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Google launches a service for storing big data

Google finally opens up its speedy BigTable technology for third-party use.

 

Google has introduced a service for storing large amounts of data online, potentially enabling organizations to execute big data analysis as a cloud service.

Office 365 customers pay Microsoft up to 80% more over long haul

When Microsoft turns a customer into a subscriber, it gets 1.2 to 1.8 times the revenue compared to old-school licensing.

 

Moving a corporate customer from "transactional" purchases of Office -- the once-traditional practice of purchasing one-time, perpetual licenses that let workers use the suite as long as their firms want -- to Office 365 rent-not-buy subscriptions results in almost a doubling of revenue for Microsoft.

Citrix launches Workspace Cloud with BYOD flexibility

Enterprises can deliver a customized IT environment for each user, combining resources on premises and in the cloud.

Life today is vastly more complicated for IT managers than it used to be, thanks in large part to two key trends: bring-your-own-device computing and the growing prevalence of mixed-infrastructure IT environments.

Aiming to ease some of the pressure on both ends, Citrix on Tuesday unveiled a new cloud offering designed to give enterprises maximum flexibility.

RingCentral Adds Cloud Contact Center to Its Portfolio

RingCentral, a cloud-based business communications provider, has added contact center capabilities to its portfolio. The new RingCentral Contact Center is powered by inContact; inContact is a third-party provider of cloud contact center software that has deployed over 2,000 cloud contact center instances. The new contact center features are integrated with RingCentral Office.

Facebook's Messenger adds video chat

Video chat has become great way for people to communicate with friends and family, especially across international borders. Facebook now wants a piece of that action.

Facebook users can soon use the social network's Messenger app to talk face-to-face over Wi-Fi or cellular networks, simply by tapping on a video camera icon at the top. The service will work between Apple devices and those powered by Google's Android software.

Alcatel-Lucent Launches New Rapport Software Platform for Enterprise, Service Providers

Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new software platform designed to cut the cost and complexity of embedding and integrating voice, video, and messaging services into any application.Rapport” is intended to enable the communications network as a platform that offers “contextual communications” where services such as voice, chat, video conferencing and sharing become functions available to any application, website or connected object.

Peugeot to analyse its driver's data to create new services with IBM

Peugeot Citroën is planning on analyzing its driver's data to help other industries like retailers, smart cities and car dealerships create better services.

The carmaker, which claims to have the largest number of connected cars on the road, will work with IBM to create new business opportunities in the automotive distribution, smarter city and retail space.

VMware bestows new container powers upon vSphere/vCloud

With the unveiling of a pair of open source projects -- Project Photon and Project Lightwave -- VMware is expanding the range of its offerings for enterprises dealing with containerized apps.

Apple partners with IBM on new health data analysis

Apple is part of a collective formed by IBM to develop new technology that will help health care companies analyze patient data collected from millions of wearable Apple devices.

Amazon targets network file storage in the cloud at enterprises

Amazon Web Services continues to chip away at the enterprise storage market, with plans for a new service designed to be a nimbler alternative to network attached storage (NAS) appliances.

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