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IBM puts software and cloud at the center of storage

The future of storage may not be in storage itself, but in the intelligence to manage it.

Major storage vendors and startups alike are now pushing software-defined systems spanning anything from a set of arrays to a whole enterprise. On Tuesday, IBM placed a big bet on this trend, announcing the first product in a portfolio called IBM Spectrum Storage and saying it will invest $1 billion in storage software over the next five years.

Pivotal goes all-in with open source in Big Data Suite

Bowing to customer pressure, enterprise software and services vendor Pivotal will release as open source the remainder of its software suite for analyzing data.

"Our customers want to be involved in our road map, because they know that is the only way they can differentiate themselves from their competitors," said Sundeep Madra, Pivotal vice president of products. He was referring to how enterprises are taking an increasingly active hand in developing the software they use.

Microsoft launches machine learning as an Azure service

Microsoft has expanded the data-analysis offerings on its Azure cloud, offering a machine learning service to help organizations derive more insight from mountains of unstructured data.

The new service is designed to reduce the amount of work needed to deploy machine learning.

"Our focus has been simplicity, simplicity, simplicity," said T. K. "Ranga" Rengarajan, Microsoft's vice president of engineering for data platform, cloud and enterprise.

Slack, Silicon Valley's hottest startup

Slack has a very simple concept that resonates with many: IRC for the enterprise, with hooks between the chat app and just about any external service you can imagine. We already knew it was hot.

Now, thanks to momentum numbers released today -- Slack's first anniversary -- we know just how hot.

Orange incorpore Microsoft Lync à ses offres cloud

La nouvelle solution de communications unifiées dans le cloud Business Together as a Service Microsoft d’Orange Business Services (OBS) intègre les composantes de la plate-forme Lync de Microsoft. Orange Business Services (OBS) profite des TechDays 2015 pour annoncer un nouveau partenariat avec Microsoft.

HP courts enterprise workloads with new Helion private cloud

How much cloud computing does your enterprise application need? Hewlett-Packard has some of the guesswork out of cloud procurement by adding seven new preconfigured options to its Helion set of cloud services. The Helion VPC (virtual private cloud) offerings are tailored to meet a range of computing requirements, from lighter workloads such as software development to more demanding jobs such as running complex ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications.

Panasonic targets SMBs with Hybrid UC Platform

Panasonic has introduced the KX-NS700, a compact hybrid communications platform optimized for the SMB market. Its features are based on the KX-NS1000 IP Communications Server. Supporting up to 288 extensions with optional expansion units, the unit is designed to help businesses transition to IP in an increasingly mobile and evolving business environment.

First Ubuntu phone will be sold in a limited-run flash sale

The new version of BQ's Aquaris E4.5 shows off Ubuntu software.
The first Ubuntu phone is finally going on sale, and it isn't just the software that's doing things a bit differently: the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be available in a grab-it-while-you-can limited-numbers flash sale.

Box adds enterprise key management to overcome last hurdle to the cloud

Hoping to leapfrog what it sees as the last hurdle to enterprise cloud adoption, cloud storage company Box has announced Box Enterprise Key Management (EKM), which is designed to allow customers to keep control over their encryption keys (and thus, the data stored in the public cloud) without sacrificing easy user experience.

Google gives VMware huge public cloud boost

VMware announced a partnership with Google Thursday that could go a long way toward making VMware more competitive in the public cloud market. By enabling its vCloud Air public cloud service to work with Google’s massive public cloud platform, VMware will expose its customers to Google services such as object storage, BigQuery, Cloud Datastore database and DNS platform. Google services will be integrated with vCA by mid-year, the companies said.

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