Backbone operator and cloud services provider Interoute has teamed up with IT services firm Unisys to develop a ‘more disciplined’ approach to cloud computing. The partnership focuses on a combination of Interoute’s IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and virtual data centre offering with Unisys’ management suite.
When the Informer saw the news this week that a Californian artist had created a model of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs out of his own waste he naturally jumped to the wrong conclusion; namely that an art school flunky had made some sort of jobbie-Jobs. Of course we cannot rule out the possibility that, at this very moment, somebody, somewhere is meticulously bent on just such a project, in the middle of their living room, with all the manic concentration of Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters. But the story centred in fact on an artist that had created a Jobs figurine from Jobs’ own domestic rubbish, gathered over a period of months from his bins, before he passed away.
The European Commission has released details of a cloud computing strategy that it claims will create 2.5 million jobs and boost EU GDP to the tune of €160bn annually by 2020. The Commission’s plan for “Unleashing the potential for cloud computing in Europe” is intended to speed the uptake of cloud services in the region, according to Neelie Kroes, EU vice president for the digital agenda.
Tony Werner, executive vice president & chief technology officer of Comcast Cable, USA is delivering a keynote speech on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how Comcast is using innovation to keep the cable company at the forefront of the broadband market.
Nordic systems integrator Cygate, owned by regional carrier TeliaSonera, this week acquired data centre specialist Information Infrastructure Management (IIM) for an undisclosed sum.
The saga of handset vendor HTC’s poor investment choices took another turn Tuesday, when it emerged that cloud gaming service OnLive, which HTC has just chalked a hit of $40m up to, is in a worse state than previously thought. The company has just shed half of its staff and its stock has been acquired by a mysterious private investor, thought to be one of the original investors who backed the startup in 2009.
There’s clearly a leak at HP with another internal memo hitting the wires on Tuesday morning, revealing the company’s plans to resurrect its interest in the mobility space. The memo outlines the creation of HP Mobility, a business unit that will focus on the creation of “consumer tablets”.
By the end of 2011, second string mobile device OS webOS, acquired by HP as part of the $1.2bn purchase of Palm in 2010, was considered dead. But a leak from the US firm this week has revealed that webOS is still alive and is being spun out of its troubled parent with an application framework and cloud offerings for company.
Cloud storage firm Egnyte has received $16m in Series C funding led by Google Ventures with additional support from existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), and Polaris. As a part of the funding, Karim Faris, partner at Google Ventures will join the board of Egnyte.
Speaking at an event in London on Thursday, Matthew Key, head of Telefónica Digital since its inception nine months ago, said his unit expects to drive annual revenues of approximately €5bn by 2015 with an annual revenue growth rate of 20 per cent.
Web giant Google is on the acquisition trail, having this week forked out for social engagement platform Meebo and mobile office suite Quickoffice.
Having traveled the global telecoms-conference circuit for more years than I care to remember, I have lost count of the number of forthcoming “revolutionary” services I have heard breathlessly pronounced by vendors and operators – most of which ultimately amount to nothing.
This year’s TM Forum’s Management World in Dublin had this much in common with last year’s event that it focused heavily on CEM and Cloud. A big difference though, twelve months on, was the increasing number of new product announcements and commercial implementations …and of course the sunny weather. It was a relief that this year the only clouds in evidence were inside the conference hall.
Africa is my destination this week. I’m on a mission that’s both personal and professional.
Officially, I’m here to work with clients, catch up with our growing regional team and speak at Informa’s inaugural Cloud Africa Summit.
Unofficially, I hope to prove myself wrong about the déjà vu that I feel about aspects of Africa’s ICT market.
The IMF just said that sub-Saharan Africa is beginning to stand on its own feet, pointing to its sustained and major progress since the millennium.
Back in the early 19th century, the public debut of George Stephenson’s Rocket steam engine was a harbinger of the Age of Steam, which applied the technologies of the industrial revolution to transport with great success. Funded by eager speculators, railway infrastructure soon expanded across the world and eventually usurped canals as the main form of transportation.
Telefónica Digital, the innovation arm of the Spanish incumbent telco, has offered its first retort to the third party messaging apps like WhatsApp, Skype and Viber that are threatening operator business models. The TU Me application enables rich communications between users on any network, mimicking the functionality of OTT applications and tying them to the subscriber’s phone number.It has much in common with what is expected of the RCSe collaboration Joyn, which was announced by Telefónica with other leading operators in February.
SIM-based NFC remains the holy grail of mobile payment for cellular operators. The NFC community has its sights set far wider than simple mobile financial services, but it is taking time for the technology to get to market.
One petabyte a day: That’s how much data BMW’s Connected Drive cars will generate by 2017 reckons BMW Group IT infrastructure chief Mario Müller.
In a world where it’s almost too easy to part with your digital currency, innovation has moved on to the contents of the digital wallet.
Amazon’s cloud is vast, so vast that it now accounts for around one per cent of all internet traffic, according to estimates released this week. This data underpins the importance of cloud services for service delivery and underscores the opportunities for those with the necessary infrastructure.