Ron Miller

Ron Miller has been a Freelance Technology Writer since 1988, starting off as a technical writer and moving into technology journalism in 1998. His current positions include: Enterprise reporter at TechCrunch. Contributing Editor at EContent Magazine where he writes the Media Redux column. Occasional contributor to Computerworld In addition, he helped develop the SocMediaNews (originally called SocMedia101) blog in 2009 -- and still contributes to it on a regular basis. Past regular gigs included CITEworld, DaniWeb, TechTarget, Internet Evolution and FierceContentManagement. Publishing credits include contributions to InsideCRM, Streaming Media Magazine, CIO.com, eWeek, CMP, PC Magazine Online and many others. He has also contributed to or written several technology eBooks for Fierce Markets and others. At TechCrunch, Ron covers enterprise news. Disclosures: Ron is currently corporate blogger for Intronis and Tesora. At Intronis, he writes once weekly on issues related to IT and a weekly feature called The Cloud 5 where he aggregates five links related to the cloud computing. For Tesora, he writes a weekly feature called the ShortStack where aggregates 5 links from around the web on OpenStack. He also writes an occasional post on open source, database technology, OpenStack or general cloud subjects. He has contributed to various corporate blogs in the past including Ness, Novell and the IBM Mid-market Blogger Program. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Ron Miller

  • New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing

    New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing

    The promise of the cloud, whether private or public, has always been the potential to bill users or lines of business for specific usage, but it’s proven difficult to do in practice. Today, Cloudyn introduced a new tool called Cost Allocation 360° that attempts bring some clarity to cloud billing, whether it’s in the data center or the public cloud. Cloudyn CEO Sharon… Read More

  • EMC Frantically Pivots To The Cloud

    EMC Frantically Pivots To The Cloud

    EMC announced some big changes today including the purchase of three cloud companies, a new hybrid cloud product and a reorganization designed to emphasize the cloud. For those of you who don’t speak technology-buzzword English, the Hybrid Cloud is an approach where some of your computing is done in an on-premises data center and some is delivered by a public cloud provider such as… Read More

  • BigPanda Wants To Bring Order To IT Alerts Madness

    BigPanda Wants To Bring Order To IT Alerts Madness

    Today we have monitoring tools generating logs and logs of data flowing into our data centers, letting us know everything that’s happening down to a detailed level. That’s a good thing, right? Not necessarily, because the more information we need to sift through, the more overwhelming it becomes and the more impossible it becomes for humans to track. BigPanda asserts that it can… Read More

  • IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is

    IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is

    The news came out this week that IBM had another bad quarterly report card. Unfortunately for IBM it marked the 10th straight quarter of falling revenue, indicating that maybe something’s not quite right at Big Blue. IBM’s earnings illustrate the challenge they face as they transform themselves into a cloud-centric company. It could be that it will take some time for that… Read More

  • Progress Software Buys Telerik for $262.5M As Buying Spree Continues

    Progress Software Buys Telerik for $262.5M As Buying Spree Continues

    In a deal today involving two companies with links to the Boston area, Progress Software, which helps companies build business software, announced it was buying Telerik for $262.5M. Telerik’s portfolio includes a .net toolbox, a mobile development platform and a CMS called Sitefinity, as well as access to a developer community of over 1.4M people. According to Karen Tegan… Read More

  • Zoho’s Latest Service Targets Subscription Economy

    Zoho’s Latest Service Targets Subscription Economy

    Zoho.com has been delivering online applications since 2005. That’s long before most of us were calling it the cloud, and today it has over 30 applications, most of which to this point have been aimed at the front office with applications such as an office suite, email, CRM and project management. But Zoho.com wants to begin focusing on the back office more –and today… Read More

  • Snowflake Computing Emerges From Stealth With $26M In Funding To Modernize The Data Warehouse

    Snowflake Computing Emerges From Stealth With $26M In Funding To Modernize The Data Warehouse

    Snowflake Computing came out of stealth today and announced $26M in Series B funding. They hope to modernize the data warehouse by creating a cloud-based system that can process both structured and semi-structured data in a single system, giving their customers what they believe to be the best of both worlds. The funding is led by Redpoint Ventures along with Sutter Hill Ventures and… Read More

  • Mirantis Scores $100M To Continue Quest To Be Enterprise OpenStack Leader

    Mirantis Scores $100M To Continue Quest To Be Enterprise OpenStack Leader

    Mirantis jumped on the OpenStack bandwagon a few years ago when most companies had never heard of it, and it has ridden the wave as the project has grown increasingly popular with each passing year. Today, the company announced $100M in Series B funding to continue its quest to be the leader in enterprise OpenStack, a chunk of change that should help it keep marching forward. It’s… Read More

  • Former Netezza Team Reunites And Lands $8M To Solve Today’s Big Data Problem

    Former Netezza Team Reunites And Lands $8M To Solve Today’s Big Data Problem

    In 2000, some companies had big data problems before the concept we know today even existed. Back in those days, these organizations used a concept called the data warehouse to deal with large amounts of data, and a company called Netezza formed to build an appliance to simplify data warehousing. The company was sold in 2010 to IBM for a cool $1.7B, but they have decided to get the band… Read More

