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Cloudsoft is jumping on the Docker bandwagon. The Edinburgh-based company, whose software other companies can use to manage the development and operations of their applications, plans to announce Clocker at Structure on Wednesday, the aptly titled name to its open source project that allows users to spin up Docker containers without generating excess containers. Cloudsoft’s new project uses Apache Brooklyn, the open source framework for managing applications through their blueprints — a set of policies that an organization sets up to ensure that an application doesn’t spin up an excess amount of virtual machines — to deploy and manage multiple Docker clusters across the cloud and even on-premise. In short, Clocker manages all the Docker containers and ensures that only the correct amount are launched for a given application.

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Dropbox is acquiring a data visualization startup called Parastructure, according to TechCrunch. It’s one of those deals where nobody is talking yet, but what little info is publicly available about Parastructure helps shed some light on Dropbox’s motivation. It’s hard to imagine Dropbox getting into the analytics software business that Parastructure was targeting, but it’s not hard to imagine Dropbox acquiring some talent that can help it scale onto, and query, new data technologies. And, like Box did with its dLoop acquisition, Dropbox might also be looking to improve search for its business users.

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