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MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the distribution for Apache Hadoop, has completed a $110 million financing.mapr

Google Capital led the $80 million equity financing. Also participating was Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and Redpoint Ventures.

In addition to the equity financing, MapR completed a debt facility of $30 million led by Silicon Valley Bank.

“MapR helps companies around the world deploy Hadoop rapidly and reliably, generating significant business results,” said Gene Frantz, general partner, Google Capital. “We led this round of funding because we believe MapR has a great solution for enterprise customers, and they’ve built a strong and growing business.”

In conjunction with this investment, Frantz will join the board of directors.

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CloudPhysics Got $15 Million in Funding

21 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Startups

CloudPhysics_logo_v6_SCloudPhysics, Inc., providi,g predictive analytics for virtual datacenter management, has secured $15 million in a series C round of funding, led by venture capital firm Jafco Ventures with participation from the company’s existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mayfield Fund.

CloudPhysics, who has raised $27.5 million to date, will use the funding to invest further in developing its SaaS solution, which leverages big data analytics to enable IT to uncover hidden operational hazards before problems emerge and identifies radical efficiency improvements in virtualized IT operations management.

The company will also use the funding to expand go-to-market activities and scale the company’s business.

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A project launched by CloudFlare, a provider of website performance and security services, allows organizations engaged in news gathering, civil society and political or artistic speech to use the company’s distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection technology for free.cloudflarelogo

The goal of the project, dubbed Galileo, is to protect freedom of expression on the Web by helping sites with public interest information from being censored through online attacks, according to the San Francisco-based company.

“If a website participating in Project Galileo comes under attack, CloudFlare will extend full protection to ensure the site stays online — no matter its location, no matter its content,” the Project Galileo website says.

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Zerto Raises $26 Million in Series D

16 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Startups

New investor Harmony Partners led the financing, with participation by all current investors: Battery Ventures, Greylock IL, RTP Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners.zerto-red-on-white-logo-small

The round brings total financing to more than $60 million and provides a war chest to allow Zerto to expand its footprint, maintain long-term independence and focus major R&D efforts around the recently launched Cloud Fabric initiative for workload mobility in hybrid clouds.

With more than 500 enterprise customers and 100 managed cloud service providers (SCPs) including Terremark, KPN and Colt offering cloud DR powered by Zerto, the company has built a base to corner the market for virtualized DR services.

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Amazon, Google Spar Over SSDs In Cloud

14 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Blog

Amazon Web Services is making solid state disks the standard storage for its Elastic Block Store service used with running instances, and is setting the price to compete with Google Compute Engine.google_vs_amazon

Solid state was available previously on Amazon’s EC2, but it tended to be associated with specialized server types designed to provide data management and high transaction throughput. The storage Amazon announced on Tuesday is general-purpose storage volumes based on SSDs, priced at $.10 per GB per month.

If general-purpose SSDs don’t provide a high enough input/output rate, customers can purchase additional capacity for $.125 per GB per month for each additional 1000 IOPS provisioned times. The cost is reduced by the share of the month in which they’re actually used — for example, if they are used for half the month, the bill would be 50% of what would otherwise be a month’s total.

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Nimboxx Raised $12 Million in Series A

11 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Startups

NIMBOXX, Inc. unveiled its ‘atomic unit’ of the software-defined data center, an all-in-one solution that puts a hyper-scale computing model within reach for organizations of all sizes.eNn-eAdE_400x400

The company also announced it has raised $12 million in Series A funding from SMC Holdings, a Hong Kong-based institutional investor with a track record in backing U.S. technology companies.

The data center is undergoing a transformation. Legacy data center models are not equipped to enable modern elastic computing, 20-year old storage architectures no longer scale to meet data demands, and virtualization has become commoditized. Cloud providers such as Amazon and Google have employed a new data center paradigm, building software-defined data centers to deliver massively scalable services with efficiency that few others can match.

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Hybrid Clouds: What Are They Good For?

07 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Blog

Hybrid cloud has been a headliner topic at almost every major IT event this year, whether it’s Microsoft beefing up Azure at TechEd, EMC and VMware making hybrid products and a joint reference design a centerpiece of keynotes at EMC World, or IBM announcing OpenStack hybrid support for Cloud Manager.iStock_000020265568Small

To listen to these vendors, hybrid cloud is the new de facto standard data center architecture, and anyone not shuttling workloads back and forth is falling behind.

But what do IT leaders making those data center decisions think?

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Oracle made official its rumored acquisition of Micros Systems on Monday, announcing a whopping $5.3 billion deal for a company that’s a small version of Oracle itself, with a mature software business, a sizeable hardware business, and a fledgling foothold in the cloud.oracle-ecommerce-integration

Like Oracle, Micros gets the biggest share of its revenue (about 40%) from software maintenance. Maintenance accounted for $482 million of the company’s $1.2 billion in fiscal 2013 revenue. New software sales, by comparison, accounted for only 11.3%, or $143 million. And, like Oracle, Micros sells hardware, though mostly point-of-sale specialized workstations and terminals used in restaurant, hotel, and retail settings. This business accounted for 21%, or $269 million, of Micros’s 2013 revenue.

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Cloud Trends To Watch: Structure 2014

04 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Blog

Microsoft still thinks bigness is goodness, and if you’ve gotten big, it’s because you were meant to rule a given area of the industry.binocular

Microsoft Corporate VP Scott Guthrie predicts that the cloud will sort itself out into a few really big suppliers. “We eventually think there will be three hyper-scale suppliers out there — Google, Amazon, and us,” with hyper-scale defined as a data center provider who can add a million servers a year.

There’s an element of truth to the argument that those vendors who build really big data centers and also manage them with a limited number of people have economies of scale that are hard to match. But that’s not the whole story in the cloud. The cloud is essentially a more level playing field. Public standards are in use, and many open source technologies play well together. A Microsoft that respects integration with a wide variety of open source and the use of Web services standards would be a different Microsoft than the one we’re still confronted with today, whatever its efforts at self-reform.

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For Immediate Release

Jordan Rayboy  receives Certified Employee Retention Specialist (CERS) designation from NAPS

April 4, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Jordan Rayboy, has received the Certified Employee Retention Specialists (CERS) designation on March 26, 2014 from the National Association of Personnel Services.

The Certified Employee Retention Specialists (CERS) is the only national designation recognized globally by the personnel services and staffing industry.  A CERS must be knowledgeable on employment laws and regulations, as well as be a consultative expert who can work with clients not to just find top talent, but a consultant that can help them retain the top talent already on their team. CERS have the highest standard of business practices set forth by the National Association of Personnel Services. Jordan Rayboy, CPC/CERS, joins approximately 52 Certified Employee Retention Specialists in the nation, a designation that began in 2006.

“Attaining National certification through NAPS is one way recruiters can set themselves apart from the rest” said , Carolyn Boyer, CPC and NAPS Vice President.  “It ensures that industry professionals are knowledgeable on the most current employment laws, the highest ethical standards and the best business practices as well as confidentially assessing a client’s retention issues and advise them with specific recommendations as their trusted retention advisor.

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