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A brief Recap of Last Weeks Cloud Connect 2012 Event
Brainshark, Inc., the leader in online and mobile video presentations, today announced a series of mobile capabilities and enhancements designed to provide a more interactive experience for on-the-go viewers. Through the “Brainshark Enhanced Mobile” module, a new Flash-based mobile player, iOS App updates and more, Brainshark is making it even easier for mobile audiences to engage with online video presentations – anytime, anywhere and from any device.
As mobile Internet users surge – set to exceed desktop users by 2014, according to Morgan Stanley – Brainshark’s current mobile offerings and iPhone and iPad App are already helping companies deliver high-impact, convenient messages to their untethered audiences. Through Brainshark, users can add their voice – along with video clips, interactivity, attachments and more – to slide decks and other documents, to create online video presentations.
HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced the opening of a state-of-the-art research facility in Fort Collins, Colo., in which the company will advance sustainable data center technologies.
The new facility will expand on HP’s Converged Infrastructure architecture by developing technologies to eliminate IT sprawl, increase energy efficiency and reduce power consumption to help clients minimize their carbon footprint and reinvest cost savings into business innovation.
Built in collaboration with HP Labs, the company’s central research facility, the 50,000 square-foot site will enable HP to explore new strategies for reducing the environmental impact of next-generation data centers. At completion, the site will use technologies to help customers minimize power for the cooling of their data centers, while increasing their capacity with less equipment.
OpSource, Inc., the leader in enterprise cloud and managed hosting, today announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the OnDemand Top 100 winners. Inclusion in the OnDemand 100 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players. OpSource was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.
OpSource and the OnDemand Top 100 companies will be honored at AlwaysOn’s OnDemand event on March 28, 2011, at Hewlett-Packard’s Worldwide Headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.
‘Good Mobile Access’ Provides Enterprises with Secure Access to Web-Enabled Applications and Collaboration Tools
Good Technology, the leader in multiplatform enterprise mobility, announced Wednesday that its Good for Enterprise product will now include a secure Web browser that allows mobile users to access Intranets and other Web-enabled enterprise applications such as management dashboards, IT monitoring portals, wikis and document repositories. Included as part of the Good for Enterprise offering, the addition of the Good Mobile Access secure Web browser is the company’s latest enhancement for enterprise apps and collaboration beyond email.
The secure Web browser is currently available for iOS devices 4.0 and higher (e.g., iPhone and iPad) and Microsoft Exchange platforms. Additional platforms are expected to roll out in the coming months.
At the Microsoft Management Summit 2011, Microsoft Corp. yesterday announced new IT solutions to streamline PC and device management, empower productivity and enable the modern enterprise, highlighting the release of Windows Intune, System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2 and the next version of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). Windows Intune is generally available today in 35 countries, bringing PC management through the cloud and upgrades to Windows 7 Enterprise to businesses. Windows Intune delivers cloud-based management and security capabilities through a single, Web-based console, so computers and users can operate at peak performance from virtually anywhere.
Yesterday at the Microsoft Management Summit, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson demonstrated how private clouds built with Microsoft technologies can help IT organizations meet their companies’ demands for more agile services. Anderson introduced the new System Center 2012, which will enable IT managers to deliver private cloud services that empower business teams, provide greater insights into application performance, and allow IT to carry forward current investments as they adopt public cloud computing.
“Our IT customers have told us that their focus is helping their businesses deliver the critical applications that will strengthen their bottom line, while maintaining necessary control and compliance,” Anderson said. “Virtualization and server consolidation are important steps toward cloud computing, but it’s essential to have management tools that provide intelligence about how the apps themselves are doing, not just management of virtual machine black boxes. Microsoft’s management solutions provide that insight, along with the needed oversight.”
Cloud Computing and Software Industry Veteran Joins OpSource to Drive Company’s Growth and ExpansionMarch 22, 2011 | karenh
OpSource, Inc., the leader in enterprise cloud and managed hosting, today announced it has expanded its management team, adding technology sales veteran Peter Stern as senior vice president, sales. Previously vice president of enterprise corporate sales for Salesforce.com, Stern will focus on sales initiatives, equipping his team to scale and grow as the company continues to drive demand for its services and serve an increasingly global client base.
