That’s a ton of cash, but the company says it’s taking on a massive $100 billion market as companies revamp their data center hardware. Read more »
Elastifile, founded by former XtremIO and Red Hat execs, has $8 million in new Series A funding from Battery Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners to attack software-based primary storage. Read more »
Dell owns EqualLogic and Compellent storage businesses and its own server juggernaut — but its channel can now sell Scale Computing’s “hyperconverged” system. It’s a head scratcher. Read more »
OpenStack cloud purveyor has been down a president since July when Lew Moorman stepped back from that position. Read more »
The popular cloud storage and file sharing service stumbled Friday night with problems persisting into Sunday morning. Read more »
Red Hat and CentOS, once at odds, say they are joining forces for the betterment of enterprise Linux and its ecosystem. Read more »
For shops that want to keep using AWS S3 storage service but also want better data consistency, Netflix just open-sourced its S3mper library. Read more »
In a move that won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone, it looks like the government is firing CGI Federal over shoddy performance of the Healthcare.gov website. Read more »
Microsoft is the “most trusted and essential tech brand,” according to 4,551 U.S. adults recently surveyed by Forrester Research. But all is not lost, fanboys: Apple had the highest overall ranking for being unmistakeable and remarkable. It’s just that Apple is not viewed as essential as Microsoft. The survey gauges customer preference of one brand over others, their willingness to pay a premium and other factors.
Jason Hoffman knows a good deal about the cloud computing landscape, so what he has to say here bears noting. Read more »
Looks like the axe is about to fall. The company is weighing cuts of up to 20 percent in the U.S. and even more in EMEA, according to The Register. Read more »
A new Sanford Bernstein research note susses out the potential damage to U.S. tech companies — especially in China — in the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures. Read more »
Reporters got a chance to ask the Salesforce.com CEO about anything, which they did. Here’s what he said. Read more »
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff came out of Oracle and his company uses Oracle now but it’s not exclusive to that technology. Read more »
Citrix Systems is buying Framehawk to boost the performance of virtual desktops and applications over wireless networks, a key issue as more people use tablets and smartphones as primary devices. Framehawk technology will be used with Citrix HDX in XenApp and XenDesktop products, according to InfoWorld. Details on how that will happen and terms of the deal were not announced.
The news comes days after VMware hired a couple desktop virtualization execs away from Citrix and Citrix named Rakesh Narasimhan to head its desktop virtualization effort.
A half dozen security experts pull out of annual RSA gabfest slated to take place in San Francisco next month. Would-be speakers are protesting RSA’s reported cooperation with NSA. Read more »
Friar is CFO of Square and a former senior finance executive at Salesforce.com. Read more »
Oracle and Verizon are teaming up so that Oracle shops can run their databases and Fusion middleware on the Verizon Enterprise Cloud and pay for all that by the hour. Read more »
Another one bites the dust. Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s plan to stay at Ford for another year means he’s off the list of top contenders for Microsoft’s top job. Read more »
Bosh, the toolchain that promises to propagate Cloud Foundry everywhere, gains another adherent in CenturyLink cloud. Read more »
With Parature, Microsoft gets slick technology that provides self-service, social monitoring, live chat and other capabilties to Dynamics CRM. Read more »
Corente offers a Cloud Service Exchange that promises to make it easier to manage and run multiple, geographically dispersed public and private clouds. Read more »
Trying to bolster its desktop virtualization credibility, VMware snagged two key veteran execs from category leader Citrix. This signals that VMware is really serious about the desktop. Seriously. Read more »
It may not be as glam as the latest phone apps, but boring enterprise software — CRM, SCM, ERP — will power IT growth in 2014, says Gartner. Read more »
Last week Jason Kincaid wrote about his not-very-pleasant experience with Evernote, the popular note-taking app. Evernote CEO Phil Libin says he’s taking that critique to heart. Read more »
… but they’re forging ahead anyway. In their expansion mode they will also face growing competition from local providers, especially in China. The Week in Cloud. Read more »
Many cloud-based services start out as freebies — and stay that way — for better or worse. Now Droplr, is joining a trickle of companies daring to (gasp!) charge for their products. Read more »
So what’s Opscode founder Jesse Robbins up to? His startup OnBeep appears to be working on ways to enable smart phones to pull double duty as walkie-talkie devices often used by first responders and blue-collar workers. Read more »
The combination of FireEye’s persistent threat detection and Mandiant’s cyber forensics and endpoint security know-how should expand the market for the combined company. Read more »
You may not have heard of Tencent but you can bet Facebook and Google have. The Chinese mobile apps provider and internet portal makes 80 percent of its revenue selling actual services not advertising. Read more »
New numbers from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters show venture-backed IPOs boomed in 2013, although M&A activity lagged. Read more »
Battery maker A123 Systems, which had its own brush with bankruptcy in 2012, wants to buy bankrupt car maker Fisker. The independent A123 made batteries for Fisker’s hybrid Karma car, but was acquired by Wanxiang Group of Hangzhou, China at auction after the bankruptcy filing. A123 is now part of Wangxiang’s U.S. subsidiary, which wants to purchase the car maker.
Both Fisker and A123 received grant or loan money from the U.S. Department of Energy.
IT giant expects to cut 5,000 additional jobs before October 31, bringing total job loss from restructuring announced in 2012 to 34,000. Read more »
… or at least the year we learned about it. In this week’s Structure Show we discuss the news avalanche touched off by Edward Snowden’s disclosures. Read more »
Christmas week was pretty slow — except for major cloud announcements out of China, oh and Edward “the gift that keeps on giving” Snowden issues his Christmas warning, er message. Read more »
Larry Ellison, who once blasted cloud as a fad, now says he’s not only fully aboard but will challenge Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace on affordable Infrastructure as a Service. Read more »
Vermont and Massachusetts have stopped paying Montreal-based IT contractor CGI Group for work it has done on their balky healthcare exchanges. If that name sounds familiar, CGI is the parent company of CGI Federal, the contractor many blame for troubles plaguing the U.S. Healthcare.gov site. CGI Group is also working with Hawaii, Colorado, Kentucky, New Mexico and California healthcare sites — with mixed results. More on CGI from Vanity Fair.
It may not be on par with the great Netflix snafu of Christmas Eve 2012 but gamers are pretty ticked off that the Valve Software’s online store fell down during a Christmas sale, according to Geekwire, Reddit and other outlets. A traffic spike may have been an issue: Valve offered a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 to anyone who downloaded and installed it before 10 a.m. PST December 26. As of 6:15 p.m. Christmas night the store appeared to be up again.
Update: Nintendo and Xbox Live sites are also experiencing issues, according to Gameinformer.
Security sleuth Brian Krebs sifted through the web to find where credit card numbers purloined from Target customers turned up and came up with an underground store rescador[dot]la. Click on it at your own risk. The site is, according to Krebs, run by “a miscreant” using the nickname Rescator who is affiliated with a Russian- and English-language crime forum. But you have to read the full post to get the whole story. To be honest, I’m too nervous to write more here.
Should Softbank’s Sprint unit acquire T-mobile, Softbank’s plan to build the world’s largest mobile internet company would take a big step forward. But regulatory hurdles remain. Read more »