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OpenStack’s French Connection: eNovance

09 May 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

enovanceOne of the few services available for implementing OpenStack clouds is eNovance, a major contributor to the OpenStack project. Like other major contributors Red Hat, Rackspace, and Mirantis, it’s also a member of the OpenStack Foundation board of directors.

Unlike those firms, however, eNovance is based in Europe, with offices at 10 rue de la Victoire in Paris. It’s the only European member of the board, and typically the seventh largest contributor of modules of code to OpenStack.

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Actifio Secures $100 Milllion, Total at $207.5 million

05 May 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

actifio_logoActifio Inc. has secured an oversubscribed $100 milllion funding round led by Tiger Global Management, LLC, with participation from current investors North Bridge Venture Partners, Greylock Israel, Advanced Technology Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Technology Crossover Ventures.

Actifio will use the funds to accelerate expansion of market coverage, global brand development, and product feature enhancements in its data management solution for virtualized and cloud IT architectures.

“From the start we have focused on building the next great technology brand with a singular focus on delighting our customers with revolutionary technology, enterprise service, and transformative business results,” said Ash Ashutosh, founder and CEO, Actifio. “Having shone a light on the $46 billion global copy data problem, we will use this funding round to expand our copy data virtualization solution across the Global 2000; enable our cloud service provider partners to build thriving businesses powered by Actifio; and extend the reach of our technology down into an even broader base of the mid-market.”

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NVMe Poised To Revolutionize Solid-State Storage

02 May 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in News

File I/O stacks in operating systems are a great example for schools to teach Parkinson’s Law, which says that software expands to use the resources available. Last time I counted, the current Linux stack with an attached SSD has a total of six or seven address translations. That’s a huge software overhead, and you might be forgiven for wondering if the objective of the fastest I/O got lost in translation!PCIe-SSD-M2

Fortunately, relief is at hand. The industry has created a new standard that enterprise SSD vendors are aggressively picking up: NVMe. The idea seems so simple that you wonder why we didn’t go there before, but IT is often very conservative, and this is a radical change.

NVMe stands for “Non-Volatile Memory express.” The hardware part of the solution takes away the disk interface chip that used to plug into PCIe on the motherboard, and this allows the drive to talk directly to the PCIe bus and so to system memory. This idea isn’t quite as radical as it sounds. Electrically, PCIe and SAS/SATA are very similar, so it’s more a protocol change than a completely new concept.

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Intel Makes Significant Investment in Cloudera

30 Apr 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

1396284046-intel-just-poured-740-million-cloudera-what-is-it-2Intel Corporation and Cloudera, Inc. announced a broad strategic technology and business collaboration, as well as a significant equity investment from Intel making it Cloudera’s largest strategic shareholder and a member of its board of directors.

This is Intel’s single largest data center technology investment in its history. The deal will join Cloudera’s enterprise analytic data management software powered by Apache Hadoop with the data center architecture based on Intel Xeon technology.

The goal is acceleration of customer adoption of big data solutions, making it easier for companies of all sizes to obtain increased business value from data by deploying open source Apache Hadoop solutions.

Both the strategic collaboration and the equity investment are subject to standard closing conditions, including customary regulatory approvals.

Cloudera will develop and optimize Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) for Intel architecture as its preferred platform and support a range of technologies including Intel fabrics, flash memory and security. In turn, Intel will market and promote CDH and Cloudera Enterprise to its customers as its preferred.

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Evtron Closes $600K In Funding, Starts Delivering On Promise

28 Apr 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

Evtron-LogoSince first coming on the startup scene in St. Louis, Evtron CEO Andrew Mayhall has generated a fair amount of press (and even a rumor of Evtron being acquired by Facebook).

Since that time, Mayhall has put together a new leadership team for Evtron and recently closed a funding round of $600K from four private investors, graduated from ITEN’s program and has its first client.

COO J.P. Lanham met Mayhall and was first a board member before coming on full time as the corporate operating officer.  As Mayhall went through ITEN’s program, they met Chief Strategy Officer Dave Sellers and since then have been moving fast.

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SAP Reports Strong Growth in Cloud Amid Slow Overall Revenue Growth

25 Apr 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

SAP reported a strong growth in cloud revenue and fast adoption of its HANA platform in the first quarter, while its software revenue dipped from the same quarter in the previous year.

