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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.

Asus launches the ZenFone series in Southeast Asia

The Intel-powered Android smartphones will be available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The ZenFone 4 is the cheapest handset launched today in Jakarta with a $95 price tag without contract.

VMware preps public cloud-powered disaster recovery as a service

Continuously available recovery is typically thought of as a luxury that only larger businesses can afford, since they're the ones who can fork over the cash for a separate data center. But VMware's newest offering, vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery (vCHS-DR), is intended to put off-site disaster recovery within the reach of a slew of new customers.

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