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Adding more muscle to its cloud operations portfolio, IBM is acquiring hosted NoSQL database provider Cloudant. Based in Boston, the privately held Cloudant offers a hosted version of the Apache CouchDB open source data store. Its own version, called BigCouch, can be run across multiple servers, providing a way to build and maintain an extremely large and fast data store for a front-end application. Companies in the fields of gaming, services, manufacturing, online education, retail and health c...
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One of the funny things about the cloud is that it's often difficult to know what's behind the curtain. Before IBM bought IaaS provider SoftLayer in June, we were hard-pressed to determine precisely what sort of IaaS Big Blue was offering. Yes, the company had a virtual server configurator similar to Amazon's, but the self-service stopped there: You'd tally up your config, submit it, and IBM would get back to you. Then there was that fuss in July about the SEC investigating IBM to discover exact...
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Swiftly putting its recently acquired Softlayer global cloud to use, IBM is moving much of its software portfolio and all of its existing platform services to the Softlayer cloud, where they all can be accessed as services under a common open architecture. "We're going to bring a lot of IBM middleware over into a cloud environment, so it will be consumable worldwide," said Lance Crosby, CEO of Softlayer, a public cloud company IBM purchased last year for $2 billion. IBM will also launch a market...
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IBM has assembled a vast array of hosted cloud services, and now it has somewhere to show them off. On its IBM Cloud online marketplace that goes live on Monday, enterprises can find the full range of IBM's offerings behind a single gateway. "So many of our customers want to build new cloud-based, front-end systems, but they want to tie them into their back-end infrastructure. We're delivering a whole set of integration components and control services to do the connection, and monitor and contro...
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The California Department of Technology, alongside IBM, has announced the launch of CalCloud, an infrastructure as a service private cloud rolled out across California. The news marks an important client win for IBM after losing a widely publicised battle against Amazon Web Services for a lucrative CIA cloud contract back in October. IBM are involved alongside AT&T, which will provide network services, and KPMG to provide education and drive users to the new services....
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Late last week CloudTech reported that the state of California was moving to the cloud, thanks to a contract won by IBM, AT&T and KPMG. And according to George Cruser, general manager infrastructure for IBM Global Technology Services, it was a unique contract in the 25 years he’s done government work....
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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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With the recent climate talks in Paris, energy consumption is a pressing topic. Unsurprisingly, cloud vendors have touted their infrastructure at scale as a way to reduce IT's carbon footprint due to the efficiencies gained from running such huge deployments. That doesn't change the reality that data centers remain a large source of carbon emissions through their intense energy and cooling requirements. So when it comes to energy usage and renewables, how do the cloud providers stack up? AWS has...
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SAP and IBM have announced a major partnership with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud being delivered through IBM’s cloud. The two firms, who have had a fruitful partner relationship for over 40 years, gives users the choice to run SAP’s HANA in-memory database across either SoftLayer, the IaaS firm acquired by IBM last year, or IBM’s cloud managed services....
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IBM announced the LinuxONE systems at LinuxCon Seattle last year. The LinuxONE family is comprised of two Linux powered mainframe computers: LinuxONE Emperor and LinuxONE Rockhopper. Emperor is a super expensive monster of a machine that is capable of scaling up to 8,000 virtual machines or thousands of containers, currently the most of any single Linux system. LinuxONE Rockhopper is an entry-level system targeted at clients and emerging markets that want mainframe capabilities. Now, the company...
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It’s official: IBM is going partnership mad. A couple of months after announcing a huge mobility collaboration with Apple, and only a week after inking a deal with Twitter for enterprise social analytics, Big Blue has announced a deal with Chinese Internet provider Tencent for cloud software....
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IBM has today announced the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups, which aims to help aspiring firms to the tune of $120,000 (£75,000) if they get a foot up on IBM’s cloud platform. Those who get the funding will be able to access the entire set of jewels in IBM’s cloudy crown, including SoftLayer infrastructure, Aspera’s data transfer, Cloudant’s database as a service, and Twitter’s social analytics, after the firms’ partnership was announced earlier this month....
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IBM is launching 26 services new services on its IBM Cloud which it describes as a ‘sweeping portfolio for data scientists and app developers’. Its new offering includes 150 publicly available datasets. The new initiative aims to help developers build and manage applications and help data scientists to read events in the cloud more intuitively. The hybrid cloud service scans multiple cloud providers and uses open systems which, IBM says, will create a ready flow of data across different services...
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Data is what makes today's business world go 'round, and IBM on Thursday launched a suite of new tools designed to help companies make the most of what they've got. Targeting developers and data scientists, the four new offerings are part of IBM's Cloud Data Services portfolio. First, IBM Graph is a fully managed graph database service built on the open-source Apache TinkerPop graph-computing framework. Developers can use it to extend business-ready apps with real-time recommendations, fraud det...
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IBM has announced the launch of the first SoftLayer cloud data centre in Germany, joining an ever growing list of cloud service providers (CSPs) setting up roots in the European country. The move, to Frankfurt, had been coming, with Germany and France on Big Blue’s confirmed list of targets after launching a London data centre back in July, Paris already having been opened....
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IBM has released its Q4 and full year financial figures for 2014, showing net income at $15.8bn down 7% year on year, revenue from continuing operations down 6%, but total cloud revenue of $7bn in 2014, up 60%. It’s a not unexpected result given, like SAP, IBM is aiming to shift its revenues more towards the cloud as opposed to legacy on-premises software, but at the expense of its overall profits....
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IBM has launched IBM Spectrum Storage, a new storage portfolio which adds a layer of intelligent software to store each piece of data at the optimal cost maximising performance and security. The tech giant has also put more than $1bn of investments into its storage software portfolio over the next five years....
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The latest figures from Synergy Research have found Cisco and HP to be the leaders in the cloud infrastructure equipment market, while IBM, the clear market leader in Q412, slips further down the table. The analysts point to IBM selling off its server business to Lenovo – which is now the seventh largest vendor in the space – as a key point in the Armonk firm’s downturn....
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The head of Amazon Web Services told customers on Wednesday that the company is still leading the cloud market, despite all the new competition coming at it. While he made several product announcements, including one for Kinesis Firehose, a service for loading streaming data, and another on a business intelligence service called QuickSight, his message was clear: AWS is standing up to its rivals, despite the traction and attention those rivals have been gaining. "The cloud has become the new nor...
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Amazon Web Services, for another consecutive year, is running away with the IaaS cloud market, according to research firm Gartner, but unlike other years the competition - namely Microsoft, is giving the market leader a run for its money. Gartner released its IaaS Magic Quadrant today outlining the IaaS market; it’s hailed by some as a sort of benchmark for the industry to determine who is leading it. Perhaps the most surprising statistic in the report though is just how big AWS is. Gartner esti...
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Amazon Web Services may have a market-share lead in the IaaS cloud, but in the past year the company has begun to offer a series of applications that run on top of its cloud that have been produced by AWS. Meaghan McGrath an analyst at Technology Business Research Inc. say these moves suggest that AWS is interested in competing not just on the IaaS stack where its virtual machine, storage and database offerings are established entities, but with higher-level application services such as producti...
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Tech giant IBM and enterprise cloud storage provider Box have announced a wide-ranging partnership, aimed at content management and social collaboration to improve the enterprise cloud and digital push. The two companies aim to integrate their existing products and services to develop new solutions across multiple verticals, from medicine, to engineering and academia....
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IBM is ramping up its commitment to open source technologies by releasing a new platform which enables developers to build cloud applications. The platform, called developerWorks Open, allows developers to not only download the code but have access to blogs and videos, comprising a global network to accelerate development projects....
