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App store specialist AppDirect bags $50m

AppDirect raised $50m in its latest round

Cloud app store specialist AppDirect has secured $50m in its latest round of funding, bringing the total capital raised by the firm to just over $110m.

IBM consolidates cloud services in marketplace, bolsters PaaS play

IBM has launched a marketplace for its cloud services and other third-party services that can be integrated into apps built with BlueMix, the company's Cloud Foundry-based platform

Enterprise IT giant IBM finally took the wraps off its cloud services marketplace Monday, an app store where it has consolidated most of its cloud-based offerings as well as those offered by third party software vendors. IBM also added support for integration of a range of third party offerings in BlueMix, the company’s bid to create one PaaS to rule them all, another step in its broader shift towards embracing self-service.

Cloud marketplace AppDirect raises $35m

AppDirect announced Friday that the company has raised $35m

Cloud services and management company AppDirect announced Friday that the company has raised $35m in a round of funding led by Mithril Capital Management. The company said it plans to double down on growing its cloud brokerage service and assess new partnership opportunities.

Cliqr launces open source, multi-cloud app store

Cliqr this week launched what it touts as the largest “open” cloud enterprise app store

Although enterprise app stores seem to be all the rage these days, the industry still needs better interoperability, licensing and so forth to bring more of the benefits of cloud services to users. David Cope, chief marketing officer at Cliqr Technologies, which this week launched what it touts as the largest “open” cloud enterprise app store, said that being able to migrate workloads across multiple clouds will be key to delivering those benefits.

How to enable tomorrow’s workplace

Mark Keepax, senior vice president UK & Ireland, ASG Software

The beauty of an effective enterprise app store is that it hands control back to the IT department, allowing it to provide a true IT-as-a-Service capability. Enterprises need to wake up to the reality of utilising app stores as a secure, cost-effective employee management function. Whilst app stores seemingly appear to be a one-size-fits-all dream solution to managing employee cloud services, it requires a realistic evaluation of the need for control across all departments; from procurement to IT.