IBM signs $1.25 billion WPP cloud deal and says more coming

Building hybrid clouds, which mix together private and public-facing Internet

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - IBM is enjoying a wave of major technology outsourcing deals from European customers in the fourth quarter and the new contract signings are not over yet, an executive for the computer services giant said in an interview.

Late on Tuesday, IBM announced the third in a string of billion dollar plus contracts, saying it had won a seven-year, $1.25 billion deal with WPP, the world's top advertising firm, to run WPP operations in the cloud.

IBM signs 10-year multi-billion cloud deal with ABN Amro

Will provide managed services for mainframes, servers, storage

Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - IBM has signed a 10-year, multi-billion dollar deal to provide computer infrastructure services to Dutch bank ABN Amro running on its cloud systems, the U.S. information technology firm said on Monday.

The deal comes as the U.S. company is trying to gain momentum in the market for Internet-delivered services, known as cloud computing. IBM will provide fully managed services for mainframe computers, servers, storage and end-user computing as well as a help desk and other technical support. IBM did not disclose financial details of the deal.

Cisco to set up $80 million China cloud joint venture with TCL

Cisco to invest $16M for 20 percent stake in firm which has not been named

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc will establish an $80 million joint venture with Chinese hardware manufacturer TCL Corp to invest in commercial cloud computing services, TCL said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday.

Cisco will invest $16 million in the new firm, which has not been named and is still being registered, and hold a 20 percent stake, the filing said. TCL will pay $64 million for an 80 percent share. These investments will be made over three stages, each of which will require the approval of both parties. No timeframe for the investments was given.

Finance & Investment Asia Forum 2014

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hong Kong:

Discover the value of Asia’s datacenter and Cloud assets this November

Reaching its 4th year in the region, Asia’s annual professional networking and market forum for investors in datacenter, Cloud, fiber and tech returns to Hong Kong.

FIF 14 is the only live event in Asia focused on bringing together hundreds of investors, financiers, bankers, private equity and hedge funds to meet high-growth, smart datacenter, Cloud, fiber and tech companies, service providers and enterprise users in one annual event to explore investment opportunities, assess business models and discuss the future of these highly dynamic segments of the ICT sector.

CIO Event UK

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014
End Date: 
Friday, October 10, 2014

England:

We constantly hear industry commentators talk about the engine of IT change – this year it’s cloud computing, social business, mobile computing and, big data or analytics. We also hear talk about how customers’ expectations are changing and how businesses need to deliver better joined-up, high-quality customer experiences. 

DataCloud Central & Eastern Europe 2014

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Germany:

Datacenter and Cloud Transformation for Digital Enterprises
A new conference for IT Infrastructure executives in CEE markets

Enterprises and third party operators across central and eastern European markets are transforming to cloud datacenters, fast becoming the indispensable infrastructure for computing, storage and management of big data. Enterprises require simple and scalable ways to create interoperability among many siloed data and endpoints, which offer highly available, multi-tenant and elastic integration cloud to support high density computing.

Microsoft sides with Qualcomm in showdown over connected home

Alliance is among a growing number of efforts for companies working alone or in groups to promote protocols for how smart devices should work together

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has joined Qualcomm Inc and other technology companies in a bid to establish standard ways for household devices like light bulbs and thermostats to talk to each other.

The Qualcomm-backed AllSeen Alliance is among a growing number of efforts for companies working alone or in groups to promote protocols for how smart devices should work together in a trend increasingly referred to as the Internet of Things.

Vodafone targets "connected cars" with Italian deal

To connect more products to the Internet, offset slowing growth in mobile phones

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone is buying an Italian car electronics maker for 145 million euros ($197 million), seeking to get ahead in the race to connect more products to the internet and offset slowing growth in its core mobile phone business.

IBM looks to ease IoT app requirements with open cloud

IBM recently announced that it was greatly expanding its BlueMix PaaS offering to help developers use cloud services, and now the company says that it has added capabilities that could benefit companies looking to deploy IoT and M2M solutions.

Since its expanded, open, beta launch several weeks ago – based on IBM’s (Armonk, NY, USA) middleware and third-party technologies – the company claims there has been quick uptake on BlueMix from both web-only and enterprise developers looking to deploy embedded devices.

B&B, SeeControl aim to extract value from M2M data

B&B Electronics has formed a partnership with SeeControl aimed at developing predictive monitoring solutions for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The network connectivity specialist said the partnership represented the first of several announcements it was due to make regarding strategic relationships with clod-based data analytics companies.

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