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  • Salesforce Lightning Ushers In New Design For Core CRM Product

    Salesforce Lightning Ushers In New Design For Core CRM Product

    Salesforce.com lifted the curtain on Salesforce Lightning today, the completely redesigned version of its core CRM product. As is often the case with Salesforce, the announcement included several pieces. At the same time, it announced the first in a series of industry-specific CRM packages. The new version has been designed with a cleaner, more modern looking interface. It streamlines… Read More

  • Big Data Vendor BlueData Announces $20M Round And Intel Partnership

    Big Data Vendor BlueData Announces $20M Round And Intel Partnership

    BlueData, a company that helps customers generate virtualized big data clusters, announced a $20 million Series C round and a partnership with Intel today. Intel Capital led the round. Also participating were Amplify Partners, Atlantic Bridge, Ignition Partners, as well as a strategic investor who chose to remain anonymous. As part of the deal, Doug Fisher, senior vice president of Intel… Read More

  • Alibaba’s Cloud Computing Group Says Its New Artificial Intelligence Platform Is China’s First

    Alibaba’s Cloud Computing Group Says Its New Artificial Intelligence Platform Is China’s First

    Aliyun, the cloud computing unit of Alibaba Group, is launching an artificial intelligence service that it claims is the first in China. Called DT PAI, the platform combines algorithms used by Alibaba with machine and deep learning techniques and presents them in a simple drag-and-drop interface. Aliyun says developers can use DT PAI to predict user behavior without having to write new code. Read More

  • ClearSky Data Exits Stealth With Novel Approach To Cloud Storage

    ClearSky Data Exits Stealth With Novel Approach To Cloud Storage

    ClearSky Data emerged from stealth today, offering an unusual approach to storage and data lifecycle management. It wants to combine the speed of on-premises storage with the cost and elasticity of a cloud service. While it’s a fully managed service, it involves several layers of storage with an on-premises piece, a local cloud data facility, and longer term public cloud storage. Read More

  • Hiring Software Juggernaut Greenhouse Swallows $35M Series C

    Hiring Software Juggernaut Greenhouse Swallows $35M Series C

    “We’re not trying to be the all-singing, all-dancing HR system. I don’t know how to be kickass at payroll” says Greenhouse CEO Daniel Chait. But what his startup is kicking ass at is hiring software. It now has over 800 customers including Slack and Pinterest, almost double the 450 it had when it announced its $13.9 million Series B in March. That progress, plus… Read More

  • Mirantis Announces Second Straight $100m Round And Intel Partnership

    Mirantis Announces Second Straight $100m Round And Intel Partnership

    Last October, Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack vendor announced a $100 million round. Just 10 months later, it’s back with an identical announcement. This time the investment is led by Intel Capital and includes a partnership with Intel to help accelerate OpenStack in the enterprise. Goldman Sachs, August Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Ericsson, Sapphire Ventures and… Read More

  • Dropbox’s Wall Street Challenge

    Dropbox’s Wall Street Challenge

    Dropbox boasts a valuation in the $10 billion range. Last February the company hired a new CFO, which for many startups is a signal that their IPO moment is coming sooner rather than later. Nobody knows for sure of course, and Dropbox isn’t talking, but if the company does decide to move forward with a flotation, it could face several challenges in spite of its strong market… Read More

  • Okta Customer Research Finds Office 365 Most Used Cloud Service

    Okta Customer Research Finds Office 365 Most Used Cloud Service

    As a cloud identity management service, Okta collects tons of data about how its customers use other cloud products. Today it released its first Okta Business @ Work Report. Among the many compelling findings was that Microsoft’s Office 365 was the favorite cloud service overall so far this year. Okta is not alone in using the data it collects to generate reports. ZenDesk puts out… Read More

  • Mesosphere And Microsoft Bring Mesos To Windows Server

    Mesosphere And Microsoft Bring Mesos To Windows Server

    Mesosphere, the company that aims to build a container-centric “operating system for the data center” based on the Apache Mesos project, is giving the first public demo of Mesos running on the preview version of Windows Server 2016 at MesosCon today. Read More

  • Dropbox Now Lets You Drag And Drop URLs To Share Webpages

    Dropbox Now Lets You Drag And Drop URLs To Share Webpages

    Dropbox announced a pretty handy feature today that allows you to drag and drop URLs into Dropbox. Anyone with access to where you’ve dropped them can then open the web pages on any device. It’s basically a bookmark that you can provide as context to something that you’re working on or sharing with someone. Here’s what the team had to say about it: Now, you can drag… Read More