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The revenues of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google in cloud infrastructure services commands more than half of the worldwide market, according to new data from Synergy Research.The figures reveal the combined market share of the ‘big four’ at 54% of the overall cloud infrastructure market, comparing favourably with Q214 (46%) and Q213 (41%). AWS holds a 29% market share at the top, with each of the big four cloud providers increasing their share of the global market in the seco...
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I've always had trouble with the phrase "hybrid cloud." Certainly the Wikipedia definition -- "a composition of two or more clouds" -- is less than helpful. The commonly accepted meaning today is some sort of harmonious integration between a public cloud (maintained by the provider) and a private cloud (maintained by the customer).To unpack an emerging tech paradigm, it always makes sense to talk to the company that's furthest along. For the hybrid cloud, that company would be Microsoft, and few...
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Which is more secure: the public cloud or on-premises infrastructure? “Is it more secure to run in the cloud or more secure to run in my data center?” asks John Treadway, senior vice president at consultancy Cloud Technology Partners. “I can do it better. You can do it better… It becomes a religious debate.” Large enterprises invest a lot in security, Treadway says and so do large cloud providers. “Whether it's more secure or less secure, [the cloud is] at least as secure as most enterprise envi...
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Research firm Gartner’s annual report card on the public IaaS cloud computing market shows there is one clear leader – Amazon Web Services – and another clear challenger – Microsoft Azure. And then there is everyone else. “The market is dominated by only a few global providers – most notably Amazon Web Services, but increasingly also Microsoft Azure,” Gartner researchers say, giving Google Cloud Platform an honorable mention. “Between them, these three providers comprise the majority of workload...
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There was a time long ago when IBM ruled the cloud, although no one used that word back then. The company’s mainframe line in the 1960s and '70s was the original distant and unseen pile of metal and silicon meant to be shared among all users. Each program got a slice of the big machine’s time, and everyone understood they were “time sharing,” which sounds a bit more precise than the amorphous word “cloud.” That was then. Today, no one should be surprised that IBM is playing in the modern cloud b...
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You can probably rattle off the top enterprise software vendors without thinking: Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and SAP. According to the best estimates I can find, those four companies together racked up close to $140 billion in software revenue in 2015, led of course by Microsoft and its well-known offerings.Our cloud future will feature a different foursome -- Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM -- and although public cloud revenues remain a small fraction of those driven by software, growth is by l...
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Two recent stories at InfoWorld got me thinking about how much enterprise pricing approaches are being infused into the cloud -- approaches that are much like the familiar enterprise software pricing of the 1990s.These pricing models are clearly aimed at the enterprise, not at the small-business market that made cloud what it is today. And they bring the same pros and cons of those traditional software licences....
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IBM reported its thirteenth straight decline in quarterly revenue while executives continue to invest in its cloud and data business. IBM continues to take the saying “you have to spend money to make money” close to heart. The tech colossus on Monday reported its thirteenth straight decline in quarterly revenue while executives continued to funnel money into IBM’s “strategic imperatives,” which includes its cloud computing and data analytics business....
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IBM announced this week that the company is delivering a multi-million dollar private cloud platform for a consortium of post-secondary educational institutions in Nova Scotia, Canada. Michael Shepherd, dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, where the platform will reside, said the infrastructure will help equip graduates with skills in analytics, which are increasingly in demand.The cloud platform, which is based on IBM’s Flex Systems and Storewize hardware, will run A...
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IBM and Market Creations, an Australian-based systems integrator have inked a deal with the City of Greater Geraldton, Australia, to construct an energy efficient cloud-enabled datacentre. The deal will see IBM and Market Creations design and construct the datacentre which the vendors claim will be among the most energy efficient in Australia....
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Sprint has tapped IBM for an update to the Sprint Velocity infotainment platform that allows drivers to sync car settings with the cloud.Over the past year Sprint has been partnering with a number of service providers for a range of technologies which have enabled the company to realise its vision for a cloud connected vehicle, including Aeris Communications, an M2M platform designer and Airbiquity, which has developed a technology to bridge mobile and vehicle apps....
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IBM and Pivotal, an EMC spin-off announced Thursday that the two companies will collaborate on the development of Cloud Foundry, an open source platform as a service.“Cloud Foundry’s potential to transform business is vast, and steps like the one taken today help open the ecosystem up for greater client innovation,” said Daniel Sabbah, general manager of Next Generation Platforms, IBM.“IBM will incorporate Cloud Foundry into its open cloud architecture, and put its full support behind Cloud Foun...
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IBM said Wednesday that it is cooperating with an investigation led by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into the way the company reports cloud revenues. The company said that it learned of the investigation in May this year, according to its Q2 results filings with the SEC, and is in the process of “cooperating with the SEC in this matter.”...
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) filed a complaint Wednesday with the US Federal Claims Court in response to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustaining part of a protest by IBM against the awarding of a CIA cloud computing contract.IBM filed a protest with the GAO in February this year after the CIA awarded a cloud computing contract to AWS reportedly worth roughly $600m.The company challenged the evaluation process which led to AWS initially securing the contract, but in its June 6 rulin...
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Google, IBM, Mellanox, Nvidia and Tyan on Tuesday formed the OpenPower Consortium, a development alliance set up to innovate around IBM’s Power architecture for cloud datacentres.As part of the move IBM is releasing its Power architecture for open development and will license Power intellectual property to others outside the industry consortium.According to IBM the industry alliance intends to build server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at improving data centre flexib...
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Analysts have warned that IBM faces a transformation that could make it a leaner operator – and potentially meaner one for staff. IBM’s reported on revenue of $22.1 billion for Q4 of 2015, down 9% compared to the same quarter last year, indicate that its cloud and analytics sales growth is failing to offset declines in traditional business. The $4.5 billion earnings on that revenue, however, were better than expected by Wall Street analysts....
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IBM has announced another cloud video acquisition with the intention to purchase video streaming service provider Ustream. The new acquisition will become part of IBM’s Cloud offering to enterprises. Financial details were not disclosed. Ustream has developed a cloud model to support live and on-demand video streams. It currently has 80 million viewers per month from customers including NASA, Samsung, Facebook, Nike and The Discovery Channel. It has a San Francisco base and a development office ...
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Intel’s IoT software subsidiary Wind River is to work with IBM to make Industrial IoT projects run smoother and more efficiently. The two companies will work together on a series of initiatives aimed at clarifying their processes for each other, offering guidance to third parties and simplifying the task of integrating their respective systems with each other....
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Technology giant IBM announced plans this week to invest another $1bn into Linux technologies including a new Linux research centre for the company’s developers, clients and partners to collaborate on Linux projects tailored to the IBM’s Power Systems offerings.As part of the investment the company, which unveiled its plans at the Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon 2013 conference in New Orleans earlier this week, will set up a new Linux research centre in Montpellier, France which will house research ...
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IBM plans to invest $17m to build a datacentre located in Bogota, Columbia that will offer up the company’s cloud and big data services to enterprises in the region.The company said that it will be offering its cloud, smarter systems and big data offerings, expanding on the company’s $8m investment into its datacentre infrastructure in Columbia in 2011.“In the current competitive environment, Colombia companies are looking for high value solutions that help them solve complexity through innovati...
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In a bid to tap into the growing market for mobile cloud services IBM and Deutsche Telekom have announced a partnership today that will see IBM’s Mobile First platform offered to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) via Deutsche Telekom’s cloud-based developer ecosystem, Developer Garden.The move will allow users developing applications using IBM Worklight, the company’s mobile application development platform, to access to Deutsche Telekom’s API’s, allowing communications services integrati...
