Friday, February 7, 2014

Japan's DataHotel Teams with IBM's Softlayer

DataHotel, a Japan-based managed hosting service provider for mobile and smartphone application developers, has selected IBM's SoftLayer as its cloud infrastructure provider of choice.

With its flagship service, “DATAHOTEL for App.” DataHotel manages the IT infrastructure for gaming and smartphone application developers, allowing customers to focus on development rather than IT maintenance.  SoftLayer said its bare metal servers allow DataHotel to support its customers’ complex frameworks in a way that virtual machines could not. Further, the dedicated network and low latency that SoftLayer’s cloud provides allows DataHotel to maintain the security and performance that it needs to drive global expansion.

“DataHotel 's use of the IBM's SoftLayer cloud is a powerful example of how transformative cloud computing can be,” said Lance Crosby, Chief Executive Officer of SoftLayer, an IBM Company. “By simply moving its IT environment onto IBM's SoftLayer cloud infrastructure, DataHotel eliminated the cost, complexity and logistical constraints that it otherwise would have faced in deploying a traditional IT environment to support its global expansion.”

IBM’s SoftLayer Teams with Numericable in France

IBM's Softlayer division announced a partnership with Numericable Group, the only major cable operator in France with its very high speed fiber infrastructure.

Through this agreement, IBM and Numericable Group will offer public and private companies, including small and medium enterprises and industries (SME/SMI), agile, efficient and secure solutions, integrating Completel's network infrastructure and IBM's SoftLayer Cloud Computing.

By combining optical fiber with cloud, Completel and IBM will have the means to support their customers in the digital era: nomadism, social business, IT availability, or solutions such as Communication as a Service.

Nokia and HTC Settle All Patent Litigation, Enter LTE Collaboration Pact

Nokia and HTC reached a settlement of all pending patent litigation.  HTC will make payments to Nokia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The companies also entered into a technology collaboration agreement involving HTC's LTE patent portfolio.  The companies will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities.

"We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia's standards essential patents," said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia. "This agreement validates Nokia's implementation patents and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities."

"Nokia has one of the most preeminent patent portfolios in the industry," said Grace Lei, General Counsel of HTC. "As an industry pioneer in smartphones with a strong patent portfolio, HTC is pleased to come to this agreement, which will enable us to stay focused on innovation for consumers."

Ariane 5 Delivers Two Satellites into Orbit

Arianespace successfully launched two satellites from French Guiana aboard its Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket: ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus for the defense/homeland security needs of France and Italy.

ABS-2, which was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), carries 89 active C, Ku and Ka-band transponders across 10 different beams.  ABS-2 brings unparalleled coverage and expansion capacity at ABS' prime location of 75 degrees East, extending affordable and reliable communications and broadcast services to the emerging markets of the world. it will provide broadcasting, telecommunications and data services for Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Russia/CIS countries.

Athena-Fidus, which was built by Thales Alenia Space, will deliver telecommunications services to both armed forces and homeland security units in France and Italy from a geostationary orbit position.

The next Arianespace mission is planned for March 7, using another Ariane 5 to orbit the ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A relay satellites.