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Yonyou partners with IBM in China

Yonyou is using IBM's DB" and BLU Acceleration to underpin its enterprise software offerings in China

Yonyou Software has announced a strategic collaboration with IBM that will see the ISV used IBM’s database and big data technologies to underpin it software solutions in China.

Huawei, 21Vianet build largest commercial SDN network

21Vianet and Huawei have built what the companies claim to be the largest SDN deployment to date

A large carrier-neutral datacentre services provider in China, 21Vianet, has teamed up with Huawei to build what the company’s claim to be the largest commercially deployed software-defined networking (SDN). The technology is likely to boost the services of other cloud providers like AWS and IBM, which have both partnered with 21Vianet in China.

CenturyLink seeking to gobble up Rackspace, reports suggest

Reports suggest CenturyLink is looking to buy Rackspace

US fixed line operator and cloud service provider CenturyLink is reportedly looking to acquire Rackspace, according to Bloomberg, the latest in a series of rumours following a strategic review implemented by Rackspace in May. But given CenturyLink’s relatively recent acquisition of Savvis and a gap that would need bridging in terms of technology platforms and branding, the acquisition seems unlikely.

IBM SoftLayer adds Intel chip security tool to bare metal cloud

SoftLayer plans to deploy Intel's TXT technology, which provides workload validation within the processor

IBM has deployed Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology, which provides chip-level application validation and security capabilities, in its SoftLayer datacentres. The company claims to be the only bare metal cloud service provider to deploy the technology.

HP broadens OpenStack portfolio with professional services

HP has launched a professional services division focused on OpenStack

HP has broadened its Helion portfolio with the launch of a professional services practice geared towards helping enterprises implement OpenStack-based cloud platforms, joining the likes of Mirantis and IBM in offering OpenStack-focused engineering consultancy services.

Capgemini opens SMAC innovation lab in Melbourne

Victoria Premier Denis Napthine opening the Capgemini SMAC lab in Melbounre

Outsourcing and systems integration firm Capgemini has opened a digital innovation lab in Melbourne, Australia focused on developing innovations in and helping clients implement social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies. The move comes as IBM and SAP bolster operations in what seems to be emerging as a key tech hub in the region.

SoftLayer to shake up the Australian cloud sector, Ovum says

IBM is setting its sights on Melbourne as the next location for a SoftLayer datacentre

IBM plans to launch its SoftLayer cloud platform in Australia in September, the company announced, the latest of 15 new SoftLayer datacentres to be built out globally by the end of this year. Adrian Ho, principle analyst with Ovum’s enterprise practice said the move is bound to shake up the Australian cloud services market, one of the most mature and competitive in the region.

China Telecom, IBM focus on SME cloud

IBM hand China Telecom are partnering to bring cloud services to SMEs

China Telecom has signed a three-year agreement with IBM to help small and medium businesses in China implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP cloud-based applications.

Westpac makes digital banking push through IBM private cloud

Westpac are using IBM to support its banking service in New Zealand

Australian bank Westpac has signed up IBM to assist a major digital banking push in New Zealand. The bank plans to use IBM’s private cloud technology to build mobile services and social media presence.

US regulators clear IBM divestiture to Lenovo

IBM gets that cloud and big data is where its capacity for future revenue generation lie

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved the sale of IBM’s lower end x86 hardware business to Lenovo, an acquisition first announced in January following years of dwindling sales and increasingly pressured margins.

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