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Microsoft Azure tools aim to help companies manage hybrid clouds

For the kick-off of its annual Tech Ed user conference, being held this week in Houston, Microsoft has released a bevy of tools and services to help administrators connect their internal operations to Microsoft's Azure cloud.

"This is about leveraging assets that organizations already have in their data centers," said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise division.

Chromebooks looking to replace PCs by going offline

Google is adding more features to Chromebook applications so that they can be used without accessing the Web, addressing a common complaint among users who want the laptops to function more like traditional PCs. Although Web use remains a central feature of Chromebooks, Google recently added the ability to edit videos and watch full movies offline, for instance. A shorter update cycle means that the company can be more responsive to user demand.

Box zings rivals with massive GE customer win

Rocked recently by reports that it has delayed its IPO, Box has rebounded with a major customer win, snapping up General Electric, which plans to roll out the cloud storage and file sharing service to its 300,000 employees worldwide.

The deal, announced Thursday, represents Box's largest single customer deployment, and boosts its credibility as an enterprise IT provider as it fiercely battles rivals like Microsoft, Google, IBM, Dropbox, EMC, Citrix and Egnyte.

Run your own cloud storage for less, EMC says

EMC is taking on Amazon's cloud storage service with a private cloud platform it says will cost less to use.

The Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance, launching on Monday at EMC World and delivered by the end of June, is a hyperscale storage system for enterprises to deploy in their own facilities. EMC previewed it last year under the code name Project Nile.

HP creates a new way to sell data centers

Hewlett-Packard is selling its data center services in a new way, via a program it calls "facilities as a service," or FaaS.

Businesses today either build their own data center or lease space at a colocation facility. HP is offering a middle approach.

Google deals made Android phones more expensive, lawsuit claims

A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Google of strong-arming device manufacturers into making its search engine the default on Android devices, driving up the cost of those devices and hurting consumers.

The consumer class-action complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges Google does that by making secret agreements with manufacturers that also require applications such as YouTube and Google Play store to occupy prime real estate on the devices' screens.

Microsoft boosts OneDrive for Business storage capacity to 1TB

The cloud-storage arms race heated up even more on Monday when Microsoft gave its OneDrive for Business service a big capacity boost.

The per-user storage provided by OneDrive for Business is rising from 25 gigabytes to 1 terabyte. That applies to both the standalone version of the product and the versions that come bundled with Office 365.

To Compete With Google, Microsoft Makes Skype Group Chats Free

Microsoft announced that it will offer free group video calls on Skype, its popular internet communications service. Previously, such calls were reserved for customers who paid for premium Skype accounts.

IBM puts all its cloud services in online marketplace

On its IBM Cloud online marketplace that goes live on Monday, enterprises can find the full range of IBM's offerings behind a single gateway.

OVH renouvelle sa gamme de serveurs privés virtuels.

Le premier hébergeur européen renouvelle sa gamme de serveurs privés virtuels (VPS) avec d'avantage d’options et des configurations plus performantes.

Le premier hébergeur européen segmente son approche en deux marques qui associent les avantages des serveurs dédiés à la souplesse de la virtualisation, permettant notamment d’isoler les machines et de les dimensionner à la taille exacte nécessaire pour chaque phase d’un projet.

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