Ron Miller

Ron Miller is enterprise reporter at TechCrunch. He has been a Freelance Technology Journalist since 1998.

In addition, he is Contributing Editor at EContent Magazine where he writes the Media Redux column and an occasional contributor at Smart Industry, a blog on Industrial Internet of Things.

He helped launch and still runs the blog socmedianews.com. Past regular gigs included CITEworld, DaniWeb, TechTarget, Internet Evolution and FierceContentManagement.

Disclosures:

Ron is currently corporate blogger for Intronis where he writes once weekly on issues related to IT and a weekly feature called The Cloud 5 where he aggregates five links related to the cloud computing. He has contributed to various corporate blogs in the past including Ness, Novell and the IBM Mid-market Blogger Program.

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  • Box Joins The Establishment

    Box Joins The Establishment

    Box was once the intrepid upstart, but its recent announcements underscore the company’s growing maturity. By our measure, the publicly traded company is now clearly a member of the enterprise establishment. In the last few weeks, Box has formed close partnerships with the sort of companies its CEO Aaron Levie once made fun of — Microsoft and IBM. Yet these partnerships are… Read More

  • VMware Agrees To Pay $75.5M To Settle Illegal Pricing Allegations

    VMware Agrees To Pay $75.5M To Settle Illegal Pricing Allegations

    In a significant settlement that could embolden American employees who witness company misconduct, VMware and government contractor Carahsoft Technology Corporation agreed to pay the $75.5 million today to settle illegal pricing allegations. The Department of Justice accused the companies of violating the Fair Claims Act and overcharging the government, in a case brought in conjunction with… Read More

  • Cisco To Buy Cloud Security Company OpenDNS for $635M In Cash

    Cisco To Buy Cloud Security Company OpenDNS for $635M In Cash

    Cisco announced its intent to buy cloud security company OpenDNS for $635 million this morning. It’s probably not a coincidence that Cisco was one of its investors in a $35 million round in May, 2014. The $635 million will be paid in cash and assumed equity awards, plus retention based incentives for OpenDNS, according to information supplied by Cisco. OpenDNS gives Cisco, a network… Read More

  • Distil Networks Raises $21M To Block Malicious Bots

    Distil Networks Raises $21M To Block Malicious Bots

    Distil Networks, a company that analyzes website traffic and blocks malicious bots, announced a $21 million Series B round today. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round and David Cowan from BVP will join the Distil Networks board of directors. Investors Foundry, TechStars, ff Venture Capital, Idea Fund and Correlation Ventures also participated. Today’s investment brings the total… Read More

  • When Facebook Grappled With The Ultimate Build Versus Buy Decision

    When Facebook Grappled With The Ultimate Build Versus Buy Decision

    A company like Facebook encounters that kind of choice constantly, but back in the 2009/2010 timeframe, it had an extraordinary one. It was growing faster than just about any company on the planet and was having issues keeping up with that scale. That’s when it decided it had to start designing its own hardware and building its own data centers to meet the company’s very… Read More

  • HackerOne Bags $25M As Security Info Sharing Mainstreams

    HackerOne Bags $25M As Security Info Sharing Mainstreams

    HackerOne, makers of a bug bounty platform where companies pay hackers to find vulnerabilities in their products, announced a $25 million Series B round today. The round was led by NEA. Benchmark, its lead Series A investor, also participated along with several prominent individual investors including Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, Digital Sky Technologies Partner Yuri Milner, Dropbox… Read More

  • New Company Helps SaaS Applications Work Behind Firewall

    New Company Helps SaaS Applications Work Behind Firewall

    Replicated, a company that wants to help SaaS vendors ship an on-premises version of their applications more easily, made a series of announcements today including a $1.5M seed round and several Beta customers. The company is taking advantage of Docker containerization technology to build a solution that enables developers to code once and ship two identical versions of the product —… Read More

  • Box Governance Designed To Attract Regulated Industries To Cloud

    Box Governance Designed To Attract Regulated Industries To Cloud

    Today Box announced it is releasing Box Governance, its governance tools, from Beta to general availability, making three tools available today. The announcement itself is really less important than what it represents as the company has tried to transform content management from a monolithic and often obtuse on-premises system into a cloud-based digital tool. The goal and challenge for… Read More

  • Former Battlefield Finalist DigitalGenius Scores $3M In First Funding Foray

    Former Battlefield Finalist DigitalGenius Scores $3M In First Funding Foray

    TechCrunch Disrupt New York Battlefield finalist, DigitalGenius announced its first serious funding today with a $3 million investment round. The company was looking for $2 million, but garnered so much interest from investors it ended up landing $3 million, according to DigitalGenius chief strategy officer Mikhail Naumov. The round was led by Metamorphic Ventures. Lerer-Hippeau… Read More

