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VMware buys MDM provider AirWatch for $1.54bn

VMware will acquire AirWatch for $1.54bn, and will help it compete against IBM, Citrix and SAP in the MDM space

In a bid to further insert itself in the mobile enterprise VMware announced Wednesday night that it has reached an agreement to acquire mobile device management and security solutions provider AirWatch for $1.54bn. The privately held company will bring VMware over 10,000 customers and help the company compete against incumbents like Citrix, SAP and IBM.

SaaS security startup Adallom secures $15m in new funding

Adallom secured $15m in a new round of investment led by Index Ventures.

Adallom, a software as a service security specialist announced Tuesday that it has raised $15m in a new round of funding led by Index Ventures. The company said it will use the money to double down on development and sales efforts.

NEC and SAP partner to bring cloud-based ERP to SMEs

NEC and SAP are partnering to deliver the latter's SME-focused ERP solution on the former's hardware

Setting their sights on South East Asian SMEs, NEC and SAP have entered into a partnership this week that will see NEC provide small and medium-size businesses in the region with SAP’s Business ByDesign ERP solution. The companies want to dispel the myth that SAP’s cloud solutions are only suitable for larger enterprises.

HCL, CSC partner to bring legacy apps to the cloud

CSC and HCL are co-developing technology to help companies bring legacy apps into the cloud

HCL and CSC announced a strategic partnership Wednesday that will see the two large IT service providers work together to re-develop applications for clients so they can be deployed in the cloud. The companies claim the co-developed technology platform and delivery network will modernize the world’s legacy applications, potentially a major boon for CIOs.

Air France taps HP for private cloud deployment

Air France said adopting the cloud automation and management service is saving the airline 85 per cent on it infrastructure management costs

Air France has tapped HP’s private cloud automation and deployment technology in a bid to reduce deployment times and infrastructure management costs, the company said.

Security, cost and performance: cloud inhibitors continue through 2014

Internap said networking performance and cost at scale should be big areas of focus for cloud providers in 2014

Research published today by infrastructure as a service provider Internap suggests many of the key inhibitors to public cloud adoption – security and cost – will carry over into 2014. Gopala Tumuluri, the company’s vice president of hosted services said that as businesses move to embrace the cloud for big data applications those inhibitors will become more potent, and make network performance a big area of focus for 2014.

BlackBerry’s pursuit of SAP personnel signals strategic shift towards enterprise

BlackBerry’s management restructure has seen the hiring of four former SAP staff

Canadian handset maker BlackBerry’s management restructure has continued with the appointment of Eric Johnson as president of global sales. Johnson is the fourth former SAP executive to join since John Chen took over as CEO, suggesting that the handset maker is looking to regain its focus on the enterprise market.

Hays recruits Redcentric for cloud-based WAN, LAN

Hays inked a multi-year agreement with Redcentric to provide cloud-based MPLS to its UK offices

Global recruitment firm Hays has inked a multi-year contract with managed services and networking provider Redcentric for a cloud-based WAN and LAN infrastructure to support the company’s UK operations.

Infosys makes headway with big data and cloud

S.D. Shibulal, chief executive officer and managing director, Infosys

IT outsourcing company Infosys announced ten per cent year on year growth for the quarter to end December 31, with net profit rising to nearly 21 per cent quarter on quarter. The company said Friday that much of its success and efficiency gains are owed to new inroads it is making in the cloud and big data space, marking the beginning of a transformation many of its competitors are vying to make.

Verizon to offer Oracle Fusion, DBaaS

Database as a Service revenue forecast according to 451Research

Pushing forward into the database as a service space Verizon Terremark and Oracle have entered into an agreement that will see the former offer the latter’s database on its global cloud platform.