enterprise

Apple, IBM launch MobileFirst iOS enterprise apps

Apple and IBM have launched what they said is the first in a series of iOS applications for enterprise iPhone and iPad users to access IBM’s big data analytics capabilities. The solutions, named IBM MobileFirst for iOS, mark an unprecedented collaboration between the two tech giants.

NEC, Meru work to bring SDN to enterprise wifi

The US operation of Japanese equipment vendor NEC recently unveiled a partnership with intelligent wifi architecture specialist Meru Networks to collaborate on software defined network (SDN)-enabled unified wired and wireless enterprise access.

Apple, IBM team up with enterprise focus

Apple and IBM have joined forces to target enterprise mobility through business applications that bring IBM’s strengths in big data and analytics to Apple devices. The move is intended to strengthen Apple’s presence in the enterprise space with more than 100 industry-specific tools and native apps, developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad.

China Unicom invests HK$3bn to build Hong Kong datacentre

China Unicom announced its intention to build it largest datacentre outside mainland China Thursday, which will host the company’s growing portfolio of cloud-based services. The telco said it plans to invest HK$3bn (£240m) in the new facility.

AT&T teams with Microsoft to provide cloud solution to enterprises

US operator AT&T has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a cloud solution allowing enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The solution will use cloud integration technology from AT&T over a virtual private network to pair with Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform.

Vodafone expands African enterprise ops

Vodafone has expanded its enterprise offering in Africa as growth in regional revenues tops the €1bn mark for the financial year ending March 2013.

KT launches cloud offering

South Korean operator KT Corporation is launching a cloud computing offering in Japan this week, in conjunction with Softbank.The new offering, which will operate on a datacentre in Korea, exploits a growing market for overseas storage in Japan, where an increasing number of enterprises have, since the devastating earthquake in 2011, looked to neighbouring South Korea for the opportunity to minimise their data storage risk.

Vodafone strikes deal with BAE Systems

UK operator group Vodafone has struck a five-year deal with British defence firm BAE Systems. The two have penned a partnership to provide businesses with a range of advanced communications security products and services for smartphones and tablets. BAE Systems has also selected Vodafone as its preferred supplier of mobile communications worldwide, excluding the US.

Enterprises ripe for Network as a Service

Four out of five European enterprises describe themselves as very or somewhat interested in adopting Network-as-a-Service (NaaS), reflecting rapidly increasing or spiking bandwidth requirements faced today as well as the need for a more cost-effective connectivity model. The findings were published this week in a survey carried out by Vanson Bourne on behalf of network specialist Ciena.

SMEs remain an untapped market in Europe

More than 99 per cent of European businesses are SMEs, yet the vast majority plan to change telecoms service provider at the end of their contract period, according to research published recently. The message is that the SME sector represents an enormous opportunity for CSPs to grow their revenues – but it is an opportunity they are not taking.

Enterprise cloud services attract investment

Cloud storage firm Egnyte has received $16m in Series C funding led by Google Ventures with additional support from existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), and Polaris. As a part of the funding, Karim Faris, partner at Google Ventures will join the board of Egnyte.

Vodafone UK launches enterprise smartphone offering

Vodafone UK has launched an enterprise smartphone service allowing corporate customers to manage and secure their data over a range of high end devices. The service, dubbed Smarthphone Professional, uses a solution from mobile security firm Good Technologies, which aims to provide security across a variety of devices at the kind of level that has made RIM’s Blackberry solution so popular with enterprise customers.

Vodafone buys expense management firms

Vodafone Global Enterprise on Friday acquired two telecom expense management companies: Quickcomm and TnT Expense Management, giving the carrier an attractive toolset to help it target the enterprise space.

HP unveils Cloud-based Mobile Device Management platform

IT giant HP has announced a solution that helps wireless and broadband service provicders provide midsize business customers with cloud-based mobile device management. The HP Cloud Services Enablement for Device Management as a Service (HP CSE for DMaaS) helps businesses manage employee smartphones, notebooks and other mobile devices.

Telenor and Telefónica partner to expand mobile offering for MNC customers

The incumbent carriers of Norway and Spain, Telenor and Telefónica, both of which have substantial international portfolios, have announced a partnership agreement that will see them join forces to serve their MNC (multinational corporation) customers in one another’s markets, with a particular focus on mobile services.

Orange Business Services acquires French integrator Alsy

Orange Business Services has acquired Alsy, a French company integrating Microsoft communications solutions. This acquisition further enhances the offering of Orange Business Services in the full range of Microsoft technologies, by rounding out the agreement signed with Microsoft in 2009 to distribute the standard Microsoft Online Services offer in 21 countries.

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