  • Tamr Snaps Up $25.2M To Unify Enterprise Data Sources

    Tamr Snaps Up $25.2M To Unify Enterprise Data Sources

    Tamr, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that helps companies understand and unify all of the disparate databases across a company, announced a $25.2 million Series B round today. The investment isn’t from the usual Silicon Valley suspects. It’s a round from a group of strategic investors who really believe in the company’s mission, according to CEO and co-founder… Read More

  • First Salesforce Wave Analytics App Washes Ashore

    First Salesforce Wave Analytics App Washes Ashore

    Salesforce announced a new Wave analytics app today called Sales Wave Analytics, the first in a line of what the company is calling ‘role-based’ packaged apps for the Wave platform. First, some context because all of this Wave talk can get a bit confusing. Last fall, Salesforce introduced Wave, which was a platform for the company’s analytics business moving forward. With… Read More

  • Minio Lands $3.3M Seed Round To Build Out Open Source Storage Project

    Minio Lands $3.3M Seed Round To Build Out Open Source Storage Project

    When venture capitalists open their wallets and hand out $3.3 million for a seed round, you have to figure the new company has some industry veterans with startup experience, and such is the case with Minio, an open source cloud storage product being built by veterans from Gluster. Gluster was purchased by Red Hat in 2011 for $136 million. The round is being led by Nexus Venture Partners… Read More

  • Tidemark Continues To Sail Along With $25M In New Funding

    Tidemark Continues To Sail Along With $25M In New Funding

    Tidemark, the cloud financial planning platform announced $25 million in additional funding today along with some new growth numbers. Existing investors Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Redpoint Ventures, Tenaya Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank all participated in the round along with new investor, fellow cloud company Workday. Today’s investment brings the total raised to… Read More

  • This Year’s Boston Red Sox Could Be An Argument Against Data-Driven Decision Making

    This Year’s Boston Red Sox Could Be An Argument Against Data-Driven Decision Making

    For several years now, we’ve been hearing that we should follow the data and the truth will set our businesses free, and sports teams are among the chief proponents of data-driven decision making. Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane famously conceived of the idea as described in the book and movie Moneyball. What Beane did was take a process that was driven by gut… Read More

  • IBM Pours Researchers And Resources Into Apache Spark Project

    IBM Pours Researchers And Resources Into Apache Spark Project

    IBM today pledged it would devote 3500 researchers to the open source big data project, Apache Spark. It also announced that it was open sourcing its own IBM SystemML machine learning technology in a move designed to help push it to the forefront of big data and machine learning. These two technologies are part of the IBM transformation strategy that includes cloud, big data, analytics and… Read More

  • Standards Bring Order To Enterprise Software

    Standards Bring Order To Enterprise Software

    One thing was clear to me this week as I wandered the halls of the Hilton at Torrey Pines for the Cloud Identity Summit, and it had nothing to do with the famous golf course or the trees for which it’s named. Whatever the subject, enterprise scale brings with it complexity, and one of the ways to counteract that complexity is developing standards. In fact, a persistent theme across… Read More

  • The Enterprise Silo Problem Stubbornly Persists

    The Enterprise Silo Problem Stubbornly Persists

    I’ve been writing about the enterprise for a long time, and back in the day when I was covering content management, there was forever talk about busting down content silos and putting the content to work across the company. It was a nice idea, but in practice it rarely happens. What I learned this week, as I attended the Cloud Identity Summit in San Diego, was that identity was also… Read More

  • Security Startup Illusive Networks Uses Deception To Catch Hackers

    Security Startup Illusive Networks Uses Deception To Catch Hackers

    Imagine you’re a red-blooded hacker and you want to break into a corporate network. You find your way in, probably by stealing someone’s credentials. Then you go to work. You move around until you find another lock to pick and slowly, steadily, patiently you go deeper and deeper into the network until you find the prize you’re seeking. But what if that picked lock the… Read More

  • New Ping Identity Platform Includes Apple Watch Authentication

    New Ping Identity Platform Includes Apple Watch Authentication

    Ping Identity announced a platform approach to identity management today at the Cloud Identity Summit in San Diego that includes the ability to get your second authentication factor using an Apple Watch. The idea behind the platform is to put identity at the center of the security model and enable users — whether employees, partners or customers — to have access to applications… Read More

  • Menlo Security Emerges From Stealth With $25M And Plan To Defeat Malware

    Menlo Security Emerges From Stealth With $25M And Plan To Defeat Malware

    Menlo Security, a company with a unique plan to battle malware, emerged from stealth today and also announced $25M in Series B funding. The idea is an intriguing one. Many security problems emanate from malware, which can give hackers a path into a system where they can find their way deeper in and eventually compromise the entire network. But what if you could prevent the malware from… Read More