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Apigee Extends Integration With Pivotal

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Apigee Extends Integration With Pivotal

API management and predictive analysis solution provider Apigee announces further integration with Pivotal, with a deal bringing Apigee Edge Microgateway API management to the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform.

The result, according to the two companies, allows developers to leverage Apigee API management software to share, monitor and secure APIs and microservices for applications developed with the Pivotal cloud platform.

“Enterprises are struggling with the complexity of a microservices architecture," Apigee says. "Hands down the most challenging aspect of managing microservices is the sheer scale of inter-microservices communication. The hub-and-spoke model of managing inter-services communication from legacy ESB vendors simply cannot scale.”

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Forrester on Taking Advantage of IoT Data

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Forrester on Taking Advantage of IoT Data

According Forrester Consulting most companies do not take advantage of the data harvested by the IoT-- while 51% of companies collect data, only around 30% actually use said data for actionable insights.

Titled "Simplifying the Complexity of IoT," the April 2016 study was commissioned by authentication specialist LogMeIn, and surveys 232 organisations based in the UK, Germany, France, US, Canada, Japan and S. Korea. It has 61% of respondents insist product monitoring features are a key driver in connected products, showing a "clear disconnect" between vision and the ability to execute that vision.

"There are a lot of components of a connected product for manufacturers to think about, but when initially entering the IoT space, their main focus is on connectivity," the study says. "When we asked manufacturers that currently have devices available how much time was spent on various product capabilities, connectivity was at the top of their list, representing about 20% of the total effort. However, the reality is that many of the key drivers for IoT can't be realized by just connecting a device."

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Oracle Buys More Cloud With NetSuite

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Oracle Buys More Cloud With NetSuite

Oracle sets to reach the likes of Microsoft and Amazon as it shells out $9.3 billion for NetSuite, the cloud services pioneer whose investors include no other than former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

In fact, Ellison's investment in NetSuite-- one covering around 45.4% of the company when including members of Ellison family-- brings about shadows of conflict-of-interest allegations in the deal, particularly if Oracle is seen to have paid a multiple higher than other historic acquisitions of similar cloud software companies. That said, Oracle insists the deal will only close once it gets approvals by owners of the NetSuite shares not held by Ellison and his family.

The NetSuite acquisition is be the second biggest in Oracle history, following the 2005 hostile takeover of PeopleSoft. Oracle has been late to the cloud game (back in 2008 Ellison famously described it as "gibberish") but is currently eager to use its war chast to play catch-up, with May 2016 seeing it buy Opower and Textura in the space of a single month.

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Gartner: "Cloud Shift" to Affect IT Spending

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According to Gartner over $1 trillion in IT spending will be affected by the shift to the cloud over the next 5 years, marking further proof of the cloud being "one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age."

"Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world," the analyst adds. "The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and "born in the cloud" providers."

The shifting of IT spending from traditional offerings to cloud services-- or "cloud shift" is calculated by comparing IT spending on cloud services with traditional non-cloud services in the same market. Gartner estimates aggregate cloud shift will reach $111 billion in 2016, before growing to $216bn in 2020.

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IBM, CSC Expand Cloud Alliance

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IBM, CSC Expand Cloud Alliance

IBM and CSC join forces to announce IBM for z-- providing CSC customers with IBM's Cloud Managed Services for the z Systems mainframe platform packaged with associated hardware and software.

The result, the two companies say, allows CSC customers to move to the cloud through a more scalable and flexible infrastrastructure at "significantly reduced" startup costs.

"Many clients are looking for ways to make historically fixed cost more variable to migrate from legacy platforms to modernized applications and to a cloud enabled infrastructure,” CSC says. “As a solution independent integrator, CSC is uniquely positioned to leverage transformative services like the IBM Cloud for z to benefit our clients. This new cloud-based service expands our cloud offering and is a natural evolution of our long-standing alliance with IBM.”

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