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Ericsson, NTT and Verizon among eight new Cloud Foundry members

Cloud Foundry added eight members to the fledging group including IT heavyweights Accenture and Capgemini, BNY Mellon, Ericsson, GE, Intel, NTT and Verizon. The news further cements its position as a leading open source PaaS project

The Cloud Foundry Foundation announced the addition of eight new members this week. Ericsson, NTT and Verizon are among those looking to contribute to and benefit from the open source platform as a service initiative, which is telling of how seriously telcos are looking at digging deeper into the cloud stack.

Casio calculates big cost, time savings with storage virtualisation

Casio deployed Red Hat software defined storage and virtualisation software on its existing infrastructure, halving the cost of its storage server management

Popular watch, electronics and calculator manufacturer Casio announced Tuesday that it is deploying a virtualised storage solution, halving the cost of its previous storage estate and improving its performance.

VMware appoints Chris Wolf as CTO for Americas

Chris Wolf, CTO for Americas, VMware

Former Gartner research vice president Chris Wolf has been appointed VMware’s new chief technology officer for the Americas at VMware, according to a blog post penned by Wolf this morning.

VMware buys MDM provider AirWatch for $1.54bn

VMware will acquire AirWatch for $1.54bn, and will help it compete against IBM, Citrix and SAP in the MDM space

In a bid to further insert itself in the mobile enterprise VMware announced Wednesday night that it has reached an agreement to acquire mobile device management and security solutions provider AirWatch for $1.54bn. The privately held company will bring VMware over 10,000 customers and help the company compete against incumbents like Citrix, SAP and IBM.

IBM scores secure mobile virtual machine launcher patent

IBM said its secure virtual machine launcher can be applied to mobile virtualisation and make accessing those apps safer

IT incumbent IBM was recently awarded a patent for launching virtual machine instances that authenticates the applications running within the virtual environment before launching it. The company said the approach could be used to make mobile application delivery more secure.

AWS showcases updates, moves onto desktop

Andy Jassy, senior vice president of AWS speaking at its Re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas Wednesday

Amazon Web Services released a number of updates to its core public cloud platform at its Las Vegas Re:Invent conference Wednesday, including a new app streaming service tuned for high I/O apps and high-definition content, and an application monitoring service. But the big news was Amazon’s entrance into the deskptop as a service space with WorkSpaces, a move that could irk established providers like Citrix, VMware and Oracle as it continues to move into existing markets.

Cloud and security most desirable IT skills, say UK bosses

Cloud skills top the list of the most desirable skills for IT professionals in the UK according to a new study

With cloud-based technologies beginning to reach a critical mass in terms of penetration in UK businesses a study published this week suggests that skills in cloud computing top the list of desirable attributes for IT professionals in the UK, followed closely by security.

NTT Com acquires cloud provider Virtela in NFV play

NTT Com acquires Virtela for $525M. The company says NFV played a key role in the acquisition

Japanese business services firm NTT Com said Monday that it has struck a deal to acquire cloud services provider Virtela Technology Services (Virtela) for $525m. The company said Virtela’s network virtualisation platform will help NTT Com offer more competitive services to its global customers.

Raising the performance bar to drive network innovation

ricsson’s chief technology officer Ulf Ewaldsson

Network performance is the biggest barrier to new services and innovation, according to Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson, who opened the Broadband World Forum keynote on day two of the event.

Open Virtualisation Alliance transforms into Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) says it will OVA will continue to advance KVM through marketing, education and advocacy as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

In a bid to extend its relationship with the global Linux development community the Open Virtualization Alliance announced today that it is joining the Linux Foundation to become a collaborative project.

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