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Oracle to acquire “the very first cloud company” for US$9.3 billion

Oracle to acquire “the very first cloud company” for US$9.3 billion

Oracle, an American multinational company that provides Enterprise Resources Planning software, has announced it will acquire “the very first cloud company”, NetSuite for US$9.3 billion. Back in 1998, NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the Internet. Today, it provides a suite of cloud-based financials/Enterprise

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BitHub.Africa Launches Bitcoin-Based Affiliate Program

BitHub.Africa, a Kenyan-based commercial Blockchain Accelerator, has announced the launch of a Bitcoin-based affiliate program for its e-commerce store. The affiliate program seeks to provide income earnings for affiliates through network marketing by using Bitcoin as a platform for open innovation. Affiliates will start earning via the program following the launch of the accelerator’s flagship

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Rack Centre Now Houses Addax Petroleum’s Business Data

Rack Centre, Nigeria’s premium data centre, has announced the successful migration of Addax Petroleum’s business data to its world class data centre. Addax Petroleum, a leading oil and gas exploration and production company with focus on Africa, the Middle East and the North Sea, has grown significantly since it began operations in Nigeria in 1998.

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Africans To Benefit From Microsoft & Facebook’s New Trans-Atlantic Cable

Microsoft and Facebook have announced a partnership to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic that will not only serve Americans and Europeans but also Africans. Called MAREA, the subsea cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their

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Microsoft grants Ekovolt seed funds to deliver affordable Internet and cloud solutions in Nigeria

Microsoft has announced it has granted Ekovolt, a Nigerian telecommunications and Information Technology company, seed funds to deliver affordable Internet and cloud solutions in the country. Using the fund, granted through Microsoft’s Affordable Access Initiative, Ekovolt will roll out a series of solutions that will give currently underserved communities and markets access to the Internet

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Synergyse to extend Google Apps training to Google customers across the world

Synergyse, a company with a mission to teach the world how to use Google Apps, will be extending its services to all Google customers across the world. Through its Synergyse Training for Google Apps, the company puts a virtual guide into Google Apps, helping users get the most out of their Google Apps experience and training

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African HR and Payroll provider, PaySpace receives international ISO 27001 certification

PaySpace, a true cloud-based HR and Payroll solution, has received the International ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) 27001 certification for security and data protection – the first Human Capital Management and Payroll Software service provider in Africa to do so. The ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation is a bespoke specification for information security management systems (ISMS) which

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Hitachi Data Systems launches next generation platform for big data deployment

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., has announced the launch of its next generation Hitachi Hyper Scale-Out Platform (HSP), a sophisticated, software-defined, hyper-converged platform for big data deployments. HSP offers a software-defined architecture to centralise and support easy storing and processing of these large datasets with high availability, simplified

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Cloud services provider, Node Africa officially launches in Nairobi

Node Africa, a Kenya-based cloud infrastructure services provider which aims to become Africa’s largest network of validated cloud services, has officially launched today in Nairobi. The launch sees Node Africa join the growing list of firms such as DataBank and others that aim to provide cloud and infrastructure business in Kenya. Node Africa, whose maxim

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Seagate launches 10TB Helium Enterprise HDD for Cloud-Based Data Centres

Seagate, a world leader in storage solutions, has announced the launch of its first 10TB (terabytes) enterprise capacity hard disk drive (HDD) specifically for cloud-based data centres. The 10TB HDD merges high capacity with the industry’s lowest power and weight available to meet the growing storage requirements for private and public cloud-based data centres. The

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C5 Accelerate Limited Launches Cloud Accelerator For Middle East and African Startups

C5 Accelerate Limited, a London and Bahrain-based technology investment specialist has announced the launch of a Cloud Accelerator focused on startups in the Middle East and Africa with businesses in the manufacturing, financial services and technology sector. The Cloud Accelerator, which will located in Bahrain, aims to drive growth in the local and regional business

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South Africa’s Nomanini launches eLula, to drive efficiency for enterprise prepaid distributors

Nomanini, a South African-based enterprise payments platform provider has announced the launch of eLula, its second generation product designed for informal markets. The eLula provides enterprise prepaid distributors with more sophisticated business insights via an enhanced cloud platform, and merchants with the means to sell different types of services electronically. The new eLula platform comes

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Alcatel-Lucent To Provide Government of Burkina Faso With Cloud Technology

Alcatel-Lucent, a French global telecommunications equipment company has announced it is to provide the government of Burkina Faso with cloud networking technology, thereby enabling it develop new digital public services such as e-learning, e-health and e-government. Burkina Faso will be supplied with Alcatel-Lucent’s NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), Cloudband and IP platforms, which will be integrated

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Businesses Should Adopt Data Centre Colocation And Enterprise Cloud Solutions, says MainOne Cable Company

MainOne Cable Company, an African-owned communications services company has called on businesses in Nigeria and emerging markets to adopt data centre colocation and enterprise cloud solutions to be able to surmount the current economic challenges facing businesses. This call was made at the MainOne/Microsoft Enterprise Seminar on “Innovative Business Models: Achieving Improved Efficiency with Data

Microsoft is cutting down OneDrive storage plans, drops unlimited option

Microsoft has announced that it’s reducing the massive and unlimited OneDrive storage space it earlier allocated users of its various bundles to something better suited for just productivity and collaboration. It’ll now offer users a a monthly 50GB plan priced at $2, cutting down users on the 15GB plan to 5GB (removing the 15GB media

Dropbox now integrates well with Adobe Acrobat Reader and Acrobat DC for better PDF editing

Cloud storage provider Dropbox is now making it easier for users to edit PDF files on the go in a recent update to its client app. By simply connecting your Dropbox account with a suitable Adobe app, you’ve already bettered your document workflow, as you can now easily access them from the cloud without switching

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