Cloud-in-box offer from Microsoft and Cisco

Cisco and Microsoft are offering cloud providers a software and hardware package that can streamline the process of setting up cloud services.

The Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform integrates Cisco hardware and software with Microsoft’s cloud and system software.

The package combines Windows Azure Pack with Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure.

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Alibaba, Chinese auto maker invest US$160 M in connected cars

Alibaba Group Holdings is joining forces with state-controlled Chinese auto firm SAIC Motors Corp to develop Internet-connected vehicles.

The two companies are jointly investing US$160 million in the project. Their first product is expected to be launched in 2016.

As part of the agreement, Alibaba’s communications, entertainment, mapping and cloud computing services will be integrated into the vehicles.

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SAP’s launches new predictive analytics, data visualization apps

SAP is eyeing the small and medium sized business market with its new predictive analytics software which incorporates the Infinitelnsight technology it when it snapped up KXEN in 2013.

SAP also launched Lumina Edge, the latest version of the company’s data visualization software.

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Juniper data centre switches deals with cloud challenges

By 2020, there will be 7.6 billion Internet users with some 50 billion connected devices accessing data around the world, according to Juniper Networks. This will require higher levels of network performance and automation for both enterprise and services providers.

Juniper aims to address this challenge with new data centre switches with dense 100G Ethernet connectivity. The company’s new QFX10000 line of switches is powered by a new Juniper ASIC Q5, which provides telemetry for analytics and automation and deep buffers.

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SUSE launches OpenStack Cloud 5

The latest version of SUSE’s infrastructure-as-a-cloud distro is based on the latest Juno build of the OpenStack open source platform.

OpenStack Cloud 5 includes enhanced networking flexibility, additional plug-ins and distributed virtual routing. This enables individual computer nodes to handle routing tasks together or by clustering. It is designed to work well with other SUSE products including SUSE Enterprise Storage and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.

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