Cloud

  • Google’s chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public

    Google’s chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public

    At Google I/O this year, Google quietly introduced a new chatbot analytics platform called Chatbase, a project developed within the company’s internal R&D incubator, Area 120. Today, that platform is being publicly launched to all, after testing with hundreds of early adopters including Ticketmaster, HBO, Keller Williams, Viber, and others. The idea behind Chatbase’s cloud… Read More

  • Microsoft’s period of congenial cooperation could be over

    Microsoft’s period of congenial cooperation could be over

    A couple of years ago while a guest of Marc Benioff onstage at Salesforce’s Dreamforce customer conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something that seemed to signal a new period of amicable cooperation for his company. Several pieces of evidence seem to suggest that the period of friendly cooperation that was in full bloom in 2015 could be over, and not just with Salesforce. Read More

  • Google Cloud Spanner update includes SLA that promises less than five minutes of downtime per year

    Google Cloud Spanner update includes SLA that promises less than five minutes of downtime per year

    Cloud Spanner, Google’s globally distributed cloud database got an update today that includes multi-region support, meaning the database can be replicated across regions for lower latency and better performance. It also got an updated Service Level Agreement (SLA) that should please customers. The latter states Cloud Spanner databases will have 99.999% (five nines) availability, a level… Read More

  • Dropbox partners with Autodesk to help users collaborate on large design files

    Dropbox partners with Autodesk to help users collaborate on large design files

    Dropbox announced a couple of products today to make it easier for Autodesk users to access and share large design files. The products include an integrated desktop app for opening and saving Autodesk files stored in Dropbox and an app for viewing design files without the need for owning Autodesk. These products are long overdue given that Dropbox’s Ross Piper, who is head of ecosystem… Read More

  • Cloudflare expands into mobile performance with Neumob acquisition

    Cloudflare expands into mobile performance with Neumob acquisition

    Cloudflare made a significant acquisition today when it acquired mobile VPN startup, Neumob. The purchase gives Cloudflare a mobile performance tool it was lacking, and a road to its first direct to consumer product. The company did not reveal the purchase price. Neumob, which had raised close to $11 million, was founded in 2015 to give users a faster mobile VPN experience that purports to… Read More

  • 36 companies agree to a Kubernetes certification standard

    36 companies agree to a Kubernetes certification standard

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced today that 36 members have agreed to a set of certification standards for Kubernetes, the immensely popular open source container orchestration tool. This should make it easy for users to move from one version to another without worry, while ensuring that containers under Kubernetes management will behave in a predictable way. The group of… Read More

  • IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

    IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

    IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum information. The company also announced that IBM researchers had successfully built a 50 qubit… Read More

  • Dreamforce lacks the drama this year

    Dreamforce lacks the drama this year

    Dreamforce took place this week in San Francisco, that magical gathering of over more than 150,000 Salesforce faithful that happens every fall. While I didn’t attend in person this time, I was able to get the gist of what was going on through a combination of pre-briefs and live streams. Of course, nothing can pass for actually seeing how thoroughly Salesforce takes over the area… Read More

  • New tools could help prevent Amazon S3 data leaks

    New tools could help prevent Amazon S3 data leaks

    If you do a search for Amazon S3 breaches due to customer error of leaving the data unencrypted, you’ll see a long list that includes a DoD contractor, Verizon (the owner of this publication) and Accenture, among the more high profile examples. Today, AWS announced a new set of five tools designed to protect customers from themselves and ensure (to the extent possible) that the data in S3… Read More

  • Salesforce and Google are the latest pals in the cloud

    Salesforce and Google are the latest pals in the cloud

    Salesforce and Google inked a deal today that could provide easier integration between Salesforce tools and Google’s G Suite and Google Analytics. It also named Google as a preferred cloud provider for its core services as part of its international infrastructure expansion. Read More

  • Quip adds an App Store as it pushes toward full-blown collaboration platform

    Quip adds an App Store as it pushes toward full-blown collaboration platform

    When Salesforce bought Quip, a document-based, mobile-first collaboration tool for $750 million last September, it may have seemed like an odd purchase, but Salesforce and Quip have been hard at work enhancing the product. Today at the Dreamforce customer conference in San Francisco, the company announced significant updates to the product designed to make it more of a central way to… Read More