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Tech giant IBM has acquired cloud based mobile messaging tools provider Xtify. The push comunications specialist claims to help organisations improve mobile sales, drive in-store traffic and engage customers with personalised offers. IBM said that the acquisition will help it to extend its mobile capabilities to digital marketers across all industries. Xtify will expand IBM’s Smarter Commerce initiative providing campaign creation, personalised content, dynamic real-time segmentation and analyti...
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Shares of IBM fell 1.2 per cent to $181.98 Monday after Barclays advised investors to pare holdings, with the bank cutting its price target from $250 to $190. Barclays downgraded its recommendation on the shares to “equal weight” (similar to “hold”) from “overweight” (or “buy”) because of concerns around the impact of cloud-based services on IBM’s cash flow....
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The US Court of Federal Claims ruled in favour of Amazon Web Services Monday in a dispute pitting the public cloud giant against IBM in a battle to build a $600m cloud for the US intelligence community. In February IBM filed a protest with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) after the CIA awarded a cloud computing contract to AWS worth $600m. IBM challenged the evaluation process which led to AWS initially securing the contract (while IBM’s bid was significantly cheaper, the CIA select...
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Researchers at IBM’s labs in the US have been awarded a patent for a method to dynamically manage network bandwidth within a cloud environment, which the company says will be the next cornerstone of software defined networking and could lead to improved cloud performance....
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IBM’s third quarter financial results showed the company reported a six per cent increase in profit driven by increases of more than 70 per cent in cloud revenue. But the tech giant also took a big hit to its hardware business and saw its total revenues decline.The company’s third-quarter profit was $4bn, compared to $3.8bn in the third quarter of 2012, the company said Wednesday. Overall revenue was $23.7bn, compared to $24.7 billion in the year prior, down four per cent....
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Barely a week after the company announced it had been awarded a patent for a unique method to dynamically allocate network resources within a cloud environment, researchers at IBM labs announced this week that they have won a new patent on a method allowing service providers to optimise resource allocation within a cloud datacentre. IBM received U.S. Patent #8,370,490 for “Cloud Service Cost-Optimal Data Center Assignment,” which effectively automates the analysis of the most effective use of da...
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IBM and Akamai, a company specialising in wrapping security provisions around content delivery networks outlined plans Tuesday to partner on the development of a cloud service that helps businesses identify network anomalies and stop distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in their tracks....
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IBM Labs announced Friday that the company has been awarded a patent for a method that allows datacentre operators to dynamically allocate compute and networking resources to lower-powered or underutilised systems. The company says the invention will help “green” cloud computing and reduce the energy consumption of datacentres, and allow service providers the ability to offer consumers a trade-off between performance and energy efficiency.Submitted in September 2011, the patent (US 8,549,125B2, ...
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Energy companies have traditionally been fairly conservative when it comes to using cloud-based IT platforms. But Bharat Light and Power (BLP), a forward-thinking renewable energy producer in India recently shifted its plant monitoring systems to the cloud, and is tapping into cloud-based big data analytics to help improve operational efficiency as it looks to manage future growth.The company said the new platform, the result of a collaboration with IBM, will help it achieve scale while making o...
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Big data platform specialist Cloudera on Tuesday announced a slew of partnerships with a number of cloud infrastructure service providers including Savvis, Verizon, Softlayer and T-Systems. The company said the move will help bolster enterprise penetration of its big data services, despite the notable absence of the big three – Amazon, Google and Microsoft....
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In what appears to be the end of a longstanding battle to build a large private cloud for the US intelligence community, IBM has stepped back from continuing its protest of AWS for being awarded the $600m contract, according to media reports. The CIA has been in the process of trying to set up a massive private cloud estate to serve the intelligence community for several years now. But the past ten months have seen that plan stall amidst a legal battle between AWS and IBM, which were the two lea...
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IBM made a number of announcements at its Information on Demand conference this week, focusing largely on innovations further marrying cloud and big data technologies. Among them include tools that anonymize big data, and software created by IBM labs dubbed “Project Neo,” which can be applied to raw data sets and discover hidden patterns therein – potentially providing the answers to questions businesses have yet to ask....
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Tech giant IBM announced Tuesday that it has reached a deal to acquire Fiberlink Communications, a mobile management and security company. IBM said the acquisition will help strengthen its bid to conquer the enterprise mobile management space....
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In a bid to spur innovative application development blending enterprise cloud services with artificial intelligence IBM announced Thursday that it will be launching a cloud service for developers that is based on its popular Watson supercomputer. The company says its cognitive computing platform will help application developers bridge the gap between human and computer intelligence....
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International Business Machines Corp, which ruled computing in the age of the mainframe, is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018.The aggressive target, set by IBM executives at the company's annual investor meeting in New York on Thursday, is the latest step for the technology giant towards emerging, high-margin businesses, and away from its previous strongholds in hardware and servers.The $40 billion will come from areas which...
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Enterprises are showing record levels of interest in private cloud solutions, with 55 per cent of IT decision makers planning on building out private cloud infrastructure in 2014 according to new research by Forrester.Lauren Nelson, an analyst at the firm told Business Cloud News that HP’s Open Stack-based platform is leading the private cloud pack on the vendor side, with Cisco, IBM and Microsoft following closely behind. But the research also suggests vendors are lagging in hybrid cloud suppor...
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Dell has inked a slew of new agreements with Microsoft, Google, Dropbox and CenturyLink, and announced a partnership with Red Hat to co-develop OpenStack private cloud deployments in a big end of year cloud push for the tech giant. The company said the agreements will strengthen its cloud partner programme as it moves forward with its integration-focused strategy in the cloud infrastructure sector....
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Researchers at IBM labs are working on an invention the company claims can ‘seamlessly’ store and move data across multiple cloud platforms in real time. IBM aims for the technology to help enterprises overcome service reliability concerns and “cloud-enable” almost any storage product....
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Branded server sales declined three per cent in the last quarter, the fourth consecutive quarterly decline according to new data published by research and analysis firm IDC. But while server revenues for big players like IBM, Oracle and Cisco continue to decline, increased adoption of cloud services could accelerate the rise of original design manufacturers (ODM) as cloud service providers seek lower cost avenues for achieving scale....
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Following IBM’s announcement in November last year that the company would open its cognitive supercomputer Watson to third parties to develop their own applications and cloud-services on the platform, the tech giant announced Thursday a combined $1bn investment into the Watson that includes a shiny new office in New York, and a lot of engineering and marketing resources....
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New facility extends IBM’s global cloud delivery capabilities to meet cloud needs of businesses in Asia Pacific.Global software services and products firm IBM has announced a $38 million (around Rs 170 crore) investment in a new IBM Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Centre in Singapore, which will provide businesses in India with solutions and services to harness the potential of cloud computing....
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US technology titan IBM says the job skills of the future include savvy with smartphones, tablet computers and software hosted in the Internet "cloud" rather than standard desktop computers. IBM Tech Trends Survey results being released Friday show that a majority of business technology specialists expect that by 2015 more business software will be made for smartphones and tablet computers than for traditional office systems. And some 91 percent of the 2,000 respondents from 87 countries agree...
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In line with previous commitments placing Africa at the heart of IBM’s long-term growth strategy, the company announced Thursday that it is bringing its Watson cognitive computing platform to the continent, investing $100m in the initiative. The announcement follows a recently announced $1bn investment in the cloud-based cognitive computing platform, and a massive hardware divestment....
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In a bid to give its server business a (much needed) shot in the arm IBM unveiled the latest generation of its enterprise-X architecture, the foundation of its Systemx and PureSystem servers, known as X6. Stuart McRae, IBM’s System X high end business line manager told Business Cloud News that the new architecture is ideal for cloud and analytics applications.Those looking for high-performance X86 infrastructure will find some impressive improvements in the recently announced architecture, inclu...
