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IBM: 2014 a breakthrough year for cloud computing unit – Times of India

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 in Cloud News

LONDON: IBM aims to expand the number of data centres it offers clients around the world by 25% to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, after what a company executive said has been a "breakthrough year" in 2014 for its cloud computing business.IBM has quadrupled the number of cloud data facilities it offers around the world to 49 in the past 18 months, responding in part to laws requiring the local retention of data following revelations over US government web surveillance as well as increased corporate compliance rules.The company said on Wednesday it has now struck a partnership with data centre provider Equinix for nine more cloud centres in Australia, France, Japan, Singapore, The Netherlands and the United States.In addition the company is opening up three new cloud computer facilities of its own in Germany, Mexico and Japan.The information technology giant, which is contending with a change in its classic business mix of software and outsourcing services as corporate clients focus on reaching their customers via the internet and mobile phones, said its own cloud business is having a banner year."We have had a really good year. We would call it a breakthrough year in cloud," Angel Luiz Diaz, vice president in charge of IBM's cloud computing business, told Reuters.IBM's cloud revenue amounted to $4.4 billion in 2013 and was up by 50% in the first nine months of this year, it reported in October, making it one of IBM's fastest-growing businesses, although it still accounts for only a fraction of the $94 billion in total revenues which IBM is expected by analysts to generate this year.Diaz declined to comment on the company's performance during the fourth quarter but IBM has announced multi-year deals in recent weeks worth a total of more than $4 billion that are fuelling the company's expansion in data centres.The company's cloud computing services let companies mix classic computing jobs with new ways of working, a twist on the largely consumer-facing cloud services made popular by Amazon's Web Services, Google and Microsoft.IBM, along with rivals Hewlett-Packard and EMC's vmWare, offer "hybrid cloud" services that let customers run key business data on private, internal networks along with consumer-facing public cloud systems.Such hybrids provide companies with certain speed, security and regulatory advantages but at similar costs as public clouds, said industry analyst Charles King of the firm Pund-IT.

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F-Secure Introduces New Partner Program To Meet Growing Demand For … – Business Solutions Magazine

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 in SMB Cloud

By Bernadette Wilson, associate editor, Business Solutions magazineFollow Me On Twitter @bernadeditor F-Secure finds that businesses are looking to managed services providers (MSPs) to help navigate an environment of a growing number of malware attacks and challenges from an increasingly mobile workforce. The F-Secure white paper “Small

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Thismoment Elevates Enterprise User-Generated Content Marketing with New … – The Providence Journal

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Thismoment today announced a number of enhancements to its Content Cloud platform that will make it simpler and more efficient to leverage the benefits of UGC storytelling across the enterprise. The latest features include advancements to UGC rights management, user permissions and integration with leading marketing technology systems.

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Blue Coat Cloud Security Service and Threat Intelligence Solutions Win … – Marketwired (press release)

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

SOURCE: Blue Coat Systems, Inc.

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Apttus Receives 2014 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award – KOAM-TV

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 in Cloud News

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Startup rethinks databases for the real-time geospatial era – CIO Australia

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

Even though systems such as Hadoop and Spark can grapple with large amounts of data, their tools for analyzing and parsing this information efficiently and in real-time are still limited. A two-year old Seattle startup called SpaceCurve will release on Tuesday a new database system aimed to speed the process of analyzing location-oriented data as it is being generated.

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Emulex Provides 10Gb Ethernet Virtual Fabric Adapter 5 for New Lenovo Servers – Business Wire (press release)

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in SMB Cloud

COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced new Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter 5 (VFA5) technology for the new Lenovo servers, based on the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families. The new Flex System CN4058S 8-port 10Gb VFA and CN4052 2-port 10Gb VFA are designed to reduce cost and complexity, increase performance, accelerate data, and support enterprise workloads such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), big data analytics, database management and emerging compute architectures.

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Porticor Receives 2014 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award for Delivery … – Marketwired (press release)

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 in Cloud News

Porticor Honored for Its Innovative Cloud Key Management and Data Encryption Solution Protecting Private Data Stored in the Cloud CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 11, 2014) - Porticor®, a leading cloud data security company delivering the only cloud-based key management and data encryption solution that infuses trust into the cloud and keeps cloud data confidential, today announced that TMC, a global integrated media company, has named the Porticor Virtual Private Data™ (VPD) platform as a 2014 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award winner.

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California CIO Discusses State’s Cloud First Policy – Government Technology

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The message from California CIO Carlos Ramos was clear: When state agencies need enterprise technology, they need to first look inward at what services are available in CalCloud, the state's cloud services platform managed by IBM and located within California's state data center. Ramos' remarks were an attempt to clarify a September announcement requiring state departments to look to the cloud “when feasible.” The CIO's comments were part of a broader keynote address at the State of Technology California Industry Forum on Dec.

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Cloud Technology To Help Make Smarter Business Decisions – CloudTweaks News (blog)

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in SMB Cloud

Launching a new start-up?

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TEKSERVE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH CYBER CITY – Twice

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in SMB Cloud

NEW YORK CITY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 – Tekserve, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative professionals, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Cyber City, a leading NYC-based IT solutions and managed services provider catering to the small and midsize business (SMB) market. Tekserve has entered into an exclusive agreement with Cyber City to provide a menu of value-add, customized, managed IT and cloud services to Tekserve’s SMB customers

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State’s CIO a newcomer to government – Capital New York

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

ALBANY—Unlike her predecessor, the newly appointed chief information officer of the state office of Information Technology Services arrives as a newcomer to state government, and to the New York political scene.  The Cuomo administration did not make the appointee, Maggie Miller, available for an interview after her appointment was announced this week, and judging from a number of interviews with people familiar with the intersection of tech and government in New York, she's a little-known commodity here. But Miller has a lengthy private-sector resume, including a number of jobs streamlining information technology services at prominent companies.  In a 2007 interview with Computer Weekly, Miller advocated a “pragmatic,” “long-term” approach to information technology, and that projects should “keep to a path that has strategic coherence, rather than bending every which way with the monthly or quarterly demands of the business.” Her stint at numerous large corporations, she said, “helped me to learn a common management language.” She said in the Computer Weekly interview that she loved challenges and was eager to embrace change, which she said can “paralyze” management offices with fear

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Digital SOS: How Technology Can Save the USPS – CIO

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night can compare with the challenges currently facing the United States Postal Service. Email continues to have a crippling effect on the centuries-old agency: The volume of first-class mail, or stamped mail, plummeted by 2.8 billion pieces in 2013. A congressional mandate requiring the USPS to make regular payments into its future retirees' health benefits fund contributed to a staggering $5 billion net loss in the government's last fiscal year

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IntelliDyne’s ITAC Published Top 10 Tech Trends In 2015 For Government … – CTOvision

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 in Enterprise Cloud

On December 1, IntelliDyne released their infographic on the Top 10 Technology Trends for Government Enterprise Infrastructure Management in 2015. I discovered this article and graphic, and I wanted to bring it to our reader’s attention.

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Security Vendor AVG Looks To Show It’s More Than Just A One-Trick Pony – CRN

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 in SMB Cloud

Security vendor AVG sees the mobile revolution as a great opportunity for it to show the world that it's more than just a one-trick pony. AVG, already well-known for its antimalware technology, is planning to roll out an identity-as-a-service offering in the first quarter of next year, Tony Anscombe, senior security evangelist at AVG, said in a keynote Friday at the NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo in San Diego.

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