March 2014


owncloud-logo-150x74ownCloud, Inc. has closed a $6.3 million series A funding round, led by Devonshire Investors and existing investor General Catalyst Partners and joined by customers and existing angel investors.

John Raguin, MD, Devonshire, will join the company’s board where he previously served as a board advisor.

As employees sync, share and store more and more sensitive company data on consumer-grade file sync and share apps, enterprises face significant privacy, governance, regulatory and security exposure. ownCloud offers businesses an enterprise-grade file sync and share alternative to protect corporate data.

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Medicare-and-Medicaid-Spending-Growth-1024x768Enterprises finally started opening their pocketbooks for external storage systems in the final quarter of last year, but economic uncertainty and the appeal of public cloud services continue to hold back the market, according to research company Gartner.

Revenue from external controller-based storage, which includes both hard-drive and flash arrays but not components for unique platforms such as the Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google clouds, rose to US$6.3 billion worldwide in the fourth quarter. That was up 5 percent from a year earlier, but it came at the end of a dismal year for the industry, Gartner said.

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12093-cloud-se_articleThe old tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” can be applied to the current state of cloud security. Like the gullible emperor, people rely on cloud services to live their online lives and are too trusting in what companies try to sell. Big cloud companies often market fancy-sounding security and encryption features — like the invisible fabric the emperor could not see but was made to believe was there.

These cloud providers tout “the most secure” or “NSA-proof” services, but leave out the most vital detail: encryption is only one thread in the security and privacy fabric. The only way to close the loop on data privacy is to take a look at where keys are stored.

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minDigitalOcean, Inc. has closed a $37.2 million series A led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from existing investors IA Ventures and CrunchFund.

The firm was started in the summer of 2011 with a mission: to make developers lives easier. It thought that the other players in the space had made IaaS too complicated. It focused on user experience and simplicity.

With three engineers the company built the first version of its product and with help from the Hacker News community growth exploded when it announced its SSD powered cloud.

In the past 15 months and with only a handful of engineers, the firm has been able to hit some milestones. It launched over 1,000,000 virtual servers, processed 18,000,000 events, opened new datacenter regions in San Francisco, CA, and Singapore, for over 100,000 customers.

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ioSafe Gets $2.5M in Funding

21 Mar 2014, Posted by admin in Startups

Auburn-based ioSafe Inc. raised $2.5 million from the Central Valley Fund II.

iosafe-logoThe money will allow ioSafe to expand its disaster-proof products and allow it to license its patented technology to other companies.

The Central Valley Fund, based in Davis and Fresno, invests into existing companies with proven markets.

Launched in 2005, ioSafe builds robust computer hardware storage devices that can withstand fire, flooding and trauma. It sells them online, at Costco and at Fry’s stores, among others. The company is using the money to expand its product line of “network attached storage” hardware, where critical data can be stored on site and also be connected to the cloud.

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10 Nerdy Things To Do In Las Vegas

19 Mar 2014, Posted by admin in Blog

25C7DBB7FDEE98EB339313F2B55B68D5At the end of March, IT engineers and architects will descend upon Las Vegas for Interop, the biggest independent IT conference of the year. The show will be packed with the latest technology, including everything from OpenFlow to 802.11ac and SSDs to DIMMs. But even the biggest technophile needs have a little fun at the end of the day, and Las Vegas is certainly the place to find it. If you want to get away from the glitzy shows and casinos, check out these places where nerds can let loose.

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LOGO-U~1Joyent Inc., the high-performance cloud infrastructure and big data analytics company, and Canonical today announced a partnership that will provide customers high performance, optimized and fully supported Ubuntu server images in the Joyent Cloud. Together, Joyent and Canonical will enable developers and enterprises to create next generation mobile, big data and high-performance applications on Ubuntu, the leading cloud operating system and Joyent’s award winning OS-Virtualized cloud platform.

Joyent customers will now have access to the advanced reliability, performance and flexibility that certified Ubuntu server images provide as well as a powerful cloud deployment, orchestration, and management suite. Customers can be assured that wherever they choose to deploy Ubuntu — in a private cloud deployment or in the high-performance Joyent Cloud — they are fully backed and supported across Canonical and Joyent technologies.

Canonical has enhanced Ubuntu to take advantage of capabilities provided by Joyent Cloud such as an advanced security and authentication model as well as providing tools for faster initialization and configuration of the latest cloud images. Other benefits include the ability to customize disk layout, formatting, and encryption all customized for the user at image provision time.  For customers that also want to ensure that they have options for enterprise or mission critical support, Joyent will provide Canonical-backed Enhanced Support options for Ubuntu. This gives customers a single vendor for all support needs when hosting on Joyent and taking advantage of the add-on support option.

149077v1-max-150x150Affirmed Networks, the leader in the virtualization of mobile networks, today announced a collaboration with VMware to enable the rapid deployment of its Mobile Content Cloud solution for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Affirmed Networks will use VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud management framework for automated provisioning and distribution of its virtualized packet and control plane processing in a software-defined data center.

Affirmed Networks’ next-generation core network features, using VMware’s capacity management capabilities, will empower mobile operators to lower capital and operational expenditures, with greater efficiency for deploying revenue-generation services and applications.

“Virtualization of the mobile network has arrived. The true potential of NFV will finally be realized as Affirmed Networks’ products, using VMware solutions, deliver powerful and stable virtualized mobile networks,” said Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks. “We are pleased to enable this revolutionary shift as operators move toward virtualization and cloud infrastructure.”

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screen-image-low-batteryIn a six-year span, one major laboratory has been the principal source of two contradictory reports on the power consumption of cloud data centers. The most recent report concludes that moving to the cloud saves energy, yet close inspection of the data reveals that virtualization — not the use of the technology in the cloud — is behind power reduction.

In 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned Congress that the power draw from cloud data centers appeared to be doubling every five years. At that rate, cloud data centers would be adding more stress to the nation’s power grid than new citizens being added to the population.

Then last June, a study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory proclaimed that businesses moving their e-mail, productivity, and CRM applications to SaaS providers could reduce their power consumption by as much as 87%.

The Cloud Energy and Emissions Research (CLEER) Model, funded in part by Google and introduced by LBNL in its June report, used survey data submitted by U.S. businesses to estimate significant power savings achievable through SaaS. Using this model, researchers extrapolated the following: If all U.S. businesses were to shift their critical business applications to cloud service providers, enough energy savings would be attained each year to power the entire city of Los Angeles.

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936512_thumbnail_qosmos_bigQosmos, the market leader in embedded Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and network intelligence technology for use in physical, virtualized and in Software Defined Networking (SDN) architectures, today announced a demo of virtualized DPI within a virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) framework for 4G broadband mobile networks.

The demo is composed of a reference architecture developed by Intel®, Qosmos, and Tieto which facilitates the deployment of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in telecoms networks and enables telecom equipment manufacturers to fulfil the vision for mobile service providers. Designed in accordance with ETSI NFV principles, the reference architecture removes key barriers to NFV adoption, and provides the flexibility and inherent intelligence needed to unleash innovation and rapid service development and monetization.

The live demo, shown for the first time at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, features advanced DPI, traffic shaping, and service invocation. Qosmos virtualized DPI (VNFC) analyzes network traffic in real-time and in detail, and feeds resulting information to a virtual PDN-Gateway that can trigger multiple functions such as quality of service (QoS) management or traffic shaping.

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