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Canadian universities tap IBM for multi-school cloud platform

Multiple Canadian universities will be able to use the cloud platform to cultivate skills in big data analytics

IBM announced this week that the company is delivering a multi-million dollar private cloud platform for a consortium of post-secondary educational institutions in Nova Scotia, Canada. Michael Shepherd, dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, where the platform will reside, said the infrastructure will help equip graduates with skills in analytics, which […]

Private cloud matures but vendors still lag on hybrid cloud

Forrester said most private cloud software vendors are still falling short on hybrid cloud solutions

Enterprises are showing record levels of interest in private cloud solutions, with 55 per cent of IT decision makers planning on building out private cloud infrastructure in 2014 according to new research by Forrester. Lauren Nelson, an analyst at the firm told Business Cloud News that HP’s Open Sack-based platform is leading the private cloud pack on the vendor side, with Cisco, IBM and Microsoft following closely behind. But the research also suggests vendors are mainly lagging in hybrid cloud support, which may give enterprises cause for concern as they figure out how to bridge the private-public cloud divide.

Private vs. public cloud and the great privacy debate

Paul Steiner, managing director, EMEA, Accellion

The revelations that continue to pour out of Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald, regarding the NSA’s capabilities to mass-collect data from some of the largest technology companies in the world, has pushed the debate of public vs. private cloud to a fevered pitch. I’ve heard this conversation manifesting itself in different ways around the globe, but in the EU its mostly centered on the control of personal data, and how individuals and companies alike can ensure the security of their confidential information – a growing challenge for enterprises today.

Coho raises $25mil to blend SDN and flash for cloud

Coho's latest round comes at a time when many in the industry are looking for a revolution in storage performance

Coho Data, a startup providing integrated storage appliances announced Wednesday that it has closed a $25m series B financing deal. The investment, led by newcomer Ignition Partners, will bolster the company’s R&D and go-to-market strategy for its offering, which combines flash storage with software-defined networking for cheaper, faster private cloud storage.

Marconi University saves 23 per cent moving from colo to cloud

The shift to cloud means Marconi University can increase platform uptime and save 23 per cent at the same time

Marconi Univeristy, Italy’s first Open University, has moved its online campus e-Learning platform from a colocation-based solution to a virtual private cloud, saving the University 23 per cent on its total infrastructure bill.

AWS’s Andy Jassy attacks ‘archaic’ private cloud vendors

AWS VP Andy Jassy

Speaking to a large group of enterprise customers and technology partners Jassy (unsurprisingly) said that the “old guard” technology vendors hopped onto the private cloud bandwagon once enterprises began embracing the public cloud.

Dell to go private for $24.4bn: Back to its roots or renewed focus on strategic IT?

Micheal Dell, the company's chairman and CEO will take back ownership of the struggling PC and server maker

The deal was not without its discontents, the most notable of which was Carl Icahn, a billionaire activist investor who attempted to thwart the transaction along with Southeastern Asset Management investment firm, claiming that Dell was being undervalued. The conflict led to several court cases and three delayed votes before the deal was finally approved by the Board Thursday.

AT&T, CSC partner to bolster enterprise cloud offerings

AT&T and CSC are partnering to expand their cloud offerings globally

AT&T and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), an IT services consultancy on Tuesday announced a global alliance to jointly develop enterprise cloud services and offer them globally.

Australia NCI taps Dell for computational cloud

The new deal between NCI and Dell will help NCI improve collaboration among researchers

Australian organisation the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) announced Tuesday that it has inked a $2m deal with Dell for a high-performance compute cloud deployment.

What’s standing in the way of hybrid cloud?

More hybrid cloud means added complexity and a range of new challenges for the industry

With hybrid cloud uptake on the rise, the challenges involved with creating IT environments where hosted public & private clouds and on-premises infrastructure can thrive as one will become increasingly important. But what kind of implications do these challenges have for the race to provide enterprises with the most effective cloud services?