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In a bid to grow fast and quick IBM announced Friday that it plans to inject $1.2bn into a new global network of datacentres to run its portfolio of cloud-based services in 13 countries. IBM’s senior vice president of global technology services Erich Clementi said the new datacentres will be tuned to run private and public sector mission-critical workloads.Less than a year after IBM paid $2bn for infrastructure as a services provider SoftLayer the company announced it is injecting a further $1.2...
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IBM has entered into an agreement with Lenovo that will see that latter acquire IBM’s low-end x86 server business following hardware sales declines for the enterprise IT incumbent spanning nearly two years. The acquisition, valued at roughly $2.3bn, will likely help refocus the company on its new initiatives including cloud, big data, and cognitive computing as a service.As part of the agreement IBM will shed its SystemX, Flex Systems and Blade servers to Lenovo, and retain its higher-end hardwa...
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A cloud-based network developed by IBM which links the supply chains of over 750 auto part suppliers in India has gone live and according to Indian manufacturers, can save the industry over 80 per cent in transaction costs and millions of dollars lost to human error....
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By IBM's reckoning, providing video-based services and software to business-focused software developers is a $105 billion market. With UStream's technology, and the new IBM Cloud Video, Big Blue is working to get in on that market - and to differentiate itself even more from Amazon....
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IBM has been shifting away from hardware by selling low-margin businesses such as low-end servers and semiconductors to focus on high-margin products such as cloud-based services, mobile security and big data....
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Enterprise platform as a service provider Cloud Foundry has been spun off from Pivotal, the company said Monday. Rather than being overseen by one company the open source PaaS will be developed by the Cloud Foundry Foundation, which also recently added SAP and Rackspace to its impressive cross-section of industry supporters. But will participating vendors and cloud service providers be able to avoid some of the pitfalls inherent to other open source cloud projects and create differentiated Cloud...
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In a bid to shift its business towards selling more cloud-based software Cisco is ramping up investment in cloud services, pouring up to $1bn into products and services in the sector over the next two years according to the Wall Street Journal.The networking giant said it will spend the money building its own datacentres to host cloud services....
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On the heels of Google’s aggressive cloud services price cuts, research published Wednesday by Synergy sheds light on the leaders and laggards in cloud in the fourth quarter 2013, with Amazon, Salesforce and IBM coming out on top in the SaaS, IaaS and PaaS segments.According to Q4 2013 data analysed by Synergy Research Group quarterly revenues for the three segments passed the $3bn milestone, having grown 49 per cent year-on-year....
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Leveraging cutting edge technology to improve the learning process in higher education is something most universities strive towards but often struggle to afford. Bill Thirsk, vice president and chief information officer of Marist College, a medium-sized liberal arts university in New York tells Business Cloud News that technology, particularly cloud and Big Data, is essential to how the school improves the learning outcomes of its students....
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IBM said Wednesday that it has landed a technology and services deal with insurer and mutual fund manager The Hartford that will see IBM supply the company with private cloud infrastructure services. The deal, valued at over $500m, will also see both companies work together to create more services for the sector that are based on IBM technology....
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Enterprise IT giant IBM finally took the wraps off its cloud services marketplace Monday, an app store where it has consolidated most of its cloud-based offerings as well as those offered by third party software vendors. IBM also added support for integration of a range of third party offerings in BlueMix, the company’s bid to create one PaaS to rule them all, another step in its broader shift towards embracing self-service....
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HP and Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn announced a joint venture this week that will see the companies collaborate on the development of cloud-optimised servers specifically for service providers. The move comes as the brand-name server market continues to decline, contributing to growth in demand for white box servers.The companies said that cloud computing requires a new approach to server design, both in an architectural sense as well as the volume and speed of manufacturing....
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IBM on Tuesday announced a deal to buy SoftLayer Technologies in a move aimed at ramping up its ability to offer businesses and governments computing services hosted in the Internet 'cloud.' "With SoftLayer, IBM will accelerate the build-out of our public cloud infrastructure to give clients the broadest choice of cloud offerings," said IBM global technology services senior vice president Erich Clementi. New York State-based IBM did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which the New York ...
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The UK Department of Health on Tuesday signed a shared services agreement through the G-Cloud framework with a number of arms-length bodies to deploy a cloud-based collaboration platform from Kahootz as it moves to replace its legacy collaboration systems.The shared service agreement between the Department of Health and digital collaboration specialist Inovem will see the cloud-based collaboration platform deployed across NHS England, NHS Health Research Authority, the Care Quality Commission an...
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IBM opened a dedicated System Z Linux and cloud competency centre in Beijing this week. The company said it will use the centre to provide guidance to students and companies on using cloud-based solution built on the mainframe platform....
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IBM says federal regulators are looking into how the company reports sales for its cloud-computing business The technology company disclosed in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it learned in May that the Securities and Exchange Commission was conducting an investigation. International Business Machines Corp. started its cloud business in 2007 and has spent billions since then acquiring related businesses. It announced in June that it planned to buy cloud computing company SoftLayer Technolog...
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The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) in South Korea said this week that it will be working with IBM to test a hybrid cloud platform in a bid to consolidate numerous national public service phone numbers into one integrated call centre.ACRC, which responds to people’s grievances when they feel their civil rights have been breached, launched in 2008 and was created through the integration of several organisations in South Korea: the Ombudsman of Korea, the Korea Independent Commi...
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Students entering the IT industry need to understand vendor management better; procurement and business processes need to be tailored for cloud; service providers need to do more work on compliance. These are just a few of the lessons learned Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR) business relationship manager and director of IT Alex Rammal shared about the company’s journey to the cloud....
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Newcastle-based desktop as a service provider Atlas Cloud announced this week that it has secured £350,000 in new investment from Northstar Ventures and other private investors, which the company said would help fuel the next stage of its UK growth strategy.The four year old company which was founded by IT specialists and executives formerly working with Capgemini, Siemens, Axicom and Barclays specialises in the design, development and management of hosted desktop solutions using technologies fr...
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Commercial OpenStack distributor Mirantis announced a partnership with IBM Tuesday that will see Mirantis OpenStack Express, a pay-as-you-go private cloud service, hosted on SoftLayer infrastructure.Mirantis claims that the service, which has been in beta for the past two months, enables a more rapid method for standing up OpenStack-based private clouds that can be metered and consumed on a PAYG basis. It’s currently being trialled by a number of firms including Alcatel-Lucent, General Electric,...
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The European Commission has released a set of cloud service level agreement (SLA) standards designed to give EU businesses more certainty around what cloud service providers and consumers are responsible for when entering into contractual agreements.The guidelines have been developed by the Cloud Select Industry Group, a working group composed of over 100 cloud service providers and large firms including ATOS, the Cloud Security Alliance, ENISA, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and Telecom Italia, coordinat...
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Genesys, a contact centre infrastructure specialist and IBM announced a partnership this week that will see the two firms partner to develop a learning system geared towards improving customer experience with IBM’s Watson cognitive computing as a service at its foundation.The IBM Watson and Genesys solution will aid brands’ customer service agents to provide fast, data-driven answers, according to the companies; the solution’s “Ask Watson” feature will help address customers’ questions, offer fe...
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Cloud computing entails a significant shift in the way IT services are delivered to organisations, a trend correlated with, and to some extent the cause of, virtualisation in datacentre services. Given the many benefits virtualisation affords: flexibility, scalability, and agility, to name a few, it can be confidently said that most cloud-based services offered today are hosted on some virtualised platform. Yet there is a converse trend that is seeing enterprises, driven by performance, security...
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IBM’s platform as a service offering BlueMix, originally announced in February this year, has gone live in the company’s cloud services marketplace this week. Gary Barnett, principal software analyst at research and consultancy firm Ovum told Business Cloud News that the offering has the potential to transform the company’s software business. But its success will ultimately depend on IBM’s ability to integrate third party services, and break into new customer demographics it hasn’t always seemed...
