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AWS Launches Another Europe Region

Amazon Web Services has opened its 11th cloud region. The opening of AWS EU (Frankfurt) expands Amazon's presence in the European Union. The Frankfurt region is the second European Amazon has opened in Europe, following the opening EU (Ireland).

CompTIA: Internet of Things to Drive New Business Opportunities

There's a strong division of IT executives on whether the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is reality or nothing more than hype, but a CompTIA report shows that the complexities of delivering hardware, software, rules and services in the IoT ecosystem will provide IT businesses of all sizes with plenty of opportunities for revenue generation.

Amazon Targets Microsoft with AWS Directory Service

A new service from Amazon Web Services will put the company in direct competition with Microsoft in the realm of directory services. Although designed to work with on-premise Microsoft Active Directory deployments, AWS Directory Service is also being touted as a cloud-based alternative to the Microsoft technology.

ProfitBricks Cuts IaaS Prices, Claims Pricing Leadership

ProfitBricks has slashed the price of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings and is claiming that it is winning the cloud price wars against its biggest competitor Amazon Web Services.

Rackspace RackConnect Update Adds Security, Scalability

Rackspace updated its hybrid cloud offering with new security capabilities, increased scalability and an improved user experience. RackConnect v3 was designed to meet customers' needs for public cloud scalability in a hybrid IT environment.

Microsoft Rolls Out Azure Private Cloud for Hybrid Environments

Part of the big news out of Microsoft (MSFT) this week was the launch of an Azure-based private cloud appliance designed to enabler customers' hybrid IT environments. Company executives unveiled the Cloud Platform System on Monday, as well as several other important elements to the growing Microsoft cloud portfolio.

Talari Extends Secure WAN to Public Cloud Access Links

Talari unveiled a new cloud solution today that enables organizations to tie their wide area networks (WANs) into the public cloud more easily and securely. The new offering was designed to turn public cloud access links into secure, reliable and manageable points on any WAN.

BCSG Recruits Former HP Cloud Exec Marsden to Head Service Providers Division

Cloud services marketplace provider Business Centric Services Group (BCSG) expanded its leadership team by hiring Tim Marsden to head up its Service Providers division.

OpenStack Juno Goes Live as Foundation for NFV Platform

Leading up to the OpenStack Summit next month, the OpenStack Foundation has released the tenth version of the popular open source cloud computing software.

Google Simplifies Billing Management for Developers

Google (GOOG) is aiming to reduce the amount of time developers spend on managing their billing for various projects. The cloud company introduced new features to the Google Cloud Platform Oct. 17 that are meant to make billing simpler and take less time, freeing developers up to focus on actually developing.

Microsoft Previews Hadoop Big Data Analytics on Azure HDInsight

Microsoft will be bringing real-time analytics to Azure HDInsight. The company announced at Strata + Hadoop World a preview of Apache Storm on Azure HDInsight, providing Hadoop users with the ability to gain insights into events as they happen.

Vlocity Unveils Communications, Insurance Apps on Salesforce1

Industry-specific applications developer Vlocity launched two vertical apps on the Salesforce1 Platform at Dreamforce 2014 this week. With its new cloud services, Vlocity is targeting the communications and insurance industries.

IBM Cloud Adds SAP Business-Critical Applications

SAP is effectively tripling its cloud capacity thanks to a deal struck with IBM that will see SAP's business-critical applications deployed on Big Blue's enterprise cloud.

Google Drive for Work Suffers Outage

Some Google Drive for Work customers and partners experienced downtime—or at least performance issues—on Oct. 15 for up to four hours.

EMC Buys Cloud Management Vendor Cloudscaling

It looks as though EMC is beefing up its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings through acquisition. The company has acquired IaaS provider Cloudscaling—a move that will expand its IaaS portfolio, but also its presence in the OpenStack cloud market.

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