With over 30 billion IP-connected devices and sensors projected to be in operation by 2020 the tech world is positioning the Internet of Things to be next big movement to fuel innovation. But much like the evolution of the internet, which saw an explosion in user-generated information, all of that data beckons order. A service launching Thursday called Thingful hopes to do for IoT what Google did for the internet – indexing M2M sensors and making them searchable for people looking to innovate with open data.
We are constantly reliant upon data centres for access to essential data of all kinds, be it for social, private or professional purposes. And the rise of the cloud as a platform for everything from communication to app development, while very beneficial, increases the impact that datacentre downtime can have. Here’s a look at the global devastation that could arise if the world’s datacentres went offline.
Dell has inked a slew of new agreements with Microsoft, Google, Dropbox and CenturyLink, and announced a partnership with Red Hat to co-develop OpenStack private cloud deployments in a big end of year cloud push for the tech giant. The company said the agreements will strengthen its cloud partner programme as it moves forward with its integration-focused strategy in the cloud infrastructure sector.
Scabal, a Brussels-based luxury clothing designer whose threads have been donned by the likes of Daniel Craig and David Beckham recently embarked on an ambitious cloud migration project, moving all of the company’s IT infrastructure including voice communications over to Interoute’s cloud platform. Jose Largo, the company’s IT director leading the migration says that the project will help make Scabal more flexible as it grows – and completely change the nature of its IT department in the process.
Provider of private cloud-based share and sync services Egnyte secured $29.5m in new investment Thursday from big backers that include Seadgate Technology, CenturyLink and Google Ventures. The company said the new investment will fuel its European expansion as the company also moves to invest more in product development and sales.
In a bid to bolster its public cloud solutions to enterprise end users and cloud service providers alike Microsoft announced Thursday that the company will extend its IaaS / PaaS platform Windows Azure to a global network of partners. The move gives the software giant access to over four hundred datacentres globally from which to deliver its cloud services.
Big data integration specialist Talend announced $40m in new investment Wednesday, which will help fuel the company’s growth as it moves to capitalise on the big data boom. The company said its open source approach sets it apart from competitors like Informatica.
Share and sync provider Box announced a series of product updates and new partnerships Wednesday in a bid to bolster its offerings in the enterprise world, particularly those with significant governance requirements. The company is also launching a professional services team, Box Consulting, to help enterprise customers manage the complexities of adoption and integration.
Online cloud backup and storage provider SugarSync that it will begin transitioning to a paid-only service in February 2014, abandoning the freemium model it’s held for nearly a decade – the same model most of its competitors still hold to. The company’s chief executive officer Mike Grossman said businesses that offer free storage as the core of their model “will not be viable” over the long term, another sign the cloud storage market is heating up.
US operator Verizon has announced plans to acquire content delivery network provider EdgeCast. The boards of directors of both firms have approved the acquisition and hope to finalise the deal early 2014. The value of the deal was not disclosed.