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Google Announces Intent to Acquire Xively for $50 Million

Written by David Marshall

Google has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xively, a division of LogMeIn, Inc. for $50 million.

To better set the stage for the growing market landscape, the company said by 2020, it's estimated that about 20 billion connected things will come online, and analytics and data storage in the cloud are now the cornerstone of any successful IoT solution. 

Google stated the deal will "complement" its Google Cloud efforts to provide a fully managed IoT service that easily and securely connects, manages, and ingests data from globally dispersed devices. Adding, "With the addition of Xively's robust, enterprise-ready IoT platform, we can accelerate our customers' timeline from IoT vision to product, as they look to build their connected business."

Walmart goes to the cloud to close gap with Amazon

Grazed from Reuters. Author: Nandita Bose

One of Walmart Inc’s best chances at taking on Inc in e-commerce lies with six giant server farms, each larger than ten football fields.

These facilities, which cost Walmart millions of dollars and took nearly five years to build, are starting to pay off. The retailer’s online sales have been on a tear for the last three consecutive quarters, far outpacing wider industry growth levels.

Powering that rise are thousands of proprietary servers that enable the company to crunch almost limitless swathes of customer data in-house.

Most retailers rent the computing capacity they need to store and manage such information. But Walmart’s decision to build its own internal cloud network shows its determination to grab a bigger slice of online shopping, in part by imitating Amazon’s use of cloud-powered big data to drive digital sales.


Quali CloudShell Now Available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

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Quali, a leading provider of on-demand, self-service environments for Cloud and DevOps and a Silver level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced that its CloudShell automation and orchestration software is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace offering added value to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers. CloudShell sandbox automation platform provides the ability to certify with confidence any enterprise application deployed on the Oracle Cloud while minimizing the cost of infrastructure consumption for the customer.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications and service providers offering unique business solutions, including ones that extend Oracle Cloud Applications. Oracle Cloud is the industry's broadest and most complete public cloud, delivering enterprise-grade services at every level of the cloud technology stack including software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).


Aria Systems Unveils Cloud Billing Industry Trends to Watch in 2018

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Aria Systems, the leader in helping enterprises grow subscription and usage-based revenue, today released its list of top cloud billing industry trends to watch in 2018. As businesses move to the cloud, cloud billing is also poised to grow due to its role as a key enabler for recurring revenue and subscription and consumption-based usage models. According to a recent study by analyst firm MarketsandMarkets, the cloud billing market is estimated to grow to $16.59 billion by 2021. In this category, Aria predicts the following trends for this year: 

Billing becomes more complex as consumption-based models grow and customer choice reigns.  The increase in highly-tailored services and products -- like the "per-second" service pricing introduced by AWS last year -- will make the billing process more intricate than ever. New regulations in Europe and other countries will add new privacy rules into billing, further complicating workflows. End-customers will still demand ease-of-use and an intuitive experience, so billing models need to adapt to meet these expectations while handling increased complexity on the back end.

Cloud Foundry Announces Initial Schedule for 2018 North America Summit in Boston

Cloud Foundry Foundation
, home of a family of open source projects including Cloud Foundry Application Runtime, Cloud Foundry Container Runtime and Cloud Foundry BOSH, today announced the initial schedule, including keynote speakers, for the North American Cloud Foundry Summit, April 18-20, 2018 at the Boston Convention Center. With standard pricing ending February 9, registration will increase $200 to $845.

The keynote line-up includes:

  • Matt Curry, Director, Director of Cloud Engineering, Allstate Insurance Co.
  • Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation
  • Chip Childers, CTO, Cloud Foundry Foundation
  • Subbu Allamaraju, Vice President, Cloud, Expedia Inc.
  • Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate, Google
  • Gabe Monroy, Lead Principal Program Manager, Containers, and Carolyn van Slyck, Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • Demos from the Pivotal software engineering team
  • Andy Rosequist, Director of IT Operations, ZipCar

Pivot3 Accelerates Hyperconverged Infrastructure Sales with More Than 65 Percent Growth

Grazed from Pivot3

Pivot3 today announced it experienced accelerated growth in 2017, including significant traction among multi-workload environments in data centers and smart city and safe city initiatives. In 2017, Pivot3's sales increased by more than 65 percent from the first half to the second half of the year, reflecting the increased market demand for high-performance products like Pivot3's Acuity platform and purpose-built appliances for streaming media.

