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IBM releases app translation services

IBM logoBig Blue said it has made available a beta version of a service that will translate apps to be translated in nine other languages than English.

IBM Globalisation Pipeline uses English as its core language but will translate apps into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese and Korean.

The Pipeline doesn’t mess with the code but is used to automate text seen by people using the apps.

The machine translation also is editable by human beings to maintain consistency and quality, supports a number of app source file formats, and open source software development kits.

Bluemix is IBM’s one billion dollar cloud foundry, launched last year, and now includes over 120 tools and services, the company said.

IBM to buy Meteorix

IBM logoBig Blue said it will buy a company called Meteorix which specialises in Workday, which is a set of cloud applications for finance and personnel management.

Bridget van Kralingen, senior VP at IBM global business services, said the acquisition will make IBM one of the leading Workday service providers in the world.

Sam Spector, CEO of Mateorix said that his company’s rapid growth was down to its strong focus on customers. He said that combining the capabilities of the two companies will mean customers can use the analytics of IBM and its own experience in providing Workday applications.

IBM did not say how much it will pay for Meteorix or when the acquisition will be completed. It also did nt say whether the unit will function autonomously or whether it will be absorbed into the IBM global services unit.

The company was only started in 2011 with most of its customer base in the USA and Canada.

Revenues up at Alibaba

Ali Baba by Aubrey BeardsleyOnline retailer Alibaba which sells into the lucrative Chinese market said it turned in revenues of $109 billion for the quarter ended the 30th June.

That’s up $28 billion from the same period last year.

It also said it successfully monetised the mobile marketplace with revenues from transactions made on mobile devices exceeding desktop revenues.

The company, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:BABA) said it grew its cloud computing and internet infrastructure business by 106 percent year on year, amounting to $78 million. It claims number one position in cloud computing services in China.

Alibaba has more customers in China than there are US citizens.

Grocery sales in Beijing increased by 740 percent in the quarter compared to the same quarter last year, with 90 percent of those orders coming from mobile devices.

IBM claims lead in cloud patents

Ary Pleysier - Beach View with Boats - Wikimedia CommonsBig Blue is determined to be a leader in cloud computing, despite being snapped at the heels by newcomers like Amazon in the enterprise market.

And it has said that researchers and inventors at IBM have filed over 400 new cloud patents this year. Over the last 18 months it has secured close to 1,200 cloud patents.

IBM is most interested in big buck deals that involve enterprises and that’s reflected by some of the patents it’s grabbed.

Those include high availability for cloud servers, virtual machine availability in a networked computing environment, and a system and method of supporting secure application deployment in a cloud.

Another two patents IBM is particularly fond of is patent number 8,984,134, the snappy title being unified cloud computing infrastructure to manage and deploy physical and virtual environments, and patent number 8,990,950: Enabling granular discretionary access control for data stored in a cloud computing environment.

IBM said it’s already made strategic partnerships with Box and with Apple in the last 12 months in its bid to dominate the enterprise cloud market.

Amazon is becoming all about the public cloud


cloudOne of the strange
things about Amazon’s results last week is that its star performers was its public cloud business.

The company is now completely dependant on a business you do not always associate with selling books.

For those who came in late, Amazon has not been making any profit announcements lately and prefers to invest in new cunning plans.

Last week it announced a profit, but said it was all due to its cloud business.

Revenue from Amazon’s cloud – Amazon Web Services (AWS) – nearly doubled in the second quarter, showing the business was poised to drive sustainable earnings for the online retailer, Wall Street analysts said.

It is still not more than the company’s product sales but the figure is a huge chunk of sales.

Amazon has effectively cleaned everyone’s clock in the cloud business, including names which have more experience in running those sorts of operations. EMC, IBM and even Microsoft have fallen by the wayside when it comes to market share. Last year Google tried to enter the market with limited success.

While analysts have been touting the huge profits to be made on the cloud, the last year has seen a price war between all the key players. Now while prices are still low, costs are more or less on a parity.

All that competition left Amazon with five times more capacity than those of its next biggest 14 competitors —i ncluding Google — combined.

Analysts are starting to call Amazon the “Walmart of the cloud” for its prices and just-good-enough service.

Amazon is in the same position that Microsoft was. Its cloud has become so dominant, and popular with developers who do not see a need to learn to use any other technologies.

As a result Amazon has the chance of controlling the public cloud, just like Windows controlled the PC environment for a long time.

