We all remember the days when IT upgrades required significant financial investment up front. Psychologically this forced end users to think long and hard about the contracts they were signing. On the flip side, the simplicity of the cloud often means that customers look a little less closely at the Ts & Cs. They are however still putting mission critical applications in the hands of a third party and as such contracts should be treated with no less caution than any other agreement negotiated within the business.
Apple has acquired social media analytics company Topsy in a deal reportedly worth around $200m, it was revealed Tuesday. With one of the few companies with privileged access to all of Twitter’s data now in Apple’s arsenal, the move could signal a renewed push into the enterprise by the consumer tech giant.
Google’s long-touted public cloud platform, Google Compute Engine, was released for general availability Tuesday, joined by HP’s Open Stack-based public cloud. But while both public cloud platforms have launched with some noteworthy features, a lack of breadth and – in the case of HP – a slew of technical issues suggest AWS is likely to continue its six year lead in the public cloud game. At least for the time being.
In a bid to bolster its security solutions portfolio, cloud application and network specialist Akamai Technologies announced Monday that it has agreed to acquire Prolexic Technologies for $370 million. Akamai said the acquisition will help the company’s customers mitigate denial of service (DDoS) attacks, an increasingly popular form of cyber-attack.
EDF Group, a global consortium of energy companies, announced a partnership with IT service providers Bull and Osiatis Monday that will see the two companies build a private cloud platform for EDF’s digital collaboration assets. Serving 160,000 users, the platform will be one of the largest of its kind in the world according to the companies.
T-Systems, the IT service provider arm of German telco Deutsche Telekom announced this week that the company plans to integrate all of its cloud services onto a new unified, fully-redundant cloud infrastructure platform. The company says its standardisation efforts will help increase the automation and flexibility of its services, and allow enterprises to implement more robust data residency and data privacy policies.
IBM announced this week that the company is delivering a multi-million dollar private cloud platform for a consortium of post-secondary educational institutions in Nova Scotia, Canada. Michael Shepherd, dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, where the platform will reside, said the infrastructure will help equip graduates with skills in analytics, which [...]
With enterprise adoption of cloud services steadily gaining momentum in the UK, many including the British government have called on the IT sector and educational institutions to retrain and prepare the next generation of IT personnel for the unique challenges these technology platforms present. But recently released research suggests that while IT professionals rate their cloud-specific skills fairly poorly, most have not and do not see a need to acquire any new cloud skills.
UK telco BT announced a partnership with networking giant Cisco Wednesday that will see the two companies jointly deploy a cloud-based voice and video collaboration platform called One Cloud Cisco. The companies say the new platform will help position them to take advantage of recent trends in flexible working.
Enterprise cloud storage provider Box acquired dLoop this week, a startup providing content access and analytics capabilities for enterprise IT. According to the company’s blog the dLoop’s technology will help Box users gain advanced content analytics capabilities and give enterprises more visibility into how their organisations share information.