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Salesforce users: Big contracts signed early may get you special discounts, but watch out after that

Volume discounts are nothing unusual in the world of enterprise software, but over the last year or so Salesforce has reportedly been approaching customers early about upcoming renewals and wooing them with considerable extra discounts if they sign on ahead of time for the CRM vendor's full software suite.

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MariaDB pops up on Azure with new cluster service

Companies interested in deploying the increasingly popular MariaDB open-source database on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform now have an easy way to do so, thanks to a new offering provided through the Azure Marketplace.

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Microsoft finally ties the knot with Red Hat for Linux on Azure

In a move many consider long overdue, Microsoft and Red Hat on Wednesday announced a new partnership through which Microsoft will offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Azure.

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IBM pumps up its hybrid-cloud muscle with Gravitant buy

IBM on Tuesday bought Gravitant, a maker of brokerage software designed ease the purchase and management of software and services across mixed cloud platforms.

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Biometric data becomes the encryption key in Fujitsu system

Fujitsu says it has developed software that uses biometric data directly as the basis for encryption and decryption of data, simplifying and strengthening security systems that rely on biometrics such as fingerprints, retina scans and palm vein scans.

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IBM snaps up Weather.com and more in Watson IoT push

IBM will acquire Weather.com and other digital assets from The Weather Company for its new Watson IoT Unit and Watson IoT Cloud platform, it announced Wednesday.

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Oracle pushes into AWS territory with new IaaS services

Oracle set its sights on a bigger piece of the cloud pie Tuesday with new IaaS services that put it in more direct competition with Amazon Web Services.

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IBM, Jasper connect IoT devices in the field to analytics behind the scenes

Jasper Technologies has been connecting Internet of Things gear for years. A new partnership with IBM will help companies do more with the data that comes out of those devices.

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Can Oracle lead in the cloud? Only if customers follow

If there was just one take-away from Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd at the company's OpenWorld show this week, it was that Oracle has now fully arrived at the cloud party and is ready to take a leading role. Whether that can happen, however, is entirely up to customers -- and their buy-in is far from guaranteed.

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OpenStack tool helps new users find relevant cloud projects

OpenStack Foundation, the backer of an open source project for software to build cloud services, has launched Project Navigator, a Web tool to make it easier for new users to choose from the over 25 cloud-related services and projects offered under its aegis.

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Microsoft makes applications smarter with Project Oxford updates

Microsoft updated its Project Oxford services on Monday to provide developers with more tools for making their applications smarter.

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Taser switches to Azure from AWS to power cloud services

Taser, a law enforcement technology company that's probably best known for its electroshock weapons, announced Monday that it is switching from Amazon Web Services to Microsoft Azure to power its cloud services.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison unveils new services, products in cloud push

Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison unveiled Sunday new cloud applications and services, including a training tool that integrates with the company's human resources application, and gave a glimpse of the company's security strategy.

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Microsoft, losing the mobile race, see its future in the cloud

Microsoft's latest financial results show the company's cloud transition is proceeding apace, while its mobile ambitions lag

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AWS casts a ray of strong sunshine on Amazon's profitability

Much of Amazon's sunny Thursday earnings report for the third quarter of 2015 can be traced back to its Web Services cloud division.