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Samsung promises to be one of the 800-pound gorillas of the IoT, if its success in recent years with Android devices and other consumer electronics is any guide. Showing its willingness to be a big IoT player, the company recently acquired SmartThings, a recent startup that's developed an open smarthome appliation that currently supports 1,000 devices and 8,000 apps. SmartThings will now work under the auspices of Samsung's Open Innovation Center (OIC). See Also: Samsung OIC Exec Jacobo Lenzi Touts "Open" Dialog SmartThings Founder and CEO Alex Hawkinson (pictured above) said that Samsung "fully supports (our) vision" and that "we'll continue to run things as we always have: by embracing our community of customers, developers, and device makers." SmartThings will relocate its headquarters from Washington, DC to Palo Alto, CA. We had a few questions for Alex, which ... (more)

Interview: @Bitium Brings Unified Security to Cloud | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Bitium, based in Santa Monica, CA, works in the cloud to provide secure management of an enterprise's applications, users, and passwords in one place. We asked company Co-founder and CEO Scott Kriz (pictured below) a few questions about the company's vision and strategy. Cloud Computing Journal: What was the inspiration behind starting the company? Scott Kriz: Both Erik Gustavson, Bitium Co-founder and CTO, and I have started and worked for multiple tech companies throughout our professional careers. Most recently we ran product and engineering at a company called Fastpoint Gam... (more)

Samsung OIC Exec Touts "Open" Dialog | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Samsung VP Jacopo Lenzi (pictured below), who headed the company's recent SmartThings acquisition under the auspices of Samsung's Open Innovaction Center (OIC), answered a few questions we had about the deal. This interview was in conjunction with our interview with SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson. IoT Journal: SmartThings was developed in an open, standards-agnostic platform, and will now be part of Samsung's Open Innovation Center. Can you elaborate on your commitment to keep the platform open? See Also:  SmartThings CEO: Samsung Fully Supports Our Vision Jacopo Lenzi: Samsung re... (more)

IBM, SAP Mix HANA and Cloud By @IoT2040 | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

IBM and SAP announced a major strategic agreement that integrates Big Blue's datacenter capabilities with Big Hasso's ongoing HANA cloud-based database initiative. IBM is investing $1.2 billion to build 15 new datacesnters as part of its SoftLayer acquisition and expansion, and will also use its existing IBM Cloud servers to support the new agreement with SAP. The announcement was made jointly in Armonk, NY and Walldorf, Germany. IBM is described by SAP as a "premier strategic provider" of cloud infrastructure services in the agreement, and the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will now ... (more)

Mark Levy of @SerenaSoftware on #DevOps and CAMS | @DevOpsSummit

Reston, VA-based Serena focuses on working with enterprise IT to build and release applications. A DevOps pioneer and proponent, the company aims to solve applications release complexity. We had a few questions for Mark Levy (pictured below), Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Serena, and this is what he told us: DevOps Journal: What original problems were you working to solve with customers when you started the company? Mark Levy: Serena was founded in 1980 by Doug Troxel in Silicon Valley. Doug still takes a very active part in the company and serves on our board of directors. ... (more)