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France, Cloud. Les organisations françaises ont une approche de plus en plus stratégique du cloud.

Salesforce connects SharePoint files to its cloud with new tool

Over 2 billion smartphones will circulate in 2016, report predicts

Google and Avaya to bring Chromebooks and WebRTC to call cen

GENBAND Partners with Alcatel-Lucent on NFV

  • GENBAND announced that it has joined the Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand Ecosystem Program in a partnership designed to accelerate market development for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). As a program member, GENBAND will access Alcatel-Lucent’s NFV lab in an effort to integrate key components of its NFV applications and solutions portfolio with Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand NFV Platform.

Mobile industry association GSMA plans for 5G mobile

  • Mobile industry association the GSMA has released a new report to outline its perspectives on the development of 5G mobile.

    The Understanding 5G: Perspectives on Future Technological Advancements report outlines the technical requirements of future 5G networks, and explores potential use cases as well as the implications for operators and other mobile ecosystem players.

Microsoft delivers Office mobile management in Intune update

  • The updates Microsoft has made to its Intune PC and device management service this week are partly catching up to other MDM systems with features like containers for apps and files, a managed browser and bulk enrollment for iOS devices. But they also add unique options for managing Office apps on iOS and Android.

Box unveils a new partner program to boost customer trust

  • A lot of businesses trust cloud sync-and-store provider Box, but they trust a lot of other solutions, too, for things like identity, data loss protection, and digital rights management.

    But you can't always trust them to integrate very well without some help.

France: 2,5 millions de foyers connectés au très haut débit.

Mobilité, France. Les PME en période de transition.

Server sales, Q3-2014. HP slips, IBM stumbles, white boxes rise in server market.

  • For the big winner in this quarter's IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker report, look at the server market as a whole, which expanded about 5 percent over the past four quarters. All the big-name vendors are potential losers, though, as generic hardware eats into their profits. That generic hardware comes in the form of the ODM (original design manufacturer) market, which is up 44.2 percent over the last four quarters and now commands nearly 9 percent of the total sales in the server market.

Q3-2014. Disk storage market grows with inclusion of ODM vendors.

  • Disk storage sales grew more strongly in the third quarter, helped by sales of non-branded storage gear sold directly to datacenters.

    Third-quarter disk storage sales jumped 5.1 percent year over year, reaching US$8.8 billion, according to research firm IDC. This was a change from the anemic growth the market saw earlier this year, brought on by falling demand in mature markets.

IBM climbs on the Docker bandwagon

  • Docker fever continues to spread across the enterprise IT landscape. Following similar moves by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google, IBM is equipping its enterprise cloud services to run the Docker virtualization containers.

    Delivered as part of its Bluemix platform services, the IBM Containers service is currently in beta and will allow users to launch and run Docker containers on the IBM Cloud.

The Internet of things to bring a new economic boom

  • The Internet of things (IoT) may be more significant in reshaping the competitive landscape than the arrival of the Internet. Its productivity potential is so powerful it will deliver a new era of prosperity.

    That's the argument put forth by Michael Porter, an economist at the Harvard Business School and James Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, in a recent Harvard Business Review essay. PTC is a product design software firm that recently acquired machine-to-machine (M2M) firm Axeda.

Dropbox pursues enterprises with new Business API

  • Though it offers a business-tier plan, Dropbox has historically lacked a full-blown business platform on the order of Box and its APIs. That's about to change with the introduction of the Dropbox for Business API.

    The API is an attempt by Dropbox to leverage the massive user base it's built up both inside and outside of enterprises. The company is gambling that a sufficient number of companies haven't already made a commitment to a competitor.

SMBs get their very own Salesforce app store

  • Users of Desk.com, Salesforce’s cloud-based customer service product for small and medium-size businesses, now have an app store designed just for them. Called Desk.com App Hub, the store offers 50 apps from Salesforce partner companies that handle functions including group chat, social monitoring, language translation and e-commerce analytics.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Unveils OpenTouch Suite for SMBs

  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has added to its unified communications portfolio with its OpenTouch Suite for SMB, targeting the small- and medium-sized business. New features include simplified SIP support, BYOD solutions, and a flexible cloud approach.

WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

  • It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released WebRTC, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

Teradata brings MapR Hadoop into the data warehouse

  • Enterprise data sets have gotten so voluminous that they can't fit into even the largest data warehouses anymore, many businesses find. Now, companies running these overstuffed data stores have an on-ramp to newfangled, big-data style processing through a combined effort between analytics systems supplier Teradata and Apache Hadoop distribution provider MapR.

Tizen: Samsung looking at developers

  • Taesoon Jun, Samsung's chief architect on Tizen, explained the benefits of the operating system last week during Samsung's developer conference in San Francisco.
    In February 2013, a group of heavy-hitting companies led by Samsung held a glitzy evening event in Barcelona -- complete with freshly shucked oysters and made-to-order crepes -- to mark the debut of the Tizen mobile operating system, co-developed by Samsung and Intel.

WebRTC hammers out compromise on video codec standards

Cloud is the new data center, and AWS is the best data center.

Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC is ready for prime time?

  • Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers -- but not right away: early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows. That's something Microsoft has already done for years in its Lync universal communications product.

Microsoft Rebrands Lync as Skype for Business

  • In a blog post last week, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype Gurdeep Pall revealed changes for Microsoft Lync with a new name, a new user interface, and new features. In his blog, Pall said, "In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365."

Verse, IBM next generation e-mail client.

  • IBM's new enterprise email aims to organize your day. IBM is going up against cloud-apps powerhouses Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis.

HP plugs the Vertica analytics engine into Hadoop

  • Bringing some enterprise rigor to the wild world of big data, Hewlett-Packard has issued a package that will allow organizations to harness HP's Vertica analytical database engine to investigate reams of unstructured data residing in Hadoop systems.

Cisco crashes the enterprise mobile party with new collaboration app

  • Cisco will package and deliver enterprise collaboration capabilities via a mobile and Web app built to replicate the ease of use of consumer software but designed for ad hoc, workplace team interaction.

    The app, called Project Squared, joins a growing number of "consumerized" enterprise mobile and Web apps built by startups and designed to put a spin on collaboration, messaging, productivity, video conferencing and communications.

Mobile transaction users to jump to 2 billion by 2017

  • Apple Pay could help boost mobile transactions in the next few years. The total number of users who plan to engage in mobile transactions will rise substantially in the next few years, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

    By the end of 2017, there will be 2 billion smartphone or tablet users engaging in some form of mobile commerce transaction, the research firm reported Monday. Juniper expects the total number of users worldwide to hit 1.6 billion at the end of 2014.

How Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry are fighting to win the enterprise

  • Samsung Electronics' deal with BlackBerry and Apple's efforts to make it easier to configure and deploy massive numbers of iPhones highlight how the smartphone makers are battling for supremacy among enterprise users.

    As the smartphone market becomes saturated in the U.S. and Europe, enterprise users will be big winners. To continue to grow, manufacturers are courting CIOs more aggressively by making products more secure and easier to manage.

Intel to combine PC and mobile divisions as market shift

  • Intel will combine its PC and mobile processor divisions under one roof, reflecting a changing market in which the line between tablets and laptops has blurred.

    The chip maker will form a new division at the start of next year called the Client Computing Group, which will include the teams that develop its Core processors for desktops and laptops, as well as those that develop its Atom chips for smartphones and tablets.