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Ex-Microsoft exec Steven Sinofsky joins Box as advisor

Steven Sinofsky joins Box as an advisor

The former president of Microsoft’s Windows division Steven Sinofsky has been brought on board as an advisor at Box, a popular cloud-based file storage and sync platform.

Netrics taps HP, Microsoft to offer Swiss virtual datacentre

Netrics implemented the swissVDC to extend its swissV offering beyond single servers, giving end users more scale

Swiss hosting services provider Netrics has selected HP and Microsoft to help the company deliver a private infrastructure as a service for systems integrators and SMBs that it says will comply with Switzerland’s stringent data privacy regulations.

Enterprise Google users “miss Microsoft products”, says IT consultancy

Microsoft has recently taken swipes at Google's cloud-based Apps platform

At the end of last week Microsoft took aim once again at internet giant Google’s Apps cloud platform in a post on the company’s Office 365 blog.

Microsoft to rename SkyDrive after trademark infringement

Microsoft will have to rename its SkyDrive cloud storage service as part of the settlement

Following a court ruling handed down in June, Microsoft is set to rebrand its SkyDrive cloud storage service because the name infringes on trademarks held by satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting (BSykB).

Dell to deliver cloud application services for Windows Azure

Dell Services is partnering with Microsoft to offer application development and migration services to Azure customers

Dell Services earlier this week announced that it will extend its partnership with Microsoft offer a portfolio of cloud application services to be delivered on the Windows Azure platform.

Amazon Web Services files complaint over CIA cloud contract

AWS is asking the CIA to respond to the complaint by September 23

Amazon Web Services (AWS) filed a complaint Wednesday with the US Federal Claims Court in response to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustaining part of a protest by IBM against the awarding of a CIA cloud computing contract.

Telcos need to seriously question cloud, says British Gas technology director

Kassir Hussein, director technology, British Gas

With nearly two decades of experience spanning the telecoms and IT sectors, Kassir Hussain, director of technology at British Gas and former telco innovation lead sat down to speak with Business Cloud News about a range of topics including how the cloud forms the foundation of the company’s new connected homes initiative, and his thoughts on how his former employers – the telcos – are faring in the increasingly competitive cloud arena.

Microsoft reorganises to focus on cloud, mobile

Microsoft is in the throes of one of the biggest reorganisations the company has embarked on in years

But while it’s too early to tell how the restructuring will pan out it is clear that culturally the company will have to go through a fundamental transformation in order to achieve its goals moving forward.

NetApp drops $15mil on Microsoft tech partnership

Microsoft and NetApp are extending a longstanding partnership to bolster their cloud strategies

But the latest news will likely give a boost to NetApp’s partners and resellers, and comes off the heels of Microsoft’s announcement that its channel partners selling cloud solutions (Microsoft’s among others) experience nearly double Microsoft’s gross profit and faster growth.

Oracle and Salesforce announce cloud partnership

Oracle and Salesforce.com are integrating their cloud services

Salesforce.com and Oracle have announced a nine-year technology partnership that will see Salesforce adopt a range of Oracle technologies as a platform for its popular cloud services. As part of the agreement, Salesforce.com will standardise its platform on the Oracle Linux operating system and use the company’s Exadata engineered hardware systems, Oracle database and Java middleware.

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