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OpenStack's latest release keeps the DIY private cloud features coming

  • The latest milestone release of OpenStack, the open source cloud platform project that's become a centerpiece of both Red Hat's and Canonical's cloud-building efforts, is out. But as advanced as this release is over its predecessors, a few key integrations for OpenStack remain as future to-do items -- and there's tension between the pace of OpenStack releases and the curve of its overall adoption.

Microsoft: Let us be your one stop for big data analytics

  • If there was any question that Microsoft wants to be everyone's data analytics shop, the company erased those doubts with its Monday presentation. In fact, Microsoft laid out plans for how the next iteration of many of its products -- SQL Server, Microsoft Azure, and its Hadoop-powered analytics components both inside and outside of Microsoft Azure -- are being designed as a single data platform.

Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles

  • Even if Canonical hasn't remade the consumer desktop with Ubuntu or made much of a dent with Ubuntu as a phone or tablet OS -- at least, not compared to the way Google has with both Android and Chrome -- there's no denying the presence of Ubuntu as a server.

    With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 on Thursday, Canonical is attempting to further define how it stands out from enterprise-centric distributions like Red Hat even as it shares features typically associated with Red Hat.

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.

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.

Facebook about to enter e-money market in Europe

  • Facebook is mere weeks away from becoming a registered e-money firm in Ireland, the Financial Times reported.

    The Central Bank of Ireland will soon authorize the company as an e-money institution, the newspaper said, citing "several people involved in the process." That authorization would allow Facebook to provide e-payment services in other EU member states, according to the bank's website.

Why Dropbox and Box are expanding beyond straight-up cloud storage

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.

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.

Auberge Resorts: migration to Chromebooks and Google Apps for Business.

Google envisions Glass in businesses

  • The company is looking to partner with enterprise software developers and businesses as part of a push to get Glass into the hands of companies who could use it in their operations.

    Through its "Explorer" program, Glass is already used by thousands of software developers and early adopters who are tinkering with the product and creating applications for consumers. Now, Google wants to replicate that initiative for business applications.

TPE et PME françaises: investissements IT en hausse.

Orange Business Services: l’offre Flexible Storage

How the Internet of Things Drives CRM Investments

  • Organizations are leveraging customer relationship management (CRM) technologies as a major part of their digital initiatives to enhance the customer experience, according to a recent Gartner report. Demand for modern technology customer relationships is driving refreshed or expanded integration and usage of all areas of CRM software. The outlook continues to be positive for CRM as buyers focus on technologies that enable more-targeted customer interactions in multichannel environments.

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.

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.

After cloud price cuts from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, what's next?

  • As prices bottom out, cloud vendors will focus on feature sets, lock-in, and highly granular competition from specialists

    Now that Google, Amazon, and Microsoft -- in that order -- have all engaged in a fresh round of price slashing for their cloud services, what's next beyond keeping prices mutually competitive?

Enterprise software, devices to fuel IT spending growth in 2014, Gartner says

  • Worldwide IT spending this year will rise 3.2 percent to $3.8 trillion, driven by rebounding device sales and strong growth in the enterprise software category, according to analyst firm Gartner.

    Enterprise software revenue will jump 6.9 percent to $320 billion, thanks to increased interest in social software, database technologies and data management technologies, according to Gartner.

Microsoft Changes Its Tune With Free Version of Windows

One Windows, all devices: The new Microsoft app strategy unveiled

  • Microsoft announced its Universal Windows Apps technology, which is intended to streamline the process of building applications that can run on Windows Phones, Xbox game consoles, and the Metro environment in Intel-based Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs. Previously, developers had to create separate apps for the forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1, for Xbox, and for the tablet/PC Metro, which made it less attractive for developers given the relatively small size of those two markets.

Open-Xchange adds spreadsheet program to its online app suite

Microsoft slashes Azure prices, introduces new basic tier

  • Microsoft said Monday it was cutting prices of its Azure cloud services to match the prices of competitor Amazon Web Services in the latest in a price war in cloud services.

    Besides introducing a new tier of general-purpose services, Microsoft also announced a move to region-specific pricing to help customers save money, as some workloads may not be dependent on locatio

    The company is cutting prices on compute by up to 35 percent while the prices of its storage service will be down by up to 65 percent.

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.

Microsoft's Satya Nadella puts the cloud front and center

  • While the buzz centers on Office for the iPad, the real message in Satya Nadella's coming-out party was the transformation of Microsoft to a cloud behemoth

    From the start, the change in tone was striking. For Satya Nadella's first big dog-and-pony show, 52 days into his tenure as CEO, he did what his predecessor Steve Ballmer seemed constitutionally unable to do: Declare unequivocally that cloud and mobile were first, not just for Microsoft platforms, but across every device.

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.

Google revamps enterprise cloud services with price cuts, more features

  • Google has re-energized its efforts compete with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure. Google has revamped its portfolio of enterprise cloud services, by cutting prices, adding new features, and touting a refreshed enthusiasm for the cloud market.

    "We have been very seriously committed to the cloud as a business and product family," said Greg DeMichillie, Google director of product management. "If you look at what we're doing, you can see how committed we are to this space."

Viadeo: solution de recrutement pour les PME.

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

Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise Starting to Pay Off

  • Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise Companies are beginning to reap ROI and productivity benefits from consumer technologies such as smartphones and tablets. As the trend grows, IT leaders are moving beyond first responder status to craft a long-term strategy for success.
    Driven by widespread mobile device usage, the spread of consumerized technologies such as mobile devices appears poised to move from the mainstream to a transformative technology that will trigger widespread changes in how business users work.

Cisco plans $1 billion investment in global cloud infrastructure