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SAP continues cloud push with Business Suite subscription model

The German software giant is currently attempting to transition its customers from on-premise versions of its products, partly in response to competition by 'pure-play' software as a service (Saas) providers such as NetSuite, Workday and others.

The firm has already introduced a number of cloud services, including offering a subscription model for its HANA platform, as well as SaaS versions of its Business One ERP and Business Warehouse tools.

VMware to extend Horizon beyond virtual desktop infrastructure

VMware will release in July a new version of its Horizon VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) software that will allow administrators to manage VDI and non-VDI deployments in a unified manner, by using multiple VMware technologies.

"We are extending VMware Horizon beyond VDI, to be able to do virtual desktops," said Sumit Dhawan, VMware vice president and general manager of desktop products and end-user computing.

Orange Business Services: l’offre Flexible Storage

Orange Business Services se dote de l’offre Flexible Storage : du stockage cloud à destination des grands comptes et PME avec une dimension mobilité.

Gestion des accès d’identité dans le cloud. Alliance Arismore - Numergy.

Arismore pousse son offre Memority (IAM et cloud) en s’appuyant sur les partenaires et les data centers de Numergy. Arismore, un cabinet qui accompagne les sociétés dans leur transformation numérique (stratégie, formations, conseils), monte en puissance avec son offre Memority de gestion des accès d’identité dans le cloud.

Alcatel-Lucent ups the ante in unified access

At Interop this week, Alcatel-Lucent updated its wired/wireless unified access portfolio with a new access switch, and SDN and application analytics extensions.

The enhancements build upon Alcatel-Lucent's unified access strategy announced last fall. The strategy competes with those from Cisco, HP, Brocade and Extreme Networks.

Open-Xchange adds spreadsheet program to its online app suite

Open source collaboration software vendor Open-Xchange has added a spreadsheet function to its open-source, Web-based productivity suite, allowing the online editing and sharing of Microsoft Excel documents.

With Office for iPad, Microsoft pushing subscription-first future

Microsoft's "freemium" switch for Office on iOS is one of the last remaining keys to the company's biggest pricing change in years. It's been a long battle, but Microsoft seems to have conceded the fight to keep Apple's hands off proceeds from its mobile software.

Box to offer usage-based pricing, file conversion service

The cloud-based storage and collaboration company is looking beyond its roots. As it heads toward an estimated US$250 million initial public offering, cloud storage and collaboration provider Box is thinking outside, well, itself.

The nine-year-old company introduced an alternative to its traditional per-user pricing on Wednesday, as well as its first service that doesn't rely on customers storing their data with Box.

Infor goes all-in with Amazon Web Services for cloud ERP

Infor is betting big on Amazon Web Services for its cloud ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) software strategy, with plans to begin offering a series of product suites on the company's IaaS (infrastructure as a service).

Google and Cisco partner to bring WebEx to Chromebooks

Google and Cisco are teaming up in the enterprise collaboration market, bundling WebEx with Chromebooks and integrating the Cisco Web conferencing and online meeting product with Google Apps.

The companies announced on Tuesday that two of their high-ranking executives demonstrated a "proof of concept" of WebEx running on a Chromebook, something that hasn't been possible to date.

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