Cloud 66 has come up with an interface for running and configuring Ruby on Rails applications on a few public clouds. It applies the best of Platform as a Service to other clouds. Read more »
Cloud providers’ budgets are outpacing those for enterprise data centers as more enterprises adopt the cloud. That means more money coming in for cloud security companies and other ancillary businesses. Read more »
Unisys, an IT vendor that makes mainframes, said Thursday it will work with Intel to release a Xeon-based “platform” enabling companies to quickly move from RISC architecture to x86 and run Linux, Windows and migrated Unix applications while maintaining security. The x86 architecture keeps gaining ground, and Unisys wants to capitalize on it.
SOASTA sees opportunities to add customers in other countries, and it’s taking on $30 million in Series E funding to act on that suspicion and turn more developers on to cloud load testing. Read more »
Researchers at IBM built a simulator for a brain-like computing network and developed a programming language and applications to execute on it. Read more »
Fusion-io missed analysts’ revenue estimates for the second quarter of 2013. But new CEO Shane Robison believes price cuts could entice more hyperscale customers to jump aboard. Read more »
Google has announced the availability of free load balancing for its Infrastructure-as-a-Service product and other new cloud features as it looks to rev up and challenge Amazon Web Services. Read more »
DigitalOcean, a young Infrastructure-as-a-Service company, is taking seed funding to add capacity and build out its services. At the same time, the company wants to remain easy to use. Read more »
AT&T and CSC have formed a “global strategic alliance” to push CSC’s private cloud, BizCloud, and other CSC cloud products atop the telecommunications provider’s networks, the companies announced Tuesday. CSC will offer AT&T customers “application expertise” and migrate applications, while AT&T will handle certain CSC network services for commercial customers through the deal, which runs until 2020.
For years, companies such as Micron and Samsung have been shrinking NAND flash, but the laws of physics say they can only make it so small. New approaches are emerging. Meanwhile, Samsung is now making vertically stacked NAND, allowing for better performance, according to a Tuesday blog post.
Startup Defense.net wants to tackle distributed denial of service attacks for big businesses. It’s not saying much, although it’s clear the company has an expert on hand to carry out on that mission. Read more »
Path engineers put a lot of effort into writing the app’s private messaging feature. They detail the steps they took to make the product just right in a new blog post. Read more »
FireEye wants to go public in its quest to sell boxes that find threats firewalls can’t. That way at least investors can make money off the company, which to date is unprofitable. Read more »
Crossbar has come out of stealth with a demonstration unit of resistive RAM that could present a viable next-generation alternative to NAND flash for devices and servers. Read more »
Gartner is finding cloud users are unhappy with security provisions they find in the contracts they sign. It’s offering some pointers on what customers should ask for. Read more »
PayPal announced Thursday the global rollout of its new and improved REST application programming interfaces (APIs), released in beta in March. Many developers disapproved of previous PayPal APIs, and this move could bring some back from competitors such as Stripe and Square.
Synack is adding seed funding from impressive backers to bring crowdsourced white-hat hacking to enterprises who have concerns about inviting just anyone to the party. Read more »
Tidemark, a vendor of cloud-based enterprise performance management software, is looking to sign up more big customers, and $13 million in Series D capital should help with the company’s efforts. Read more »
Pinterest has been steadily adding features and rewriting core elements of its service, with a small engineering team for such a large user base. Read more »
While tweets have pointed out news faster than news outlets, critical data doesn’t always cross the screens of Twitter users. Programs like Selerity can help investors and other power users find buried information. Read more »
Intelligence agencies are about to get a boost in their data analytics savvy now that In-Q-Tel has formed a partnership with RedOwl Analytics, which finds anomalies in large piles of data. Read more »
Bina Technologies, a company aiming to make genome processing faster and cheaper, has accepted $1.75 million for its Series B round, which included $6.25 million from Sierra Ventures. Behind the new capital are Jerry Yang of AME Cloud Ventures and Mohsen Moazami of Columbus Nova Technology Partners.
Bitly found a new CEO in Mark Josephson, who was an executive at Patch. Josephson wants to keep the company moving beyond just shortening links and toward providing data to publishers and others. Read more »
Zendesk has put in place many features and networking upgrades to put a stop to cyberattacks, following the one that hit it earlier this year. Read more »
Diablo Technologies has designed a system for packing flash into servers’ memory slots, so data can get written quickly. It’s a fresh approach that could pick up the way PCIe flash has in recent years. Read more »
NASA divisions have signed up for cloud services without getting certain approvals and have left some data less secure than federal officials would like, according to a new report. Read more »
Companies with cloud-computing services now have a market capitalization in excess of $100 billion. Now Bessemer Venture Partners has an index to keep on top of the top publicly traded cloud dogs. Read more »
6fusion just released a tool for comparing the cost and performance of deploying workloads on Amazon Web Services with other infrastructure. It uses a common denominator to make fair comparisons, which makes sense as companies look at multiple clouds to see where they should run jobs.
Security has been one issue inhibiting cloud adoption, and the hubbub about PRISM only seems to have made it a bigger concern. That’s why we’ll talk about cloud security at Structure:Europe in September. Read more »
Dropbox’s new Datastore API does something similar to what a New York startup does. But little NimbusBase is unperturbed, aiming to become a more vendor-neutral backend for application data. Read more »
The National Security Agency will have plenty of room to store information at its Utah data center — but not necessarily a yottabyte’s worth. Speculation continued this week with the release of site plans. Read more »
Blippex calls on a few open-source tools to run its search engine on Amazon Web Services. The input is different from the usual search engine fodder, and so is the data architecture. Read more »
SolidFire is taking on $31 million in new funding led by Samsung’s venture arm to turn on more cloud providers to high-performance all-flash storage arrays. Read more »
Calient just picked up $27 million in funding to help the company diversify its offerings and make more gear that can send packets quickly and cheaply. Read more »
Cloudera wants to get more big companies on board the Hadoop train, and new features for setting access rules are the distribution vendor’s latest tactic. Read more »
VMware leaders had good financial news to report on Tuesday’s earnings call, but they didn’t say much about the string of executives leaving recently, among other challenges . Read more »
StrongLoop aims to be the go-to company for supported Node.js development, and it’s just acquired monitoring capability from NodeFly to get a little closer to that objective. Read more »
Cisco is jumping on the cybersecurity bandwagon by buying Sourcefire to monitor networks and endpoints. Read more »
Intel says it will add new low-power, high performance system-on-chips in the Xeon E3 family for compute, storage and networking. Plus, it revealed it builds custom CPUs for eBay and Facebook. Read more »
Embrane is giving network administrators the ability to keep virtual network programs tightly bound to the applications they support. It’s more proof applications are getting higher priority in the data center. Read more »