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Hess takes its SAP HANA platform to the cloud

Hess is looking to take more of its SAP estate into the cloud

Energy provider Hess Corporation said this week that the company has migrated its SAP HANA test, development and QA environments to Virtustream’s cloud platform.

SAP buys travel expenses management firm Concur for $8.3bn

SAP has acquired Concur, the latest firm to help the company bolster its B2B network

German software giant SAP announced plans to acquire travel expenses software firm Concur Technologies in a deal worth $8.3bn. SAP said it wants to unlock what it sees as a huge opportunity tied up in the $1.2tn corporate spend on travel worldwide.

Larry Ellison becomes chairman, CTO in executive re-shuffle at Oracle

Oracle's Larry Ellison is going to be much more heavily involved in developing Oracle technology

Oracle announced Larry Ellison will step down from his current role as chief executive officer to take on executive chairmanship of the company as well as the role of chief technology officer. The move will also see co-presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz jointly take the helm as CEO.

Citrix buys mobile virtualisation firm Virtual

Citrix has acquired Virtual, a mobile virtualisation platform provider

Virtualisation incumbent Citrix has acquired Virtual, a mobile app virtualisation startup targeting iOS and Android, for an undisclosed sum. The move will bolster Citrix’s mobile virtualisation efforts, which have stepped up significantly as the popularity of mobile enterprises and BYOD rises.

Cisco acquires OpenStack vendor Metacloud

Cisco is looking to acquire Metacloud, which will bolster its intercloud strategy

Networking giant Cisco announced plans to acquire Metacloud, a provider of OpenStack as a service, in a bid to bolster the company’s ‘Intercloud’ strategy. The move will also give Cisco some strong IP in software defined networking.

Michael Dell: Cloud at the centre of our strategy

Michael Dell: Cloud is at the centre of our strategy

Dell founder and chief executive officer Michael Dell told analysts and press this week that going private has helped the company thrive following his controversial move to buy back the company he founded in 1984. The company plans to keep acting as the single interface for multiple public clouds, but Dell also hinted the company may move away from longstanding partner Intel towards using ARM-based chips for some of its servers, which could send ripples through the datacentre world and the cloud segment.

Rackspace stays the managed cloud course

Taylor Rhodes, president of Rackspace, was appointed chieyf executive officer as the company reaffirmed its pursuit of managed cloud and developer services

Hosting and cloud service provider Rackspace ended months of speculation this week, announcing the company has formally ceased considering potential acquisition by another firm. Rackspace also announced the appointment of Taylor Rhodes as chief executive officer, who will lead the company’s reaffirmed OpenStack managed cloud strategy.

Docker nabs $40m to boost containerisation effort

Docker has secured $40m in its latest funding round

Linux containerisation incumbent Docker announced it has secured $40m in a funding round led by Sequoia, which the company said would be used to expand its ecosystem of developers and partners.

Muji taps Infosys big data platform to improve shopping experience

Muji is using big data analytics to serve up personlised shopping recommendations

Japanese retailer Muji has deployed Infosys’s InteractEdge, a cloud-based big data platform that serves up personalised product recommendations to online customers in real-time.

Cloud monitoring firm Cloudyn secures $4m

Cloud monitoring firm Cloudyn secured $4m in new investment

Cloudn, which offers a cloud platform monitoring and optimisation service has secured $4m in its latest funding round, bringing its total secured investment to $5.5m. The company said the funds will be used to build support for more cloud platforms.