cloud

  • 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

  • DigitalOcean Partners With CoreOS To Bring Large-Scale Cluster Deployments To Its Platform

    DigitalOcean Partners With CoreOS To Bring Large-Scale Cluster Deployments To Its Platform

    Since its launch just a few years ago, DigitalOcean quickly made a name for itself as a hosting platform for affordable virtual servers. The company’s ambition goes far beyond hosting your WordPress blog or test server on a $5/month machine however and today it is taking a next step in this direction by announcing its support for CoreOS, the highly popular container-centric Linux… Read More

  • Luminal Closes $10M Series B Round For Its Cloud Management Service

    Luminal Closes $10M Series B Round For Its Cloud Management Service

    Luminal, a Maryland-based service that that helps businesses manage their cloud deployments, today announced that is has secured a $10 million Series B round led by New Enterprise Associates. This brings the company’s total funding to $13.8 million. Previous investors include Core Capital Partners and Maryland Venture Fund, who also participated in this round. Luminal’s product… Read More

  • Intuit Acquires ItDuzzit, An IFTTT-Style Service For Businesses To Connect Cloud Apps

    Intuit Acquires ItDuzzit, An IFTTT-Style Service For Businesses To Connect Cloud Apps

    More acquisitions for Intuit as it continues to build out its cloud services platform for small and medium businesses. It has bought itDuzzit — a Chicago-based startup that provides tools for businesses to integrate different web and mobile apps with each other: think IFTTT for enterprises. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it looks like that product will continue to live on… Read More

  • Lookout Lands $150M To Bring Mobile Security Product To Enterprise

    Lookout Lands $150M To Bring Mobile Security Product To Enterprise

    Lookout, a mobile security product that to this point has been mostly geared towards consumers, announced today they had snagged $150M in Series F funding to begin focusing on enterprise customers. The round was led by investment funds managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and includes participation from new investors Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Wellington Management Company… Read More

  • Zend Delivers PHP Development Platform In AWS Marketplace

    Zend Delivers PHP Development Platform In AWS Marketplace

    Zend, the commercial company behind the popular scripting language PHP, announced today, it was launching a PHP development service in the AWS marketplace, effectively making it a Platform as a Service inside the Amazon infrastructure cloud. While PHP is an open source project, Zend was launched in 1999 by some early developers to create a commercial arm. Just last month, the company… Read More

  • VMware Vets Get $4.5M In Series A To Launch Private Cloud Management Platform

    VMware Vets Get $4.5M In Series A To Launch Private Cloud Management Platform

    Back in 2009 I saw a talk by then VMware CTO Steve Herrod, now a partner at General Catalyst Partners, who described a private Amazon Web Services-like environment where users could provision services with the same ease they do in the public cloud. It was the first time I heard the term “private cloud.” A group of ex-VMware veterans have gotten together to finally fulfill… Read More

  • Druva Lands $25M In Series D Funding To Expand Mobile Data Protection Strategy

    Druva Lands $25M In Series D Funding To Expand Mobile Data Protection Strategy

    Druva, a cloud backup, data protection and governance tool, announced $25M in Series D funding today led by Sequoia Capital with Nexus Venture Partners and Tenaya Capital also contributing. The round comes just 10 months after completing their Series C round and brings their total funding to date to $92M. In a crowded online backup field, CEO Jaspreet Singh, says they have differentiated… Read More

  • Docker Sells dotCloud to cloudControl To Focus On Core Container Business

    Docker Sells dotCloud to cloudControl To Focus On Core Container Business

    Docker, Inc., the commercial company behind the open source Docker project, announced today it had sold its dotCloud Platform as a Service business to Berlin-based cloudControl. The deal allows Docker to focus on its core software containerization business. Docker CEO Ben Golub told TechCrunch the company wanted to concentrate on the Docker part of the business. “At a high level, what… Read More

  • FortyCloud Teams With Rackspace To Manage Cloud Security

    FortyCloud Teams With Rackspace To Manage Cloud Security

    FortyCloud, an Israeli cloud security service, announced today it was joining the Rackspace Marketplace to provide Rackspace customers with cloud security services and the ability to safely connect between different cloud products. Like any good partnership if it offers something to both parties giving FortyCloud access to Rackspace customers, who then get access to FortyCloud’s… Read More