Oracle has agreed to a $532 million purchase of a cloud-service provider to utilities. Opower services more than 100 utilities, including National Grid, Exelon, and Pacific Gas and Electric, and reaches 60 million end users. "It's a good move on Oracle's part, and it definitely strengthens Oracle's cloud story," said Frank Scavo of Computer Economics.
The Australian state of New South Wales is looking to Oracle's Exadata Database Machines and Exalogic Elastic Cloud to update its health care system. "This initiative will provide a significant increase in capacity for NSW Health to support Australia's largest corporate program in government," said HealthShare NSW's Greg Wells. HealthShare NSW also utilizes Oracle's E-Business Suite with Oracle Fusion Middleware and Database for HR and payroll.
Apple on Monday took iOS 6.1 out of beta and released the first significant update to the platform since its launch 16 months ago. The updated version patches 27 security holes and provides Long-Term Evolution support for an additional 36 iPhone carriers globally, Apple said. Other new features include the ability to buy movie tickets from Fandango through Siri as well as for iTunes Match users to download individual songs from iCloud.
Microsoft today is releasing Office 2013 and a new subscription plan for Office 365, which is available as a cloud service. Office 2013 is available on installable media or through the cloud, and 60-day subscription previews are being offered for both software suites.
The Defense Department plans to expand the number of civilians and troops assigned to its Cyber Command to nearly 5,000, a quintupling of personnel. "The department ... is working with a sense of urgency to put the right policies and structures in place to enable us to carry out our role," an unidentified Pentagon official said.