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Trend Micro Buys HP's TippingPoint

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Security software vendor Trend Micro acquires HP security division TippingPoint and related technology, intellectual property, employees and customer base for approximately $300 million.

SecurityThe acquisition will go in the creation of a "game-changing" network defense solution combining intrusion prevention and breach detection.

“As an ideal complement to our market-leading protection for data centers and endpoints, this new next-generation network defense solution combines our best-in-class network breach detection system with proven intrusion prevention and response capabilities from TippingPoint," Trend Micro says. "Given our tenure with both HP and TippingPoint technology, we are excited about the agility of this acquisition and the value it will create for customers.”

Microsoft and Dell Team Up in Azure-in-a-Box

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Dell and Microsoft join forces to reveal the Cloud Platform System Standard-- a hybrid cloud in-a-box combining Dell hardware hardware with pre-configured Microsoft software.

Dell Microsoft“A core part of our mission to empower every organization on the planet requires us to build world-class platforms and forge deeper partnerships that help businesses of all sizes transform with digital technology,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says. “By expanding our longstanding partnership with Dell to offer a truly integrated hybrid cloud, we will make the cloud more accessible to organizations of all sizes with the choice and flexibility to best meet their needs.”

Huawei Pours $1 Billion into the Cloud

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Huawei announces plans to invest $1 billion over the next 5 years into programs making its cloud computing solutions more attractive to customers using its infrastructure.

HuaweiThe Chinese company is better known for telecommunications equipment, but it is also moving into internet infrastructure with servers, datacentres and cloud services of the data analytics and security variety. The investment will go towards joint cloud app development, technical support and training, among other things.

"The aim is to help developers create innovative services and rapidly respond to customers' business needs," the company tells Reuters.

HP Bursts Helion Cloud

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HP is shutting down the Helion Public Cloud offering on 31 January 2016, leaving customers with little more than 3 months to find a new home for their off-site software and data.

HorizonThe "sunset" of Helion has been a long time coming-- back in April 2015 a New York Times interview had HP cloud boss Bill Hilf admit the company does not have what it takes to face the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Which makes sense, since HP's core enterprise strength lies in the sale of datacentre hardware.

“We thought people would rent or buy computing from us,” Hilf said. “It turns out that it makes no sense for us to go head-to-head.”

EMC and VMware Join Cloud Forces

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EMC and VMware combine cloud capabilities together with the inclusion the Virtustream offering-- bringing about a single cloud services  entity labeled with the Virtustream brand.

Cloud serversThe new Virtustream will be jointly owned by VMware and EMC, with the leadership of Virtustream CEO Rodney Rogers. It inconcorporates EMC's Information Infrastructure with the Virtustream Infrastructure-as-a-Service business and VMware's vCloud Air to provide "a complete spectrum of on- and off-premises cloud offerings." In other words, VMware provies the virtualisation, EMC the managed storage and cloud services, and Virtustream the IaaS.

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