If you’re attending Google I/O this week, you will be a part of an experiment from the Google Cloud Platform Developer Relations team. On its blog today, the team outlined its plan to gather a bunch of environmental information happening around you as you meander around the Moscone Center. → Read More
An old saying states that “security is inversely proportional to convenience.” This explains the slow adoption of many important security technologies. HTTPS, the secure version of the HTTP protocol used to browse the world wide web, has been around for more than two decades, but it’s only been in the last couple of years that it has been enabled by default on many major websites.
Heroku, the popular cloud platform as a service company, today announced the public launch of its Europe region. Developers will now be able to deploy their services closer to their European customers, which should result in markedly reduced latency for them. The company says it has observed performance improvements of 100ms or more per request for European end users. Heroku is built on top of… → Read More
Canvas is a portal for mobile business applications, used primarily by small businesses and contractors to replace their paper forms with smartphones apps. Today Canvas is announcing MyCanvas, a cloud service for their subscribers that allows anyone to access their personal service data history in the cloud. Canvas wants to make the paper form obsolete. They claim that if you factor in all of… → Read More
Japan’s Midokura, a startup with offices in SF, Tokyo, Lausanne and Barcelona, today announced a $17.3 million Series A funding round, led by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, along with NTT Group’s DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and Innovative Ventures Fund Investment, the investment arm of NEC Group. The funding will be used to hire and grow the team in preparation for future deployment and… → Read More
Editor’s note:Byron Deeter is the lead cloud specialist at Bessemer Venture Partners.
A few years ago, most people couldn’t tell you what the cloud was, let alone anticipate a market in which the sexy, highly anticipated consumer Internet IPOs were flops while the seemingly nerdy sectors of cloud and enterprise computing ended up driving the technology market returns. → Read More
Uppidy, a D.C. area startup which last year launched a consumer-facing app allowing users to back up their text messages to the cloud, has just introduced a paid version of its service that now supports pictures and videos, too. The company has also closed an additional round of seed funding, bringing its total raise to date to $600,000. → Read More
Fivetran, a new Y Combinator-backed startup that is launching today, wants to bring spreadsheets into the modern age and make it easier for users to work with messy data and analyze large amounts of information. Most people, for better or worse, use their spreadsheets as databases, and Fivetran acknowledges this by combining SQL-like queries with standard spreadsheet functions and statistical… → Read More
DigitalOcean is a cloud hosting solution for small developers, looking for a cheap virtual private server to experiment, host web applications with low memory needs and run some cron jobs. While Linode and Rackspace provide cheap servers starting at $20 a month, DigitalOcean has two key advantages — it starts at $5 a month for a comparable offering, and it now uses SSD. → Read More
If you’re an avid Dropbox user, then you have probably figured out that the site and service aren’t working properly right now. As in, not at all, but it’s not completely “down.” A lot of tech professionals use the service to share files with distributed teams. It’s a lifesaver when you aren’t sitting right next to your colleague. Yes, 100 percent up-time… → Read More
Over the last few years, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has emerged as one of the most popular cloud infrastructure solutions out there, managing an unusual feat for those of its ilk by appealing equally to both early stage startups and enterprise. While it provides access to next-gen computing and hosting services for cheap and scales like a champ, the onboarding process remains tough for startups and… → Read More
Twilio was founded four years ago with the goal of creating a scalable API that would provide developers with an easy way to add SMS and calling tools to their applications. The company has grown quickly over the last two years and is now servicing 40 countries and has signed on over 250K developers. Its international development took another step forward last month, when it broke into Japan with… → Read More
Cloud gaming may have taken a hit with the floundering of OnLive, but Agawi is still going strong and today, the Menlo Park company is officially launching its GameZen app for Windows 8. We previewed that partnership back in September, before Windows 8 had even launched, when executive chairman Peter Relan talked about how his service differs from the competition. Now, the app is live, and Relan… → Read More
Apple has reportedly begun work on a huge new data center facility in Prineville, Oregon, according to local reports from the Oregonian (as spotted this morning by Wired). The first phase of the project will reportedly cost $68 million, and this is just the latest in a string of data center initiatives. But Apple data demands are set to skyrocket, and the company needs to prepare. → Read More
Cloud financial management company Intacct has raised $13.5 million in a new funding round from existing investors, with Split Rock Partners leading the round with a $7.5 million investment. Bessemer Venture Partners, Emergence Capital, Sigma Partners, and Sutter Hill Ventures also participated. The remainder of the funding was made up by a $6 million line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank. → Read More
Today cloud app store company AppDirect announced its acquisition of open source billing company jBilling. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. AppDirect co-CEO Daniel Saks says existing jBilling won’t be affected and AppDirect will continue to sell and support jBilling products. AppDirect makes “white label” software-as-a-service app stores. Saks says its customers are mostly… → Read More
In 2009, Narendra Rocherolle of 83 Degrees and Webshots and Josh Felser of Spinner, Crackle, and Freestyle Capital founded The Start Project, an accelerator that would rely on the help of a group of high-profile Silicon Valley advisors and entrepreneurs to help bring new ideas to market. Not long after, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg, and former Google exec and… → Read More
For Oracle, it’s about the machine, not the user; this became abundantly clear this week at Oracle Open World. Oracle talks the cloud talk but what the company is really doing is protecting its base, and building engineered systems that by all accounts is extraordinary technology.
