ChannelNext 2016 #2
Headlines for Cloud
Oracle Buys Opower
Together, Oracle and Opower Will Become the Largest Provider of Mission-Critical Cloud Services to the $2.3 Trillion Utilities Industry
IBM Launches First Highly Secure Blockchain Services for Financial Services, Government and Healthcare on IBM Cloud
Empowers developers to run IBM’s Blockchain using Docker containers
Infosys and Amazon Web Services Collaborate to Accelerate Cloud Migration

Project Infinite from Dropbox Brings Cloud-Stored Data to Desktop
Judging by the responses from users on Twitter, Dropbox' new technology for accessing cloud-based files from the desktop will be a welcome and much-needed improvement.
C.A. Mobile Increases Infrastructure Flexibility with Red Hat and Dell OpenStack Cloud
C.A. Mobile collaborates with Red Hat and Dell to build a scalable infrastructure to help meet traffic demand changes on popular artists’ websites
Australian and New Zealand Businesses Too Enthusiastic About Cloud

IBM and Box to Enable Local Data Storage in Europe and Asia with Box Zones and IBM Cloud

Rackspace Simplifies Cloud Adoption for Companies by Delivering Managed Private Cloud Everywhere
Rackspace announced companies can run a fully-managed private cloud  in any data center around the world without bearing the high cost, risk and operational burden of doing it themselves.
Intel makes move to the cloud faster, easier
New Intel SSDs, including Intel’s first 3D NAND drives optimized for cloud and enterprise workloads, deliver fast, dependable data access.
Microsoft opens cloud services to select Canadian clients with new data centres
Some Canadian companies and governments may finally start using Microsoft Canada Co.’s cloud computing services without fear that sensitive information might flow over the border, thanks to the arrival of two new data centres.
Lixar awarded Microsoft Gold Application Development and Silver Cloud Platform Partner designation

Guiding Eyes Turns to IBM Cloud to Improve Access and Analysis of Canine Data
IBM announced that Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a non-profit organization dedicated to the breeding, raising, training and placement of service dogs with people who are blind or visually impaired, is adopting the IBM Cloud for better management and faster access to its increasing canine data.  
IBM Opens Bluemix Garage in Europe to Fuel Cloud Development
Based in Nice, France, IBM’s fourth Bluemix Garage will help transform how apps are built with IBM Cloud
The internet of things from a single source: Bosch launches cloud for its IoT services
In the Bosch IoT Cloud, the international supplier of technology services runs various applications for its connected mobility, connected industries, and connected buildings businesses.
Salesforce Financial Services Cloud Now Live
Aimed at a new generation of investors who want anywhere, anytime access to their financial advisors, Salesforce's new Financial Services Cloud features a variety of capabilities for portfolio management, prospecting, data management and other tasks.
Microsoft delivers enterprise-class ERP to the cloud
Microsoft Corp. announced that its next-generation cloud ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX, built on and for Microsoft Azure, is now available in 137 markets in 40 languages
Unified Office Further Expands VPS Real-Time Business Intelligence and Reporting Capabilities With WebRTC Management Portal
Unified Office, Inc., a managed services provider offering hybrid cloud-based unified communications and virtual office services through a variety of channel partners, announced  that it is expanding its industry leading Visual Performance Suite™ capabilities through the addition of their WebRTC management portal.
Gartner Says Public Cloud Services in the Middle East and North Africa Region Forecast to Reach $864.2 Million in 2016
The public cloud services market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is projected to grow 18.1percent in 2016 to total $864.2 million, up from an estimated $731.6 million in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc.
IBM Study: Leading Companies Using Hybrid Cloud to Commercialize Data Insights
Two-thirds of organizations implementing hybrid cloud report they’re already gaining competitive advantage from their hybrid environments and are nearly three times as likely to use it to assemble data assets or monetize data, according to findings released by IBM
Canadian Cloud Hosting Expands Offerings with a Limited Time 20% Incentive Offer for Customers