cloud

  • Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Once upon a time, companies built huge proprietary systems to track their customer information, content, accounting, business intelligence and every other business function you can name. These were expensive, monolithic systems that took years to implement and compatibility between systems was not a huge priority. Usually the technology choices had a lot more to do with the needs of IT than… Read More

  • Platfora Big Data Analytics Platform Scores $30 Million Round

    Platfora Big Data Analytics Platform Scores $30 Million Round

    Platfora, a company that helps customers process and make sense of big data, announced a $30 million investment today. The round includes money from new participants HSBC and Harmony Partners with contributions from earlier funders Allegis Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Citi Ventures, Cisco, Sutter Hill Ventures and Tenaya Capital. The most recent investment before… Read More

  • What Makes An Industry Cloud Leader? Crunch Network

    What Makes An Industry Cloud Leader?

    Over the last several years at Emergence Capital we have seen an exciting new set of companies emerge that offer cloud solutions within a specific industry vertical — collectively known as “industry cloud” companies. The opportunity is enormous. In fact, many people don’t realize that vertical-specific software represented the largest segment of the worldwide… Read More

  • Upthere’s Beta Users Have Uploaded More Than 3.5M Files

    Upthere’s Beta Users Have Uploaded More Than 3.5M Files

    Upthere launched their first apps into beta last week, and so far the beta period is off to a good start, the company tells me. No word on how many users have slipped through during the beta, but I’m told that invites are being slowly doled out. Over 3.5 million files have been uploaded to Upthere, which aims to be your personal computer in the cloud. Once your files are there… Read More

  • Upthere Launches Its Home And Camera Apps Into Beta

    Upthere Launches Its Home And Camera Apps Into Beta

    The company that built the “computer in the cloud” from scratch to take the heavy lifting away from our devices, Upthere, has launched their apps into beta, letting in those who signed up for an invite in slowly. Upthere Home and Upthere Camera for iOS, Android and Mac are now live, and I’ve been playing with them for a better part of the last week. The service is free during… Read More

  • IBM’s Shopping Spree Continues As It Buys Cloud Brokerage Firm Gravitant

    IBM’s Shopping Spree Continues As It Buys Cloud Brokerage Firm Gravitant

    IBM could have a shopping problem. It’s become the company that can’t say no as it scoops up properties to prop up its cloud strategy. Last week it was The Weather Company. Last month it was Cleversafe and today it was cloud brokerage firm, Gravitant. With Gravitant, it gets cloud brokerage, which helps companies manage cloud purchases across multiple suppliers. IBM plans to fold… Read More

  • Google Apps For Work Passes 2M Paid Businesses, Now Vets And Recommends 3rd-Party Apps

    Google Apps For Work Passes 2M Paid Businesses, Now Vets And Recommends 3rd-Party Apps

    Last month, Google made a bold move to win over more business customers using cloud-based apps by making Google Apps for Work free for any company that is still under contract with a rival like Microsoft of Amazon. Today, Google — which now has 2 million paying businesses using Google Apps for Work (5 million+ if you include free users) — is raising its enterprise game again. Read More

  • EMC And VMware Spin Out Virtustream As Jointly Owned Company

    EMC And VMware Spin Out Virtustream As Jointly Owned Company

    In a surprise move today at its earnings call, VMware announced that together with EMC, it was forming a jointly-owned company under the name of Virtustream, which is the company EMC bought last spring for $1.2 billion. The move comes against the dramatic backdrop of the announcement last week that Dell was acquiring EMC for $67 billion. You see, EMC owns 80 percent of VMware. To… Read More

  • Salesforce Earmarks $100M To Invest In European Cloud Startups

    Salesforce Earmarks $100M To Invest In European Cloud Startups

    Salesforce Ventures, the investment arm of the cloud services giant, has pumped half a billion dollars into over 150 cloud and enterprise startups since 2009. But with most of those investments focused on the U.S., Salesforce Ventures is now getting more serious in the Old World. Today, the group is announcing that has earmarked $100 million to invest specifically in European startups. Of… Read More

  • Box Wants To Be The Center Of Your Company’s Content Universe

    Box Wants To Be The Center Of Your Company’s Content Universe

    Last week, at Dreamforce, Salesforce.com’s enormous customer conference, Salesforce personnel talked at great length about how everything they did was in the service of the customer. If it wasn’t about the customer — like ERP — they weren’t interested. In a similar way, today at BoxWorks at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the Box team made it clear their… Read More

  • Leap Financial Puts Detailed Business Reporting In Startups’ Hands

    Leap Financial Puts Detailed Business Reporting In Startups’ Hands

    Most startups struggle when it comes to understanding the underlying financial metrics that typically determine the success or failure of their business. At the same time, they are often keeping the books in online tools with easily accessible data. Leap Financial,  a startup participating in the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition this week, wants to make it easy to connect to… Read More

  • New IBM Tool Wants To Bring Shadow IT Under Control

    New IBM Tool Wants To Bring Shadow IT Under Control

    This morning IBM introduced a new tool called IBM Cloud Security Enforcer, whose purpose as you might guess is helping IT to root out unauthorized cloud apps inside organizations. The use of cloud apps outside of IT’s purview has sometimes called Shadow IT because the cloud enables users to provision their own tools. This tends to make IT admins a bit crazy, knowing that people are… Read More

  • Salesforce And Microsoft Continue To Broaden Partnership

    Salesforce And Microsoft Continue To Broaden Partnership

    Salesforce.com and Microsoft announced today that the companies would be building upon previous integrations and further strengthening their partnership. They made the announcement this afternoon in San Francisco at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s customer extravaganza. The two companies introduced a broad new set of integrations to help Microsoft products work hand-in-glove with… Read More

  • Accenture Acquires Cloud Sherpas To Enhance Cloud Consulting Chops, Especially Around Salesforce.com

    Accenture Acquires Cloud Sherpas To Enhance Cloud Consulting Chops, Especially Around Salesforce.com

    Accenture, the worldwide consulting company, announced today it was buying Cloud Sherpas, a firm that specializes in helping companies incorporate cloud services like Salesforce.com, Google and ServiceNow into the enterprise. Accenture did not disclose the purchase price. It’s not a coincidence that this announcement came as Dreamforce, the enormous Salesforce.com customer conference… Read More

  • Okta Joins Unicorns With $75M Round And Looks Towards IPO

    Okta Joins Unicorns With $75M Round And Looks Towards IPO

    Okta, the cloud identity management company, announced a $75 million round.  Okta was valued at $1.2 billion in this deal, meaning it has entered the hallowed halls of the Unicorn club, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the deal. CEO Todd McKinnon told TechCrunch that actual price is a tad below that reported figure at $1.175 billion. While being a Unicorn… Read More

  • 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

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