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Orange in talks to take full ownership of Cloudwatt

Orange has confirmed it is in talks to buy out Cloudwatt; it already owns nearly half the company

Orange is in advanced talks to buy out Cloudwatt, a French infrastructure as a service provider co-owned by Orange, Thales, and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, according to multiple reports. The move could signal defeat of the French government’s attempt to build sustainable local rivals to US-based cloud providers.

Mirantis opens French office, taps Bull, Sun Microsystems veteran as lead

Mirantis has opened its first office in France in a bid to bolster its European business

OpenStack vendor Mirantis announced the opening of a new office in Grenoble, France in a bid to bolster the company’s presence in Europe and ramp up competition against other OpenStack incumbents in the European market.

Bull appoints Andy Grant to lead UK HPC, big data business

Andy Grant, director, high-performance computing (HPC) and big data practice, Bull

In a bid to bolster its high performance computing and big data solutions Bull said Wednesday that the company has appointed former IBM executive Andy Grant to the post of director, high-performance computing (HPC) and big data practice. The company said the appointment is a part of its plans to capitalise on convergence of big data and analytics to drive revenues and market share for the businesses.

EDF Group to build 1 petabyte private cloud platform

EDF Group said the private cloud platform will help reduce costs through the consolidation of its IT estate, and help improve collaboration among its global workforce

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.

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