“With a number of businesses of all sizes looking to incorporate the cloud into their IT infrastructure, it’s imperative that we are able to capitalize on the rising demand with the right internal resources,” said Treb Ryan, CEO, OpSource. “Peter brings with him a proven track record of driving sales while tracking the cloud market in his previous position at Salesforce.com and in his work with ISVs at Oracle. We’re pleased to have him on board.”
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (FWB: DTE) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.
AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.
With this transaction, AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns. This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE.
“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”
comScore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 170 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in February for an average of 13.6 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in more than 5.0 billion viewing sessions during the course of the month.
Top 10 Video Content Properties by Unique Viewers
Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property in February with 141.1 million unique viewers. Microsoft Sites captured the #2 ranking (up from #7) with 48.8 million viewers, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 46.7 million viewers. Facebook.com came in fourth with nearly 46.7 million viewers, while VEVO ranked fifth with 45.9 million viewers. Google Sites had the highest number of viewing sessions with 1.8 billion, and average time spent per viewer at 262 minutes, or 4.4 hours.
McAfee today announced that its Web Gateway solution achieved the best malware detection results in a comparative review performed by AV-Test.Org. In the test, commissioned by McAfee, McAfee reached the highest overall score and highest individual scores for three distinct gateway malware test cases, outscoring three other web gateway security solutions tested in this roundup: Blue Coat, Websense and Cisco IronPort.
“This test is external validation that McAfee’s gateway anti-malware engine is the most effective anti-malware solution for today’s dynamic web-borne threat landscape,” said Marc Olesen, senior vice president and general manager, Content & Cloud Security, McAfee.
Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced expanded functionality of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Starting today, AWS has broadened an enterprise’s networking options with Amazon VPC by letting them specify which of their Amazon VPC resources they wish to make directly accessible to the Internet and which they do not. Before today, customers of Amazon EC2 could provision a private, isolated section of the AWS cloud (called an Amazon VPC) and launch AWS resources into that VPC that were only accessible via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to an existing enterprise datacenter. Amazon VPC was not directly accessible to the Internet. With today’s announcement enterprises no longer need a VPN or existing infrastructure resources in order to leverage Amazon VPC.
LivingSocial, the online source for people to find handpicked experiences at a great value, is working with GlobalGiving to help relief efforts in earthquake-struck Japan. Over the weekend links were added to LivingSocial’s website and daily emails for members to donate via GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving is helping trusted organizations like International Medical Corps, Save the Children and others on the ground providing immediate support to people in need.
Microsoft Corp. yesterday highlighted how Century Payments Inc., an emerging leader in the electronic payments industry and recently ranked 11th on the Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Companies list, has saved more than $300,000 and counting since switching from Salesforce.com to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in 2009. Century Payments also helped increase end-user adoption and overall company productivity as a result of the switch.
“Given our exponential growth, we needed a solution flexible enough to both provide immediate short-term results and adapt to our growing business needs without the high licensing or development costs,” said Scott Harlow, vice president of information technologies and security at Century Payments. “We got that with Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We now have the freedom to change aspects of our solution quickly and on the fly, without the added time and expense of external developers and resources.”
Polycom Inc., a global leader in unified communications (UC), and Microsoft Corp. continue to help change the way organizations communicate. Together they are enabling customers to be present, virtually anytime and anywhere, while reaping substantial cost, efficiency and productivity advantages from integrated UC solutions combining Microsoft Lync and Polycom.
“Microsoft and Polycom are committed to a road map that delivers interoperable UC solutions to help transform enterprise communications, and they are delivering,” said Rich Costello, senior research analyst, IDC. “Since its public launch in November 2010, Lync 2010 continues to gain significant traction with end users. It’s very promising for the industry when we see customers like LA Fitness improve productivity, enhance team collaboration, and save money by deploying these flexible, high-quality, multivendor UC solutions.”