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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  • YC Alum PipelineDB Releases Open Source Streaming SQL Database

    YC Alum PipelineDB Releases Open Source Streaming SQL Database

    PipelineDB, a Y Combinator Winter 2014 graduate, announced the availability of the open source version of its streaming SQL database product today. A commercial version is expected later this year. The product is an open-source database that runs SQL queries continuously in streams, incrementally storing the results in tables, company co-founder Derek Nelson explained.  “[The… Read More

  • EMC Sells Cloud Sync And Share Product Syncplicity To Private Equity Firm

    EMC Sells Cloud Sync And Share Product Syncplicity To Private Equity Firm

    When EMC bought cloud sync and share company, Syncplicity in 2012, it seemed the company was trying to change the way it does business, but three years later it’s selling out to private equity firm, Skyview Capital, perhaps ready to concede that a freemium cloud model doesn’t fit the company culture. It’s worth noting that EMC will maintain a stake in Syncplicity, but the… Read More

  • Former Head of HP Enterprise Bill Veghte Is New SurveyMonkey CEO

    Former Head of HP Enterprise Bill Veghte Is New SurveyMonkey CEO

    When Bill Veghte, former head of HP Enterprise stepped down last week quite suddenly, nobody knew where he would land. Today we found out as he was announced as the new CEO at SurveyMonkey. SurveyMonkey board chairman Zander Lurie has been serving as interim CEO since former CEO, Dave Goldberg died suddenly in May while on vacation in Mexico. In fact, Veghte was a close friend of… Read More

  • Greek Crisis Underscores Value Of Cloud In Startup Ecosystem

    Greek Crisis Underscores Value Of Cloud In Startup Ecosystem

    There was a ton of fallout as the Greek economic crisis worsened this week week and the country struggled to come up with answers to its growing predicament. As Alexia Tsotsis explained  in an article on TechCrunch earlier this week: This week, the Syriza government failed in negotiations to receive a tranche of bailout money in time to make a $1.7 billion IMF payment on June 30th. Instead… Read More

  • When The Disrupted Push Back

    When The Disrupted Push Back

    We tend to think of disruption as kind of a passive activity. The determined upstart enters the market and the established business doesn’t give it a second thought. Then ever so slowly before it can even react, the industry suddenly realizes it’s lost control. In most cases, the incumbent tries the usual tactics, perhaps making a half-hearted effort to change strategies to be… Read More

  • 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

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