Researchers at IBM labs are working on an invention the company claims can ‘seamlessly’ store and move data across multiple cloud platforms in real time. IBM aims for the technology to help enterprises overcome service reliability concerns and “cloud-enable” almost any storage product.
Watching Google Glass adverts one gets the sense that everyday consumers will soon use these magnificent spectacles to do everything from sending tweets with a twitch of an eyelid to displaying surrounding Thai restaurants and recording live video of long walks along the Grand Canyon. Perhaps even at the same time. Smart glasses shipments are expected to top 10 million annually by 2018 according to Juniper Research. But while it could be argued that Google’s pitch for Glass relates more closely to how it can be used in familiar consumer-focused applications, this technology will likely find more innovative uses in niche enterprise applications well before it becomes normalised or cheap enough for the everyman. It will also need to overcome some key barriers first.
Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.
Two members of European Parliament, Claude Moraes (MEP, Labour) and Jan-Philipp Albrecht (MEP, Green Party), have proposed a number of legal initiatives to the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to address growing tension between US mass surveillance activities and EU data protection reform efforts. The MEPs said the mechanisms will help give certainty to what are currently legal grey areas as well as restore trust and transparency in transatlantic data transfers.
Cloud-based storage service provider Box announced a slew of strategic partnerships and new investment Friday worth over $100m. The deals, which include commercial agreements with Telstra and Telefónica Digital, will help fuel the company’s expansion in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Healthcare-focused, cloud-based content management platform provider Cleardata announced Thursday that it secured $14 million in series B financing. The company said it will use the new funds to expand its healthcare-focused cloud platform to new regions.
Google is in the process of coordinating mobile development for native Chrome apps according to multiple reports. Given the richness of HTML5 the move, if successful, could be much more disruptive than anticipated, potentially challenging established mobile virtualisation incumbents like Citrix and enterprise mobile app providers more broadly.
Nurego Inc., a Seattle-based startup focusing on cloud optimisation and led by veterans of Microsoft, VMware, EMC and Amdocs recently secured $2 million in equity financing, according to an SEC filing. The company claims to be working on patent-pending technology that can optimise the cloud stack’s performance for service providers.
Datacentre services and colocation provider Equinix announced the launch of its latest datacentre in Japan Thursday, located in Osaka. The company said its carrier neutral approach will help better serve its international customers and grow its hosting business in the highly competitive market.
Enterprise resource planning tools provided by major vendors like SAP, Microsoft and Oracle are at the heart of many medium and large enterprises’ critical systems. But research published today by integrated systems provider K3 FDS suggests UK businesses are struggling with ERP implementation projects due to unnecessary over-complexity and cost, with nearly four in five IT and financial decision makers claiming dissatisfaction with their ERP roll-outs.