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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Biometric Security: From Selfies To Walking Gaits Crunch Network

    Biometric Security: From Selfies To Walking Gaits

    The payments industry, facing the risk of increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks and various types of credit card fraud, has begun incorporating various types of biometric technology to enhance security and prevent breaches. As recently reported, MasterCard is launching a facial recognition payment service based on “selfies” taken on a smartphone. Read More

  • Not Just An App: The Front End Of The Trillion-Dollar, Full-Stack Revolution Crunch Network

    Not Just An App: The Front End Of The Trillion-Dollar, Full-Stack Revolution

    Stop calling Uber, Airbnb and Munchery just apps. These apps are the front end of a full-stack revolution powered by cloud, mobile, drones, robots and AI. These apps started as simple solutions to match demand and supply, but they have the potential to reinvent entire industries. Read More

  • Box Metadata Update Part Of Broader Strategy To Attract Large Customers

    Box Metadata Update Part Of Broader Strategy To Attract Large Customers

    Box announced a major update to its metadata feature today, a move that is part of a broader strategy to attract and keep larger customers. The update includes three major pieces: first of all it provides the ability for administrators to create and distribute metadata templates via the Box Admin console. Next, it provides APIs for attaching metadata information to applications built using Box. Read More

  • Yes, Google Photos Can Still Sync Your Photos After You Delete The App

    Yes, Google Photos Can Still Sync Your Photos After You Delete The App

    Google’s recently rebooted Photos app might be syncing your photos without you realizing it. David Arnott, an editor at the Nashville Business Journal, writes that he found it was doing just that after he installed the app to test it out and subsequently changed his mind about using it — deleting it from his Android phone and thinking that was the end of Google’s access to… Read More

  • EMC Sells Cloud Sync And Share Product Syncplicity To Private Equity Firm

    EMC Sells Cloud Sync And Share Product Syncplicity To Private Equity Firm

    When EMC bought cloud sync and share company, Syncplicity in 2012, it seemed the company was trying to change the way it does business, but three years later it’s selling out to private equity firm, Skyview Capital, perhaps ready to concede that a freemium cloud model doesn’t fit the company culture. It’s worth noting that EMC will maintain a stake in Syncplicity, but the… Read More

  • Docker Launches Commercial Support, Starting At $150/Month

    Docker Launches Commercial Support, Starting At $150/Month

    Docker today announced the general availability of its commercial solutions for businesses that want to use its container management software. Docker’s commercial solution will be available through Docker itself, but also from Amazon Web Services, IBM and Microsoft, starting at a relatively modest price of $150 per month. For that, subscribers get 24/7 support for their Docker deployments… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom Ties Up With Huawei In Growing Amazon/Google Cloud Rivalry

    Deutsche Telekom Ties Up With Huawei In Growing Amazon/Google Cloud Rivalry

    Are we headed for yet more price wars in the world of cloud computing? Amazon and Google have made huge inroads into the market on the back of deep discounts and generous storage allowances, and as a measure of their competitive threat, today one of the bigger and older incumbents out of Europe announced a partnership that it hopes will help it fight back. Germany’s Deutsche… Read More

  • EMC Continues Shift To Cloud With $1.2B Virtustream Purchase

    EMC Continues Shift To Cloud With $1.2B Virtustream Purchase

    EMC announced this morning that it had purchased Virtustream, a cloud management firm, for $1.2 billion. The company has indicated it will incorporate Virtustream as the company’s newly formed cloud managed services business. Virtustream, which launched in 2008 has raised of $129 million since its inception. A billion dollar exit on that kind of raise is not too shabby, and it gives… Read More

  • Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition

    Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition

    Box announced ‘Box Developer Edition‘ at its yearly BoxDev event today. The new approach allows developers to run their own Box “instance” inside of their application — their very own Box, in other words. This turns Box on its head in a sense because instead of running the Box application, and building apps on top of it, you are building something and embedding… Read More

  • AWS Wants To Put Machine Learning In Reach Of Any Developer

    AWS Wants To Put Machine Learning In Reach Of Any Developer

    Andy Jassy, senior vice president at Amazon Web Services, announced a new machine learning platform today at the AWS Summit in San Francisco. The Amazon Machine Learning service is designed to give developers without machine learning background the tools to build smart, data-driven applications that can not only analyze what’s happening in real time or what happened in the past, but… Read More

  • Veradocs, Renamed Vera, Wants To Protect All Data

    Veradocs, Renamed Vera, Wants To Protect All Data

    Veradocs came out of stealth today, renaming itself Vera to reflect the fact it doesn’t just protect documents on the move, but other types of data as well. The company, which has been working toward this day for some time, announced $14M in Series A funding last November. At the time, Vera was in Beta working with a small set of customers, but today it announced general… Read More

  • Palerra Snags $17M To Automate Cloud Security

    Palerra Snags $17M To Automate Cloud Security

    Palerra, a cloud security startup, announced $17M in funding today as it continues to build its cloud security automation business. The round was led by new investors August Capital with current investors Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), Wing Venture Capital and Engineering Capital also participating. Today’s money brings the total investment to $25M. The cloud service was founded in… Read More

  • The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

    The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

    In fact, if a cloud service has proper controls, it could be safer than running your own datacenter. Amazon, Google, Salesforce and Box to a company have much more at stake when it comes to security. A breach could prove devastating to their businesses. That could be why it’s hard to come up with a major security snafu involving a cloud provider. Other than the Jennifer Lawrence… Read More

  • Box CEO Aaron Levie Talks IPO Delay And Growth Strategies

    Box CEO Aaron Levie Talks IPO Delay And Growth Strategies

    Regardless, Levie didn’t have much time to savor the moment. He told TechCrunch in a wide-ranging interview last month that Box has no intention of standing still and he discussed his plans to keep the company growing, while trying to find ways to get more efficient. He also talked about the long road to IPO and what was behind Box’s thinking in delaying it for so long. One of the… Read More

  • FinancialForce Hauls In $110M Investment

    FinancialForce Hauls In $110M Investment

    FinancialForce, the cloud ERP system (enterprise resource planning) built on top of the Salesforce1 platform, announced a new round of funding tonight, landing $110M in additional investment. This round follows a $50M round just last April. Today’s investment is led by Technology Crossover Ventures with additional money coming from Salesforce Ventures. It brings the total investment… Read More

  • SignalFX Emerges From Stealth To Modernize Cloud Application Monitoring

    SignalFX Emerges From Stealth To Modernize Cloud Application Monitoring

    SignalFx, a cloud application monitoring company designed to help customers visualize issues and work at Web scale, came out of stealth today revealing two previously unannounced funding rounds and launching their product publicly for the first time totaling $28.5 million. The first round was in March 2013 for $8.5 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Ben Horowitz joined their board. The… Read More

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