The only way for its rivals to beat Amazon is on technology. Last year we saw some interesting stuff from EMC hit the shops, but competition against something that settled is hard work no matter how technologically superior – remember OS-WARP?

IBM teams up with 200 universities

teachingBig Blue is to team up with 200 universities worldwide as part of its plan to dominate the world market.

In autumn this year, it will introduce its Academic Initiative for Cloud, which is intended to promote cloud technologies and has already made arrangements with the universities.

Yjeu clude Imperial College, Cambridge, Stuttgart University, the University of Tokyo, University of California Irvine, and the National University of Singapore.

IBM will offer the faculties Bluemix in the classroom with the aim of showing students how to create applications based round Watson Analytics, the internet of things, and other business concepts

The company is also creating a student developer community for students around the world to share information and give access to resources.

IBM said that only 14 percent of graduates today are women, way down from 37 percent in 1984 and that it will support programmes that address the lack of women in the different technology professions.

Microsoft to buy into cyber security

Microsoft campusReports said that Microsoft will pay $320 million to buy an Israeli cyber security company.

That’s according to financial newspaper Calcalist, which predicts the acquisition will mean Microsoft will use the company as a base for cyber security in Israel.

Microsoft is desperately attempting to re-engineer its business and the cloud has become ever important to it as it struggles to catch with up vendors IBM and Amazon.

Adaliom has received funding from VCs Sequoia Capital and European Index Ventures and from HP and EMC, it appears.

The company specialises in securing data held in cloud services and prevent it being hack.

Microsoft has not yet commented on the rumour.

IBM bags $180 million cloud deal

IBM logoBig Blue said today it has signed a five year IT services agreement with Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG), an independent US energy firm.

CPG operates 15,000 miles of interstate pipelines across the USA.

The deal includes services relating to the cloud, to mobile, to analytics and to security.

CPG span itself off from infrastructure company NiSource at the beginning of its month and NiSource was already an IBM customer.

But this deal will provide the technology infrastructure for CPG, which has assets worth about $4.6 billion this year.

IBM will move CPG’s IT and apps covering human resources, billing and finance, pipeline operations and IT management from NiSource’s data centres into an IBM data centre based in Columbus Ohio.

As well as the shift of data, IBM will also manage its IT environment including help desk, end user services, mobile device management, and operational analytics.

Cloud passes over central Europe

Clouds over the Old Power Station, OxfordAs IBM announced that the US government had approved the sale of its semiconductor business to GlobalFoundries (GloFo),the company said that its current focus on cloud computing is paying off in central and eastern Europe.

IBM decided some years back that it was foolish spending billions on state of the art fabrication plants (fabs) when its one time rival Intel was beating it on all fronts. And it has concentrated on getting rid of other non-core businesses too.

Now IBM seems to be all about the cloud and according to a claim it made today, startups and thriving businesses are adopting IBM cloud technology in their droves. This could be bad news for Microsoft, which seems to have decided it’s a cloud company too.

IBM quoted the International Monetary Fund as saying that the economy has begun to recover in central and eastern Europe.

IBM said that a number of organisations across the region have adopted IBM Cloud, including in Russia, in the Czech Republic, in Slovenia and in Poland.

The company did not say what type of revenue such business was generating, but if its cloud business generates as much money as IBM generates press releases about the cloud, then it’s doing quite well, thank you very much.

World faces Zombie data centre crisis

zombieIf global warming was not enough, it seems that the world is waking up to the fact that it has a plague of zombie data centres.

A new study says that 30 percent of all physical servers in data centres are comatose, or are using energy but aren’t doing anything useful.

According to Jonathan Koomey, a research fellow at Stanford University, the problem has been around for a while, as the percentage hasn’t changed since 2008.

He used data collected by TSO Logic, an energy efficiency software vendor, from nearly 4,000 physical servers in customer data centres. They decided that a server is considered comatose if it hasn’t done anything for at least six months, which would be an interesting definition if applied to a human.

Koomey said it was not a technical matter as much as a management problem but  more work is needed to confirm or refute those numbers.

IDC estimated the number of physical servers worldwide last year at 41.4 million; that figure is expected to grow to 42.8 million by the end of this year.

A study last year by the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC), with the help of major vendors, estimated that in the U.S. alone data centres used 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electrical energy in 2013.

That use is expected to increase 53 percent by 2020.

It estimated that electrical usage could be reduced by 40 percent by getting rid of zombie servers and improving energy efficiency. That figure represents only half of the technically possible reduction in energy use.

It is the smaller data centres which were the problem rather than the big clouds.