But its principles are wrong. I see little proof of humanity. What I do see are calibrated machines – homogenous… → Read More
As of today, one more enterprise cloud startup is now a publicly-listed company. Qualys — trading as QLYS — opened trading today on the NASDAQ with shares priced at $12, in the mid-range of the expected offering of between $11 and $13. After a slow start in the morning, the shares climbed up to $14.85 during the day, to settle down at $14.12 at close. Not quite as much of a rise as Palo Alto… → Read More
I sat down with Scott McNealy today after he spoke on a panel here at TUCON, the Tibco annual conference here in Las Vegas.
McNealy covers a lot of topics. He discussed his new startup WayIn that provides a corporate social media experience. He jokingly says Larry (Ellison) never calls, referring to Oracle, which acquired Sun Microsystems, the company he co-founded. → Read More
Qvivo has raised $1 million from SingTel Group’s corporate venture capital fund for a media-only cloud that people can use to store and watch movies and television shows, as well as and listen to music available in its library. The Singapore-based company will use the funding to build out its service and white label program for telecommunications providers, media companies, and others.
Many great technology breakthroughs are subject to analyst predictions about how quickly that technology will take over the world. In 2007, Gartner famously forecasted that all PCs would be virtualized by 2010. While this didn’t happen then… → Read More
Last week during TC Disrupt Salesforce’s CEO Marc Benioff referred to how the company was planning a Box-style competitor called Chatterbox. Today, the company has officially announced it. It is name-dropping Dropbox in its promotional description, calling it “The Dropbox for the Enterprise”, as part of its bigger push into cloud services and “consumerizing” enterprise IT. → Read More
CloudMagic, the cross-platform cloud search utility, is one of those little undiscovered gems that has turned into an app that I now launch every day. The service, which started back in 2010 as a browser extension for faster Gmail search, later expanded to iOS and Android, and added support for additional services like Google Docs, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange, and Twitter. → Read More
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is expanding in Japan through the opening of a new availability zone. The move means that AWS will most likely be adding more data centers to keep up with the steady demand it has had since it first began offering its service in Tokyo 18 months ago.
AWS breaks its regions into availability zones. Each availability zone can encompass multiple data centers. For example… → Read More
Salesforce.com is a major force in the CRM space (it even managed to nab CRM as its stock ticker when it went public on the NYSE) for the trailblazing they have done in taking enterprise services into the cloud. It’s also made a big effort to acquire new services to incorporate them into its platform (the biggest of late being Buddy Media for $689 million). But today, at TC Disrupt, Marc Benioff… → Read More
San Francisco-based FatFractal is today launching a competitor to backend-as-a-service (BaaS) providers like Stackmob, Parse, Kinvey, and Applicasa, and it’s not just following in the others’ footsteps – it has a completely different take on how using the cloud on the backend should work. It’s not that the team at FatFractal thinks that the “cloud as a service” model is the wrong idea, exactly. → Read More
KiteDesk, which got its start as an Outlook-like add-on for enterprise users of Google Apps, received a major, more consumer-friendly redesign ahead of this week’s official launch. Now, the company is more focused on the broader vision of integrating multiple cloud services under one umbrella, and making the data they contain actionable. The platform lets you connect email messages, contacts… → Read More