Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based
commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given
predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud
computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity
MySQL Session at Cloud Expo
Oracle’s reaching out to customers to defend its acquisition of Sun and its
MySQL open source database has spooked alienated MySQL creator Monty Widenius
and his spokesman Florian Mueller, both of them enriched by Sun’s billion
dollar purchase of MySQL last year, into calling for “open war” between
the MySQL community and Oracle.
Oracle has accused the European Commission, which is blocking its acquisition
of Sun because of MySQL, of twisting the results of its antitrust
investigation to suit its own MySQL bias by misrepresenting, cherry-picking
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To the Editor:
From your article Bill Claybrook, who has not been a Unix developer for 20
years, who can not identify where the code that SCO sent him, has never
attended a Linux kernel summit (held every year), is very unlikely to have
ever even read the kernel developer's mailing list, and is not willing to bet
his professional reputation on the fact that the code he saw was indeed
copied from SCO owned code into Linux STILL thinks that the development model
for Linux has to change?
Well, I may actually agree with him, but in a different way.
The development model for Linux h... (more)
In an interview he gave this week, SCO CEO Darl McBride observed that the
term "user" is only said of computers and drugs.
Novell completed its $210 million cash purchase of SUSE Linux on Monday, and
immediately announced that it would indemnify "qualified" customers of SUSE
Enterprise Server if the SCO Group sues them for copyright infringement as
it's threatening to do any minute now.
Novell's indemnification chutzpah, shared only by HP, which says it helped
Novell with its indemnification strategy, derives from its claim that it
continues to own the Unix IP that was sold to SCO, a claim that must be of
some comfort, legally speaking, to its buddy IBM, which SCO is suing for $3
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