German enterprise software maker SAP announced that its subsidiary, SAP America, has entered into a definitive agreement to scoop up SuccessFactors, a provider of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions. Under terms of the agreement, SAP will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of SuccessFactors for $40 per share, valuing the deal at a staggering $3.4 billion.
Microsoft always seemed a little embarrassed by SkyDrive, its online file storage and sharing tool. It was shoved off in the corner, not integrated with other products where it might be useful. Then today Redmond dropped a huge HTML5-centric update on us that makes SkyDrive more than usable. It’s actually kind of good.
The data meteorologists at Cisco say the upcoming forecast extending into the year 2015 calls for a 12-fold increase in global cloud traffic, compared to 2010. Cisco doesn't expect data center traffic to grow quite as steadily, but it will still zoom past 2010 levels and show a four-fold increase by 2015, according to data outlined in Cisco's latest study, "Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2010-2015."
Remember Chrome OS? Google's cloud-based operating system was all over the news when Chromebooks first came out, and then they virtually disappeared from headlines. Until recently, that is. Acer a few days ago announced a price drop for its AC700 Chromebook, and Samsung said it was coming out with a Piano Black color option. But the biggest news is that HTC seems at least mildly interested in Chrome OS.
iTunes killer. We're not saying Google is or is not an iTunes killer, but now that the sultan of search has removed the beta label from its Google Music platform and opened its disco doors to the public, we wanted to throw those two words out there so you can get used to seeing them. Google Music is officially open for business and you can bet there will be lots of comparisons to iTunes. So, were the rumors and speculation right on the money?
Pogoplug today unveiled a new cloud-based storage service for mobile phones that provides users with 5GB of free online storage. By adding this service to its lineup, the braggadocios folks at Pogoplug claims their's is the only company with a combined hardware/software/cloud offering, and has more sharing and streaming services solutions than anyone else on the market.
You may be thinking that Google Music launched months ago, but you’d be wrong. This whole time it’s been another of Google’s famous betas. Well, now it seems a sure thing that the search giant is about to launch the service for real, and music purchases could be part of the deal. An event called “These Go To Eleven” is slated for November 16th.
Amazon's HTML5-based Kindle Cloud Reader lets you read your Kindle books in your Web browser, a neat idea that's hampered by lack of widespread support, including Internet Explorer and Firefox. Well, Amazon is still shunning Internet Explorer (or vice versa), but the Kindle Cloud Reader does now work with Mozilla Firefox, along with existing support for Chrome and Safari (on the iPad and desktop).
Oracle today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire RightNow, a leading provider of cloud-based customer service, for $43 per share. That puts the acquisition at about $1.5 billion net of RightNow's cash and debt, Oracle said in a statement. RightNow's Board of Directors unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year or early 2012.
We’ve recommended Dropbox to our readers more times than we can count, but with good reason. Recent security issues aside, its still the best file storage / sharing service in town, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. Dropbox has always had a very robust and flexible set of third party API’s, but on Friday the company announced these would be expanding to offer not just more flexibility, but improved security as well.
What does this mean for your average Dropbox user? Join us after the jump to find out.