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Microsoft makes cloud-computing available to Ebola researchers – FierceBiotech IT

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 in Cloud News

Microsoft ($MSFT) has taken a lead from its co-founder Bill Gates' philanthropic efforts. The computing giant is making its Azure cloud platform available to Ebola researchers who need help with the storage and analysis of data. CEO Satya Nadella unveiled the commitment at a presentation attended by Reuters.

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IBM chief discusses Watson, cloud services – Boston Globe

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 in Cloud News

Watson, the superintelligent computer built by International Business Machines Corp., is perhaps best known for its tour-de-force performance on “Jeopardy!” in 2011, with swift responses such as “Who is Eleanor Rigby?,” to a clue about the subject of a Beatles song who “died in the church and was buried along with her name.” But IBM chief executive Virginia Rometty argues Watson’s genius is best used to come up with answers to much more serious, real world challenges — treating cancer, for example. Continue reading below The computer, which can understand questions posed in natural language, was a main feature of Rometty’s address in downtown Boston Wednesday about business uses of Big Data, cloud computing and cybersecurity measures. Watson is more than a computer; IBM markets the computing technology as a powerful tool that industries such as banking and telecommunications can use to more effectively analyze and process massive amounts of data.

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Microsoft and IBM partner to bring each other’s enterprise software to their … – VentureBeat

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

Microsoft and IBM today announced a partnership that will see the two companies bring their respective enterprise software to Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. The duo believe the relationship will help their respective clients, partners, and developers by offering more choice in the cloud. The companies will also let customers bring their own software licenses to the Microsoft and IBM clouds, with the goal of helping customers avoid extra costs.

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IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT) Enter Hybrid Cloud Computing Initiative – StreetInsider.com (subscription)

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 in Cloud News

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced today that they are working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. As adoption of hybrid cloud computing accelerates, this relationship will give clients, partners and developers more choice in the cloud, helping them drive new business opportunities, spur innovation and reduce costs. Specifically, the newly announced relationship provides the following client benefits: IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure

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IBM and Microsoft to Offer Greater Choice in the Hybrid Cloud – MarketWatch

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

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UK Cloud Awards 2015 opens up for entries with more categories than ever – ITProPortal

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 in SMB Cloud

Pioneers in the UK cloud industry are to be recognised at the second annual UK Cloud Awards taking place in the nation’s capital next March with the aim to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurialism and technical excellence. Read more: UK Cloud Awards 2014 landing in February The Cloud Industry Forum [CIF], in partnership with Cloud Pro, announced that submissions for the awards are now open and an independent panel of judges will decide on the runners and riders after the closing date for submissions on 23 January 2015

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Cloud Storage Forecast: Sunny with a Strong Chance of Hybrid – Marketwired (press release)

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 in Hybrid Cloud

Cloud Storage Forecast: Sunny with a Strong Chance of Hybrid SOURCE: Avere SystemsOctober 21, 2014 09:00 ETAvere Survey of Over 200 Cloud and Storage Professionals Finds That 58 Percent of Organizations Are Building a Hybrid Cloud, and the Number Is GrowingPITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) -  Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today released the findings of an original cloud adoption study conducted at the 2014 Cloud Expo New York and the 2014 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit New York.

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NetSuite, Coupa Partner for Cloud-based Expense Management Solution – Talkin’ Cloud

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 in Cloud News

NetSuite (N) and Coupa have launched an integrated solution that is designed to help businesses improve spend visibility and gain more control over their financial processes. The new Coupa Cloud Procurement and Expense Management SuiteApp for NetSuite supports businesses that want to improve their procurement and expense management processes and drive customer savings, according to NetSuite. The NetSuite-Coupa integrated solution provides businesses with: Auditing capabilities Executive dashboards Real-time alerts Spend management benchmarks NetSuite noted the integrated solution can help drive user adoption of company cost-saving initiatives as well.

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Best practices for moving workloads to the cloud – CSO Online

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

The rapid diffusion for the cloud computing paradigm and promised benefits for the adoption of cloud infrastructure are attracting a growing number of businesses and organizations. Of course, it is essential for organizations to maximize the benefits of migration to cloud architecture by reducing costs and minimizing risks. Cloud computing represents a fundamental change in how companies use and provide their services.

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US firms battle for lead in cloud computing revolution – The Japan News

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 in Cloud News

By Tomoko Echizenya / Yomiuri Shimbun CorrespondentSAN FRANCISCO — Competition over cloud computing services — which allow users to store and manage documents, photos and other data in an integrated online format — is intensifying among U.S. information technology companies.

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The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked – TechCrunch (blog)

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

Editor’s note: Rick Collins is the president for enterprise business at Next IT, creators of the Alme virtual assistant platform. Prior to joining Next IT, he served as director of business development for Microsoft. We are entering an exciting period for artificial intelligence

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10 Trends Transforming Enterprise IT – TechCrunch (blog)

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

Editor’s note: Matt Murphy is a general partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he focuses on investments in mobile and cloud infrastructure technology.  When it comes to corporate IT, revolution is in the air. The way companies buy, build, manage, optimize and secure information technology is changing dramatically. From cloud computing to big data analytics to ubiquitous mobile connectivity, corporate IT systems are getting faster, more efficient, cheaper to operate and easier to use

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EMC Buys Cloud Computing Startup Cloudscaling – NewsFactor Network

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 in Cloud News

Data storage company EMC has agreed to acquire Cloudscaling Group, an OpenStack-powered cloud computing company, for less than $50 million according to a Bloomberg report. Cloudscaling helps companies manage public and hybrid cloud storage systems running OpenStack software. EMC has made no official announcement about the deal, but spokesperson Dave Farmer said in a statement to Bloomberg that EMC would use the acquisition to “further extend our breadth of cloud platform support.” EMC is planning to hold an event on cloud computing on October 28, he added.

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Aliyun Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 – Business Wire (press release)

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 in Cloud News

HANGZHOU, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The fourth annual Aliyun Worldwide Developer Conference (AWDC) hosted by Alibaba Cloud Computing (AliCloud) concluded today and attracted more than 10,000 developers and partners from around the world for wide-ranging discussions focused on cloud security, cloud computing platforms, cloud migration and applications. The event also provided opportunities for attending third-party developers to connect with venture capitalists to pursue funding. AWDC is the largest annual cloud computing event in China attracting international corporations and overseas developers including Rovio, ChinaSoft, China Software Development Net, Face++, Philips, Quixey and Schneider

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Ananth Kumar: Make cloud computing relevant to the common man – Hindu Business Line

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Cloud News

Bangalore, Oct 17:   There is a need to build a technology infrastructure, with the right regulatory, legal framework, if India has to take the lead in Information technology going ahead. Addressing delegates at the IEEE International Conference on cloud computing for emerging markets, Ananth Kumar, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India emphasised the importance of making cloud computing accessible to the mass.

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