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  • Group-control functionality and a new API for enterprise integration are released at the same time.

  • A Software Advice survey found nearly half of respondents have no plans to increase or decrease the amount spent on help desk software in 2015.

  • Google Cloud Pub/Sub will allow developers to connect disparate applications together in the cloud or on-premises.

  • In early May, the company plans to give attendees their first look at the next version of the cloud-enabled enterprise collaboration platform.

  • Belgium-based Amplidata represents the second acquisition for HGST in the last three months.

  • Microsoft issues new quality of life improvements for its cloud application management and monitoring toolset and rolls out a new Azure SQL Database security feature.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS:  Survey shows the U.S. federal government has the desire to keep moving to the cloud, but movement is slow.

  • As OneDrive turns 1 year old, Microsoft releases a new API that offers smoother syncing and ensures that large files are successfully uploaded.

  • LAS VEGAS—Big Blue held the first IBM InterConnect conference this week. The event, which drew more than 21,000 people, combined three previously separate conferences: IBM Pulse, IBM Innovate and IBM Impact. To address the increasingly worrisome issue of data sprawl, IBM introduced a series of new cloud computing technologies and investments to help enterprises securely connect apps, data and services across many traditional systems and clouds. IBM said it has dedicated more than half its cloud development team to this effort, including more than 1,000 developers focused on delivering hybrid cloud innovations based on open technology. IBM is delivering a series of technologies and services on the IBM Cloud that will extend users' control, visibility, security and governance of their private cloud or traditional IT systems to the public cloud, also offering increased data portability across environments and making it easier for developers to work across cloud and non-cloud environments. "Today, we are launching a new class of cloud innovations that extend open-standards capabilities for the enterprise," Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud, said in a statement. eWEEK offers highlights from the conference.

  • Worries about security are keeping the brakes on the growth of cloud computing despite a huge drop in infrastructure costs that makes it cost effective for enterprises to move their data centers off the premises.

  • Microsoft announces support for Docker's awaited orchestration tools on its Azure cloud computing platform.

  • All of those 4K GoPro videos need to go somewhere. WD launches new NAS devices to help consumers and small business store their growing collections of big files.

  • Two months after first announcing Machine, Swarm and Compose, Docker rolls out the three orchestration tools.

  • GE's IT messaging lately has been all about what it calls the "industrial Internet." This is the Internet of things (IoT), but on a larger scale, with cloud-enabled items that include aircraft engines, wind turbines, trains, submarines, and similar large devices—many made by GE itself. But GE, the 26th-largest conglomerate in the United States, isn't all about industrials; because it is so globe-spanning, GE has keen insight into many IT industry trends and is privy to increasingly innovative use cases (what eWEEK calls IT science) involving IoT. The company also factors in such trends as social media and mobile adoption, which continue to proliferate as the post-PC era takes hold. As the array of mobile devices expands, users' interactions with media are being redefined. Content owners are electing multiple, simultaneous distribution platforms while the ability to engage the user, measure the usage and price accordingly is sparking the next evolution of media. This eWEEK slide show examines key data points that GE has unearthed.

  • While security of cloud services remains a top priority, just 28 percent of respondents identified security as the largest source of problems.

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