  • The Spirit Of Coopetition Is Alive And Well In The Cloud

    The Spirit Of Coopetition Is Alive And Well In The Cloud

    Increasingly, companies that compete directly with another have been announcing major partnerships, and we saw a couple of good examples this week with Microsoft and Salesforce and IBM and SAP. Not coincidentally in my view, they both involved the cloud. That’s because companies may want to compete, but customers want their technology vendors to just get along. They need products to… Read More

  • EMC Cloudscaling Purchase Is One More Attempt To Stay Relevant

    EMC Cloudscaling Purchase Is One More Attempt To Stay Relevant

    While rumors have been flying that EMC has been trying to execute a merger with fellow computing giant HP, it threw a bit of a curve this week when it bought cloud startup Cloudscaling. Just when you’re thinking EMC might be irrelevant, it makes a move that suggests the company is still forging ahead. While EMC is at its core a storage company, it owns lots of enterprise pieces and… Read More

  • Wayfair and HubSpot IPOs Could Be Just The Beginning For Boston Startup Scene

    Wayfair and HubSpot IPOs Could Be Just The Beginning For Boston Startup Scene

    While Silicon Valley firms hold back on their IPOs and there’s hand-wringing over burn rates, two Boston-based startups had highly successful IPOs less than a week apart. Just over a week ago, furniture shopping service Wayfair went public and raised over $300M in its IPO, then HubSpot had a successful IPO of its own a week later. I think it’s safe to say the Boston startup scene… Read More

  • Salesforce Hopes To Ride Analytics Wave With New Business Intelligence Service

    Salesforce Hopes To Ride Analytics Wave With New Business Intelligence Service

    Salesforce.com will unveil a new analytics service tomorrow morning they have dubbed Wave. The product will be introduced by CEO Marc Benioff at the company’s Dreamforce customer conference in San Francisco, but according to a Salesforce spokesperson, it is already available in the AppExchange now. It was one of the worst kept secrets in technology as just about everyone I talked to… Read More

  • Druva Wants To Make Backup Tape History By Moving Server Backup To Cloud

    Druva Wants To Make Backup Tape History By Moving Server Backup To Cloud

    Druva, which to this point has been known for data protection and backup in the cloud for PCs, laptops and mobile devices, announced a new server backup product today called Phoenix aimed at bringing this part of the backup and archival system out of the age of tapes and trucks and into the cloud. In spite of the growing popularity of the cloud for device backup, much of the data center… Read More

  • Airbnb and Uber Face Some Harsh Realities

    Airbnb and Uber Face Some Harsh Realities

    Airbnb and Uber are maturing startups both facing some hard realities as they grow. While they have found a loyal and happy user base, they are facing tough resistance from not just the taxi and hotel industries they are disrupting, but also political and social resistance from quarters they probably never imagined when they started their businesses. In Europe and the US we are beginning to see… Read More

  • New Relic Buys Dashboard Tool Ducksboard As It Continues Expansion Into Analytics

    New Relic Buys Dashboard Tool Ducksboard As It Continues Expansion Into Analytics

    When you think of New Relic, you might think of traditional server-side application performance monitoring, and of course New Relic does that and other monitoring tasks, but increasingly it’s moving into analytics and today at its FutureStack user conference, the company announced it has bought cloud dashboard-building tool Ducksboard as it continues to broaden its analytics… Read More

  • Salesforce Introduces Interactive Mobile Customer Service And Gives Core CRM A Makeover

    Salesforce Introduces Interactive Mobile Customer Service And Gives Core CRM A Makeover

    Dreamforce, Salesforce.com’s conference extravaganza, is coming next week, and Salesforce has some big announcements ahead of their showcase starting with an update to their core CRM product, now known as Sales Cloud 1 and their customer service piece, now known as Service Cloud 1. All of their nifty branding aside, it is an attempt by Salesforce to spiff up the platform, which is 15… Read More

  • Docker Acquires Koality In Engineering Talent Grab

    Docker Acquires Koality In Engineering Talent Grab

    Docker decided to use some of the $40M from its most recent funding round at the end of last month to purchase Koality today for an undisclosed price. Koality launched in 2012 to help developers test software in a more efficient way by letting them set up multiple instances of a build very quickly, so they wouldn’t be working in the production environment. In fact, they… Read More

  • HP Feeling The Sting Of Change

    HP Feeling The Sting Of Change

    Disruption is an overused word, these days, but even if you’re sick to death of hearing it, you can’t deny that change has swept over HP, a long-time enterprise stalwart, and it’s feeling the effects in a big way. By now you’ve heard that HP plans to spin its PC and printer division off into a separate company, while moving their corporate servers and services… Read More

  • Zoomdata Scores $17M To Help Update the Business Intelligence Market

    Zoomdata Scores $17M To Help Update the Business Intelligence Market

    Business Intelligence is a highly mature market that’s been altered once before, but new-comer Zoomdata wants to disrupt the space one more time –and they got $17M in Series B funding today to continue their quest. The round is led by by Accel Partners with help from NEA, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Razor’s Edge Ventures and B7. It follows their Series A round of… Read More

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