The cloud computing market is never short of news, and keeping track of the various announcements, case studies and industry trends can be difficult. So V3 has rounded up the biggest stories from the past week to help you stay on top of everything.
Cardiff City Council is undertaking a three-year project to move its IT system into the cloud to bypass budget cuts, and has opted to use SAP's HANA Cloud Platform.
The aim of the project is to move away from legacy IT systems that prevent the council's 15,000 employees working together across departments and results in inefficiencies and duplication of data.
Microsoft used its Build developer conference to unveil new scalable data services on the Azure public cloud platform, enabling developers to work with relational and non-relational data sources.
The two new services, Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure Data Lake, were announced during a keynote by Scott Guthrie (pictured), executive vice president for Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Group, as the company continues to make the cloud core to all its technology offerings.
Data and visual analytics firm Qlik has released Qlik Cloud in a bid to be one of the first business intelligence companies to offer data-as-a-service.
The cloud offering comprises several visual analytics products, many of which stem from Qlik's acquisition of DataMarket, a data visualisation company based in Iceland.
Salesforce tackles takeover approaches, reports claim
Salesforce is reportedly working with advisers as the company attempts to deal with acquisition approaches from Oracle and Microsoft, according to a report from Bloomberg.
SAP is another company rumoured to be interested in the firm. Any deal would be huge for the enterprise software market and run into several billion dollars, as the firm commands a sizeable share of the cloud ERP market.
The tank will be subjected to high stresses and loads via dozens of hydraulic cylinders during testing
'Sunlit wet sidewalk' provides evidence of methane rainfall on the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan
Methane rainfall indicates the start of the summer season in Titan's northern hemisphere
Scientists believe there could be other hydrides or superhydrides with super conducting properties
Resetting the telemetry circuits and associated boards brought the instrument back to operations mode