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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)

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)

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)

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)

Interview: @Appcore Leverages Apache CloudStack | @CloudExpo

Appcore Leverages Apache CloudStack for Private Cloud Appcore aims to simplify private cloud through Apache CloudStack solutions. Nate Gordon (pictured below) serves as the Des Moines, IA-based company's Director of Technology, in its effort to enhance Apache CloudStack and Citrix CloudPlatform for its customers. We had a few questions for him, and this is what he told us: Cloud Computing Journal: What have your customers found to be the advantages of using Apache CloudStack? Nate Gordon: Appcore understands that there are a lot of orchestration platforms in the market to chose ... (more)