  • Demonsaw Uses “Social Cryptography” To Share Files And Data Anonymously

    Demonsaw Uses “Social Cryptography” To Share Files And Data Anonymously

    While Demonsaw sounds like it would be an amazing metal band, it’s actually a sharing system built by a senior programmer at Rockstar Games. The creator, Eijah, was part of the core team for Grand Theft Auto V and Max Payne 3 and is also a dedicated privacy activist. Demonsaw is his solution to the age-old problem of sharing information anonymously. “Privacy is very important to me. Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Third Technical Preview Of Windows Server 2016, Adds Built-In Container Support

    Microsoft Launches Third Technical Preview Of Windows Server 2016, Adds Built-In Container Support

    Microsoft today published the third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. As promised, this is also the first version of Windows Server to natively support Windows Server Containers — that is, Microsoft’s version of Linux containers that can be managed both through Powershell and Docker’s command-line tools. Read More

  • AlienVault Secures $52M Round With Eye Toward IPO

    AlienVault Secures $52M Round With Eye Toward IPO

    AlienVault, a company that delivers a hybrid threat management solutions combined with a crowd-sourced threat intelligence platform, announced a $52 million investment round today. The company boasts 24,000 registered users with 2,200 paying customers and has been adding 300-400 customers every quarter. Investors liked the growth trajectory and decided to pursue a round, company CEO… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches New Windows 10 Build, Vows To Keep Its Early Access Program Alive

    Microsoft Launches New Windows 10 Build, Vows To Keep Its Early Access Program Alive

    Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build to its testing community today, noting in the process that the developers and fans in its ‘Insider’ program will continue to receive builds ahead of the general public. The gist is that after the formal launch of Windows 10 to the public — more on that here — Microsoft remains focused on placing new features and the like into… Read More

  • Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 Landing In September

    Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 Landing In September

    Silent Circle showed off the second generation of its pro-privacy Android-hardened smartphone, the Blackphone, back in March at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow — touting a summer launch for the device. In the event, it’s still not launched, and the company has now quietly put up a pre-order page on its website, for a September release. Read More

  • Datameer Bags $40M Round Led By Singapore Investment Firm

    Datameer Bags $40M Round Led By Singapore Investment Firm

    Datameer, the big data analytics company built on Hadoop, announced a $40 million Series E round today led by ST Telemedia, an investment firm based in Singapore. Top Tier Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Redpoint Ventures, Next World Capital and Software AG also participated. Today’s investment brings the total raised to over $76 million. The company… Read More

  • Platform9 Raises $10M In Series B Funding For Its OpenStack Deployment And Management Service

    Platform9 Raises $10M In Series B Funding For Its OpenStack Deployment And Management Service

    Platform9, a service that aims to make it easier for businesses to launch an OpenStack private cloud on their existing servers, today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series B funding round led by Menlo Ventures and with participation from previous investor Redpoint Ventures. This round brings the company’s total funding to $14.5 million. Read More

  • A Look At Startup Opportunities In The Container Era Crunch Network

    A Look At Startup Opportunities In The Container Era

    The DockerCon user conference recently concluded in San Francisco, and the evidence of the container movement gaining momentum was clear — 2,000+ attendees, 70 sponsors and more than 40 exhibitors. Add to this the approximately $500 million of VC investment in container-related companies to date; the lists of hot startups that are beginning to appear; the anointing of new paradigms… Read More

  • Linux Foundation Launches Open Mainframe Project

    Linux Foundation Launches Open Mainframe Project

    It’s 2015 and you might think of the mainframe as a vestige of an earlier computing era, but these mega machines still play a role inside large institutions running intensive workloads. And as though to prove its ongoing utility, The Linux Foundation announced it was launching the Open Mainframe Project today, an open source endeavor devoted to helping companies using… Read More

  • IBM Teams With Canonical To Put Ubuntu Linux On Mainframes

    IBM Teams With Canonical To Put Ubuntu Linux On Mainframes

    You might not think that ‘Linux’ and ‘mainframe’ belong in the same sentence, but IBM has been putting various flavors of Linux on its mainframe computers for 15 years. Today IBM and Canonical announced that the two companies were teaming up to build one running Ubuntu Linux. The new unit is called the LinuxOne. The announcement comes as part of a broader strategy… Read More