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Salesforce signs multi-year deal to use Dell infrastructure in its datacenters

Dell Technologies announced Thursday that Salesforce is signing a multi-year commitment to use Dell EMC infrastructure in its global data center footprint. According to Dell, the commitment is an expansion of the current relationship between the two companies, and will have Salesforce utilizing Dell’s Isilon scale-out NAS storage arrays, data protection products and PowerEdge servers. Dell also announced that Salesforce… Read more →

Microsoft to open up about its Cortana Skills Kit at Build

Microsoft looks ready to widen its Cortana Skills Kit availability as of next week, simultaneous with its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle. Microsoft has published its schedule and session descriptions for many of its Build 2017 talks via its official Build schedule builder mobile application. (I downloaded a version from the Google Play Store today for my Android phone.)… Read more →

Better, faster, more reliable Wi-Fi in six easy steps

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Cisco to acquire data analytics team from software firm Saggezza

Cisco said Thursday that it plans to acquire key talent and technology from data analytics company Saggezza. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2006, Saggezza’s portfolio of software platforms caters primarily the financial services industry, with tools for data analysis and visualization. However, it appears that Cisco is most interested in Saggezza’s advanced analytics team. In… Read more →

​Dell EMC plots Microsoft Azure Stack system for second half 2017

Dell EMC launched an integrated system that will meld Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure-as-a-service with data centers and hybrid cloud deployments. special feature Integrating the Hybrid Cloud As far and fast as cloud computing is embedding itself into the enterprise, there remain many cloud-resistant applications and services. Read More The aim of the system is to automate infrastructure for companies planning to… Read more →

What’s the deal with all those carrier-branded authorized resellers out there?

Is this really a Verizon store? Sure looks like it. But it’s not. Retail is hard these days. Not only are retail storefronts competing with other retailers, they’re also competing with the vast world of online. One peculiar subset of brick and mortar retailing is the so-called factory-authorized reseller. We have long known about this phenomenon when it comes to… Read more →

Affordable driverless cars: How Bosch is quietly stepping up its AI drive with new lab

New Delta Lab head Max Welling: “In smart assistance systems, deep learning is gaining increasing importance.” Image: Jeroen Oerlemans/University of Amsterdam Dutch computer scientist Max Welling has become a respected artificial-intelligence researcher in his own right, but one detail on his résumé makes him truly stand out from the crowd. He is a former student of Geoffrey Hinton, one of… Read more →

Shazam turns to Google for GPUs in the cloud

The popular mobile app Shazam is moving to the Google Cloud Platform, it announced Thursday, after about five years of running its own bespoke non-elastic GPU infrastructure. Shazam lets users identify a song they’re listening to by matching it to the seconds in its database. Launched in 2008, Shazam is used more than 20 million times a day. The company… Read more →

Singapore retailers roll out integrated POS terminals

Some 2,000 integrated point-of-sale (POS) will be rolled out in more than 650 retail stores across Singapore, supporting various payment options including Samsung Pay and Apple Pay. Local payments services provider Network for Electronic Transfers of Singapore (Nets) and United Overseas Bank would install the terminals at retail brands under the Dairy Farm Singapore Group. A pilot involving the “unified… Read more →

Amazon announces EC2 price reductions

In its 61st AWS price reduction, Amazon on Wednesday announced price drops for Reserved Instances and M4 instances. “In addition to reducing our prices on a regular and frequent basis, we also give customers options that help them to optimize their use of AWS,” AWS evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post laying out the new changes. “Our customers… Read more →

Tableau Q1 mixed as customers adopt subscription pricing

Tableau said its customers are shifting to cloud subscriptions faster than expected. The company reported a first quarter net loss of $54.6 million, or 71 cents a share, on revenue of $199.9 million, up 16 percent from a year ago. Tableau’s non-GAAP first quarter loss was 3 cents a share. Wall Street was expecting Tableau to report a loss of… Read more →

Now: self-contained systems map the user journey

“Self-contained system” is a term that gets applied to a lot of things, from International Space Station components to nanosensors. In the information technology services space, it could also apply to the plethora of hardware/software appliances that have been available for some time — such as data warehouse, security or storage appliances which handle everything within pluggable, highly contained environments…. Read more →