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Microsoft will buy out customers’ existing storage contracts if they switch to OneDrive for Business. The move targets cloud storage rivals including Dropbox, Box and Google. Microsoft said potential customers can try OneDrive for free for the remainder of their contract’s term. The move is an effort to attract potential customers interested in their service but locked into a contract. The offer, which runs starting today through June 30, is not open to just anyone, however. Microsoft is specifically targeting enterprise customers with this deal, as it requires the business make a minimum 500 user commitment to OneDrive. They also can’t be an existing customer of OneDrive or Office 365. –TECHCRUNCH

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Alibaba Cloud will partner with data analytics startup SQream Technologies and will invest $20 million in the company. Headquarter in New York with a development center in Tel Aviv, SQream develops a database management system that uses Nvidia graphics processing units and aims to offer corporations an economical way to analyze large data sets. Alibaba’s cloud customers will be able to now use that database. "GPU databases provide an innovative and cost-effective choice for enterprises to setup, access and analyze data at massive scale," said Chaoqun Zhan, director of Alibaba's database business, in a statement. "Partnering with SQream will enhance the capabilities of our global technological ecosystem, empowering growing enterprises world-wide." -CTECH

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A researcher claims that an unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage “bucket” exposed the personal data of 12,000 social media influencers. A post on Upguard claims the bucket was left exposed by the Paris-based brand marketing company Octoly which has digital brand marketing operations, across Europe and North America. The data included the real names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdates, emails (including emails used for transaction sites like PayPal), and hashed user credentials. The majority of the accounts exposed belong to women. Researchers noted that while no financial information was compromised, the leak damages the brand's credibility and more importantly exposes victims to online harassment and cyberstalking. –SC MAGAZINE

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Check Point Software Technologies has unveiled a new family of cloud security products to thwart account hijacking and multi-vector attacks on cloud workloads and applications. The company’s new product, CloudGuard, tries to go beyond the traditional cloud services broker to combat next-generation threats such as account hijacking and spear-phishing attacks. CloudGuard attempts to gain more information about both the device and user to better understand what could be exposed during transmission. The product is powered by integrated, real-time cloud-based threat intelligence focused on identifying new attack vectors to avoid catastrophic cloud data breaches. -CRN

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Microsoft’s M-Series virtual machines will now be available in the United Kingdom. The M-Series machines can support up to 128 virtual central processing units and up to 20 terabytes of memory. “By unlocking more power from the underlying hardware, we are able to harness better performance and efficiency, resulting in cost savings that we are passing on to our customers,” said Jon Beck, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. The company has also announced Dv3 VMs in UK data centers, which are said to be built using new technology that allows for greater performance and efficiency. –CBR ONLINE

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