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Combining development and operational deployment of software into a more integrated cycle can greatly improve time to market and improve efficiencies, delegates at the annual SifmaTech trading systems conference and exhibition in New York were told. Kristof Kloeckner, general manager of IBM Rational Software told the conference that a new approach to software development, dubbed DevOps, “goes way beyond just using the technology – it’s about reshaping the business so that it almost becomes ‘busi...
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Big data service provider Splunk has teamed up with Syncsort to bring analytics and data visualisation capabilities to IBM mainframe-generated data.The companies said the alliance enables organisations to search, analyse and visualise massive streams of mainframe data using Splunk’s cloud-based data analysis platform, or its on-premise correlate....
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In recent years, North America’s largest Coca Cola bottling company has increased the number of cloud services it uses. And along with three other large US-based bottlers most recently began an ambitious project to migrate its on premise ERP application‑its crown jewels‑to the cloud. But Onyeka Nchege, chief information officer of Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated explained to Business Cloud News that despite working as separately owned organisations, Coca Cola is a collaborative effort, m...
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AT&T Labs, IBM Research and consultancy Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) said this week they have seen the culmination of a project that started out as a hypothetical network study in 2007, resulting in a real-world, proof-of-concept this May. The technology, co-developed under the US Government’s DARPA CORONET program, aims to bring cloud and datacentre interconnectivity into a more dynamic, elastic state, taking cloud-to-cloud setup times down to minutes from days or even weeks.The shift r...
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Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University and the German Federal Institute for Risk working in conjunction with IBM have successfully developed a cloud-based predictive analytics platform to help investigate food-borne outbreaks of disease....
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IBM is set to open a cloud computing centre in Lisbon, Portugal, in a bid to help local and foreign companies migrate their IT systems and applications to the cloud.The company said the centre will focus on providing help to foreign and Portuguese companies looking to scale their IT services as they grow internationally, and help educate these companies on IBM’s growing portfolio of cloud services....
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Microsoft is looking to deliver a government-friendly version of its cloud-based Dynamics CRM platform in a bid to bolster its presence in the public sector. The move follows the company’s recent expansion of its preview of Azure for government.Microsot’s vice president of public sector Curt Kolcun said the platform, available in early 2015, will be a separate instance for government customers and will comply with FedRAMP, the US government’s cloud certification scheme....
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IBM announced that it plans to invest $3bn over the next 5 years in two broad research and development initiatives that will see the company focus on developing new chip architectures and semiconductor innovations specifically for cloud computing and big data systems. The initiatives will complement existing efforts like those undertaken through the OpenPower Foundation....
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Technology vendor Fujitsu has announced major new initiatives aimed at accelerating its capture of market share in cloud computing. The company said it plans to spend more than ¥200bn (US $2bn) over the next 3 years in a bid to bolster its market position amidst IT incumbents....
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Multinational appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has transitioned away from its on premise hosting environment and selected IBM’s cloud platform deployed on SoftLayer, with private networking support being provided by AT&T Netbond, for its e-commerce platform. The company said it shifted its systems to the cloud because it needed to become more flexible on a global level....
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In what appears to be the first of its kind in the US, the California Department of Technology and IBM have announced CalCloud, a shared, state-wide cloud platform where municipalities and all state and local government agencies can subscribe to different kinds of cloud services.The FedRAMP-approved platform, which has gone live this week, will allow government entities in California to share a common pool of computing resources and procure cloud hosting and application services more efficiently...
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IBM inventors have patented a technique that uses analytics to increase cloud computing performance and reduce costs by dynamically moving workloads—between or within cloud centers—based on an automatic analysis that determines the most efficient and effective use of available resources. IBM's patented invention automatically pools cloud computing resources from disparate cloud centers, enabling clients to improve performance and save money by reducing the amount of manual intervention needed t...
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IBM has deployed Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology, which provides chip-level application validation and security capabilities, in its SoftLayer datacentres. The company claims to be the only bare metal cloud service provider to deploy the technology.Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology uses a number of key advances in the company’s chip microarchitecture to validate the security integrity of applications within the processor itself, and ensure that workloads meet a wide range of compliance s...
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The use of cloud computing has now reached a "tipping point" as enterprises prepare fully to commit to the cloud for all areas of their business, according to IBM. Doug Clark, IBM's cloud leader for the UK and Ireland, said that towards the end of 2014 and into the start of 2015 he has seen customers making the decision to go "all in" for cloud services. “We’ve definitely reached a tipping point for cloud with clients. They have dabbled in the past and have done a few applications in the cloud...
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IBM has patented a technique to help IT outfits automatically analyse and manage the location of cloud data, which it claims will improve how they comply with local data protection and data sovereignty regulations.Over the past couple of years IBM has unveiled a slew of cloud-focused patents covering techniques related primarily to managing the flow of data, virtual machines, and networking resources dynamically....
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In a bid to bolster the company’s identity and access management portfolio IBM has acquired Lighthouse Security Group, which provides a cloud-based IAM and managed services platform, for an undisclosed sum. The move comes barely a week after the company acquired IAM service provider CrossIdeas.IBM said it acquired the long-time technology partner to extend its leadership in the cloud security space. According to Eric Maass, chief technology officer at Lighthouse Security Group the company’s tech...
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Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG (SSB), the principal public transportation organisation in the City of Stuttgart, Germany, has deployed IBM’s private cloud platform and flash storage in a bid to improve data access speeds and availability of its SAP ERP platform....
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Hosting provider OVH has launched a cloud service based on IBM’s Power8 processor architecture, an open source architecture tailored specifically for big data applications, and OpenStack.OVH, which serves 700,000 customers from 17 datacentres globally, said it wanted to provide a robust public cloud service tuned for database workloads and has tapped a combination of IBM and OpenStack-based technologies in this pursuit....
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Australian bank Westpac has signed up IBM to assist a major digital banking push in New Zealand. The bank plans to use IBM’s private cloud technology to build mobile services and social media presence.Under the five-year deal, Westpac New Zealand will migrate some of itsbusiness critical IT systems into IBM’s Auckland data centre. Using the IBM private cloud, the bank will develop and test tools for online and mobile banking. The aim is to roll out new services faster and across multiple devices...
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China Telecom has signed a three-year agreement with IBM to help small and medium businesses in China implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP cloud-based applications.The Chinese carrier will manage client infrastructure including cloud platform resources, networking and mobile devices and IBM will integrate the software, hardware and end-to-end service capabilities to create a complete environment that supports SAP applications on the cloud.Clients will be able to migrate and integrat...
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IBM plans to launch its SoftLayer cloud platform in Australia in September, the company announced, the latest of 15 new SoftLayer datacentres to be built out globally by the end of this year. Adrian Ho, principle analyst with Ovum’s enterprise practice said the move is bound to shake up the Australian cloud services market, one of the most mature and competitive in the region.IBM plans to launch its first Australian datacentre in Melbourne in September, from which it will offer its full portfoli...
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IBM, working in conjunction with a number of organisations, is using a combination of mobile, cloud and analytics platforms to help Sierra Leone and Nigeria’s public health authorities contain Ebola outbreaks and help coordinate disaster relief efforts in the region.The partners, which include Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative, Cambridge University’s Africa’s Voices project, Airtel and Kenya’s Echo Mobile, are deploying a platform that enables citizens to report Ebola-related issues via ...
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IBM has unveiled a number of cloud-based and on premise big data and analytics tools the company said will help ease application and data integration across multiple platforms and improve confidence in the quality of the data being used for analysis.IBM launched DataWorks, a set of cloud-based data refinery services that help shape, cleanse, secure and match data, which developers can embed into a range of applications; dashDB, a cloud-based data warehousing and analytics service with in-memory ...
