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 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)
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
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 and SAP announced a major strategic agreement that integrates Big Blue's
datacenter capabilities with Big Hasso's ongoing HANA cloud-based database
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)
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)