 1985 movie, The Breakfast Club, five students from vastly different social high school strata meet in detention. At first, they don’t talk to each other, behaving as if they have nothing in common. Over the course of an afternoon, they start to talk about how their school is a codified system where each area is beholden to the concerns of their particular group, conditioned to resent the roles of others and unable to see past their own day to day issues. Remind you of anything at your company?

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