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Red Hat acquisition gives IBM a much-needed booster shot of open source and cloud DNA

Yesterday, IBM announced its intention to purchase Red Hat for $34 billion. Assuming a successful transaction, this acquisition blends hybrid cloud and open source synergies: Both companies target hybrid cloud from different angles; RedHat provides a compelling middleware environment with OpenStack, while IBM supports enterprise customers with monolithic and even mainframe support in their cloud offering. Both companies have a… Read more →

Microsoft is readying ‘Maquette’ a mixed-reality prototyping tool

Microsoft quietly has begun testing a mixed-reality prototyping tool known as “Maquette.” A beta, video tutorials and a feedback site for the product already are live. Credit: Microsoft Microsoft’s site describes Maquette as “a mixed reality tool for creating immersive prototypes using a PC VR headset.” (Maquette is a French term for a small scale model or rough draft of… Read more →

Pakistani bank denies losing $6 million in country’s ‘biggest cyber attack’

Karachi-based Bank Islami acknowledged on Sunday of suffering a security breach of its payment cards system but denied reports of having lost an alleged $6 million in what local press have called the biggest cyber-attack in the country’s history. The bank said it detected the attack on Saturday morning, October 27, when internal security system identified “abnormal transactions” coming from… Read more →

Armed with Red Hat, IBM launches a cloud war against Amazon, Microsoft and Google

must read From Linux to Cloud, why Red Hat matters for every enterprise Today, Red Hat dominates enterprise Linux. Tomorrow, it wants to rule the cloud. Don’t bet against it. Read More On Sunday, Armonk, New York-based IBM announced that it would be buying Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat for $34 billion — the largest acquisition in the company’s 100+-year… Read more →

Atlassian sells videoconferencing platform Jitsi to 8×8

Atlassian is shedding another business unit as part of its exit from the real-time communications game. The software maker has sold its open-source chat and videoconferencing platform Jitsi to 8×8, its former rival in the enterprise communications space before its pivot to IT team management. Financial terms of the deal, which includes Jitsi’s entire technology stack and engineering team, were… Read more →

Bitstamp acquired by Belgian investment firm NXMG

Bitstamp has been acquired by NXMG, a Belgian investment company which has previously shown interest in the cryptocurrency space. On Monday, Bitstamp CEO Nejc Kodrič said that the cryptocurrency exchange has been courting suitors for some time, but eventually selected NXMG due to “a combination of the quality of the buyer, the quality of the offer and the fact that… Read more →

Startup aims to turn enterprise data into information

Life would be simpler if everything were in one relational database, but that’s not practical. Enterprises have too much data. So data gets spread among different databases, some by department, others by function, often with different schemas and degrees of data checking. There are lots of tools for low-level checking of fields and schemas. But what if you want to… Read more →

IoT: Solving the problem of connectivity on the move

Mobile devices are everywhere, embedded in everything from cars to homes and beyond. We’re soon going to be living in a world where billions of devices share the same mobile networks as our phones. It’s going to be crowded out there. That brings us to an interesting set of questions. If we’re going to have billions of connected devices, how… Read more →

​Apple’s new iPad Pro aims to keep enterprise momentum

Apple’s iPad Pro launch in Brooklyn is about providing a refresh for fans of the tablet as well as the Mac, but there is a bigger picture worth noting. Apple needs an updated iPad Pro to drive enterprise adoption and ensure its iOS ecosystem continues to be the go-to mobile platform for business. Sure, the iPad Pro is likely to… Read more →

Google rolls out Firebase product updates geared towards enterprises

After building up momentum on Firebase over the past year, Google this week is announcing a series of updates to the mobile app development platform to make it more enterprise-friendly. Google acquired Firebase in 2014 and revamped in 2016. There are now more than 1.5 million active applications using Firebase each month. Up to this point, Firebase has largely catered… Read more →

How the cloud wars forced IBM to buy Red Hat for $34 billion

IBM paid $34 billion for Red Hat and a chance to be a cloud player–private, public and hybrid–with an ultimate goal of managing multiple clouds in the enterprise. The Red Hat deal is IBM’s biggest acquisition yet for a reason: The stakes are too high and IBM has already been bumped out of the big cloud conversation by Amazon Web… Read more →