Hewlett-Packard Co. started the month of June by announcing plans to cut 9,000 jobs across the next several years as it went through a restructuring of its enterprise services business and moved to automate services for customers.
After being shopped around by its owners for several months, Toronto-based managed infrastructure provider Fusepoint Inc. is sold to Savvis Inc., a St. Louis-based cloud hosting vendor, for US$124.5 million.
Also in the data centre market, Q9 announced it would spend $125 million toward a sixth facility in the Greater Toronto Area. It expected customers would have available the initial charge of capacity in January 2011.
Twitter bought Smallthought Systems, a Canadian Web analytics vendor, with plans to integrate the small group of staff and its Trendly technology into its analytics team. That month, Twitter also agreed to settle a complaint from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that alleged it was lax in its user data security measures. As a result, Twitter implemented several of the recommended security changes.
Class-action lawsuits continue to pile on for Google Inc. after admitting to sniffing sensitive data from open wireless networks around the globe. Google contended its sniffing of payload data—contents of e-mails and Web pages—was purely accidental. England-based Privacy International said it would talk to the cops about Google’s sniffing admission.
Industry Minister Tony Clement released a discussion paper outlined three options for more direct offshore investment in wireline and wireless companies, as a means of ensuring entrants can compete with the likes of Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Telus Corp.
Microsoft Corp. marked its territory in the cloud as it launched Office Web apps, the online version of its popular office productivity software.
In recognition of hybrid environments that customers are running, Red Hat launched Red Hat Cloud Foundations, a package of software and services for running a mix of applications in public and private clouds.
Apple Inc. announced iPhone 4, the next version of its popular iPhone, at 24 per cent slimmer and double the pixels per inch resolution of its predecessor the iPhone 3GS. It followed that up with the availability for download of iOS 4, its mobile operating system upgrade. That month, Apple also unveiled its new redesign of the Mac mini, its low-end desktop, sporting a new form factor.
Chip maker AMD Inc. unveiled its Opteron 4000 server processor, known as Lisbon, for the cloud computing and hyperscale data centres, in an attempt to regain market share from rival Intel Corp.
After five months of being in private beta, salesforce.com released its Chatter social collaboration platform to general availability, with the goal of pushing adoption beyond the sales professional to the entire enterprise.