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  • Anaplan App Hub Wants To Bring Open-Source Sharing Ethos to Financial Planners

    Anaplan App Hub Wants To Bring Open-Source Sharing Ethos to Financial Planners

    Anaplan has always been focused on changing the way financial planners do their work, moving it from Excel spreadsheets to a cloud service. Today, the company announced Anaplan App Hub, an online store/community for sharing financial planning apps. Anaplan has been called an Excel killer by some because it wants to take financial planning out of the static spreadsheet and move it into the cloud… Read More

  • CloudScreener Helps You Decide Which Cloud To Use, Raises 600,000 Euros

    CloudScreener Helps You Decide Which Cloud To Use, Raises 600,000 Euros

    What cloud should you host your applications on? That question is getting harder and harder to answer as more players join the fray and as existing companies continually add new features and change their prices. CloudScreener wants to help you by asking you a couple of basic questions about your needs. It then combines that with the performance data it gathers from all of the different services… Read More

  • Joyent Raises $15M To Bring Enterprise-Grade Docker Support To Its Cloud Platform

    Joyent Raises $15M To Bring Enterprise-Grade Docker Support To Its Cloud Platform

    Until today, cloud infrastructure company Joyent had raised a total of $120 million in a number of funding rounds, with its 2012 $85 million Series D round being the latest and largest. There aren’t all that many companies that go past the Series D stage, but cloud platform provider Joyent today announced that it has raised an additional $15 million from existing investors Intel… Read More

  • New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing

    New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing

    The promise of the cloud, whether private or public, has always been the potential to bill users or lines of business for specific usage, but it’s proven difficult to do in practice. Today, Cloudyn introduced a new tool called Cost Allocation 360° that attempts bring some clarity to cloud billing, whether it’s in the data center or the public cloud. Cloudyn CEO Sharon… Read More

  • EMC Frantically Pivots To The Cloud

    EMC Frantically Pivots To The Cloud

    EMC announced some big changes today including the purchase of three cloud companies, a new hybrid cloud product and a reorganization designed to emphasize the cloud. For those of you who don’t speak technology-buzzword English, the Hybrid Cloud is an approach where some of your computing is done in an on-premises data center and some is delivered by a public cloud provider such as… Read More

  • 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