Cloud firm Box.net seeks $35 million in new funding

Reuters

Cloud-storage and file-sharing company Box.net (Palo Alto, Calif., U.S.A.) is raising $35 million in new funding, according to a recent filing. The company -- which focuses on providing Internet-based document storage for business users -- has already raised $18.7 million through a group of seven unidentified backers.

The company completed a $48 million funding round in February on top of $15 million round last year and several earlier, smaller rounds. The new financing brings Box.net's total funding to $112.6 million.

Telefonica, Etisalat sign partnership, enter M2M, Cloud industry

Last Thursday telecom operators Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, UAE) and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) announced that they have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to enter into a broad-based cooperation. The partnership will allow both companies to collaborate on a range of strategic areas, including the M2M and Cloud-based industries, according to Telefonica.

U.S. Navy uses Digi wireless tracking system

Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a network communication company, last week announced that Inteligistics (Pittsburgh, Penn. U.S.A.), a logistics provider, will use its Device Cloud, wireless gateways and ZigBee modules to wirelessly enable its asset tracking system. The system will be used by the U.S. Navy to track the contents of tens of thousands of shipping containers across the world as well as by the global logistics industry, according to Digi. The system provides security and real-time access to location, inventory, environmental data and other critical information.

Acer to buy Cloud computing firm, Igware for $320 million

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Acer Inc (New Taipei City, Taiwan), an electronics manufacturer, announced on Thursday it will buy cloud computing firm iGware Inc (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A. ) for $320 million, in the fifth-largest Taiwanese buyout of a U.S. company.

Acer, who is the world's second largest PC maker, said it was also in initial talks with Japanese game firm Nintendo, a major client of iGware, over potential cooperation after the deal, but did not give details.

Companies making major push for the Cloud

Last month Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) came out with the iCloud, a cloud service unique to its products. Since then, more companies have been announcing their moves into the cloud computing business.

On Monday, Microsoft (Redmond, Wash., U.S.A.) CEO Steve Ballmer spoke at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference, and urged its partners to join Microsoft as it moves into cloud technology.

ATIS Cloud Services Forum releases CDN Interconnection Specifications

ATIS (Washington, D.C.), a membership organization for telecom industry standards, announced on Tuesday that its Cloud Services Forum (CSF) has released the “CDN Interconnection Use Case Specification and High Level Requirements” standards document. The standard provides an initial description of content distribution networks (CDNs) and develops interconnection use cases and high-level requirements to support passing content distribution requests between two service providers.

Microsoft puts Office software in the cloud

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Microsoft Corp (Redmond, Wash.) made its biggest move into the mobile, Internet-accessible world of "cloud" computing on Tuesday, introducing a revamped online version of its hugely profitable Office software suite.

Microsoft is putting its applications -- including Outlook email, Excel spreadsheets and SharePoint collaboration tools -- into an online format so that customers can use them on a variety of devices from wherever they can get an Internet connection.

Telstra invests $800 million to further grow its cloud

Telstra (Melbourne, Australia), a network carrier, on Thursday announced it would invest more than $800 million in cloud computing over the next five years to support the growing demand from Australian organizations for cloud services.

As part of the announcement, Telstra CEO David Thodey unveiled more corporate customers who use Telstra cloud computing including Australian Vintage Limited, The Salvation Army Employment Plus, Oz Minerals, Tabcorp, and Tristar Medical Group.

Apple introduces iCloud

Apple (Cupertino, Calif.),on Monday introduced iCloud, a cloud service that works with applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all other devices. According to Apple, when anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated.

HP helps telecoms grow revenue with on-demand cloud services for SMBs

HP Enterprise Services (Plano, Texas) on Tuesday announced enhancements to the company’s hybrid delivery cloud solutions, offering telecom companies the agility they need to quickly enter the small and medium-size business (SMB) market with revenue-generating on-demand communications services.

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