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Salesforce bags $1.5bn in Q1 2016, on track for $6bn annual run rate

Benioff reaffirmed the company's goal of reaching $10bn in annual revenues

CRM giant Salesforce announced another record quarter this week as it took home over£1.5bn in revenue for Q1 2016, up from £1.44bn the previous quarter. The company claims it is on track to become the first pure-play enterprise cloud company to surpass the $6bn annual run rate mark.

Leeds Building Society targets customer engagement with HP deal

Leeds Building Society shifted its savings and lending business onto a hosted HP platform in 2013

Leeds Building Society is to revamp its customer engagement tools through a ten-year deal with HP Enterprise Services, which will encompass a number of independent software vendors working on different parts of the business. The deal builds on the earlier deal between the two firms in 2013, which focused on the building society’s core banking platform.

Data-as-a-service provider Delphix buys data-masking specialist Axis

Delphix has acquired data masking and de-identification specialist Axis Technology Software

Data management provider Delphix has acquired Axis Technology Software, a data masking software specialist, for an undisclosed sum.

Telstra’s recent buy Pacnet suffers IT security breach

Pacnet's IT network was hacked earlier this year

Telstra’s recently acquired datacentre and cloud specialist Pacnet suffered a security breach earlier this year whereby a third-party managed to get access to its IT network, the telco revealed this week.

CERN, Rackspace to harden federated cloud reference architecture

CERN and Rackspace want to create standard templates for an OpenStack cloud of clouds

Rackspace and CERN openlab announced plans to redouble their efforts to create a reference architecture for a federated cloud service model.

SingleHop buys Datagram to bolster enterprise private cloud strategy

SingleHop has acquired Datagram to strengthen its private cloud strategy

Hosting and cloud service provider SingleHop has acquired infrastructure specialist Datagram this week, a move the company says will allow it to expand more quickly into the US hosted private cloud market.

Google, OpenStack target containers as Project Magnum gets first glimpse

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Google and OpenStack are working together to use Linux containers as a vehicle for integrating their respective cloud services and bolstering OpenStack’s appeal to hybrid cloud users.

eBay chief cloud engineer: ‘OpenStack needs to do more on scalability, upgradability’

eBay aims to move 100 per cent of its ebay.com service onto OpenStack

OpenStack has improved leaps and bounds in the past four years but it still leaves much to be desired in terms of upgradability and manageability, according to Subbu Allamaraju, eBay’s top cloud engineer.

CloudBees buys ClinkerHQ to strengthen Jenkins cloud

CloudBees has acquired ClinkerHQ to strengthen its Jenkins-based cloud service

Belgium-based CloudBees has acqui-hired ClinkerHQ, a continuous delivery and open source software development specialist based in Spain.

IBM backs WayBlazer, Sellpoints to show its commitment to Watson

Rumour has it Salesforce is entertaining acquisition offers

IBM announced this week it has invested in two companies, WayBlazer and Sellpoints, which are using cognitive computing to enhance their travel planning and shopping applications. The move seems intended to show IBM’s commitment to Watson-as-a-service, the company’s cloud-based cognitive computing service which launched last year.

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