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Confirmed: Salesforce is acquiring MuleSoft for $6.5 billion

Salesforce has officially announced it's acquiring data integration platform MuleSoft in a deal valued at $6.5 billion. MuleSoft provides tools for companies to connect their data sources with apps and devices in cross-cloud environments.

Microsoft expands its Azure cloud in Europe and the Middle East

Microsoft has announced it's expanding its Azure public cloud network into several new regions. The expansion includes Microsoft's first datacentres in the Middle East, which will be situated in the UAE. The company said it wants to reach 50 regions.

Google announces new cloud APIs for healthcare services

Google's announced an expanded set of cloud services aimed at the healthcare sector. The company wants to organise medical data by addressing "significant" interoperability challenges. It will use AI and new analytics APIs to assist medical teams.

Amazon Web Services power outage took hundreds of sites offline

Amazon has confirmed that a datacentre power outage affected scores of online services including GitHub and Slack. The incident occurred almost exactly a year after a similar failure in the same region of Amazon's cloud. Service was quickly restored.

Cisco expands Tetration analytics platform

Cisco has detailed changes coming to its Tetration data center analytics platform that will add additional cybersecurity tools and improved monitoring capabilities. Cisco is broadening the platform to provide visibility into entire datacentres.

Cisco: Cloud datacentres to power 94% of workloads by 2021

Cloud datacentres will serve up to 94% of Internet traffic by 2021, according to a new report from network specialists Cisco. The company found demand for hyperscale public and private clouds will drive demand to "as-a-service" offerings.

Comcast Cable makes Amazon its 'preferred cloud provider'

Comcast Cable has announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services which will see the two companies enter a new "strategic relationship." AWS will become Comcast's "preferred public cloud provider," another big win for Amazon's flagship cloud product.

Amazon selling China cloud business for $300 million

Amazon has announced it's selling its cloud computing business in China to the service's local partner. It comes as China seeks to tighten Internet regulations and make it more difficult for foreign tech firms to operate within its borders.

Public cloud revenue to reach $260bn this year due to SaaS demand

The public cloud services market is expected to grow by 18.5% during 2017 to a total of $260bn. Market analysts Gartner said the increase is being led by "faster than expected" growth in SaaS and IaaS products, supplemented by growing confidence in PaaS.

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