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Mirantis, Pivotal team up on OpenStack, Cloud Foundry integration

Mirantis and Pivotal are working to integrate their commercial deployments of OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, respectively

Pivotal and Mirantis announced this week that the two companies are teaming up to accelerate integration of Cloud Foundry and OpenStack.

Google bolsters cloud platform with networking, containers, and price cuts

Google wants to make its cloud platform more competitive

Google has announced a number of updates to the company’s cloud platform that include steep price cuts on most of its services, network peering and interconnection services, and a container deployment and scheduling engine based on Kubernetes.

How BMW uses OpenStack to improve the scalability, flexibility of its cloud

BMW is using OpenStack to make its cloud platform run smoothly

BMW is using OpenStack to stand up its private cloud platform in a bid to improve the scalability and flexibility of the company’s IT infrastructure, but according to Dr. Stefan Lenz, the company’s IT infrastructure, department manager datacentre, the open source project still needs to become more hardened in order to support a greater variety of workloads and use cases.

AWS lands in Germany, targets security-sensitive customers

AWS senior vice president Andy Jassy

Amazon has announced the launch of AWS in Germany, the second European location launched by the cloud incumbent and the 11th globally. Senior vice president Andy Jassy said the move will bolster the service’s reach in Europe as it looks to broaden its appeal to more regulated sectors.

DigitalOcean looks to woo developers with London datacentre

DigitalOcean is looking to attract UK developers to its first local datacentre

In a bid to tap further into the UK market and bolster its European presence, US-based cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean has announced the launch of its first UK datacentre. DigitalOcean CEO Ben Uretsky told Business Cloud News that the company is looking to bolster its developer-first approach in the UK against local incumbents.

Fujitsu announces $2bn cloud offensive

Fujitsu has announced it will invest billions over the next three in cloud computing

Technology vendor Fujitsu has announced major new initiatives aimed at accelerating its capture of market share in cloud computing. The company said it plans to spend more than ¥200bn (US $2bn) over the next 3 years in a bid to bolster its market position amidst IT incumbents.

UK cloud challenger iomart results buoyed by SME uptake

iomart announced strong growth in its cloud segment, which it owed in large part to increased uptake of cloud services among SMEs

Glasgow-based cloud computing firm iomart announced an increase of almost 40 per cent in annual revenues for the latest financial year, with pre-tax profits of £14.6m – up from £10.7m in 2013. The firm said the company’s strong results were due in large part to increased cloud uptake among SMEs and the mid-market.

Former Tier 3 CEO appointed to lead IaaS entrant Blue Box

Matthew Schiltz, CEO of Blue Box and former CEO of Tier 3 - which was acquired by CenturyLink in November last year

OpenStack cloud hosting vendor Blue Box announced Monday that the company has appointed Matthew Schiltz, who served as chief executive officer of Tier 3 until it was acquired by CenturyLink, to the role of CEO.

ODCA, Intel partner on IaaS service quality standards

The ODCA, Intel and Appnomic are partnering on a resource they claim will improve IaaS resource standardisation, placing more emphasis on quality of service and end-user outcomes

In a bid to help enterprises navigate the broad array of cloud infrastructure services on the market, the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) is partnering with Intel. The pair intend to integrate ODCA’s cross-industry resource usage reference models into Intel’s Cloud Finder programme, an online tool used to compare cloud platforms, and develop a proof of concept that will help improve transparency of quality of service standards of IaaS platforms.

Oncore IT merges with 5W to grow appeal among large enterprises

Oncore IT and 5W said the merger will create a more balanced blend of technical and consulting competencies, enhancing their combined appeal to large enterprises

London-based cloud service provider Oncore IT announced Thursday that the company has merged with Dutch infrastructure consulting firm 5W Storage Services. An Oncore IT spokesperson told Business Cloud News that the merger is intended to bolster its size and appeal to large enterprises.