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. Regular contributor at CITEworld where he writes Tales from the Cloud stories. 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 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

  • Andreessen Goes On Tweet Storm About Burn Rates, Says To Worry

    In one of his famous “tweet storms,” Marc Andreessen from Andreessen Horowitz went to town on burn rates. He was reacting to Bill Gurley’s comments from last week –and Andreessen is worried too. He sees companies overspending, especially on fancy buildings and big staffs that make them look successful, but are just basically paper facades. And Andreessen expects some… Read More

  • When It Comes To Facebook Scale, You Can Throw Out The Rulebook

    When It Comes To Facebook Scale, You Can Throw Out The Rulebook

    There are certain ways of doing things in hardware engineering, and engineers simply follow these rules because there’s no use fighting them even if they wanted to. Frankly, most don’t even think about it because it’s just a given, but during a recent tour of Facebook’s hardware lab, director of engineering Matt Corddry, says Facebook scale requires them to rethink… Read More

  • Why Is Box Taking So Long To Pull The IPO Trigger?

    Why Is Box Taking So Long To Pull The IPO Trigger?

    On March 24th, Box filed for its long-awaited IPO and went into the dreaded quiet period. It’s been over six months now since Box filed its S-1 form, signaling it would look for $250 million in its public offering. Prior to the announcement, Box was one of the hottest startups in technology, but after months of delay, with its IPO still sitting on the table, it is fair to wonder what… Read More

  • After $25B IPO, US Cloud Infrastructure Players Best Pay Attention to Alibaba

    After $25B IPO, US Cloud Infrastructure Players Best Pay Attention to Alibaba

    Amazon Web Services better watch its back. And while we’re at it, let’s issue a warning to Microsoft and Google and just about any cloud service you can think of, because there is a new player in town and they have a lot going for them including being based in China and oh, getting a record-setting IPO last Friday that resulted in raising a whopping $25B. That kind of money gives… Read More

  • When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

    Hold tight. Wait till the party’s over
    Hold tight. We’re in for nasty weather
    ~Talking Heads, Burning Down The House One law of economic physics always holds true: what goes up must come down. Last week, my pal Alex Wilhelm pointed out that winter’s coming to Silicon Valley, not in the form of snow of course, but metaphorically. He was reacting to Bill Gurley’s… Read More

  • CloudFlare’s New Keyless SSL Could Unlock Cloud For Financial Institutions

    CloudFlare’s New Keyless SSL Could Unlock Cloud For Financial Institutions

    Financial institutions crave cloud scalability, but have been reluctant to jump on the cloud bandwagon because of security concerns. In particular, they have been hesitant to expose their precious SSL keys to the open internet. The key identifies them as a financial institution and lets the other party know they can accept or send funds. As you can imagine, they don’t ever want… Read More

  • Cisco Buys Metacloud As Big Companies Suddenly Hot For Cloud Startups

    Cisco Buys Metacloud As Big Companies Suddenly Hot For Cloud Startups

    Cisco announced this morning it intends to buy Metacloud, a startup with OpenStack chops. This news comes hot on the heels of HP buying Eucalyptus last week and Rackspace announcing they are taking themselves off the market this morning. As Stephen Stills once sang, “There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.” Metacloud offers OpenStack as… Read More

  • Zendesk Gets Serious About The Enterprise

    Zendesk Gets Serious About The Enterprise

    Up until now, Zendesk’s customers have tended to come from the small to medium business space, but the company hopes to get a piece of the larger, more lucrative enterprise market by creating a program aimed specifically at larger companies, opportunities they used to cede to larger competitors. Marcus Bragg, who is Zendesk’s senior vice president for worldwide sales and… Read More

  • Mesosphere Snags OrlyAtomics In Talent Acquisition Deal

    Mesosphere Snags OrlyAtomics In Talent Acquisition Deal

    Mesosphere bought OrlyAtomics, a database technology company today in what appears to be a straight talent acquisition deal. The four OrlyAtomics engineers will become part of the Mesosphere team immediately.  No terms were available. Mesosphere, which is based on the open source Mesos project, wants to build what they call a datacenter operating system that allows companies to operate at… Read More

  • IBM’s New Watson Analytics Wants To Bring Big Data To The Masses

    IBM’s New Watson Analytics Wants To Bring Big Data To The Masses

    IBM today announced a new product called Watson Analytics, one they claim will bring sophisticated big data analysis to the average business user. Watson Analytics is a cloud application that does all of the the heavy lifting related to big data processing by retrieving the data, analyzing it, cleaning it, building sophisticated visualizations and offering an environment for communicating… Read More