  • Salesforce to offer more customized AI with myEinstein

    Salesforce to offer more customized AI with myEinstein

    It’s been just over a year since Salesforce introduced Einstein, a set of artificial intelligence technologies that are designed to underlie and enhance the Salesforce product set. Today, at Dreamforce, the company’s enormous customer conference taking place this week in San Francisco, it announced myEinstein, a package of tools it created to help developers and Salesforce… Read More

  • OpenStack’s next mission: bridging the gaps between open source projects

    OpenStack’s next mission: bridging the gaps between open source projects

    OpenStack, the massive open source project that provides large businesses with the software tools to run their data center infrastructure, is now almost eight years old. While it had its ups and downs, hundreds of enterprises now use it to run their private clouds and there are even over two dozen public clouds that use the project’s tools. Users now include the likes of AT&T… Read More

  • Hevo Data gets $1M in seed funding to streamline data integration

    Hevo Data gets $1M in seed funding to streamline data integration

    Going from food delivery to data integration might seem like an unlikely progression for a startup team, but it was a natural fit for Hevo Data’s founders. Manish Jethani and Sourabh Agarwal previously launched SpoonJoy, an on-demand restaurant delivery app in India. The challenges they encountered while analyzing data in order to improve SpoonJoy’s service inspired them to create… Read More

  • Adobe and Microsoft expand partnership with Adobe Experience Manager and Dynamics 365 integration

    Adobe and Microsoft expand partnership with Adobe Experience Manager and Dynamics 365 integration

    Adobe and Microsoft expanded their continuing partnership today when they announced that they are making it easy to share data between Adobe Experience Manager, a website marketing tool and Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s CRM tool. For a sales person that means seeing the latest sales activity and customer interactions from the company website right in the customer record. From a customer… Read More

  • VMware acquires VeloCloud as it moves deeper into networking

    VMware acquires VeloCloud as it moves deeper into networking

    VMware announced today that it was acquiring VeloCloud, a startup that focuses on cloud-based wide area networks (WAN), those networks that span a broad area across data centers or regions. The companies did not reveal the purchase price. The news confirms a report that The Information first reported  yesterday. The company appears to be an excellent fit as one of the primary use cases is… Read More

  • Open source database startup MariaDB confirms $27M investment led by Alibaba

    Open source database startup MariaDB confirms $27M investment led by Alibaba

    Open source database startup MariaDB has announced a new $27 million round of funding led by Alibaba, confirming the news that TechCrunch reported in September. As we wrote then, Alibaba contributed the majority of the round, supplying €20 million of the total €22.9 million raised. A range of existing investors added that extra bit and they were confirmed to include Intel Capital… Read More

  • IBM Cloud Private brings cloud native computing to your data center

    IBM Cloud Private brings cloud native computing to your data center

    As companies search for ways to modernize their technology stacks, they struggle with managing the legacy software (and hardware) inside their own data centers. IBM introduced a new private cloud product today that is supposed to ease the transition to cloud computing and containerization and place those legacy applications in a more modern IT management context. IBM Cloud Private wants to… Read More

  • AWS continues to rule the cloud infrastructure market

    AWS continues to rule the cloud infrastructure market

    AWS’s domination of the Infrastructure as a Service market continues unabated this quarter. Yes, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba and others continue to grow much faster than AWS, but that has not had a significant impact on AWS’s command over the IaaS market. For starters, AWS had a monster quarter posting $4.57 billion in revenue. That was higher than the $4.51 billion that was expected… Read More

  • SEC fines Zenefits and former CEO Parker Conrad nearly $1 million for misleading investors

    SEC fines Zenefits and former CEO Parker Conrad nearly $1 million for misleading investors

    The SEC is showing its muscle in Silicon Valley with a crackdown on bad behavior, starting with unicorn startup Zenefits and its former CEO Parker Conrad. First noted on BuzzFeed, the human resources startup and Conrad have agreed to pay a combined nearly $1 million in fines to settle accusations made by the SEC that the company made “materially false and misleading statements and… Read More

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