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French National Police Switch 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux

France’s National Gendarmerie — a national law enforcement agency — is now running 37,000 desktop PCs with a custom version of the Linux operating system, and by summer of next year, the agency plans to move all 72,000 of its desktop machines to the open source OS.

Nokia et Alcatel-Lucent: l'idée d'un rapprochement en discussion?

Nokia mènerait, en interne, des discussions remettant sur la table l’idée d’un rapprochement avec le Franco-Américain Alcatel-Lucent. Voici quelques années que les bruits de couloir circulent autour d’un éventuel rapprochement des deux équipementiers télécoms Nokia et Alcatel-Lucent. S’il est encore trop tôt pour envisager cette issue, la situation et les orientations stratégiques des deux groupes rendent l’hypothèse d’autant plus plausible à moyen terme.

Microsoft's deal with AT&T shows the new path for cloud partnerships

Microsoft's newly announced joint venture with AT&T, in which AT&T customers get VPN access to Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, may be a sign of how the cloud giants are looking in novel places -- like telecom providers -- for partnerships and alliances.

Cloud vendors and telecom outfits have been slowly knitting together partnerships in which the telcos provide high-grade, high-speed data transports for customers looking to move their data into (or out of) the cloud.

The (welcome) rise of the cloud middleman

In any kind of business deal, a middleman can be either a blessing or curse. In the worst cases, he or she might gum up the works by making communication with vendors difficult and charge you a premium for the privilege of being inconvenienced. In the best cases, the middleman's expertise might save you time, money, and aggravation, and it could be well worth whatever margin he or she might apply to the deal. IT has historically been rife with middlemen of both varieties.

Mobile app download tally will soar above 102 billion in 2013

Mobile apps continue to be a major driver of the smartphone and tablet ecosystem and are a big reason people purchase and use those devices.

Gartner on Thursday said the number of overall mobile app downloads -- both free and paid -- will soar to 102 billion by the end of this year, up from 64 billion in 2012. By 2017, the number of app downloads should reach nearly 269 billion.

Improving SMBs With UC

Different businesses today operate utilizing various IT service models.  The best systems build a communication and data access structure that allows organizations to experience improved interactions amongst employees within the company, as well as with their customers and other clients. With the impact brought about by these delivery models, all areas in business operations undergo a huge positive turnaround.

US: Two-thirds of cell phone owners go online with their smartphone

Télécom: Nerim prend le contrôle de Normaction

Nerim consolide son pôle téléphonie d’entreprise avec la reprise du prestataire télécoms Normaction dédié aux TPE/PME, qui semblait arriver à bout de souffle.

Survey: Email, calendaring, HR top list of SaaS buyers' priorities

Companies of all sizes are picking up their adoption of SaaS (software as a service), with email, calendaring and human resources applications garnering the most interest, according to a new survey from Constellation Research.

Email and calendaring is the most popular choice for SaaS among the survey respondents, with 37 percent saying such products are on their radar, wrote Constellation vice president and principal analyst Frank Scavo.

Dell goes private as shareholders approve $24.9 billion deal

Shareholders have voted to approve a $24.9 billion buyout of the company by founder and CEO Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners. They will be paid $13.75 per share, an increase from the original offer, as well as an additional cash dividend of $0.13 per share, for a total of $13.88 per share, according to Thursday's announcement. The transaction was approved by those holding a majority of Dell's outstanding shares, the company said. An exact tally wasn't immediately available.

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