Cloud

  • AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

    AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

    Lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so. The task will prove completely different from that of managing airliners as we do today, says AirMap CEO and cofounder Ben Marcus who is also serving as the co-chair for… Read More

  • MobileIron adding IoT management to its arsenal

    MobileIron adding IoT management to its arsenal

    MobileIron, which went public in 2014, has been known mostly for helping large companies manage mobile devices, especially in a time when people tend to bring their own. Today it announced it was expanding that mission to the Internet of Things. When you think about it, it’s a logical move for a company that is used to overseeing a large number of devices and helping IT keep them secure. Read More

  • OpenStack sets its sights on the next generation of private clouds

    OpenStack sets its sights on the next generation of private clouds

    Today, the OpenStack Foundation is launching the latest version of its platform that allows enterprises to run an AWS-like cloud computing platform in their data centers. Ocata, as the 15th release of OpenStack is called, arrives after only a four-month release cycle, which is a bit faster than its usual six-month cycle, which will resume after this release. The reason for this is a change… Read More

  • Data.world raises $18.7 million to remedy our post-fact society

    Data.world raises $18.7 million to remedy our post-fact society

    As our society continues to devalue facts and statistics, Data.world, a two year old data collaboration startup out of Austin, Texas, is fighting back with its passionate community of data nerds. Today the company is announcing a $18.7 million Series B led by Pat Ryan’s family investment group to further build out its platform for aggregating and analyzing data. CEO Brett Hurt… Read More

  • Google launches Cloud Spanner, its new globally distributed relational database service

    Google launches Cloud Spanner, its new globally distributed relational database service

    Google today announced the beta launch of Cloud Spanner, a new globally distributed database service for mission-critical applications. Cloud Spanner joins Google’s other cloud-based database services, like Bigtable, Cloud SQL and the Cloud Datastore, but with the crucial difference of offering developers the best of both traditional relational databases and NoSQL databases — that… Read More

  • DigitalOcean launches load balancers

    DigitalOcean launches load balancers

    DigitalOcean today announced the launch of its new load balancing service for developers who run their applications on its platform. Read More

  • Samanage raises $20M and makes enterprise play with new Salesforce integration

    Samanage raises $20M and makes enterprise play with new Salesforce integration

    Samanage, makers of customer service software in the cloud, had a couple of major announcements today. For starters, they got a $20 million investment, and they also announced a major step: the launch of their enterprise product on the Salesforce platform. Let’s start with the funding. The round included money from Carmel Ventures, Gemini Israel Ventures, Marker LLC, Salesforce Ventures… Read More

  • Yahoo supercharges TensorFlow with Apache Spark

    Yahoo supercharges TensorFlow with Apache Spark

    Yahoo, model Apache Spark citizen and developer of CaffeOnSpark, which made it easier for developers building deep learning models in Caffe to scale with parallel processing, is open sourcing a new project called TensorFlowOnSpark. The pairing of Spark and TensorFlow should make the deep learning framework more attractive to developers who are creating models that need to run on large… Read More

  • Why AWS has such a big lead in the cloud

    Why AWS has such a big lead in the cloud

    When you look at the size of the cloud market, it’s astonishing that AWS is the undisputed leader, and probably will be for the foreseeable future. Considering the competition is the likes of Google, Microsoft, IBM and Oracle; AWS’s big lead is even more surprising. The question is how did AWS build such dominance? The simple answer is that it was first, but as Andy Jassy, the AWS… Read More

  • Salesforce adds some artificial intelligence to customer service products

    Salesforce adds some artificial intelligence to customer service products

    Last Fall when Salesforce introduced Einstein, its artificial intelligence initiative, it debuted with some intelligence built into the core CRM tool, but with a promise that it would expand into other products over time. Today it announced it was adding Einstein AI to its Service Cloud customer service platform. The goal is to make life easier for customer service reps and their managers. Read More

  • Amazon’s Rekognition learns to guess your age

    Amazon’s Rekognition learns to guess your age

    You know how old you are. You know how old your friends think you are. Heck, you even know how old Microsoft thinks you are. But at the end of the day, does anyone other than Amazon really matter? Until now, the only way for you to know how old Amazon thought you were was to look at products recommended to you. I apparently spent too much time researching sci-fi short stories yesterday… Read More

  • Docker makes secrets management a built-in feature of its enterprise product

    Docker makes secrets management a built-in feature of its enterprise product

    A few years ago, using containers to run your applications came with a number of security tradeoffs compared to using virtual machines. As enterprises started adopting various container technologies faster than anybody expected, that became an issue and companies like Docker started making security a priority. For Docker especially, that work is starting to pay off. The company today… Read More

  • SAP adds AI and integrated analytics in latest cloud release

    SAP adds AI and integrated analytics in latest cloud release

    SAP is about as traditional a legacy vendor as you are likely to find, delivering complex on-prem ERP solutions for the largest organizations on the planet. But like everyone else, SAP sees a future in which companies rely less on software installed in private data centers and more on public cloud products to handle the heavy lifting for them. And SAP S/4HANA, the company’s public… Read More

  • Box unveils new set of developer tools

    Box unveils new set of developer tools

    Box decided early on it wanted to be a platform on top of which which developers can build applications using Box services. Today, it introduced several new tools designed to make it easier for developers to get up and running on the Box platform. Today’s announcement starts with a newly designed Box Developer Console. This is the place developers typically grab their API keys and… Read More

  • Druva’s latest feature helps protect data stored on its service from ransomware

    Druva’s latest feature helps protect data stored on its service from ransomware

    Over the years, Druva has developed services for protecting and managing data and tools for governance and compliance. Today, it took that idea one step further when it added ransomware and anomaly detection. The company decided to develop a ransomware detection tool after finding that customers were using Druva to help manage the ransomware recovery process. Restoring data has always been… Read More

  • Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

    Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

    Since first being unbundled back in 2015 in the U.S., Alexa Voice Service — the voice-response software that powers the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot — has been one of Amazon’s chief tools to spread its services to a range of connected devices. Now Amazon is taking its strategy international. Today it announced that AVS will now also work in the UK and Germany, and will… Read More

  • Descartes Labs opens its geospatial analysis engine to a handful of lucky developers

    Descartes Labs opens its geospatial analysis engine to a handful of lucky developers

    It’s easy to forget that even with the fanciest of machine learning models, we still need humans in the trenches cleaning input data. Descartes Labs, a startup that combines satellite imagery with data about our planet to produce insights and forecasts, knows this all too well. The company ended up building its own cloud-based parallel computing infrastructure to clean and process… Read More

  • Stratoscale acquires database-as-a-service company Tesora

    Stratoscale acquires database-as-a-service company Tesora

    Stratoscale, a startup that gives enterprises AWS-compatible environments inside their data centers, has acquired Tesora, a database-as-a-service company that runs on top of the OpenStack platform and that allows its customers to choose between 16 of the most popular databases. Both companies declined to discuss the financial details of the acquisition. According to Crunchbase, Tesora had raised… Read More

  • Snap commits $2 billion over 5 years for Google Cloud infrastructure

    Snap commits $2 billion over 5 years for Google Cloud infrastructure

    Most of today’s Snap coverage will be about its revenue and daily average usage numbers, but there was one small tidbit that emerged that will mean big business for the company’s cloud infrastructure partner, Google. In Snap’s S-1 filing, the company announced a license platform agreement it struck with Google for its cloud infrastructure services. Under the terms of… Read More

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