Cisco announces a $150m Spark fund to fuel development on its Cisco Spark Platform, which provides a communication platform that combines messaging, call and meeting features. The service is similar to Slack with a focus on the Enterprise market. All 3 services are currently available in the US.
Nexmo continues its tear through 2014. After landing new funding in January, then delivering new solutions through the UK and UAE, Nexmo has extended its reach to China with a 21Vianet Partnership. The partnerships will allow Nexmo to bring its cloud APIs to communication app developers and solution providers with China’s largest carrier-neutral data center service provider, 21Vianet.