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IBM and Chinese ISP Tencent have inked a deal that will see the two companies team up to jointly market cloud-based services for SMBs working in smart cities and healthcare among other verticals.Tencent and IBM have agreed to jointly promote mobile, cloud services and big data applications to small and medium sized businesses. The agreement will see Tencent leverage its network and cloud platform in China and IBM offer up its software expertise and consulting service, and the two firms will init...
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Cisco and IBM are teaming up to offer integrated server solutions that combine Cisco’s UCS technology with IBM’s Storwize storage system. The VersaStack deal is Cisco’s first big integrated infrastructure announcement since its divestment from VCE in October.Cisco’s contribution to the stack is its unified computing system (UCS), Nexus fabric extenders paired with MDS switches, and UCS Director software. Those will be combined with IBM’s Storwize V7000 technology, which brings built-in data virt...
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IBM has unveiled software to help enterprises apply regulatory rules that govern the flow of different kinds of data across global cloud platforms. The company claims the service will help enterprises enforce data privacy regulations within cloud environments, an issue becoming more prominent as we near implementation of the European Data Protection Act reforms....
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Information technology and consulting multinational IBM on Wednesday unveiled a global entrepreneur initiative to provide start-up companies industry-specific cloud-computing technologies. "The initiative will provide start-ups free access to cloud-computing technology to capture emerging business opportunities in fast-growing industries such as energy and utilities, healthcare, telecom and government," IBM Venture Capital group managing director Claudin Fan Munce told reporters here....
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IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Korean IT services company SK Holdings C&C announced an agreement to develop cloud solutions and services for enterprises across a variety of industries. Jointly, the companies intend to drive over $200 million as a result of this collaboration over the next five years.SK Holdings C&C selected IBM as its premier provider of cloud infrastructure services in order to help businesses digitally transform into the new era of cloud computing.SK Holdings C&C will use IBM Cloud to ru...
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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Giant Eagle, Inc., one of the US's largest privately held multi-format food, fuel and pharmacy retailers with locations across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana, is in the initial stages of overhauling its IT infrastructure with a hybrid cloud solution from IBM Cloud.The new solution, based on IBM Cloud's Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer, is designed to provide Giant Eagle flexible, consumption-based pricing, as well as faster proc...
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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is providing access to the IBM Cloud as part of the First Responder Application Challenge that runs through Dec.14. IBM and its partner Vencore, Inc., in coordination with USGIF and APCO, have teamed up to develop an application ecosystem that enables the development and delivery of predictive analytic and mobile applications that can significantly improve the operational capability of first responders, be built and delivered on the cloud, and apply data a...
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HCL will use Bluemix, IBM's Cloud platform to build applications and solutions in the areas of Unified Service Management and Internet of Things (IoT). The Unified Service Management offering will help clients manage the most demanding and complex service delivery environments. The IoT solutions will enable clients to collect and exchange data from a network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity....
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IBM is buying cloud computing company SoftLayer Technologies Inc. to expand its online software business. Financial terms were not disclosed Tuesday. SoftLayer is a privately held company based in Dallas with 13 data centers in the US, Asia and Europe....
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Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced it has enlisted IBM in a seven-year outsourcing deal worth €1bn that will cover the management of the company’s datacentres and IT services. Lufthansa said the move will help bolster its use of cloud, mobile and analytics tools across the business....
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IBM has aggressively expanded its cloud platform with the addition of twelve datacentres across North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. The move will see the IT giant partner with Equinix for nine of those datacentres.The company said it has added new capacity in Frankfurt, Mexico City and Tokyo, part of a $1.2bn investment plan announced earlier this year to add about 40 cloud datacentres globally in a bid to expand the reach of its SoftLayer assets and cloud marketplace globally....
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Docker and IBM have announced a partnership that will see IBM provide a Docker-based container service through Bluemix, the company’s platform as a service offering.IBM Containers is a Docker-based container service that will include Docker-native features and interfaces, including the new Docker orchestration services. The service, hosted on SoftLayer, will enable customers to launch Dockerized apps onto IBM’s cloud....
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IBM has boosted its patent portfolio by scoring two patents – one detailing a technique to speed up how data is processed and analysed in real-time data streams, the other relating to how analytics can be used to automatically shift workloads to lowest-cost cloud services within and between cloud datacentres....
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IBM and Apple have delivered the first batch of enterprise-focused iOS apps, co-developed and supported by Bluemix and IBM’s cloud infrastructure, making good on a deal the two companies – once bitter rivals – struck this summer....
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Following the Pivotal’s announcement in February that Cloud Foundry would be spun out of the company, the project’s open governance model under the non-profit Cloud Foundry Foundation has been formally established.The Cloud Foundry Foundation, which manages the development of the open source platform as a service Cloud Foundry, will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and operate under an open governance model set up by founding members at EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP and...
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SoftLayer will soon open new cloud datacentres in Sydney, Australia and Montreal, Canada as part of the company’s continued global rollout, with plans to add more capacity in other high growth regions in the coming months.The facilities in Montreal and Sydney are set to open before the end of March and will broaden the company’s existing footprint in those regions, with plans announced to add other cloud datacentres in Milan, Italy and Chennai, India before the year is out....
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North America’s National Hockey League (NHL) has announced a multiyear partnership with SAP that will see the hockey league deploy its recently announced statistics services on SAP HANA in the cloud....
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IBM said at an investor meeting this week the company plans to pour $4bn into strategic technology initatives like cloud, big data and Watson in a bid to reap about ten times as much in revenue by 2018.Short of revealing an explicit roadmap beyond simply redoubling strategic investments, the company aimed to reassure investors it was on the right track in boldly restructuring its business and shifting revenue re-investment towards strategic initiatives....
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In its first big push since acquiring IBM’s low-end x86 server division Lenovo has launched its first managed service provider and cloud service provider programme.The programme is Lenovo’s attempt to streamline its channel engagement process as cloud and managed service providers look to implement hardware refreshes.Service provider programme members will be able to secure Lenovo servers at a discount directly from channel distributors, and have access to a kickstarter programme that will allow...
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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is expanding its Direct Link services through new collaborations with Verizon, Equinix, Digital Realty, among others, to help enterprises more quickly and easily adopt a hybrid cloud infrastructure.Today, many organizations are demanding a reliable and secure connection to the cloud, rather than sending data over the public Internet. IBM Direct Link addresses this issue by enabling enterprises to directly plug into the IBM Cloud through private and secure IP ne...
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Fourth quarter 2014 data suggests Amazon Web Services (AWS) has hit a five-year high in its share of the cloud infrastructure service market despite more competitors having entered the fray over that period.Data collected by Synergy Research Group suggests AWS captured close to 30 per cent of worldwide market share of the cloud (IaaS, PaaS, private and hybrid) market in the final quarter of 2014. AWS was followed by Microsoft (10 per cent), IBM (7 per cent), Google (5 per cent), and Salesforce (...
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Data recently published by Synergy Research Group suggest Cisco and HP maintained their leadership of the cloud infrastructure kit market in the fourth quarter of last year, with the two firms accounting for over a quarter of worldwide server revenues globally.The firm said among the different types of cloud deployment, Cisco has a “clear lead” in public cloud infrastructure while HP leads in private cloud, with both firms combined accounting for about 27 per cent of the market in Q4 2014....
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IBM said it has over 100 pilots in place that see the company working with enterprises in a range of verticals to create cloud-based services integrated with Twitter. The move comes months after the two companies inked a deal that would see Twitter make its data stream available to Big Blue’s clients....