  • Docker’s So Hot It Just Got $40M It Won’t Start Spending Until Next Year

    Docker’s So Hot It Just Got $40M It Won’t Start Spending Until Next Year

    How hot is Docker? So hot it’s getting money from VCs it doesn’t even really need right now. The company announced $40M in funding today, but CEO Ben Golub says they won’t actually start spending the new funds until at least late next year. In fact, the company runs so lean, it is only just now dipping into the $15M it got at the beginning of this year, but when funders offer… Read More

  • Fastly Growing Quickly Snags $40M As VCs Give Generously

    Fastly Growing Quickly Snags $40M As VCs Give Generously

    Fastly, a fast-growing content delivery network, snagged $40M in Series C funding today. The round was led by August Capital with previous investors Battery Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Amplify Partners also participating along with new investor IDG Ventures. The investment brings the total raised to date to $54M. Company CEO and founder Artur Bergman says they set out… Read More

  • Cloudyn Scores $4M As Cloud Administrative Services Continue To Grow

    Cloudyn Scores $4M As Cloud Administrative Services Continue To Grow

    Cloudyn, a cloud administrative service that helps companies monitor and optimize cloud utilization and cost across different infrastructure providers, announced today it had received $4M in Series A funding led by Titanium Investments with additional funding from existing investor RDSeed. The funding brings the total amount raised to date to $5.5M. As a condition of the… Read More

  • Eucalyptus CEO Sudden OpenStack Conversion Makes More Sense In Light of HP Purchase

    Eucalyptus CEO Sudden OpenStack Conversion Makes More Sense In Light of HP Purchase

    Last month Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos, a long-time critic of OpenStack, had a sudden change of heart. Yesterday his company was purchased by HP, a company that itself embraced OpenStack this year in a big way. Hard to imagine the timing of Mickos’ OpenStack epiphany was a coincidence. He wrote a blog post on his company website last month, explaining his change in thinking. He… Read More

  • Minder Controls Your Content Location and Duration

    Minder Controls Your Content Location and Duration

    The long tail theory states when you put something out on the Internet, it lives forever. For some, that means it comes back to bite you long after you posted it, but for content creators like marketers, artists and writers, they may simply lose control of how and where their content gets displayed. That’s where Minder, a company that appeared on Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • Forget the Apple Watch, Think Drones In The Enterprise

    Forget the Apple Watch, Think Drones In The Enterprise

    Yesterday we heard about the Apple Watch and I wrote an article suggesting the Watch will drive wearables in the enterprise. But just to show how fast the technology news cycle moves, today at TechCrunch Disrupt Aaron Levie, CEO at Box participating on a panel about drones, made a business case for the use of drones in an enterprise context, making Watches yesterday’s news… Read More

  • Xendo Gives You Unified Enterprise Cloud Search

    Xendo Introduces Search Across Cloud Services At Disrupt SF

    Cloud services are becoming increasingly popular, which leads to files getting lost across services. Enter Xendo, which launches today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Xendo is a tool that lets users search across cloud services to find a particular file, but it offers a range of services beyond purely finding your stuff. Xendo has been available for a short time on Google Chrome Web Store… Read More

  • Apple Watch Will Drive Wearables Into The Enterprise

    Apple Watch Will Drive Wearables Into The Enterprise

    Wearables are very likely going to have a role in the enterprise, and it could be sooner than you think, especially in light of today’s Apple Watch announcement. If it takes off like previous i-devices, it could have broad implications for wearables in the enterprise. It stands to reason that just as the iPhone and iPad that came before it, the Apple Watch will begin to show up in… Read More

  • CloudAlloy Makes Docs In The Cloud More Secure By Breaking Them Into Pieces

    CloudAlloy Makes Docs In The Cloud More Secure By Breaking Them Into Pieces

    One of the key issues facing companies when they put their content in the cloud is security, but what if you could send your documents to the cloud without security concerns? CloudAlloy, a company displaying at the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt this week, breaks your documents into pieces, spreading them across the cloud services and putting them back together whenever you call the document. Read More

  • Will Somebody Finally Buy Rackspace, Please

    Will Somebody Finally Buy Rackspace, Please

    We’ve been hearing rumors of a Rackspace acquisition for the last several months. The latest suitor according to Bloomberg could be Louisiana-based telco CenturyLink, but before we get too excited here, let’s keep in mind Microsoft, HP, Cisco and others were supposedly interested too, and in the end nothing came of it. And as you would expect in a case with so much… Read More