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Box announces Streem acquisition

Box chief executive officer and founder Aaron Levie

Cloud storage and collaboration solutions provider Box has announced that it is to acquire startup Streem, which has developed a solution for streaming cloud content to user desktops that, Box said, enables the cloud to function as “an unlimited drive”.

Cloudera picks up security specialist Gazzang

Digital Security

Hadoop developer Cloudera on Monday announced the strengthening of its security offerings with the acquisition of Gazzang, a big data security specialist. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but Cloudera said the addition will immediately deliver enterprise-grade data encryption and key management, addressing the challenges associated with securing and processing sensitive and legally protected data within the Hadoop ecosystem.

Productivity Commission criticises NZ Government approach to cloud

Auckland New Zealand

The New Zealand Productivity Commission, which as its name suggests advises the New Zealand Government on productivity issues, has issued a report warning that the government is over-cautious in its policies regarding its own use of cloud computing. The government’s inclination towards domestic cloud IT providers has created both economic and technical drawbacks, the Commission said.

Block launches hybrid solutions for health sector

healthcare IT

UK IT services provider Block has announced a suite of hosted services aimed at the UK healthcare market, timed to take advantage of a growing enthusiasm among organisations within the sector for hybrid IT solutions. The firm is leading with a datacenter as a service offering, and said a wider range of services taking in networking and workspace solutions would follow in quick succession.

NTT Com announces NFV-based cloud services

Soasta has raised close to $63 million since 2006 and is looking to expand internationally

The ICT solutions arm of Japanese incumbent operator NTT, NTT Com, has launched what it says is the first suite of cloud services that enterprise customers can activate themselves and pay for on a per-usage basis. NTT Com said the new services will enable enterprises to eliminate lengthy contract tie-ins, and establish new offices or short-term project support with minimal fuss.

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.

Belgacom launches consumer cloud service


Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom has launched a cloud storage service for its domestic fixed internet customers, offering 10GB of storage for free, 30GB for a monthly fee of €2.95 and 200GB for €9.95/month. The Belgacom Cloud service will also enable users to access stored files across the operator’s pay TV system, Belgacom TV.

Telefónica CCDO: “Europe needs to accelerate its momentum in ICT”

Eduardo Navarro, chief commercial digital officer at Telefónica

The chief commercial digital officer of Spanish incumbent telco, Eduardo Navarro, Telefónica has used a speech at the EC Innovation Convention in Brussels to warn that Europe needs to redouble its efforts to move to the forefront of the global digital sector.

Telefónica unveils comprehensive virtualization plans

Enrique Blanco, global CTO, Telefónica

Spanish multi-national operator Telefónica has unveiled a wide-reaching Network Functions Virtualization programme that it says will see it have more than 30 per cent of new infrastructure virtualized by 2016. The initiative, which will launch in June this year and has been named Unica (which is Spanish for ‘unique’), provides a framework for Telefónica’s “global, end-to-end virtualisation deployment,” the firm said.

AsiaInfo claims first European deal with Telenor Denmark transformation project

AsiaInfo claims first European deal with Telenor Denmark transformation project

Chinese telecoms software provider AsiaInfo Linkage has announced a supply deal with Telenor Denmark, the vendor’s first European mobile operator win since its launch in the region last year. AsiaInfo described the project as a BSS transformation, which will include the provision of its proprietary cloud-based billing, CRM and real-time analytics solutions, including its Veris BSS product.