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Microsoft partners with Packer.io, OpenNebula on app, VM portability

Microsoft has stepped up its open source strategy significantly this year

Microsoft has announced partnerships with Packer.io and OpenNebula, two open source cloud projects that the firm said will help improve application portability across heterogeneous cloud environments. The move is another sign Microsoft is buckling down on its cloud activities, even if it means striking “unexpected partnerships.”

Yahoo snaps up mobile analytics specialist Flurry

Is Yahoo aiming to stay relevant?

Internet company Yahoo has confirmed the acquisition of mobile analytics specialist Flurry as it seeks to reinforce its commitment to “building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetisation solutions.”

West Midlands NHS Trust Service selects C24, HP for private cloud

The West Midlands Ambulance Service is using a private cloud storage solution developed by C24 and HP

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The West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust announced it has selected C24 and HP to deliver a private cloud solution via the G-Cloud framework to help stand up the region’s 999 emergency and non-emergency systems.

Outsourcery: EU data regulations will require more vendor transparency

Outsourcery: 'Cloud service providers risk tighter regulation and slower uptake'

Cloud and hosting provider Outsourcery claims that with impending EU data protection regulations coming into place cloud vendors will need to become more transparent with their data handling policies or risk further regulation and slowed cloud services uptake.

BlackBerry taps cloud startup head as next COO

Marty Beard, chief operating officer at BlackBerry

BlackBerry has announced the appointment of Marty Beard as chief operating officer, who joins the struggling devices and software manufacturer from LiveOps, a provider of cloud-based customer service solutions.

Pratt & Whitney, IBM team on aircraft engine performance monitoring with big data

Pratt & Whitney amd IBM are partnering on aircraft engine performance monitoring using big data predictive analytics

American aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney announced a partnership with IBM in a bid to use big data time improve engine fleet management for civilian and military airlines. The companies said the predictive analytics capabilities will help increase performance monitoring of operational commercial engines and optimise fleet management.

Box removes storage limits for business users as cloud storage wars escalate

Box is removing storage limits for business subscribers, a move aimed at stemming competition for incumbents

In a bid to step up competition against Microsoft, which recently upped its storage game for enterprise users of Office 365, Box has announced that it will remove storage limits for users of the popular productivity suite – and removing storage limits for all Box ‘Businesses’ subscribers.

Twitter builds commerce model with CardSpring buy

CardSpring specialises in delivering payment APIs through via the cloud

Social network Twitter has acquired payments infrastructure firm CardSpring for an undisclosed sum. The San Francisco-based startup develops a web service API that makes it easy for payment companies and point-of-sale vendors to work with developers to create card-linked services.

IDC: Cloud, big data prompts infrastructure spend revolution in EMEA

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Research published by analyst house IDC suggests increased uptake of cloud and big data technologies is significantly disrupting infrastructure sales in EMEA with sales of cloud infrastructure expected to exceed $4bn by the end of 2014, with the expectation that spending will increase 19 per cent annually.

Citrix appoints former CA Technologies exec to lead Northern Europe

Jacqueline de Rojas, area vice president, Northern Europe, Citrix

Virtualisation incumbent Citrix has announced the appointment of former CA Technologies executive Jacqueline de Rojas as area vice president, Northern Europe. In her role she will help drive awareness of the company’s virtual and mobile offerings across the region.

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