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Microsoft plans to boost its Azure cloud services with its acquisition of Capptain, whose product helps developers track and analyze usage of their Web and mobile apps and implement customer retention strategies.

Cloud Computing“We are hard at work integrating Capptain’s solution with the wider Microsoft Azure suite of services so that enterprises can not only build mobile apps to engage customers and employees, but also analyze and optimize that engagement,” wrote Microsoft official Omar Khan in a blog post.

Capptain, based in France, defines its product as a “response marketing tool” designed to let developers slice and dice usage data, and based on that information, push targeted messages, announcements and offers to customers in real time.

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Private-Cloud-Vs-Public-CloudFortyCloud, a pioneer in network Security-as-a-Service for the cloud, today introduced its offering that breaks new ground by enabling companies to make their public cloud — private. FortyCloud is the only vendor to uniquely combine software defined networking (SDN) and software defined security (SDS) technologies. In doing so, the FortyCloud Solution isolates and interconnects cloud deployments using a distinct “overlay network.” By harnessing FortyCloud’s overlay network, an organization is now able to build and control its own secure, flexible, and scalable virtual private cloud network over any, or over multiple, cloud infrastructure platforms (i.e.: Amazon, Rackspace, Google) as well as data centers.

According to a 451 Research report, there are a number of concerns that companies face in migrating to the cloud. Notably, 69% of respondents named security as the number one concern, overshadowing their concerns over all the other cloud migration issues.

By 2017, the public cloud market overall will grow 18.5% to $131 billion, with IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) being one of the fastest growing parts of public cloud services, according to Gartner. FortyCloud was designed to help companies, which have already migrated or are planning to migrate to the cloud, greatly improve their ability to:

  • fortify their security beyond what their cloud vendor provides,
  • integrate identity with their cloud solution,
  • reduce operating costs through simplifying and automating security configurations, and
  • improve business agility by leveraging multi-cloud deployments that include multiple data centers and even different cloud providers.

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photo-4Electric Cloud, the leader for accelerating Continuous Delivery success, today announced its selection as a Red Herring Top 100 America award winner. Red Herring selects 100 companies from more than 3,000 tech startups financed each year in the US and Canada. Since 1996, Red Herring and its editors were among the first to recognize companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Skype, Salesforce.com and YouTube. Electric Cloud plays a pivotal role in how organizations automate and speed software development through the practice of Continuous Delivery.

“In 2014, selecting the top 100 achievers was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs had crossed significant milestones so early. But after much thought, rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across North America to the top 100 winners. We believe Electric Cloud embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Electric Cloud should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.”

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veeam_logoSwift Systems, a regional managed IT services and cloud infastructure provider, partners with Veeam Software, an innovative provider of backup, replication, and virtualization management solutions. This partnership represents a strategic milestone for Swift’s rock-solid third generation private cloud offering. Additionally, Swift’s IT services team will now include Veeam as a staple of virtual solutions for clients’ cloud-based or onsite platform needs.

Swift will continue to deliver flexible and easy to manage virtual “cloud” server solutions to enterprise, mid-size, and small business clients. As a value added reseller, the Swift Systems partnership with Veeam extends Swift’s cloud computing offering by adding a new level of robust backup, replication, and recovery options to Swift’s suite of cloud services. Veeam’s products empower light-speed data recovery, enhanced levels of visibility and control, and provide the reports needed for well-informed decisions balancing capacity and risk with unprecedented efficiency.

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FireHost_forLight_huge-640x149FireHost, Inc., a secure cloud company, announced a $25 million Series E funding round led by its, $2 million in 2010 longtime investment partner, The Stephens Group, LLC.

The latest round fuels FireHost’s global growth as the leading secure cloud provider, helping customers with compliance and security needs – from healthcare to retail companies – protect critical applications and data.

The funding is reflective of FireHost’s growth, due in large part to the security technology it pioneered that differentiates its secure cloud business from other competitors as well as its uncompromising perspective that companies should implement secure cloud operating practices and not settle for checkbox compliance. FireHost has doubled revenue in each of the past three years.

