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EU funds project to boost European cloud computing market – ComputerWeekly.com

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Cloud News

A European Union-funded project called Cloudcatalyst has been set up to assess the current cloud computing market in Europe, identify barriers to cloud adoption and provide tools to boost its growth in the region. The project aims to instill confidence in European businesses, public entities, ICT providers and other cloud stakeholders eager to develop and use cloud services. It will create “a strong and enthusiastic community of cloud adopters and supporters in Europe”, according to Cordis, the European Commission's project funding arm.  According to the EC, cloud computing is a “revolution” but its providers are still struggling to captivate and build trust among businesses and everyday citizens.

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Reconstructing SAP’s SMB strategy…and ByDesign – Diginomica

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in SMB Cloud

Lost – at least to me – among the ongoing announcements from SAP was the presser about a new position on SMBs and the appointment of former Netsuite executive Dean Mansfield into the role of heading up that line of business. It is an unenviable job but I give SAP kudos for hiring from the outside someone with cloud smarts and with a pedigree of operating on a global scale. Frank Scavo attempts to get behind the press release with some well chosen words about Business ByDesign, the red headed bastard child of former exec Peter Zencke’s imagination which, by any measure, has been a disaster.

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Green Cloud Introduces New Private and Hybrid Cloud Product Suite – Talkin’ Cloud

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 in Hybrid Cloud

Green Cloud CEO Shay Houser. (Photo Credit: Patrick Collard, Greenvilleonline.com.) Green Cloud Technologies this week has introduced a new suite of private and hybrid cloud solutions to its channel partners.  Powered by VMware (VMW), the product set is designed to bring together the benefits of virtualization and the inherent security of a dedicated (non-shared) environment, with the goal to provide an offering that's "flexible and scalable and fully customized and configured based on a customer’s needs," the Greenville, South Carolina-based cloud technology solutions provider said

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Cloud financial software continues its march into large enterprises – ZDNet

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in SMB Cloud

The news in the accounting software world is still positive, particularly for the cloud vendors. Anaplan raised $100 million in new funding and got a $1 billion valuation in the process

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WeVideo Unveils SMB Cloud Video Creation – NetNewsCheck.com

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in SMB Cloud

WeVideo today unveiled its latest release of WeVideo for Business, a video creation suite that gives small business marketers a virtual video production facility in the cloud, enabling editing, collaboration and sharing across any device – smartphone, tablet, laptop or personal computer. Industry research continues to demonstrate the impact online video can have on building awareness, generating site traffic and influencing purchase decisions with one study from Internet Retailer reporting viewers 85% more likely to purchase a product after watching a product video. Another study from Quicksprout found videos increase consumers’ understanding of a product or service by 74%.

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Microsoft Charges Partners To Push Azure Into SMB Market – ChannelBiz

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in SMB Cloud

Microsoft has been rallying its partners in Washington DC with a call to support its Azure cloud hosting initiatives. The company emphasised the importance of its reseller community with three initiatives which makes partners the vanguard of its sales drive. Talking to 16,000 attendees at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), COO Kevin Turner (pictured) said the company would replace current programmes with a path for partners to migrate to the new cloud competencies and do its utmost to protect customer data from prying eyes of government spying requests

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OP/ED: Under-developed retailers must invest to understand customer behaviour – Appliance Retailer

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

Opinion by Stephen Duncan The multiplication of touchpoints for retailers and customers to connect — from social media, catalogues, online sales to bricks and mortar stores — means brands can be closer to their customers than ever before.

