IBM plans to spend big--$4 billion this year--on cloud, mobile and data analytics, as it works to shift its business away from its traditional hardware and software roots. That kind of investment should be good news for enterprises, which will presumably get better services from IBM.
Box will soon start offering features and services aimed at the needs of the financial services industry. It's already made similar announcements for industries including healthcare, retail, and media and entertainment. Other verticals are sure to follow.
Inbox by Gmail is moving to the office. Google plans to roll out Inbox for Google Apps to a small group of users next month.
Google suffered a two hour and 40-minute outage for its Google Compute Engine last week. Though the impact was not as big in the U.S., as it happened after business hours, the global outage did put a strain on some users in Europe and Asia.
The top news stories for Feb. 20, 2015.
Box today joins Citrix and Salesforce as members in Microsoft's Cloud Storage Partner Program. Two new integrations allow businesses to access content from any device or platform, and will support native integrations for Office for iPad and iPhone, and Office Online.
Google is offering 2GB off additional Google Drive space for users who complete a two minute security checkup by Feb 17.
A new survey of more than 10,000 IT professionals revealed that 64 percent think hybrid cloud services provide greater agility and security, yet only 27 percent have deployed a hybrid cloud. Still, that's a nine percent jump from where hybrid deployments were in 2013.
VMware is again rolling out some new cloud services--this time focused on hybrid and OpenStack--as the company works hard to stay competitive against the more established cloud vendors.
Good Technology is targeting small and medium-sized business, as well as large businesses that have bene reluctant to embrace mobility, with its cloud-based Good Management Suite.