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Digium Now Offers Cloud-based SIP Trunks

Two announcements in the news today from Digium:

Microsoft Offers Cloud Device to Battle Google and Amazon

Microsoft will soon offer a hardware appliance that will let businesses run something akin to its Azure cloud computing service inside their own data centers.

Amazon takes aim at Microsoft's Active Directory with new service

Amazon Web Services wants to become a more central part of enterprise IT with the AWS Directory Service, which both competes and integrates with Microsoft's Active Directory.

With the lure of easier management, Amazon hopes CIOs are willing to trust it with one of their most important applications, the directory. Amazon has been adding all the pieces organizations need to run a complete IT infrastructure in its datacenters, including servers, databases, desktops and now a directory.

Jive integrates enterprise social suite with Google Docs

As it fights to remain a leader in enterprise social networking (ESN) among giant rivals, pure-play vendor Jive Software has been furiously integrating its suite with the most popular business software, now adding the Google Docs productivity applications.

IBM and Microsoft pledge to make their clouds compatible

Although fierce rivals in the market for cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the cloud for the sake of their users.

On Wednesday, the companies jointly announced that many Microsoft enterprise products would run on IBM's infrastructure and platform services, and that many key IBM middleware products would be available for use on Microsoft Azure.

Google rethinks mail with Inbox, raising questions about Gmail's future

Google is taking another crack at email overload, but this time around it's resorting to drastic measures, developing a new product apparently built from scratch without relying on Gmail.

The new email application out of the Googleplex is simply called Inbox, and, according to a blog post from Google Android and Apps head Sundar Pichai "it's not Gmail: it's a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters."

VMware extends virtual workspaces to mobile devices

VMware has assembled a package that combines its desktop virtualization software with its tools for managing mobile devices, giving administrators a unified suite to manage all of their end-users' application requirements. The company launched the VMware Workspace Suite at VMworld, being held this week in San Francisco.

VMware lets users run virtualized desktops locally with Flex

VMware is offering a new product, Horizon Flex, that lets IT departments run containerized and secured virtual desktops locally on PC or Mac laptops and desktops. Users get a desktop that works when they are traveling or in places without Internet connectivity, Kit Colbert, CTO for end-user computing at VMware, said in a blog post Tuesday, introducing Horizon Flex.

Acer expands into telephony networking equipment

For a company once devoted to consumer PCs, the product is a bit out of left field, but Acer announced an upcoming telephony and chatting system meant for enterprises, at a time when the company is diversifying its business.

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics

The knock against Salesforce.com has long been for its lack of robust analytics, but the company is hoping to change that perception and challenge the competition with Wave, its sixth discrete cloud service.

"The legacy analytic tools out there are not made for today's data," claimed Stephanie Buscemi, senior vice president, Salesforce.com Analytics Cloud, in an interview prior to the company's Dreamforce conference, which kicks off Monday.

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