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Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with beefier Apps suite

Under pressure from Microsoft's Office 365, Google has launched a premium edition of Apps with unlimited cloud storage and extra IT controls, and it has improved the Docs office productivity suite.

Although this new edition is essentially Apps for Business with an extra set of features, Google has branded it differently, shifting the spotlight from "apps" to storage by calling it Drive for Work.

Microsoft cuts OneDrive prices, increases capacity

Microsoft will dramatically increase capacity and lower prices for OneDrive, increasing pressure on other cloud storage providers and also sweetening the deal for prospective and current Office 365 customers.

The company will more than double to 15GB the storage capacity in the free, stand-alone OneDrive service for consumers. People get access to this free OneDrive storage also when they sign up for Office Online, the free, lightweight Web-based version of Office, and also when they sign up for Outlook.com, Microsoft's free webmail service.

Amazon's Fire smartphone is more a retail device than a phone

You'd be forgiven for thinking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to compete with other phone makers with his company's new Fire smartphone. But forget the multiple cameras and pretty 3-D-like effects, the device is really about selling more stuff.

The Fire comes with close ties to Amazon's online retail store, relies on the company's cloud storage and is a platform for Amazon's digital content in the areas of music, video, books and apps.

CA gets into cloud management of IT services

CA Technologies is applying its expertise in service management to the cloud, launching a hosted offering to allow organizations manage and provision IT assets and external cloud services. CA Cloud Service Management is a new hosted offering for managing and provisioning IT services within an enterprise, a field of software known as IT Service Management (ITSM).

Salesforce takes a shot at Zendesk, Freshdesk with Desk.com upgrade

Salesforce.com wants to be the go-to option when small and medium-sized businesses decide they need better customer support software, with a series of updates to its Desk.com application. Desk.com is the result of Salesforce.com's 2011 acquisition of Assistly and is the SMB alternative to its Sales Cloud support software suite, which is aimed at big companies.

Box buys cloud storage startup for streaming technology

Box has acquired Streem, a cloud storage and file-sharing startup that specializes in large media files and that has developed innovative technology for streaming that type of content.

"The entire team at Streem will be joining Box to help work on the future of content management and collaboration in the enterprise," wrote Box CEO Aaron Levie in a blog post Monday.

Cloud hybride: OVH intègre la technologie vRack

En intégrant dans son offre la technologie vRack, le premier hébergeur européen facilite l’interconnexion privée d’infrastructures physiques et virtuelles sur un périmètre mondial.

En septembre dernier, plus de 70% des grandes entreprises interrogées par Gartner manifestaient leur intention d’intégrer – au moins partiellement – le cloud hybride dans leur stratégie IT.

Google plunges in to Docker management

Docker 1.0's release couldn't have been more eventful, with new services making use of the fast-evolving application packaging ecosystem and the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux becoming more Docker-centric.

Add another major name to that list: Google, per its announcements yesterday. Not only is Google adding support for Docker images to Google App Engine, the company has open-sourced a container management tool for Docker that is theoretically capable of running outside of Google's cloud services.

Mozilla's $25 Firefox OS phones look to score in India

The alternative to Android and iOS is geared for low-budget markets, and it's about to hit one of the biggest in the world. Will that price tag light a fire?

Mirantis and IBM offer bare-metal hosted OpenStack-as-a-service

OpenStack, the build-your-own-cloud software adopted as a flagship product by Red Hat, Canonical, and others, has long been seen as difficult to set up and manage.

Now IBM (by way of its Softlayer cloud subsidiary) and Mirantis (an outfit that's both an OpenStack vendor and solutions provider) are pairing up to provide OpenStack as a private, on-demand, pay-as-you-go service hosted on bare metal provisioned exclusively for the user.

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