• NTT Acquires E-Shelter For a Euro-Centric Data Center Roll Up

     

    Big news today from NTT Com who is announcing that they are acquiring e-shelter, one of Germany’s largest data center operators. The deal, which sees NTT pay $840 million in cash, will result in NTT being the 3rd largest data center operator in the wor…

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  • Autopilot Wants To Fill The White Space Between Email Management And Marketing Automation

     

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote a story about Campaign Monitor the Australian-founded, but now US based, email campaign management vendor. Campaign Monitor has gained significant funding and now wants to ramp up what it does to fill up the white space be…

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  • Hitachi Wants To Smarten Up How Telcos Work

     

    This week sees the biggest telco event of the year taking place in Barcelona, the traditional venue for Mobile World Congress. Since MWC is such a big show there has unsurprisingly been a deluge of announcements from companies seeking to gain some telc…

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  • Solidfire Ups The Ante In The Storage World–Offers Unlimited Wear Guarantee And Decoupled Software

     

    Solidfire this week held its annual analyst day in Boulder (disclosure, Solidfire covered my travel and expenses to attend the event). The company gathered 50 analysts from around the world to hear its vision for the future of storage. Solidfire is a p…

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  • Simple Energy Helps Utilities Hyper-Personalize Consumer Offers

     

    As platforms and technologies arise which make it easier for organizations to hyper-personalize services for consumers, we see a huge growth in individual offers being made to individual consumers. But while generic platforms exist to combine machine learning with customer engagement, sometimes specific vertical offerings are appreciated – after all, if you’re […]

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  • Custom Email Applications From Gusto–Because It’s All About The Swipe

     

    In recent years we have seen a plethora of new applications that aim to reinvent the way we interact with email on our mobile device. Mailbox (acquired by Dropbox), Acompli (acquired by Microsoft) not to mention Google’s own Inbox prototype product are all examples. All of these products leveraged the […]

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  • Box Steps Up With A Key Vertical–Announces Box For Financial Services

     

    When enterprise file sharing and collaboration vendor Box announced its IPO, part of the value proposition and the recipe for growth was a stated intention to move into specific industry verticals. The announcement today of Box for Financial Services i…

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  • Docker Talks Up The Open Ecosystem, While Introducing Products That Challenge It

     

    At Docker’s European conference last year, the company responded to some concerns from within the ecosystem about its aggressive approach and introduced a new concept. The concept would see Docker include some components natively that would be able to be replaced by third party tools. Named the “batteries included but swappable” […]

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  • Coolan Leverages Community To Deliver Data Center Analytics

     

    Coolan is a young startup that wants to change the way things are done in the enterprise hardware space. Its CEO, Amir Michael, was previously at Facebook and was a central player in the Open Compute Project (OCP) a group of companies looking to share …

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  • Conspire Aims To Right The LinkedIn Wrongs–Quality Over Quantity

     

    LinkedIn is a great idea but it suffers from the ills that plague other social networks – it rapidly becomes a noisy place where nothing can be achieved over the din. Given the number of people I interact with at events, via email and over time, it is …

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