"We saw incredible sales acceleration this past quarter, with Pivot3 emerging as the only private technology company capable of taking on the large, public IT companies with a platform that can support the most demanding applications," said Ron Nash, CEO, Pivot3. "We built our HCI platform for the future, with deeply-embedded intelligence and simplicity for the evolving datacenter -- a capability that is resonating with major enterprises looking to manage multiple applications on one HCI platform, as well as governments embarking on large-scale smart city and safe city initiatives. The message is clear: when customers have a demanding IT initiative, they turn to Pivot3."

ViewSonic Boosts its Popular SC-T25 Based Raspberry Pi Thin Client with Enterprise-Grade Citrix Workspace Hub Features

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ViewSonic Corp. announced a major platform update to its SC-T25 Citrix Ready workspace hub (previously known as Citrix HDX Ready Pi). Effective March 31, 2018, ViewSonic will be offering the Citrix Ready workspace hub update as a technical preview available for download on Added workspace hub features include: beacon-based session roaming, QR code login, and Citrix Casting. Citrix Casting will enable seamless and secure session roaming from a mobile device to any display connected to the workspace hub. For the first time, with these additional tools, a wide variety of new uses are supported in the healthcare, finance, and enterprise markets.

The new Citrix Ready workspace hub update means the already popular and high- performing SC-T25 will deliver even more compelling enterprise capabilities. Using secure login credentials presented in a phone or mobile device, users can seamlessly connect to their virtual workspace, simply based on proximity to an available ViewSonic SC-T25 workspace hub device. This will eliminate the need for manual login and network authentication, providing tremendous time-saving and productivity advantages for healthcare clinicians, financial analysts, and general knowledge workers in the enterprise space.

How to Keep Your Finger on the Business Pulse

Running a business asks a lot of any entrepreneur; taking care of premises, employees, legalities, finances, accounts, taxes - and all of that on top of the core function of your company. It can be hard to find the time to keep all those balls in the air without working yourself into the ground, but there is one more thing you need to be doing. There is a plus side to this extra task, as it could be one of your key tools for keeping ahead of your opposition and saving time and money.

Current awareness

A rather fancy term which essentially involves keeping up to date with news and developments that are relevant to business and your particular niche. The reason it's so important is that without knowing what's happening and which new technologies are currently in development, you risk being left behind by the early implementers, and losing both the opportunity to win new business and information that could improve your productivity.

Advanced channels energy on moving SMEs to the Cloud

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Advanced has launched a new partner programme - TruePartner - to help resellers of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software accelerate their SME customers' transformation to the Cloud. While appetite for Cloud technology is growing, only 33% of organisations admit to being experienced in the Cloud. Advanced believes some vendors are neglecting the needs of SMEs keen to reshape themselves for the 4th Industrial Revolution, leaving this backbone of British business in danger of being left behind. 

The British software and services company plans to win over new partners keen to address the needs of the SME market but who aren't getting the right support from their existing vendors - a move it hopes will generate an additional £1 million in revenue over the next 12 months. Its new Cloud-based ERP solution, Advanced Business Cloud Essentials*, is designed exactly to boost this opportunity for this reseller community. 

The Advanced TruePartner programme will help resellers change their traditional business models as well as recognise what the Cloud is, and what it isn't. Some vendors, for example, promote products as Cloud-based - when they are actually not true Cloud solutions - and there's a danger of creating confusion amongst SMEs who rely on software resellers to guide and advise them.

Zadara Signs Strategic Alliance with MEGAZONE, a Key Amazon Web Services Partner Network Member in APAC

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Zadara Storage, a global provider of enterprise-class Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) based in Irvine, Calif., and MEGAZONE Corporation, a Korean cloud-specialized IT company, today announced a strategic alliance. The collaboration between the two companies was designed to meet customers' needs for sophisticated, high-performance, high-capacity enterprise-class cloud storage solutions. Zadara is an award-winning, worldwide vendor of enterprise STaaS, providing high performance, highly available block, file and object storage with predictable Quality of Service (QoS). Zadara is an Advanced Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN), and MEGAZONE is an APN Premier Consulting Partner.

The Zadara Storage Cloud and software-defined VPSA Storage Arrays deliver elastic, multi-tenant enterprise SAN, NAS and object storage technology for peta-scale primary and secondary storage. With isolated resources, exceptional data security, management control and predictable performance, VPSA Storage Arrays meet the most stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs), even in cloud deployments. Providing a flexible and cost-effective storage infrastructure for enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and start-ups, VPSAs also are available as fully-managed On-Premises as-a-Service (OPaaS).