AWS is top enterprise cloud service – but beware the consumer threat

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most popular enterprise cloud service according to a report released today from Skyhigh Networks – but the research also fired a broadside at how companies are struggling to block consumer products. The reports, which are quarterly and based on data from more than 1.6 million users, noted a huge disparity in companies saying they block certain services and the amount of employees actually blocked.

EMC snaps up Cloudscaling, looks to expand in OpenStack markets

Tech giant EMC has bought open cloud provider Cloudscaling, according to reports, bolstering the firm’s push towards OpenStack. The reports, which first surfaced in Bloomberg, gave little information regarding further details, but suggested that the deal was worth less than $50m.

IBM and SAP team up to run HANA Enterprise Cloud in major deal

SAP and IBM have announced a major partnership with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud being delivered through IBM’s cloud. The two firms, who have had a fruitful partner relationship for over 40 years, gives users the choice to run SAP’s HANA in-memory database across either SoftLayer, the IaaS firm acquired by IBM last year, or IBM’s cloud managed services.

IBM Watson lands in Thailand, South Africa and Australia

IBM has announced that its supercomputer Watson is being rolled out in a variety of locations, including Australia, Thailand, and Spain. The global expansion has come about after the IBM Watson Group was formed in January. IBM also announced various collaborations with companies, as well as startups creating apps that are powered by Watson.

Here’s proof Oracle is now taking cloud computing very seriously

It’s taken a long time for Oracle, and former CEO Larry Ellison in particular, to embrace cloud computing. But now the ship has truly sailed, as the software giant has hired Google App Engine mastermind Peter Magnusson in a senior VP role. Magnusson, who was most recently VP engineering at Snapchat, was engineering director at Google, responsible for Google’s platform as a service offering App Engine, as well as working on strategy for Cloud Platform.