Businesses form Open Data Centre Alliance to push for unified cloud standards

Kayleigh Bateman, Site Editor

The Daily Data Centre

Businesses form Open Data Centre Alliance to push for unified cloud standards
Over 70 companies have come together to demand that vendors change the way they make their kit in order to spread the adoption of cloud computing. The firms, including BMW, Shell and Marriott Hotels, have formed the Open Data Centre Alliance to push for unified standards for cloud technology. The total amount of businesses involved in the alliance account for more than £32 billion in IT spending.

UKFast invest £12.5 million into hydroelectric power plants
Internet hosting firm UKFast has announced it will invest £12.5 million in hydroelectric power plants in a bid to create green electricity for its data centres. The plan will create a new company, UKFast Energy, with the backing of the Co-operative Bank. The operation aims to build 11 hydroelectric power plants in Wales and Scotland. The project will take place over three stages, taking the next three to five years to complete.

Cameron to fix Britain's broken broadband
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged that Britain will have the "best broadband in Europe" by 2015. Speaking at the CBI Annual Conference, the PM turned to American companies such as Apple, Cisco and Google as an example of creating wealth and jobs in the US economy -- something which he said Britain should seek to emulate.

VMware vSphere 4.0 and VMware vCenter Server 4.0 achieves Common Criteria certification
VMware has announced that VMware vSphere 4.0 and VMware vCenter Server 4.0 has achieved Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL4+) under the Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme (CCS). Common Criteria is an international set of guidelines which provides a framework for evaluating security features of products.

Oracle's CEO escalates attack on new HP CEO
Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison claims to have proof that HP's newest CEO, Leo Apotheker, was involved in a corporate-espionage scheme at his previous employer SAP. The scheme was believed to involve the theft of Oracle software. Oracle's trial against the vendor is due to start Monday, the same day that Apotheker is due to start work at HP. HP has said that Oracle forcing Apotheker to testify at the trial is "no more than an effort to harass him and interfere with his duties and responsibilities as HP's CEO."

Kayleigh Bateman is the Site Editor of

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