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Software defined storage and security drive cloud growth, say studies

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Data centre builders and cloud service developers are at loggerheads over their priorities, according to two new reports.

Software market frustrating for enterprise users says Gemalto research

Software licensing is still causing enterprises grief, according to new research by security firm Gemalto. The biggest pain points and causes of frustration are the inflexibility of licensing arrangements and the unhelpful delivery options.

Hidden cost of public sector cloud over £300m a year, says research

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The UK’s public sector is spending an extra £300 million a year on maintaining cloud services and on hidden costs associated with their cloud computing projects, according to Sungard Availability Services.

Cloud business users grow faster and are twice as profitable says study

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Companies that commit themselves to cloud computing are likely to grow faster and enjoy twice the profit of their non-cloud using rivals, according to a study. The research also indicates that the UK is leading Europe in cloud adoption. However, one critic said there is no evidence that cloud computing creates productivity, or is a consequence of it.

Mounting frustration with cloud technology is stifling adoption – research

An influential group of senior business executives is being disillusioned by experiences with cloud hosted applications, according to new research. The proportions, though relatively low, are growing as cloud disenchantment threatens to set in.

IBM researchers use cloud, predictive analytics to improve food safety

The platform can help reduce the time it takes to identify the locus of food-borne disease outbreaks

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University and the German Federal Institute for Risk working in conjunction with IBM have successfully developed a cloud-based predictive analytics platform to help investigate food-borne outbreaks of disease.

Q&A with Udo Helmbrecht, executive director of ENISA

Udo Helmbrecht, executive director, ENISA

As we approach Cloud World Forum in London this June Business Cloud News had the opportunity to get a few minutes with one of the conference speakers, Udo Helmbrecht, executive director if the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) to discuss some of the current issues facing the cloud sector.

Increased line-of-business, IT collaboration essential for differentiation, CIOs claim

Research commissioned by Red Hat suggests CIOs believe increased collaboration between line-of-business leaders and IT is essential for differentiation

Research commissioned by Linux specialist Red Hat suggests CIOs and high level IT executives are struggling to align their IT departments with their organisations’ business units. According to the research IT leaders want to spend more time contributing to their company’s business strategy than they do currently, and believe mobile, analytics and collaboration technologies – in addition to increased collaboration between line-of-business leaders and IT – will be essential to helping them differentiate among their competitors. But perceptual barriers persist.

Microsoft buys GreenButton to bolster HPC in Azure

Microsoft said Thursday that it has reached a deal to acquire GreenButton, which provides an HPC-focused, multi-platform PaaS

Enterprise software giant Microsoft announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement to acquire GreenButton, a provider of cloud-based high performance computing software platform. Microsoft’s general manager of windows server and server virtualization Mike Neil said the move will bolster Azure’s ability to service computation-heavy workloads.

IBM to invest $100m in Africa, bring Watson cloud to continent

Dr. Osamuyimen Stewart, chief scientist t IBM Research Africa and Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya, director of IBM Research Africa at the Lab in Nairobi, Kenya. Source: IBM

In line with previous commitments placing Africa at the heart of IBM’s long-term growth strategy the company announced Thursday that it is bringing its Watson cognitive computing platform to the continent, investing $100m in the initiative. The announcement follows a recently announced $1bn investment in the cloud-based cognitive computing platform, and a massive hardware divestment.

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