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BT wins £24 million worth of EU cloud service contracts

BT Sevenoaks workstyle building

Telco BT has won new two cloud service contracts with European Commission worth £24 million, which brings its total of EC contract wins to four in 12 months.

HP launches cloud service catalogue for European Union


HP has launched a new ‘one stop’ cloud shop for Europe. The announcement was made by HP Helion VP Xavier Poisson to a gathering of HP’s Cloud28+ partner community in Brussels.

Cisco to pour $1bn into cloud as hardware revenues decline

Cisco said it will spend $1bn on developing its cloud services portfolio over the next two years as it moves to rebalance its hardware-focused products and service offerings

In a bid to shift its business towards selling more cloud-based software Cisco is ramping up investment in cloud services, pouring up to $1bn into products and services in the sector over the next two years according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dell appoints Wipro veteran Anand Sankaran as global cloud president

Anand Sankaran, president and global head of Dell services' infrastructure and cloud

In its first big cloud-related personnel shakeup since founder Michael Dell took the company private, Dell announced that Anand Sankaran will join the company as president and global head of Dell services’ infrastructure and cloud. The move may give Dell an edge in high-growth markets.

Cloud growth means network traffic will triple by 2017

Cisco says 76 per cent of the network traffic produced by 2017 will stay within the datacentre

A study published this week by Cisco says that network traffic is going to triple to reach 7.7 zettabytes annually by 2017 and and that the bulk of that traffic will remain within the datacentre. Some believe the news highlights the need for better datacentre designs to support the growth of cloud services.

Ericsson to build new cloud, interoperability R&D centres

Ericsson says that the new R&D centres will house up to 24,000 engineers, nearly a quarter of the companies 110,000-strong global workforce

Swedish ICT technology and services provider Ericsson announced today that it is planning to construct three new research and development centres that will focus on delivering interoperability testing services for new technologies underpinning cloud services.

Global IT market tightening its belt, says IDC

Worldwide IT Spend 2013_IDC

The research and analyst firm originally forecast growth to be in the area of 4.9 per cent, but revised its figures down to account for the perceived impact of the economic downturn in China and sluggish recovery in other parts of the world. Nevertheless, core IT spending is looking to rise above the $2 trillion mark for the first time.

SEC investigating IBM over cloud revenue disclosure

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating IBM over how it reported its cloud revenues

IBM Corp said Wednesday that it is cooperating with an investigation led by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into the way the company reports cloud revenues.

Study finds datacentres ill-equipped for cloud and virtualisation

The study highlighted network performance and downtime as key inhibitors

The study highlighted that while three quarters of enterprises have updated their IT environments in the past three years, 91 per cent of IT decision makers believe their current IT infrastructure still requires substantial upgrades to meet the unique requirements of cloud services and virtualisation.

UK Accountancy firms slow to adopt cloud services

Most UK accountancy firms cited availability, reliability and slow broadband as chief impediments

But the survey found that most respondents did not see the need to move away from their existing hosted services, citing that they would see no additional benefit from moving over to the cloud – and just eight per cent said it would mean a big change in the way they currently worked.