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shxne1PM_400x400Maxta,Inc., developer of the VM-centric storage platform MxSP that turns standard servers into a converged compute and storage solution for virtualized environments, announced that it has closed a $25 million Series B funding round led by new investors Tenaya Capital and Intel Capital.

Existing investor Andreessen Horowitz also participated in this round.

Maxta will use the new funding to increase its investment in product development and to expand its marketing, sales and support efforts.

The Maxta Storage Platform is a hypervisor-agnostic, highly resilient enterprise storage platform for the virtual data center. It integrates with server virtualization at all levels from user interface to data management, while supporting all possible deployments of virtual data centers, including private, public and hybrid clouds. Through its software-only solution, Maxta turns standard servers into a converged compute and storage solution. This results in simplicity and economics eliminating the need for traditional storage arrays in the virtual datacenter.

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Igneous Systems, Inc., a company that is reimagining the future of rapidly-expanding data center infrastructures, announced it has closed a $23.6 million Series A financing round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures and Isilon Systems co-founder, Sujal Patel.Igneous-logo

The company had previously raised a $3 million seed round led by Madrona Venture Group with participation from Redpoint Ventures. The company will use the funding for product development and for significant expansion of its engineering and leadership teams.

As part of the funding, Ron Bernal, venture partner at NEA, joins the board of directors.

“With heavyweights like Microsoft, Amazon, F5 Networks, and EMC Isilon, Seattle is becoming a tech mecca in its own right, particularly when it comes to cloud technologies,” said Matt Mcllwain, MD, Madrona Venture Group. “Igneous brings together three of Seattle’s leading technology visionaries, who have already set about building a world-class team comprised of top talent from cloud pioneers including Amazon Web Services. We are excited to have seeded and incubated Igneous and look forward to playing a role in the success of Seattle’s next great enterprise technology company.”

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10336726_689052487817900_6204261291103583301_nHaving established itself as supplier of storage performance validation solutions to the storage and network technology vendors, Load DynamiX expanded its focus to enterprise IT and cloud service provider organizations in 2013.

The company recently released the Load DynamiX Enterprise Series solutions that combine advanced storage workload modeling and extreme load generation into an integrated 2RU appliance designed to meet the needs of Global 1000 companies.

The company’s enhanced product line now provides deep storage infrastructure insight that enables IT managers and architects to optimize the performance, availability and cost of their networked storage infrastructures. The company’s goal is to help accelerate the adoption of new storage technologies, such as flash storage, and eliminate the risk of performance problems via its advanced workload modeling and performance validation solutions.

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IBM Named Top IaaS Provider

21 May 2014, Posted by admin in Blog

IBM-companyIBM, HP, Cisco, and AT&T are the preferred infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, topping the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, or Rackspace, according to a new IDC report on enterprise cloud computing.

In a key finding, the report says, “buyers selected IBM as their overall top preference among providers they believe can most effectively provision IaaS, whether private or public. Following IBM in the top spots were Cisco, HP, AT&T, and Google.”

The report, “U.S. Buyers Rank IBM, Cisco, HP, AT&T, and Google as Likely Most Effective Top 5 Providers in Delivering IaaS,” is IDC’s first Public Cloud Tracker report. It was authored by IDC analyst David Tapper. Tapper defined infrastructure-as-a-service as either shared, multi-tenant servers in the cloud (public IaaS) or dedicated servers in the cloud (private IaaS). Rackspace and IBM’s SoftLayer unit provide dedicated servers to customers who want greater isolation than multi-tenant servers allow.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Crashes, Is Restored

19 May 2014, Posted by admin in Blog

If you can’t log onto a cloud-based application, is it still really there?cc-overview-poster-940x450

That’s the conundrum many of the 1.84 million paid Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers faced on Wednesday night into Thursday as they found they could not log into the cloud-based home for Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Photoshop, and other Adobe creative tools.

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