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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?

Zep Inc. deploys cloud analytics to improve enterprise performance

Zep Inc said it wanted to replace its ageing Oracle Hyperion stack with a more agile cloud-based solution

Maintenance and cleaning chemical manufacturing firm Zep Inc. announced Thursday that the company has migrated from its existing on-premise Oracle enterprise performance management (EPM) platform to a cloud-based EPM and analytics solution.

Claranet acquires Dutch cloud provider NovaData

Claranet acquired Dutch cloud and IT services provider NovaData, the firms announced Thursday

Hosting and cloud provider Claranet announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement to acquire Dutch cloud and IT services provider NovaData. Claranet said its acquisition of NovaData, the latest in a series of purchases over the past 18 months, will help solidify its position in the European market for mid-sized enterprise customers.

Microsoft puts Azure at the centre of Internet of Things

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella said his company will continue to target the burgeoning Internet of Things market

Microsoft’s freshly minted chief executive officer Satya Nadella said this week that the Internet of Things (IoT) will play an increasingly large role in the company’s strategy moving forward. The company unveiled the latest version of SQL server and a number of Azure-based services designed to ingest, metabolise and rationalise data from IoT sensors.

Price wars threaten smaller cloud players, IDC claims

IDC claims the constant price wars that have become endemic to the cloud industry will threaten smaller providers. But some aren't convinced.

Major cloud service providers like Amazon and Microsoft regularly drop their prices resulting inevitably in what many would describe as an unavoidable race to the bottom in the increasingly commoditising IaaS space. And according to research and analysis firm IDC, small cloud service providers run the risk of being forced out of the market altogether as a result. But some aren’t convinced.

IBM inks $500m private cloud deal with The Hartford

IBM on Wednesday said it scored a $500m private cloud deal with The Hartford

IBM said Wednesday that it has landed a technology and services deal with insurer and mutual fund manager The Hartford that will see IBM supply the company with private cloud infrastructure services. The deal, valued at over $500m, will also see both companies work together to create more services for the sector that are based on IBM technology.

Tata expands datacentres in Europe, APAC

Tata Communications announced the expansion of its datacentre footprint in Germany, Austria, Australia and Malaysia

Telecoms and IT service provider Tata Communications announced Wednesday that the company has struck partnerships with multiple datacentre operators to expand its datacentre footprint in Germany, Austria, Australia and Malaysia.

CME Group, 6fusion collaborate on cloud exchange

6fusion and CME Group are partnering to create a spot exchange for IaaS resources

CME Group, one of Europe’s largest derivatives exchanges, and 6fusion, a company that works to standardise the economic measurement of IT infrastructure announced a definitive agreement this week that will see both companies develop a spot exchange for Infrastructure as a Service resources.

Colt joins Metro2C alliance adding 22 country-wide network to the group

Colt has joined the Metro2C alliance, a group of connectivity providers, internet interchanges and datacentre operators sharing resources to improve cross-border networks

IT and telecommunication services company Colt said Wednesday that it has joined the Metro2C alliance, a collaboration between some of Europe’s largest connectivity providers, datacentre operators and internet exchanges.

ItsOn raises $12.5m to grow cloud-based platform for telcos

Zact is the customer-facing component pf ItsOn's backend mobile operator BSS / OSS solution

Cloud-based mobile services provider ItsOn announced Wednesday that it has secured $12.5m in a series C funding round. The company said the funds will be used to accelerate its go-to-market strategy and grow its mobile operator revenues.

Carta Blanco: NFV at Telefónica

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One of the most vigorous operators within the NFV ISG is Spanish incumbent Telefónica and, true to the message of accelerated change that the paper sought to communicate, it has not been sitting idly by. The firm marked the opening of MWC 2014 by setting out aggressive plans for the virtualization of its network functions, including detailed timelines relating to different network elements. The project has been dubbed ‘Unica’ and has as its headline aim the virtualization of 30 per cent of all new infrastructure by 2016.

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