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Amazon, Google, Rackspace, Microsoft, Savvis all expand their international cloud footprints

As competition in the cloud computing market intensifies, some of the biggest players are looking beyond their domestic borders to gain an international advantage.

Just this week Savvis, which is owned by telecommunications provider CenturyLink, announced 85,000 square feet of new data center space across 10 locations around the world, including two brand new data centers opening in London and Hong Kong, bringing the company's global footprint to 2.4 million square feet across 50 centers.

HP France: les PME comme nouveau relais de croissance.

Pour booster sa croissance, HP France cible le tissu de PME françaises. Le constructeur va mettre en œuvre, via un réseau de 6 000 partenaires spécialisés, quatre architectures de référence combinant serveurs, stockage et réseau à destination des petites et moyennes entreprises.

BYOD policies dampen corporate PC purchases

Companies' bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are affecting how many traditional PCs enterprises purchase and contributing to a global sales slump, IDC analysts said.

About 25 percent of employees in businesses with more than 10 workers have bought the primary PC they use for work, IDC's Bob O'Donnell said, a large enough slice to meaningfully reduce corporate buying.

Microsoft is surprising in the cloud

Conventional wisdom says that a revolutionary company in one segment usually can't make the leap to the next, especially if the next revolution comes at the expense of the technology built by that initial company. Ergo, companies built on selling on-premises software should be abject failures at moving to the cloud, right?

Windows 8 won't hit critical mass in enterprises

Windows 8, the most significant upgrade to Microsoft's operating system since Windows 95 and one of the most important products in the company's history, will not achieve enough adoption in enterprises to be considered a standard, according to Forrester Research.

By the time the next major Windows upgrade is released, Windows 8 will be in less than 50 percent of workplace PCs, unable to overtake its predecessor Windows 7.

SAP touts service that sells customer data from phone firms

The European maker of enterprise software would serve as a kind of middleman, analyzing data gathered by various wireless operators, selling results to marketers, and sharing the profits with the wireless companies.

Verizon Wireless already sells its customers' mobile data to marketers. Now European enterprise-software giant SAP is taking things a step further by testing a service that will sell data collected by a number of wireless providers.

Five Reasons Why the Future of Most SMBs is Cloudy

Small and medium-sized business (SMB) spending on cloud solutions will grow almost 20 percent annually through 2018, IDC predicts. If your business doesn’t use hosted communications and IT services, here are five reasons why it should:

France: 6 millions de tablettes vendues en 2013.

Est-ce vraiment une surprise ? En ces temps moroses, le marché français des tablettes conserve la forme. Selon le cabinet d’études GfK, il devrait s’écouler dans l’Hexagone en 2013 6 millions d’ardoises tactiles, soit une forte progression de 65% par rapport à l’année dernière (3,6 millions).

Pourquoi ce fort attrait cette année ? Les prix pratiqués semblent être le principal argument.

Nvidia: as Android disrupts, tablets beat cheap PCs

Nvidia is banking on new computing devices to replace "cheap" PCs and Android to drive that disruption, according to comments from the chipmaker's chief executive on Thursday.

"A great tablet is clearly better than a cheap PC," said Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang during the company's fiscal first quarter conference call.

Salesforce and VCs launch 5 million € start-up challenge

Salesforce.com and European venture capital firms have announced a 5 million € Innovation Challenge, a competition for European start-ups building enterprise cloud apps on the Salesforce platform.

Eligible start-ups will be invited to present their ideas to professional investors at a series of Innovation Challenge pitch events throughout Europe, hosted by Salesforce.com from September to November 2013.

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