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Microsoft to build datacentre in Finland following Nokia acquisition

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announcing the acquisition of Nokia's handset business earlier this week

In the wake of its $7.2bn acquistion of Nokia, Microsoft has revealed plans to build a new datacentre in Nokia’s home country.

Public cloud margins and the so-called “cloud war”

It's all about scale in the public cloud game, but what can IaaS players do in the short term to differentiate from their larger competitors?

One of the most popular assumptions in the public cloud game is the notion that every major infrastructure as a service player is currently embroiled in a “race to the bottom,” chasing after Amazon’s near monthly price cutting. But the margins aren’t as razor thin as some think, meaning the “cloud war” is far from over, and this might have serious implications for pure-play IaaS providers over the coming years.

IIJ launches flat-fee cloud services in Europe

IIJ says its new cloud service is targeted primarily at Japanese companies with branches in Europe

Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ), a Japanese network solutions and telecommunications provider on Monday announced the launch of a flat rate infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering in Japan and in the UK.

Savvis throws its hat into hybrid cloud arena

Savvis joins Rackspace, HP and later this year VMware in offering hybrid cloud services

Savvis, the cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions provider acquired by CenturyLink earlier this year officially launched its Cloud Data Centre services on Thursday, adding its name to the growing list of hybrid cloud service providers.

Microsoft to bring ‘Open Java’ to Azure cloud, Windows Server

The partnership will see MS Open Tech and Azul Systems deliver an Open JDK-based distro for Azure and Windows Server

MS Open Tech, Microsoft’s open source-focused subsidiary announced a partnership with Azul Systems on Wednesday that will see the two bring the Open JDK implementation to Windows Server and the Windows Azure platform.

US federal cloud spend to remain flat until 2015, IDC predicts

IDC claims the public sector cloud market will grow from $1.7bn in 2014 to $7.7bn in 2014

The proportion of US federal government spending on IT devoted to cloud-based services will reach $1.7bn in 2014, largely remaining flat over the next two years before picking back up in 2015 according to a report released by IDC on Monday.

Fujitsu aims to simplify cloud deployment on physical servers

Fujitsu's new technology will help companies spin up physical servers with comparable speeds to virtual IaaS

Fujitsu Laboratories on Friday claimed to be in the midst of developing a platform technology that enables physical servers to be configured for on-demand Infrastructure as a Service within minutes.

Cloud providers need to work on SLA’s and reliability, says NATS CIO

NATS is one of Europe's largest air traffic control service providers

Cloud service providers have been improving their service terms but still have a way to go when it comes to guaranteeing service reliability, says NATS CIO Gavin Walker.

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.

Deutsche Börse launches first public vendor-neutral cloud marketplace

The DBCE is expected to be commercially available in Q1 2014

Deutsche Börse AG, a stock exchange and subsidiary of the Deutsche Börse Group has announced what the company claims to be the world’s first vendor-neutral marketplace for cloud services.