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MIT researchers advance cloud security with encryption scheme

The functional-encryption scheme may inform how security is approached in future public cloud offerings

University researchers at Boston Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an algorithm that could help make future cloud services more secure by processing encrypted data.

Cloud and BYOD make headway in London local council

According to Conaway, nearly every employee of Brent Council has a smartphone or tablet

According to Brent Council chief information officer Stephan Conaway, most of the organisation’s data now resides in the cloud, which in some ways represents a significant deviation from how local government traditionally runs IT.

IBM to acquire SoftLayer for an estimated $2 billion

IBM will acquire CSL International for $20 million

Moving to strengthen its position in the public cloud space, IBM is to acquire Dallas, TX-based SoftLayer technologies Inc., one of the world’s largest privately help cloud computing infrastructure provider, for an undisclosed amount.

Microsoft aims new updates at hybrid cloud adopters

As the battle for enterprise cloud continues to heat up, Microsoft has announced a range of software updates aimed at securing a chunk of the growing hybrid cloud market. The software giant made the announcements at its TechEd conference, an IT and enterprise developer-focused conference taking place in New Orleans this week.

Microsoft Azure aims for June launch in China

Windows Azure launches in China June 6

Following Microsoft’s announcement in November 2012 that it was working with data centre company 21Vianet to bring the Azure platform to China, the Redmond-based software giant’s this week confirmed that the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) will go live on June 6.

VMware announces long-anticipated vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware is pitching vCloud Hybrid Services to existing and new data centre customers

VMware has officially launched it’s public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering, extending its existing data centres to the public cloud and offering virtual networking as a way to cut cloud deployment costs for enterprises.

Dell to focus on OpenStack-based private cloud, dumps public cloud strategy

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As Dell continues to grapple with slumping demand in its legacy business units, the company has cancelled plans to launch an OpenStack-based public cloud and has also canned its VMWare virtualisation and storage offerings already on the market.