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Today’s topics include reaction from analysts after Verizon falls victim to a data cloud breach; a mobile market report noting folks who want the newest AppleiPhones may have to shell out big bucks; Workday entering the platform-as-a-service market; and Microsoft’s Skype for Business taking a road trip in BMW 5 Series cars.  Security researchers have once again found data that had been improperly secured in the cloud, and unless organizations begin properly securing such data, i...
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"Verizon Enterprise Solutions has launched a new cloud backup service alongside Actifio, aimed at accelerating application development, and improving business resiliency. The new offering, which will be available to customers using a virtualized environment, to create unified hybrid cloud environment with the aim of making data easier to manage, access and protect. The product will be available for customers in North America in June, and other regions towards the end of the year."...
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Thanks to cloud computing along with other disruptive technologies such as mobility, M2M and big data analytics, workers will have more and better information at their fingertips, allowing them to make smarter decisions faster in 2014. "We are experiencing the democratization of enterprise technology," says David Small, chief platform officer of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Mirroring what has happened in consumer technology, enterprise technology users look for services to be delivered on dema...
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Verizon, which just recently launched a major overhaul to its cloud platform, today announced plans to integrate the VMware/EMC-backed Cloud Foundry open source platform as a service (PaaS) initiative into its offering. Here's why that news is important: the PaaS market is getting awfully crowded, awfully fast. Seen by many as a secondary player in the cloud compared to the much larger and more robust IaaS and SaaS markets, the PaaS industry has in recent months become a focus for many of the le...
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The forecast was very cloudy in the tech industry this week, as Amazon rolled out a virtual desktop as a service and Microsoft announced a cloud-based complement to Visual Studio. Not to be outdone, Cloud Foundry placed two feathers in its cloud -- er, cap, with Pivotal debuting a collection of tools and services that run on the PaaS and Verizon announcing its support for the open source offering. First off: Amazon unveiled this week a desktop service, called Amazon WorkSpaces, delivering Window...
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Microsoft Azure took an unexpected dirt nap last week. This is not good news for Microsoft, which identified the Azure IaaS and PaaS cloud as key to its success. Azure competes against Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Verizon, and others, with AWS and Google as the main rivals. Among such contenders, Azure can't afford many missteps. I don't take outages seriously unless they start to form a pattern. All public cloud providers, Microsoft included, are learning how to operate a ...
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Verizon’s yearly report on the state of enterprise cloud computing has found that the public v private debate, while “convenient shorthand”, is “inadequate to describe the massive variety of cloud services available today.”...
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Verizon Enterprise Solutions has announced the official launch of its Verizon Cloud Marketplace, a store for software certified to operate in the Verizon cloud. The communications provider has been aggressive in its cloud push in recent months, and is opening up this one-stop shop with a variety of partners, including AppDynamics, Hitachi and Juniper Networks....
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Updated Over the weekend, Verizon’s cloud service, Verizon Cloud, was offline as it looked to add ‘seamless upgrade functionality as well as other customer-facing updates.’ The maintenance period was put in to improve the service and to ensure further updates went ahead without any hitches to customers. The telco giant warned the fixes could take up to 48 hours, but was completed after 40, with Verizon taking the bizarre step of issuing a press release to announce the work had been done....
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With cloud computing maturing, the competitive advantages provided by cloud adoption are declining, but not being in the cloud is turning into a serious disadvantage, according to a new report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services. But that's because CIOs and their peers are no longer debating the benefits of cloud as they once did. With 'everyone' now leveraging cloud, you have to use cloud in imaginative ways to get a leg up on the competition. But as one respondent told HBR, cloud comp...
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It is common knowledge among IT professionals that cloud is no longer merely “hype” and is fundamentally changing the way companies buy and use IT. Businesses have long since come to realise the cost, flexibility and scalability benefits provided by the cloud make the decision to move away from on-premise IT a no-brainer....
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When it comes to storing data in the cloud, companies too often take security for granted, says Mario Santana, who handles security for Verizon Communications' data-storage division. Some businesses mistakenly assume that once they opt to store data on outside servers instead of their own, they no longer have to concern themselves with safeguarding that information, he says....
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Verizon Communications on Tuesday agreed to acquire Intel Media, a business division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services. The US carrier will incorporate the Intel-developed technologies into its next-generation video services through the Verizon FiOS fibre optic network and over the top to any device, including via LTE.Verizon will purchase intellectual property rights and other assets belonging to Intel’s OnCue Cloud TV platform, as well as making employment offers t...
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Verizon and Belgium-based platform as a service provider CloudBees announced a new partnership Wednesday that will see PaaS solution deployed on Verizon’s revamped cloud platform. The company told Business Cloud News that its gearing up its enterprise cloud services ahead of the public launch of the platform later this year.Last autumn Verizon announced its reengineered infrastructure as a service and object storage cloud platforms, which is still currently in public beta, and the recent partner...
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US telco Verizon announced Friday that the company has appointed former CSC cloud head Siki Giunta to lead Verizon’s global cloud business. The appointment arrives just months after the company completely re-architected its cloud platform, and eyes consolidating multiple PaaSs on its platform.Giunta has over two decades of experience in the IT sector, having most recently served as head of CSC’s global cloud business. She also served as chief executive officer of Fortisphere, which provides poli...
