Following revelations that the NSA hacked the interconnection between the public internet and private datacentre links of several high-profile internet companies, Yahoo is to encrypt all data flowing between its datacentres by March 2014.
As the higher education market becomes increasingly competitive, colleges and universities are slowly moving to adopt new learning management systems. The aim is to improve operational efficiency and the satisfaction of staff and students, an Ovum survey released this week suggests. According to Navneet Johal, an analyst at Ovum, a lack of interest in cloud-based platforms may hold some institutions back from achieving these objectives.
The revelations that continue to pour out of Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald, regarding the NSA’s capabilities to mass-collect data from some of the largest technology companies in the world, has pushed the debate of public vs. private cloud to a fevered pitch. I’ve heard this conversation manifesting itself in different ways around the globe, but in the EU its mostly centered on the control of personal data, and how individuals and companies alike can ensure the security of their confidential information – a growing challenge for enterprises today.
In a bid to capitalise on growing demand for cloud-based services in China, SAP and China Telecom announced Wednesday that the two companies are extending their partnership to offer SAP’s cloud-based recruitment and HCM suite from China Telecom datacentres.
Savvis, a cloud and managed services provider owned by CenturyLink is set to build out a hybrid cloud datacentre in Toronto. The company said the move will enable Savvis to capitalise on an impending boom in the Canadian outsourcing and cloud market.
Alcatel-Lucent has made its first foray into the cyber security sector by partnering with security specialist Arbor Networks to deliver DDoS (distributed denial of service) protection to Telindus Telecom in Luxembourg.
Telecommunications and managed services provider CenturyLink this week acquired Tier 3, a small infrastructure as a service and platform as a service provider. The double-play will bolster CenturyLink’s growing arsenal of cloud services, which already includes cloud service provider Savvis and Cloud Foundry-based platform as a service AppFog.
Chinese telecoms software provider AsiaInfo Linkage has announced a supply deal with Telenor Denmark, the vendor’s first European mobile operator win since its launch in the region last year. AsiaInfo described the project as a BSS transformation, which will include the provision of its proprietary cloud-based billing, CRM and real-time analytics solutions, including its Veris BSS product.
Cloud-based backup and storage service provider Dropbox is said to be in the process of raising a new round of funds, with sources close to the matter suggesting the company is valuing itself at over $8bn, according to the Wall Street Journal. The news arrives as one of the company’s main competitors, Box, readies its IPO for early next year, a move that may see the cloud storage wars heat up significantly in 2014.
Fresh off the launch of its mobile-focused CRM platform as a service suite, Salesforce quietly has acquired cloud database integration specialist Cloudconnect. While the deal is light on details, it is clear the company’s technology will be folded into Salesforce revamped Heroku platform.