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Alibaba targets Chinese multinationals with first Silicon Valley cloud datacentre

Alibaba's cloud business comes to the US this week

Alibaba’s cloud computing division has opened its first overseas datacentre in Silicon Valley and a move the Chinese e-commerce giant said will bolster its appeal to Chinese multinational companies.

NTT Com to acquire most of e-shelter in EU datacentre play

NTT Com is acquiring a majority stake in e-shelter

NTT Com announced it would by a majority stake in one of Germany’s largest datacentre operators, e-shelter, for an undisclosed sum, in a move that will boost the number of datacentres managed by NTT Group’s enterprise-focused subsidiary close to the 140 mark.

Time Warner Cable subsidiary expands cloud capacity on US West Coast

NaviSite is expanding its datacentre footprint on the US west coast

NaviSite, the enterprise cloud services subsidiary of Time Warner Cable, has opened a new datacentre in Santa Clara, California in a bid to boost the footprint of the companies managed hosting and cloud services.

OpenStack player Blue Box opens first UK datacentre, doubles US east coast cloud capacity

Blue Box is expanding its OpenStack service in London and the US east coast

Seattle-based Blue Box, a provider of OpenStack-based cloud services has expanded its European presence with the company’s first UK datacentre, and doubled its capacity on the US east cost.

SoftLayer to add cloud datacentres in Sydney, Montreal

IBM has stood up five cloud datacentres in less than four months

SoftLayer will soon open new cloud datacentres in Sydney, Australia and Montreal, Canada as part of the company’s continued global rollout, with plans to add more capacity in other high growth regions in the coming months.

Apple in €1.7bn EU cloud datacentre push

The site of Apple proposed datacentre in Galway, Ireland

Apple is planning to build two new large datacentres in Europe – one in Denmark, the other Ireland – to support the company’s mobile-centric cloud services.

Red Hat bolsters cross-vendor compatibility of ARM datacentre architecture

ARM incumbents are keen to ensure the architecture stays competitive in the datacentre

Red Hat announced this week that its ARM Partner Early Access Programme, launched six months ago with the aim of facilitating partner system designs based on the 64-bit capable ARMv8-A architecture, has completed a critical hardware enablement phase.

Microsoft beats rivals to certify under new public cloud security standard

Microsoft claims to be the first to adopt ISO/IEC 27018

Microsoft has adopted a relatively new ISO standard that specifies measures to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in public cloud environments. The company claims it is the first public cloud provider to do so.

Security implications for cloud as Microsoft ends its support for Windows Server 2003

Scott Nicholson,information assurance and security manager, Adapt

Another year approaches and we are about to see yet another Microsoft Server reach its end of life. Windows Server 2003 (WS2003) is widely used within the industry and in a recent survey conducted by Microsoft, it was estimated that 22 million instances were still running on Windows Server 2003. Whether this announcement be a headache or opportunity, it does place an additional burden on organisations as it requires careful consideration, strategic planning and execution.

Telecity Group, Interxion $2.2bn merger to strengthen clout in cloud

Telecity Group and Interxion will join forces to become a formidable force in the EU datacentre arena

UK datacentre player Telecity Group announced this week the company would merge with Dutch datacentre and colocation specialist Interxion in a $2.2bn deal that would see the latter become part of the former.

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