Cloud-Market-GrowthThe business software company said Thursday its revenue grew 3 percent to a!3.7 billion (US$5 billion), while its cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew 60 percent to a!219 million in the quarter under IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).

Its net profit grew 3 percent to a!534 million in the quarter.

SAP’s annual cloud revenue run rate is now approaching a!1.1 billion, and subscribers of its cloud applications now exceed 36 million, the company said.

Reflecting the transition in the market from on-premises software and services to applications delivered through the cloud on a subscription model, SAP’s software revenue in the quarter fell 5 percent to a!623 million. Its support revenue was up 5 percent to a!2.2 billion.

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New US Stealthy Start-Up: eXtreme Data Storage

23 Apr 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

Founded just last March 6 and based in Orange County, CA, eXtreme Data-Storage, Inc., in stealth mode, gave to StorageNewsletter.com few information on its storage technology.Entering Startup

“We are focusing on a new way of storage, which will highly improve user experience by increasing bandwidth, reduction of latency and taking this experience into eXtremely new levels,” wrote us CEO Mike Amidi. “Basically in a nut’s shell our products uses a standard interface with a boost-up capabilities for Solid State Storage (SSS). Our product bandwidth is one magnitude faster, while our latency is much improved over standard products by few factors. At this time I can’t share more information as we are in the process of patenting our IPs.”

That’s all he said on the technology and will not reveal more but under NDA.

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HP Unleashes CloudSystem 8 For Private, Hybrid Clouds

21 Apr 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

originalHP announced Friday that its CloudSystem 8 is generally available. It’s a converged system, with hardware and nearby storage in the rack, virtualized and ready to go for either private cloud operations or general purpose, virtualized infrastructure.

Margaret Dawson, HP cloud evangelist and VP of product marketing, talked about HP’s position in the cloud — and CloudSystem 8 in particular — in an interview Thursday at Interop (run by UBM Tech, InformationWeek’s parent company). CloudSystem 8, she said, is based on HP Converged System 700 or 700X racks of server blades, disks, and switches. It’s HP’s way of bringing the right combination of infrastructure elements together to support large-scale VMware virtualization in the enterprise.

“HP has consolidated its position as a leader in private cloud computing,” said Dawson, citing a recent Forrester Research report. HP’s approach is different from all-proprietary approaches in that it is a heavy contributor of code to OpenStack — ”We’re always among the top five contributors” — and relies on its version of OpenStack, dubbed Cloud OS, to provide the end-user with self-provisioning, usage tracking, and chargeback. Among the OpenStack projects that it contributes to are Neutron software-defined networking and the Horizon management dashboard.

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clouderaCloudera, Inc. announced a $900 million round of financing with participation by top tier institutional and strategic investors.

This financing round includes the previously-announced $160 million of funding from T. Rowe Price and three public market investors, Google Ventures, and an affiliate of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment arm of Michael Dell and his family, and a significant equity investment by Intel that gives them an 18% share of Cloudera.

“The market opportunity for companies to gain insight and build transformative applications based on Hadoop is tremendous,” said Tom Reilly, CEO of Cloudera. “Clearly, demand is accelerating and the market is poised for growth – for all of the players in this space, and we believe Cloudera will be the company to lead this global shift in extracting value from data. This position of strength and leadership is evidenced by the strong support of public market investors, large institutional investors and now key strategic investors including Intel, who’ve made sizable and significant contributions to cement our platform offering.”

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Microsoft Releases In-Memory Ready SQL Server 2014

14 Apr 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Microsoft-SQL-ServerMicrosoft SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing, the company announced on Tuesday, promising general availability of the product on April 1. The company also announced the general availability of Hadoop 2.2 support in its Windows Azure HDInsight service, bringing support for YARN and Stinger (Hive SQL Query) improvements to the vendor’s cloud-based Hadoop service.

Any release of Microsoft SQL Server is important, as it’s the world’s top database management system (DBMS) in terms of unit sales. But the 2014 update is particularly important as it introduces an In-Memory OLTP (online transaction processing) option that promises breakthroughs in performance.

“In-memory transaction processing speeds up an already very fast experience by delivering speed improvement of up to 30x,” wrote Quentin Clark, corporate VP of Microsoft’s Data Platform Group, in a blog announcing the release.

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