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It’s all about disruption today: Apple OS X becoming a more-appealing server OS, NoSQL being too disruptive for some, ARM enabling high-performance server systems, Apache threatening to pull the plug on Java development, and IT vendors not getting that cloud computing is supposed to be disruptive. Read more »


Today’s new demonstrates just how young, but promising, the cloud really is. Engine Yard is adding users fast, streaming video is driving demand for computing resources, and Rackspace is growing its cloud revenue and offerings while battling a little negative PR from disgruntled users. Read more »

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Twilio, a cloud communications platform, announced it has raised $12 million in a Series B round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. The San Francisco company allows other developers to build on top of its pay-as-go telecommunications platform, creating a wide array of text and phone-based applications. Read more »


Subscription-billing startup Zuora has closed a $20 million round, bringing its total to $41.5 million. The new money, combined with Vindicia’s $20 million last week, suggests that we’ve just seen the tip of the on-demand billing iceberg as organizations attempt to monetize their various web services. Read more »

crystal ball

If you’re wondering how IT will look a few years down the road, today’s links provide might provide some ideas: ARM-based servers, cloud-based databases, hefty Big Data investments and Dell possessing a larger piece of the enterprise pie. Read more »


PiCloud, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that is developing a python-based platform as a service (PaaS) has raised $1.4 million in its first round of funding. Investors in PiCloud co-founded by Ken Elkabany (CEO) and Aaron Staley, include Greylock Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Andreessen Horowitz. Read more »

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Microsoft has expanded its cloud options again, this time with a set of programs and offerings centered on its Hyper-V hypervisor. More strategic than technological, the new programs essentially affirm Hyper-V plus System Center as Microsoft’s internal cloud play by slapping the “cloud” label on them. Read more »


IT is undergoing a series of transformations right now, a few of which were highlighted today. Among them are Dell’s mission to change its business, major storage M&A, packaging hardware and software into integrated systems, and the ongoing transition of enterprise IT into the cloud. Read more »


Even when relational databases are used to build large-scale services, they are unrecognizable as relational. Instead, they look almost exactly like a NoSQL database. This perspective is rare outside of the companies forced to embrace it, but we can use Twitter as an example. Read more »


Heroku, the San Francisco-based Platform-as-a-Service provider is all set to hit the magical 100,000 app mark, sometime next week. The PAAS platform had 40,000 apps a year ago. Heroku’s platform is gaining momentum and as companies finds increased adoption amongst corporate users and mobile developers. Read more »

server farm

It’s a mixed bag today, ranging from the latest cloud statistics to Teradata’s growing revenues. In between, we have a questionable federal cloud-security roadmap, an interview with Hadoop creator Doug Cutting and, believe it or not, a rumor that VMware is working on Hyper-V support. Read more »

Facebook CEO

Facebook has been called out by Greenpeace for not doing enough to promote renewable energy, so what is the company going to do with this public relations dilemma? Launching its own Facebook page and joining groups to demonstrate its green cred, of course. Read more »

How fast does your site really load in various countries? Using real browsers to measure website speed. Your own content may be optimized locally, but are all of your other components optimal too? And, how does this work out for international visitors you wish to reach? Read more »


What’s new in the cloud computing world today? How about Oracle working for API interoperability, the White House pushing cloud-specific security guidelines, Dell potentially getting into the cloud-provider business, and a discussion of why cloud-based products can up-end the traditional sales model. Read more »

running elephant

Yahoo has open-sourced its S4 project for developing real-time MapReduce applications. As we’ve seen with Google’s new Caffeine infrastructure for its Instant Search features, there is a growing trend of unchaining large-scale data analysis from its batch-processing roots. Read more »

dark clouds

It’s not always good news with cloud computing, and we saw that today with someone calling out Enomaly’s new SpotCloud, someone else detailing the difficulties of developing a mobile app in Windows Azure, and the Cloudscaling boss calling out the traditional definition of cloud computing. Read more »


Los Angeles-based startup Morphlabs is rolling out two new features designed to bolster sales of its mCloud line of cloud computing offerings in a crowded field of management platforms. In doing so, however, it might actually be helping show the future model for internal-cloud software pricing. Read more »

Labri Blend

Dell made a left turn in its cloud computing acquisition strategy today by acquiring SaaS integration startup Boomi. Most of Dell’s cloud purchases and partnerships have been on the infrastructure front – Scalent, DynamicOps, Joyent, Egenera, 3PAR (attempted) – but Boomi is a straight-up application play. Read more »

tough selection

The choice between cloud computing offering keeps getting more difficult as providers continue to up the ante. Today, we have a debate between Microsoft, Google and AWS, IBM targeting governments with its cloud, and a discussion on how network gear could affect cloud data centers. Read more »

election booth

Tomorrow is a big day. The individuals we vote into office will have a tremendous effect on the connected issues of pulling out of this years-old economic funk and advancing IT policy. Certain proof points suggest a stark contrast in how parties approach this nexus. Read more »


Enomaly, a provider of software to create compute clouds, today announced SpotCloud, a brokerage service that allows Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers a way to sell their excess compute capacity, and buyers a way to find smaller regional cloud providers for batch jobs. Read more »


More and more, open-source search looks to be an alternative for organizing unstructured data in the enterprise. The open source community believes it has advantages in scalability, flexibility and speed over its proprietary counterparts, and is better adapted to the ever-changing needs of today’s enterprise. Read more »


Around the world, organizations and individuals are coming together to tackle technological hurdles in cloud computing. Various consortia are working on cloud standards and best practices, but it’s people, not technology, that could potentially represent the biggest obstacle when it comes to selling cloud computing. Read more »


It was a big year for NoSQL and big data, but now those vendors need to buckle down on their revenue models and make a head-on charge to the enterprise. Because, let’s face it; while the web leads the innovation, the enterprise leads the economy. Read more »


There’s a lot of talk about speed today: SSDs will speed consumer devices, China’s new supercomputer is the fastest ever, Microsoft AppFabric for Windows Azure will get upgrades faster than on-premise users, and SAP wants to speed up the resolution of its lawsuit with Oracle. Read more »


In the last decade, the web has brought us countless technologies which enable consumers to get things done simply and without fuss.  So why, at a typical large company, are the applications so bloated and complex? Bring on simplified software and deployment: the consumerization of IT. Read more »


We’ve been following solar, wind and even the idea of offshore wind-powered data centers … but trash-powered data centers? That’s the aim of a Colorado Springs, Colo. developer who wants to build a data center campus with servers powered by waste and wood. Read more »


It wasn’t a heavy news day aside from Microsoft’s big announcement, but the great discussion around the future of new technologies continues, including the bittersweet NoSQL proposition, avoiding cloud lock-in and building systems for real-time BI. Read more »


One of the obstacles to cloud adoption is that most organizations have infrastructure in place, meaning they can’t just build best-of-breed cloud environments. This was reinforced via an on-point post from James Urquhart, a survey of satisfied cloud users and a round of funding for Riptano. Read more »

sc evolve

It’s amazing how fast conceptions of technology evolve. Today, for example, we see how the idea of government clouds keeps changing, how ideas about server processors are shifting and how NoSQL doesn’t have to mean an abandonment of all previous tools after all. Read more »

Cash stack

Hadoop startup Cloudera has raised another $25 million, bringing its total funding to $36 million. The new funding bolsters Cloudera’s position as the hub of the commercial Hadoop world, and the belief that Hadoop will become the centerpiece of many Big Data efforts. Read more »

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