cloud

  • 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

  • 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

  • Here’s What You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Cloud Event

    Here’s What You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Cloud Event

    Today in San Francisco, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and his lieutenant Scott Guthrie detailed the status of their company’s cloud efforts, breaking out a few growth metrics, and announcing several new features that they hope will spur growth. Microsoft is hellbent to be a winner in the cloud space. With self-claimed $4.4 billion in yearly cloud run rate  — expect a… Read More

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Dishes On The Cloud, Gender Inequality In Tech And Piracy-As-Freemium

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Dishes On The Cloud, Gender Inequality In Tech And Piracy-As-Freemium

    After recently managing to stuff two feet into his mouth at the same time, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stopped by CNBC for a wide-ranging interview covering not only his recent comments on women in the workplace, but also his company’s bets on the cloud, and how Microsoft has long had an implicitly freemium business model. 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

  • 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

  • Microsoft To Hold Cloud Event In SF On October 20 With CEO Satya Nadella

    Microsoft To Hold Cloud Event In SF On October 20 With CEO Satya Nadella

    Mark your calendars: Microsoft is coming to town. Again. On October 20, Microsoft’s cloud crew, including CEO Satya Nadella and its Azure boss, Scott Guthrie, will be in San Francisco to talk about the “cloud” and “Azure.” We don’t have much more than that at the moment, frustratingly. Microsoft is continuing its recent history of coming to the Bay Area, and… Read More

  • Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars

    Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars

    Earlier this week, Google lowered prices 10 percent across the board on their Google Compute Engine cloud platform . The cost is getting so low, it’s almost trivial for anyone to absorb the costs of running infrastructure in the cloud, but you have to wonder as the cloud pricing wars continue, how low can they go and if it’s a war anyone can win. The end game is obviously zero… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Google Offers Early-Stage Startups $100,000 In Cloud Platform Credits For 1 Year

    Google Offers Early-Stage Startups $100,000 In Cloud Platform Credits For 1 Year

    If you are an early stage startup, Google wants to give you $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits for one year so you can host your applications on its servers (and not on AWS or Azure). This offer is part of Google’s Cloud Platform for Startups initiative, a new program the company’s senior vice president for its technical infrastructure Urs Hölzle announced at the Google for… Read More

  • Microsoft Makes Scaling WordPress On Azure Easier

    Microsoft Makes Scaling WordPress On Azure Easier

    Almost a quarter of all sites on the web today run WordPress (including TechCrunch), but it’s not the easiest content management system to scale up for high-traffic sites. A bit of basic caching goes a long way, but to run a very large site — or to manage a huge visitor spike from Reddit and similar services — you need a bit more than a cheap virtual private server. With… 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

  • 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

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