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Global hotel chain Marriott International announced plans to use IBM’s cloud services to bolster the digital services the company offers to its guests in over 4,000 locations and improve the efficiency of the company’s IT operations.The company said it plans to increased service deployment speeds by moving a “significant portion” of its core IT systems and applications into SoftLayer datacentres over the next few years, and gain a more robust view of the company’s performance using analytics (Bi...
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OpenPower Foundation members pulled the curtain back on a number of open source cloud datacentre technologies including the first commercially available OpenPower-based server, and the first open server spec that combines OpenStack, Open Compute and OpenPower architectures....
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UK e-retailer Shop Direct, the firm behind Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, has enlisted IBM to help the company set up and manage a hybrid cloud platform in a bid to make its online platforms more performant.The ten-year deal will see IBM help move some of Shop Direct’s applications and customer-facing websites onto SoftLayer infrastructure, deploy enterprise mobility management services to help manage and secure employees’ mobile devices, and provide the firm with embedded IT management support...
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Netflix has deployed IBM storage systems in a bid to consolidate and manage growing data volumes. The announcement comes as Netflix looks to completely rethink its architecture.Netflix has selected a high-end storage appliance based on IBM’s XIV architecture. It is using the Gen3 cloud storage system to manage its databases, development, testing and back-up operations....
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IBM is opening up a studio in London aimed at attracting design and digital experts to work with clients and develop digital solutions using the company’s mobile, big data and cloud technologies.Based at IBM’s Southbank location in London, IBM said the studio will host IBM Design personnel and host local teams from IBM Interactive Experience, the firm’s digital marketing agency, as well as local employees specialising in IBM big data, cloud and mobile products and services – including Bluemix, t...
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IBM has unveiled a cloud-based cybersecurity service which includes hundreds of terabytes of raw aggregated threat intelligence data, which can be expanded upon by users that sign up to use the service.At about 700TB, IBM’s X-Force Exchange service is being pitched by the firm as one of the largest and most complete catalogues of cybersecurity vulnerability data in the world....
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IBM announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Gravitant, a privately held cloud brokerage company, The company develops cloud-based software to enable organizations to easily plan, buy and manage, or “broker,” software and computing services from multiple suppliers across hybrid clouds....
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IBM announced on Monday the release of a cloud-based data warehouse service. The company says it will offer businesses a way to reach and analyse their data without having to go through many steps, as it was the case earlier....
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IBM and AT&T have partnered up to create a mobile cloud security solution, the two companies said in a joint statement on Monday, The solution “enables a workforce to be productive without compromising security and the mobile user experience”, according to the press release....
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The dip in some of the core software products follows the more dramatic declines that IBM has seen in its server hardware, most notably the Power series of servers, although revenues for that server finally appeared to stabilize in the most recent quarter. Revenues from Power Systems were only down one percent for the quarter, compared with the same period last year....
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IBM has announced that it is acquiring Clearleap, a provider of cloud-based enterprise-grade video content management services. The acquisition, of which the purchase price remains undisclosed, will be an addition to IBM’s cloud strategy....
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Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre is working with IBM to deploy a hybrid cloud solution that would improve its ability to stream live videos of performances to mobile devices globally.It had previously broadcast performances on the web using its own on-premise platform to edit and stream performances, but the company said it sought a cloud-based platform for this in a bid to expand its global reach and improve its ability to withstand peaks in demand....
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International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) has been on the hot seat for a while now. First was the dispute with Amazon over the US Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) $600 million cloud service agreement, and now the issue about the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) probe of its accounting and financial declarations....
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IBM has signed up a number of partners for its Bluemix platform that will see the company bolster the platform-as-a-service with and its Cloud Foundry efforts by establishing developer meeting spaces.The company announced a public beta of a .NET runtime, which will enable Cloud Foundry developers to use Microsoft’s development technologies and develop .NET apps.IBM also said it is supporting the expansion of Cloud Foundry Dojos, physical developer spaces designed to host developers looking to le...
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New Zealand’s Ministry of Health has enlisted IBM to help the department set up a cloud-based system to support the country’s national healthcare IT infrastructure.The deal will see the Ministry deploy all of its internal systems on IBM’s managed cloud infrastructure (hosted in-country) for a minimum of five years.The move follows an pledge made by Health Benefits Limited, the crown company set up in 2010 to support health service provision, to consolidate the infrastructure of all twenty Distri...
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Amazon has launched the AWS Educate in a bid to help educators and student cultivate cloud-centric development and operations skills, and attract the next generation of users to its cloud services ecosystem.The company plans to offer students and educators credits for AWS cloud services and make available cloud-related educational content for teachers to use as course materials. Amazon said the move is intended to help train up students on cloud, which it said it becoming the default environment...
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IBM said over 1,000 organisations have now joined its recently announced cloud-based cybersecurity service, dubbed X-Force Exchange.The service includes hundreds of terabytes of raw aggregated threat intelligence data and those that sign up to the service can upload their own data, so the more people join the more robust the service gets....
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IBM has opened up its first cloud data centre in Cornaredo, a municipality in Milan, strengthening its European empire, The data centre, which runs on SoftLayer infrastructure, allows customers to more easily manage, run and store data through less latency and stronger data sovereignty....
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While the rest of the tech media marvelled at the world’s first seven nanometre chips unveiled by IBM earlier this week, the Armonk giant has quietly pushed out a couple of impressive cloud announcements alongside it....
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Cloud-based contact centre software provider Talkdesk has secured $15m in a series A round of funding led by DFJ with participation from existing investor, Storm Ventures, which the company said would be used to fuel its international expansion.The latest round of funding brings the total amount raised by the firm since its founding to over $33m....
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IBM is partnering with silicon design platform provider SiCAD to offer a cloud-based high performance services for electronic design automation (EDA) which the companies said can be used to design silicon for smartphones, wearables and Internet of Things devices.The IBM Electronics Design Automation (EDA)-based tools will be delivered via SoftLayer infrastructure on a PAYG basis and provide on-demand access to silicon design tools....
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IBM announced the launch of SuperVessel, an open access cloud service developed by the company’s China-based research outfit and designed for developing and testing cloud services based on the OpenPower architecture.The cloud service is based on the latest Power8 processors (with FPGAs and GPU-based acceleration) and uses OpenStack to orchestrate the underlying cloud resources. The SuperVessel service is sliced up into various “labs”, each focusing on a specific area, and is initially launching ...
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I’ve been playing somewhat of a game over recent months. It’s a fun game for all the family and might be called “Guess my job”. It’s simple to play. All you need to do is ask someone the question; “What is a hybrid cloud?” then based upon their answer you make your choice. Having been playing this for a while I’m now pretty good at being able to predict their viewpoint from their job role or vice versa.The idea of connecting an on-site System of Record to a cloud-based System of Engagement: ...
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US enterprise tech giant IBM has revealed a new global partnership with cloud storage outfit Box to integrate their products and sell into vertically targeted enterprise markets.More specifically the strategic alliance will combine Box’s cloud collaboration platform with a number of IBM solutions, including analytics, cloud and security. Both companies will sell the combined products....
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Newly independent Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) signed a $180m deal with IBM this week that will see the firm support the migration of its application infrastructure from on-premise datacenters into a hybrid cloud environment.The wide-ranging deal will also see CPG lean on IBM’s cloud infrastructure for its network services, help desk, end-user services, cybersecurity, mobile device management and operational big data....
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IBM is teaming up with Abu Dhabi-based investment firm Mubadala Development Company to create a joint venture based in Abu Dhabi that will deliver IBM’s cloud-based Watson service to customers in the Middle East and Northern Afirca (MENA) region.Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of IBM Watson said Mubadala’s knowledge of the local corporate ecosystem will help the company expand its cognitive compute cloud service in the region....
