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Microsoft and SUSE have new public cloud deal

Grazed from ITWire. Author: Sam Varghese.

Microsoft and SUSE signed a patent-licensing deal in 2006, at a time when SUSE was operating under the Novell umbrella in the US. Novell was acquired by the Attachmate Group in 2010 and later sold to the British mainframe company Micro Focus in 2014. From the time of the Attachmate purchase, SUSE went back to operating as an independent business unit in Nuremberg as it had been before it was first bought by Novell in 2003. In July 2011, Microsoft announced the SUSE deal would be extended till 1 January this year.

Last year when Microsoft was asked about the continuation of the deal, the company refused to say anything openly. The 2006 deal did not go down well with the free and open source software community and one prominent developer, Jeremy Allison of the Samba project, left Novell in protest...

Fujitsu and Oracle Team Up to Drive Cloud Computing

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Fujitsu Limited, Oracle Corporation, and Oracle Corporation Japan today announced that they have agreed to form a new strategic alliance to deliver enterprise-grade, world-class cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world. In order to take advantage of cloud computing to speed innovation, reduce costs and drive business growth, organizations need IT partners that can deliver the performance, security and management capabilities that are demanded by enterprise workloads.

To help organizations in Japan capitalize on this opportunity and confidently move enterprise workloads to the cloud, Oracle Cloud Application and Platform services - such as Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud – will be powered by Fujitsu's datacenters in Japan. Under the new strategic alliance, Fujitsu will work to drive sales of robust cloud offerings to companies in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world...

Cloud Computing: F5 turns up the OpenStack heat

Grazed from ITWebAfrica. Author: Editorial Staff.

OpenStack continues to gain momentum as the basis for both private cloud and a network functions virtualisation (NFV) enabler. OpenStack, an open-source software platform used to deliver cloud computing, continues to gain momentum as the basis for both private cloud in the enterprise and a network functions virtualisation (NFV) enabler in service provider environments, both of which are grappling with the challenge of scaling faster and further than ever before.

Leading cyber-security company F5 Networks (F5), whose solutions are distributed across more than 20 African countries by Networks Unlimited, is no stranger to scalability and is dedicated to enabling not only enterprises and service providers reach their goals of faster deployments with greater business agility, but also the community that has long supported and driven OpenStack to become the force it is today: its developers...

How the Cloud can help us plan for Brexit

Grazed from GovernmentComputing. Author: Editorial Staff.

The deployment of cloud technologies mayhelp ease some of the planning necessary to help shape the new post-Brexit political and economic landscape, says John Glover, sales & marketing director at Kahootz. Although the country voted to Brexit it is clear that very little detailed thinking or scenario planning had actually been done by the Leave campaigners.

Remaining positive, they avoided discussing the many issues that would need resolution, arguing that the future is full of uncertainties whichever way the population voted. The urgent problem, to work out the detail, develop smooth transition plans and identify essential changes to policies and regulations, has been dumped at the door of resource constrained Whitehall departments...

IoT, cloud, and the logical progression to everything ‘as a service’

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Alex Vilner.

The growth of all things connected and of all things cloud seems unstoppable, and monikers are jumping to the logical end…that the Internet of Things will be the Internet of Everything and that the 'as a service' model will morph into 'everything as a service'. On-demand products have always had a place in business...

For more than forty years, mainframe time has been sold ‘as a service’ where users only pay for what they need when they need it. At a time when businesses are growth hacking their way to larger and larger client bases and new companies are coming online every day, the on-demand model provides the perfect balance of functionality and value...

Office 365 turns five: A major footprint, but lots to do before we hit cloud utopia

Grazed from EnterpriseAppsTech. Author: James Bourne.

This week has been a fascinating one for tech anniversaries. Nine years ago to this day, the first iPhone was released – a story of its own, of course – but perhaps as importantly for enterprise working, this week marks five years since the release of Office 365. From relatively humble beginnings as cloud versions of various Microsoft on-premises services in 2011, the product has become the “bedrock” of Microsoft’s corporate strategy, according to David Lavenda, co-founder and VP product strategy of, a Microsoft collaboration vendor.

“It has evolved over time into a comprehensive cloud platform,” Lavenda tells Enterprise AppsTech, noting functions such as its AI-influenced ‘network graph’ which ties up a lot of the suite and gives intelligence based on content and social interactions. This usage is documented in a report released this week on how Microsoft ecosystem partners are moving to the cloud...

How businesses and investors can ride the cloud computing boom

Grazed from EJInsight. Author: Raymond Tsoi.

Cloud computing is now seen essential for businesses to improve their cost-efficiency and scalability. But there is a debate going on as to which functions should be transitioned to the cloud, and what it means for the companies in terms of data security and other aspects. To provide some insights on the issue, EJ Insight presents the views of Krupal Raval, senior vice president (finance) at Digital Realty, a data center operator which has a wide range of clients including financial services firms, manufacturing enterprises and IT services entities.

Q. Can you tell us how cloud computing is driving innovation in the finance industry?

A: Cloud computing offers characteristics that can support the exchange of information and provide the infrastructure needed for financial services firms looking to implement technologies. Especially in the finance industry, due to the nature of the data hosted in the data center, it is imperative to ensure that their business-critical IT infrastructure remains up and running 24/7. Any interruption in connectivity for financial institutions’ critical systems could be catastrophic to the business and its customers...

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Adobe pushes new open standard for cloud-based digital signatures

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Natalie Gagliordi.

Adobe says it processes more than six billion digital and electronic signature transactions each year through Adobe Sign and Adobe Document Cloud. So it's no surprise that the creative software giant is backing a consortium of tech providers in a push to bring about industry-wide open standards for the way documents are signed on the internet.

Like other standards-driven initiatives, the Cloud Signature Consortium will aim to build a global network of industry contributors who will work together to create new standard specifications for cloud-based digital signatures. These specifications could then be used to build secure digital signature functionality across a range of cloud applications and mobile devices...

Visual cloud computing method aids in disaster response

Grazed from DigitalJournal. Author: Karen Graham.

Massive amounts of visual electronic data are produced during a natural or man-made disaster, and processing the information quickly and efficiently could mean the difference between life and death for survivors. Visual data is created by security cameras, mobile phones, and even aerial videos, and compiling all this data can be time-consuming to first responders and law enforcement.

The data provided can be critical in where to send emergency personnel, tracking suspects in man-made disasters and identifying hazardous substances. But one of the problems with all this data is the duplication of some of the information, while other issues revolve around the need for networking resources that often may not be available during a disaster, coupled with the bottleneck that is created by the abundance of high-resolution video streams...

Technology companies like Microsoft welcome Trai’s cloud computing paper

Grazed from EconomicTimes. Author: Neha Alawadhi.

Indian arms of multinational technology companies have welcomed the paper on cloud computing put out by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on June 10. "A strong technology infrastructure that harnesses the power of global technology innovations is crucial for India's growth," said a Microsoft India spokesperson. "In this spirit, the proposal set forth by Trai is progressive, as clear regulatory policies will enhance cloud adoption in India across sectors and directly contribute to the country's digital ambition."

The paper covers a broad spectrum of issues including defining policies for cloud computing, systems and processes for information governance framework in cloud from perspectives of lawful interception, more so if it is hosted in a different country, and also whether cloud service providers should be licensed...