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American telco Verizon announced the launch of a Secure Cloud Interconnect service (SCI) this week, using private IP addresses to connect its cloud and multiple cloud platforms together, beginning initially with Microsoft Azure. Michael Palmer, vice president of product development for Verizon said linking cloud platforms with private links will help inspire confidence in cloud service once again, which has waxed and waned over the past year....
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The Cloud Foundry Foundation announced the addition of eight new members this week. Ericsson, NTT and Verizon are among those looking to contribute to and benefit from the open source platform as a service initiative, which is telling of how seriously telcos are looking at digging deeper into the cloud stack.Cloud Foundry, which earlier this year was spun off from Pivotal to form an independently governed foundation, added eight members to the fledging group. Along with the telecoms players, tho...
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Verizon’s revamped infrastructure as a service platform, which launched into beta in October 2013 after years of development, will move into general availability for US customers this week.At the time of the launch John Considine, chief technical officer of Verizon Terremark told BCN the company re-built its cloud platform from the ground up in order to give customers more control over the performance and scalability of their applications, and to complement the company’s shifting datacentre stra...
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HP and Salesforce have joined Verizon’s secure cloud interconnect service, which uses private IP addresses to connect its cloud and multiple cloud platforms together.With HP and Salesforce now part of the SCI ecosystem Verizon now connects securely to five cloud platforms offered by some of the larger incumbents including Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.Those using the cloud interconnection service to link up with any of the supported cloud platforms will gain access to some of Verizon’s networkin...
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Verizon has unveiled its one-stop-shop for cloud-based applications certified to work on the telco’s cloud infrastructure.The Verizon Cloud Marketplace is designed to make it easier for IT staff to buy and deploy cloud-based applications without going through the effort of fine-tuning them, where developer resources are often needed....
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German multinational steel producer ThyssenKrupp has signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems that will see ThyssenKrupp dramatically reduce its datacentre footprint by migrating the majority of its server estate to the cloud.The companies said that before the year is out T-Systems will start helping ThyssenKrupp move over 10,000 servers to the cloud, which previously occupied over 700 data rooms and 11 datacentres globally. ThyssenKrupp said it plans to downsize to just five dat...
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Verizon has promised rolling upgrades to its cloud platform that don’t impose downtime or require customer intervention following the latest update period, which lasted nearly two days.The company’s cloud infrastructure was down for about 48 hours for scheduled maintenance, which included an update to support the company’s recently launched cloud marketplace and administrative tools that make VM management and resource monitoring easier....
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Siki Giunta is responsible for Verizon’s end-to-end global cloud ecosystem, as well as technology convergence and connected solutions throughout the Verizon wireline and wireless networks. She leads a global team of cloud and data center professionals to bring the new Verizon Cloud to market, ensuring clients can harness this enterprise-class platform to unlock the value of their data, and access it where and when they need it....
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Belgium-based CloudBees has secured $23.5m in a series D funding round led by Matrix Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Verizon Ventures. The firm, which has its roots as a java platform as a service, said it plans to use the funding to accelerate development of its Jenkins-based enterprise offerings.Blue Cloud Ventures, JBoss alumnus Bob Bickel and Marc Fleury, and Ed Bugnion, co-founder of VMware, were among the others that invested in the latest round....
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International logistics firm TNT has selected Verizon Enterprise Solutions to help the company implement a managed cloud-based unified communications platform. The move is part of the logistics firm’s broader IT overhaul....
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Over a dozen enterprise IT technology vendors including cloud and big data service providers like Pivotal, IBM, Teradata and Verizon announced the creation of the Open Data Platform in a bid to promote big data tech standardisation. Sundeep Madra, global vice president and general manager data & mobile product group at Pivotal, one of the founding members of the ODP, told BCN the organisation’s primary aim will be to combat fragmentation around how Hadoop is deployed in enterprises and built upo...
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Two US tech giants are heading in opposite directions regarding datacenters, according to a couple of recent reports, Apple was first attracted to invest in the area in 2012 when it received an $89 million tax abatement incentive to locate in Reno Technology Park. Apple recently applied for permission to build a new substation to support further development as the existing site is reaching its capacity, according to Lloyd....
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Verizon has finally made public in the New York Interop Show the details of its new business cloud service, the Verizon Cloud. The company fearlessly announced last October 3 that the new IaaS offering will be more performance user friendly over other cloud providers, which obviously everybody knows pertain to Amazon....
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Infosys and Verizon announced a deal this week that will see the Indian outsourcing specialist offer its financial suite of software services on Verizon’s cloud platform in the US. The move is part of a broader effort to update its strategy for the times and go all in on cloud.Since 2014 Infosys has ramped up its cloud partnerships in a bid to shift its outsourcing business towards higher margin activities, and financial services seems to be a more promising sector for cloud growth than original...
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Cloud computing is on the verge of becoming the de facto method of buying business systems, according to a new study into adoption and attitudes towards the new generation of technology....
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US telco Verizon and control system maker VMTurbo have jointly created the Verizon Intelligent Cloud Control to help Verizon customers migrate workloads to the most suitable public cloud service.  The system works by calculating the enterprise customer’s performance and resource needs and matching them up to the most likely provider. The partners claim this is the first automated system of its kind on the market....
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