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Cloud to help Arab Open University provide more support to students and staff, CIO says

Abid Butt, chief information officer, Arab Open University

Arab Open University (AOU), a non-profit, private regional university spanning seven countries is looking to take more of its applications to the cloud in a bid to improve how the organisation supports staff and students in the region, according to the university’s chief information officer Abid Butt.

Oddbins uncorks website performance with bare metal cloud

Oddbins has moved to a managed bare metal cloud platform to support its e-commerce strategy

UK wine retailer Oddbins has started using Rackspace’s managed cloud services to help deal with seasonal spikes and manage lost sales as a result of infrastructure problems.

iomart buys ServerSpace for £4.25m

iomart has acquired ServerSpace for £4.25m

Glasgow-based cloud computing firm iomart announced it has acquired ServerSpace, a rival cloud service provider, for £4.25m. The move comes as the company reported a revenue increase of almost 28 per cent in its consolidated half yearly results for the period ending 30 September.

Islington Council cuts finance costs 40 per cent with help of cloud

Islington Council is saving big bucks by using a cloud-based self service financial management tool

Islington Council is using a cloud-based budgeting and forecasting tool to support stronger collaboration practices it said has helped cut costs by up to 40 per cent, or £3m, since 2010.

Heroku brings Performance Dynos to Europe

Heroku is bringing its high performance container service to Europe

Heroku, the cloud-based platform as a service acquired by Salesforce in 2010, announced that it is bringing its higher performance cloud containers to Europe.

Ted Baker enlists HP to help overhaul ERP

Ted Baker runs its IT shop for its global businesses from the UK

Ted Baker has tapped HP in a bid to help the UK clothing retailer overhaul its ERP. The company’s chief information officer Dustan Steer told BCN that Ted Baker needed to find a centrally managed solution that could help support the company’s multi-region growth going forward.

CIOs are struggling with infrastructure performance management, research finds

Enterprises are applying old techniques to solve new challenges

Recently published research suggests European CIOs and IT managers don’t have the technical capabilities to deploy infrastructure performance management across their datacentres.

UK government Digital Marketplace moves into beta

The UK government hopes the Digital Marketplace will make it easier for the public sector to buy digital services

The UK government’s Digital Marketplace, which replaces the Cloud Store for buying cloud services in the public sector, is now in beta and fully accessible.

Annodata buys Keltec to bolster cloud expansion

Annodata has acquired Keltec to bolster its expertise in virtualisation and cloud

Managed services provider Annodata has acquired Keltec, a UK-based IT solutions and cloud services provider, for an undisclosed sum. Andrew Harman, Annodata’s managing director said the move will bolster its expansion into cloud services.

IBM software to ease cross-border data flow in the cloud

IBM claims its invention will help enterprises implement evolving data protection rules more effectively

IBM has unveiled software to help enterprises apply regulatory rules that govern the flow of different kinds of data across global cloud platforms. The company claims the service will help enterprises enforce data privacy regulations within cloud environments, an issue becoming more prominent as we near implementation of the European Data Protection Act reforms.