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IBM Cloud Security Enforcer allows IT security administrators to monitor and regulate the use of cloud-based apps in an organization. Using IBM Cloud Security Enforcer, admins can monitor user activity, detect cloud app usage, and limit cloud app access to an approved app catalog making "bring your own" cloud-based app usage safe....
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Equinix announced that both Rackspace and IBM SoftLayer are now accessible directly through the Equinix Cloud Exchange in multiple regional datacenters. The addition of the cloud services grows Equinix' datacenter-to-cloud service offering, which already included Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Engine (GCE) as connection options that can be established directly through the datacenter....
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Public cloud computing generated over $22 billion in revenues for IT companies in the second financial quarter of 2015, according to a study by Synergy Research Group....
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IBM has created a Cloud Security Enforcer service to give companies a more commanding view of all third-party cloud apps used by their employees and new powers to secure them. The Enforcer aims to give companies more control over granting access to corporate data and applications....
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The Linux Foundation along with a number of enterprises, cloud service providers , telcos and vendors have banded together to form the Cloud Native Computing Foundation in a bid to standardise and advance Linux containerisation for cloud.The newly formed open source foundation, a Linux Foundation collaborative project, plans to create and drive adoption of common container technologies at the orchestration level, and integrate hosts and services by defining common APIs and standards....
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AWS revenue for the second quarter of this year topped $1.82bn, an increase of about 81 per cent year on year. The results come as other major IT service providers revealed strong cloud growth for the quarter.Last quarter, the first time it pulled the curtain back on its cloud business, Amazon revealed AWS raked in $1.57bn in revenue. Operating income for Q2 increased 407 per cent to $391m....
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IBM will invest $60m in Africa over three years to expand its technical academy and educational initiatives in the region. The company said it wants to bolster its investment in developing stronger regional capabilities in cloud services, big data and analytics....
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Alibaba announced plans this week to plough $1bn into its cloud computing division, Aliyun, in a bid to expand the company’s presence and establish new datacentres internationally. The move may give it the scale it needs to compete more effectively with the likes of Amazon and Google.The $1bn in additional investment will go towards setting up new cloud datacentres in the Middle East, Singapore, Japan and in various countries across Europe....
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IBM has opened a new office in San Francisco to channel further growth in its supercomputing business as it claims 77,000 developers across the world are using its Watson Developer Cloud to pilot, test and deploy new business ideas....
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Hootsuite will deploy its App Directory service on SoftLayer infrastructure, the companies announced this week. The two companies also intend to team up to create a university programme aimed at fostering social media analysis skills development.The two companies are also joining forces to develop a no-charge university program that pairs IBM’s Academic Initiative with Hootsuite’s Higher Education Program, which blends analytics and cloud training with social media skill development. The move wi...
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IBM is open sourcing a large set of Linux mainframe code and launching the LinuxONE Developer Cloud, a cloud-based platform for developers to create applications for a Linux server based on the mainframe....
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Box has announced new developments in its security, governance and infrastructure management offerings, At its annual BoxWorks conference, Box’s general manager for enterprise Whitney Bouck promised users would get better governance and better integration with IBM in a bid to fortify itself as an enterprise class cloud system....
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IBM has launched a new hybrid cloud system that could make application building a lot quicker for enterprises – without compromising security. The system, Bluemix Local, is designed to build apps across public, private and on-premises environments....
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Enterprise IT giant IBM has announced it will be acquiring object-based storage software and appliances vendor Cleversafe to boost its storage and hybrid cloud offering....
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IBM and Infosys have announced a joint venture where Infosys will use IBM’s Bluemix system to prototype, develop and roll out new cloud apps for its client base in 50 countries, The partners will launch a Bluemix-powered Innovation Lab in which Infosys and its clients can work together to create applications. Infosys developers are to be trained on Bluemix and tutored on cloud app development. Infosys will also get access to the IBM Bluemix Dedicated, a library of cognitive computing and analyti...
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IBM has posted an unexpectedly large drop in revenue and cut its full-year profit forecast, blaming the strong US dollar for dampening demand from China and emerging markets. Though cloud, big data, mobile and other strategic markets are growing, their rise is not enough to arrest a long term trend of decline....
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IBM says the new Universal Behavior Exchange (UBE) in its Marketing Cloud will help businesses to understand their customers better....
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Intel and Oracle are to build on a previous collaboration which saw them jointly take on IBM in the cloud computing hardware market. Now they are conspiring again, this time to target Oracle’s database and software customers, in a bid to get them to ditch their IBM computer servers and buy Oracle/Intel servers instead....
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IBM is to use the cloud to deliver IT developers into a state of API Harmony, The vendor turned service provider has launched an intelligent cloud based matchmaking technology, which instantly helps coders to find the right application programming interface (API) for the right occasion. The service, API Harmony, could save the world’s developers so much time and money that the global API economy has been predicted to be worth $2.2 trillion by 2018, according to IBM’s internal research....
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Global distributor Avnet has launched a cloud shop and unveiled both IBM and AWS as headline partners, The Avnet Cloud Marketplace is described as ‘the latest evolution’ in Avnet’s cloud offering. Avnet said it is incorporating all the insight gained from running 900,000 workloads in public, private and hybrid clouds in the past two years and making that wisdom available to its partners....
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Less than a few months after buying the managed OpenStack-based private cloud provider Blue Box IBM announced it has integrated the company’s technology into its SoftLayer infrastructure.  IBM customers now have access to Blue Box’s dedicated cloud offering through its cloud datacentres, which the company is pitching as a way to complement and ease provisioning of resources in the public cloud....
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ANZ has signed a five-year, A$450 million (£208 million) strategic agreement with IBM, the centrepiece of which is the establishment of a cloud-based Innovation Lab based on IBM’s Bluemix cloud development platform-as-a-service, reports Banking Technology.  The lab will allow the Bank’s developers to build, test and deploy new applications and services at “a fraction of the time and cost previously taken”....
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IBM has launched the first in a series of cloud-based, industry-specific services for the Internet of Things (IoT), with an offering for the electronics industry. Its debut IoT service will gather data from individual sensors to provide instant analysis of the production processes of electronics manufacturers....
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IBM says it has acquired cloud based video service provider Clearleap in a bid to make video a strategic source of data on any device at any time, In addition, the Clearleap platform includes subscription and monetization services and data centres from which to host digital video assets. This means IBM customers pass the multi screen video experience on to their own clients...
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The last decade witnessed one of, if not the most transformational waves of technological change ever to break on the shores of IT cloud computing. Companies vied to position as the key holders to the cloud universe, and customers too, competed for the honor of being first to market in terms of their use and migration to the various cloud models....
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AT&T and IBM are to extend the scope of their 20 year working relationship partnership as IBM takes over the telco’s cloud based networking, application and hosting services. In a new development AT&T will transfer its managed application and hosting service unit into IBM’s Cloud portfolio. IBM will acquire equipment and access to the AT&T data centres that currently host the services....
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IBM has announced it has acquired Clearleap to improve cloud users access to videos, by integrating with Clearleap's video library delivery platform. The financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but IBM has said that the seven-year old company based in Georgia will be integrated into its cloud platform. Clearleap's platform securely delivers large video libraries to multi-screen devices and conventional televisions. With its integration into IBM's cloud platform, ente...
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The new IBM Cloud could help the likes of BMW and Mercedes to make better use of the mass of data created by all the intelligent sensors in a car and use this intelligence to make car drivers more efficient. The service aggregates data about the machines, the drivers and the passengers. IBM claims it could cut carbon emissions by helping cut fuel consumption through promoting better driving techniques, smarter route choices and sensible loading....
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