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Introducing AudioCodes One Box 365(TM) a Hybrid Cloud/On-Premise Solution – NASDAQ

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 in Hybrid Cloud

LOD, Israel, July 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AudioCodes (Nasdaq:AUDC) Highlights: AudioCodes One Box 365 delivers end-user productivity and voice services, including SIP trunking and service quality level monitoring Part of the AudioCodes One Voice for Lync offering Powered by AudioCodes Session Border Controllers (SBC), which are certified by a wide variety of leading SIP Trunk service providers worldwide Leveraging AudioCodes Session Experience Manager, business customers can monitor the quality of SIP trunk services and voice quality across their enterprise deployments One-Stop shop, including Lync qualified IP Phones, greatly simplifies deployment and support of cloud-based services Details: AudioCodes, a leading provider of converged voice solutions that enable enterprises and service providers to transition to all-IP voice networks, today introduced AudioCodes One Box 365, a Lync voice delivery solution for cloud services, tailored to enable complete voice services for Microsoft's Cloud Productivity customers, from small business to mid-size enterprises.

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Microsoft Partners Conference: 3 Things to Watch – InformationWeek

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is riding positive momentum into the Worldwide Partner Conference, but he will face questions ranging from recent Office 365 outages to the status of Windows 9. After Ballmer: 8 Execs You Love To Hate (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) On Monday in Washington, DC, Microsoft will kick off its annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Over the last few months, new CEO Satya Nadella has taken the stage before a number of important Microsoft constituents, including developers and investors.

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The votes are in: StorageCraft wins two awards from ChannelPro-SMB readers – MarketWatch

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 in SMB Cloud

DRAPER, Utah, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Customers voted StorageCraft Technology Corporation among the best in the backup and disaster recovery market in two categories of the ChannelPro-SMB 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Readers picked StorageCraft® Cloud Services ™ as the Silver winner in the Best Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery category, and tabbed StorageCraft as the Silver winner in the Best Backup and Disaster Recovery Vendor category. Even though StorageCraft Cloud Services has only been on the market since December 2012, it is not a surprise that it is quickly being recognized as one of the most reliable cloud products on the market.

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EMC Upgrades & Expands Flash Storage Solutions – CloudWedge

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 in Hybrid Cloud

EMC Corporation announced a number of flash storage product upgrades, as well as introduced new products and solutions in their just concluded annual event, held in London, dubbed “Redefine Possible”. David Goulden, CEO of Information Infrastructure used this event to validate their products saying that the upgrades and new products will solve the dilemma faced by most IT departments, torn between using a private application or shifting to a public cloud solution. Jeremy Burton, President of Products, Marketing, and Solutions noted most IT departments are wary of using public cloud solutions due to issues like security, accessibility, and management of data cost-effectively.

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Zynstra Raises Another $8.4M In Funding To Bring Hybrid Cloud To SMEs – TechCrunch

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in Hybrid Cloud

Zynstra, which offers ‘hybrid cloud’ solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises, has raised a further $8.4 million of funding in a Series B round. This brings the total amount raised to just over $14.4 million

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New Konica Minolta Bizhub C1085 and C1100 Models Gain High-Performance … – Wall Street Journal

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

New Konica Minolta Bizhub C1085 and C1100 Models Gain High-Performance and Production Workflow Efficiency With EFI Fiery DFEs FREMONT, Calif., July 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EFI(TM) (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc., announced the launch of a pair of advanced digital front ends (DFEs) for the new Konica Minolta bizhub C1085 and C1100 family of digital presses. The updated EFI Fiery(R) IC-308 DFE and the new, high-end EFI Fiery IC-310 DFE deliver exceptional performance and color quality, end-to-end workflow automation and integration with EFI's industry-leading MIS and web-to-print products

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TwinStrata gets snapped up by EMC as part of VMAX product shift – CloudTech

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in Cloud News

Cloud-integrated storage provider TwinStrata has been acquired by cloudy giant EMC as part of a shift of its VMAX product to more agile enterprise storage. The full product name is VMAX³ Family, which claims to be a hugely powerful system compared to the previous iterations.

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New EMC VMAX(3) – Industry’s First Enterprise Data Service Platform – MarketWatch

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

LONDON, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- News Summary: New EMC VMAX3 redefines enterprise storage with the industry's first open enterprise data service platform. Reduces total cost of ownership by 50%, up to 3X the performance of previous generations.

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