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IBM to acquire Red Hat in $34 billion deal

IBM says it is to become the world’s leading hybrid cloud provider following the acquisition of cloud software provider Red Hat for $34 billion In a joint press release, the companies announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which IBM will acquire all issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat. Red Hat is the… Read More


Adapt or fail: Creating a cloud strategy to meet modern data needs

It’s not just about choosing the right cloud for a business’ current needs, it’s about having the right data management in place to ensure business ambitions don’t outgrow cloud architecture, says Huw Owen, Head of EMEA & APJ at Couchbase. From brave new approach, to industry buzzword, to the foundation of many critical services –… Read More


Alibaba Cloud Blockchain as a Service goes global

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba group, has announced that its Blockchain as a Service (Baas) is now available in South East Asia, the US and Europe. Alibaba Cloud BaaS only launched in China last August, and Alibaba says it has already successfully enabled development of blockchain applications in the public benefits system, logistics, and… Read More


Redefining networking in a hybrid cloud world

As companies turn to hybrid cloud deployments to balance the demands of modern-day compute and networking, IT teams are increasingly faced with diverse control and management complexities. The game-changing capabilities of blending on-premises infrastructure with public and hosted services have been well-documented but perhaps a more neglected area of this discussion has been the trajectory… Read More


OpenShift in a world of KaaS

Lex van Sonderen, CEO of Proteon, explains how OpenShift as a Service can take you closer to the finish line and put container victory within reach. History of containers Way back in 2005, web applications were hosted on virtual machines for the first time. Amazon Web Services was born in 2006 and the cloud revolution… Read More


What does it take for CloudOps to achieve true cloud optimisation?

Organisations have turned to cloud optimisation to retain application performance and keep cloud costs under control. But despite the abundance of tools on the market, most are unintelligent services that don’t get to the root of the problem. Frank Wang from Densify, explains the problem with first-generation cloud optimisation, why many firms are failing to… Read More


QA: Why Reserved Instance optimisation is the future of cloud cost management

Frank Wang, Product Marketing Manager for Densify, explains the challenges of cloud cost management, how Reserved Instances (RI) can help cut costs, and what businesses should consider before committing to an RI offering. Why is cloud cost management becoming such a headache for enterprise customers? Cloud operations teams are stuck between a finance department seeking… Read More


Quick words with OpenStack Foundation: Edge Computing

The Stack catches up with Ildikó Vancsa, ecosystem technical lead at OpenStack Foundation on how open infrastructure is playing an ever-greater role in edge computing  Rapid development, deployment and iteration of software is increasingly emerging as a sustainable means of achieving competitive advantage for many businesses. Open infrastructure and the development tools that support it… Read More


Google and Cisco announce hybrid cloud solution

Google and Cisco have announced general availability of the Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform for Google Cloud, created to support business applications for on-premises and for Google Cloud Platform environments. With the new Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform, companies can access on-premises IT tools from the cloud, and on-premises applications can make use of cloud infrastructure. This… Read More


Metropolitan Police signs deal to move towards digital-focused cloud system

The Metropolitan Police has signed a two-year deal with New Signature that will see its data transferred to a cloud-based system. The contract with New Signature, a specialist and reseller of Microsoft Azure to large-scale companies, is part of a new plan to take the Met’s data online in a digital strategy outlined in the… Read More


Cognizant to acquire SaaSfocus to expand cloud consulting

Cognizant, the New Jersey-based digital transformation consulting firm, has agreed to acquire SaaSfocus to expand its Salesforce consulting capabilities. While financial details were not disclosed, the company expects the transaction to close before the end of 2018. Cognizant is a Salesforce Global Strategic Partner, maintaining Salesforce certification on many of its consultants for completing complex… Read More


Microsoft announces Azure Stack for government

Microsoft has announced the availability of Microsoft Azure Stack for Azure Government customers. This announcement comes in the midst of a battle among top cloud providers to win the $10 billion Pentagon JEDI contract. With the new offering, Azure Stack can be integrated with the Azure government, providing customers with a hybrid cloud solution for… Read More



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