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Dale Fuller, described by Wikipedia as “one of Silicon Valley’s first-generation software executives, entrepreneurs and developers,” has stepped down as president and CEO of MokaFive, the desktop virtualization provider. He is being replaced by Dave Robbins, the former chairman and C...
AppDynamics is a four-year-old start-up that can tick off all the current buzzwords that make a VC get out a pen and write a check – to wit, it manages and accelerates federated web apps in the cloud, tries to make sure they stay up and spots problems with their web sites. So it’s got...
Symform, the distributed cloud backup service, has a new CEO. The recent incumbent, Matthew Schiltz, is, as they say, “pursuing new opportunities,” replaced by the company’s original backer Mark Ashida, former managing director of OVP Venture Partners and a Symform board member. Th...
Exposed to Facebook’s Open Compute notion, Rackspace has been enticed into building its own servers for one of its next data centers so it can “break down the engineering barriers that lock users into proprietary technologies” save money and get systems deployed on the floor faster. ...
Cisco has bought 1% of Parallels, the Russian-born virtualization outfit best known for letting Macs run Windows apps. How much it paid hasn’t been disclosed but it gets a seat of Parallels board. Suspicious because the investment seems odd, Business Insider figures it’s a sig...
Intel sent out a message Wednesday saying it will be abandoning the classic desktop PC and leaving it to rivals like Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, even AMD maybe, to supply the boxes’ basic boards to HP, Dell and the other vendors. “We disclosed internally today,” it said, “that Intel’s De...
Cisco is buying the Israeli software company Intucell for $475 million in cash and retention incentives. It does advanced self-optimizing network software so mobile carriers can automate the planning, configuration and management of their cellular networks. “The mobile network of t...
As soon as Apple’s fiscal first-quarter numbers hit Wall Street Wednesday, its stock dropped. Thirty minutes into the after-hours conference call it was down 8% to under $475 after losing 30% of its value since it hit a $705 all-time high in September and was roundly cheered as t...
Red Hat closed its acquisition of ManageIQ in December shortly after it agreed to buy the joint for $104 million and on Tuesday morning it said in a webcast that it’s going to integrate ManageIQ’s cloud management and automation widgetry with its CloudForms Infrastructure-as-a-Service ...
Microsoft is in talks to help Dell finance a buyout, according to both CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. It could kick in somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion. The rumored price to take Dell private remains around $13-$14 a share. Private equity house Silver Lake Partners ...
Adaptive Computing, which just got a dozen new cloud patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office, figures it’s got one of the largest private cloud patent portfolios around. It also says it’s seeing rapid cloud growth due to its product ınnovation, up 244% last year.
Panzura, a start-up with global cloud storage solutions, has gotten three patents on its widgetry from the US Patent and Trademark Office. The company says the new patents recognize the underlying technology of its Panzura Operating System, which forms the core of its Global Cloud Sto...
Violin Memory, the flash storage house reportedly looking to go public this year, has bought GridIron Systems, a start-up whose software accelerates enterprise applications such as online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehouses, virtualization and Big Data analytics. GridIron ...
Dell’s board has reportedly hired Evercore Partners to make sure the deal led by Silver Lake Management to take the company private is the richest one available. Bloomberg thinks the Silver Lake deal could be announced this week although Fox Business claims the talks have “seriou...
Avnet Embedded, an Avnet unit by way of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, has launched Open Compute Project (OCP) Innovation Labs as both technology showcases and development labs for users, developers and partners to design, deliver and integrate cost-effective, power-efficient co...
AMD is within two months or so or productizing Roadrunner, a system conceived on a turkey sandwich napkin over lunch in New York City to suit the needs of giant financial services companies like Fidelity and Goldman Sachs, which are working with AMD to spec it out and are currently eva...
Calxeda, the Texas start-up with the ARM-based servers, joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) this week, contributing Project Knockout to the cause’s Open Vault dumb storage scheme. A spec enhancement to the SAS expander slot on the Open Vault spec, Project Knockout injects compute i...
Um, something happened this week you ought to know about. Facebook blew up the traditional monolithic server – and lit charges under the entire $55 billion-a-year server industry. GigaOm was first to say it that way and it may turn out to be true so it bears repeating. Facebook, ...
Tapping no successor yet, Jack Ma, 48, said Tuesday he would be resigning as CEO of Alibaba on May 10 because he is no longer young enough for the Internet business. “The Internet belongs to young people,” he said. “This year, most of the Alibaba leaders who were born in the 1960s wi...
EMC said Tuesday that it means to offer its cloud-based online file-sharing service Syncplicity, acquired last May, with its Isilon and Atmos widgetry so customers can store files as in the cloud as well as on-premise. The stuff’s in beta. It’s supposed to increase productivity, fl...
Symantec has reportedly put Altiris on the block and, according to the Wall Street Journal, is getting feelers from private equity. It acquired the IT management software shop for around $830 million in 2007 and doesn’t expect to make the investment back. Altiris manages end point ...
AMD Monday charged four former managers from its Boxborough, Massachusetts facility including its erstwhile VP of strategic development Robert Feldstein with looting its files and taking more than 100,000 confidential documents with them to new jobs at graphics rival Nvidia last year. ...
A US magistrate judge Monday ordered Apple and Amazon to try settling their two-year-old App Store trademark dispute before going to trial August 19. They’ll be closeted together for negotiation on March 21 and the judge said, “No participant in the settlement conference will be perm...
Online learning company Lynda.com has gotten $103 million in funding from Accel Partners and equity investor Spectrum Equity. Meritech Capital Partners also participated. It’s the first money Lynda has taken from the outside and is meant to push the 17-year-old company into the inter...
Skytap, the cloud platform that offers virtual lab automation as a service, now has pre-configured Cloudera Hadoop (CDH4) templates in its library that can be used to spin up and manage physical or virtual clusters of up to 50 Hadoop nodes. With complexity removed, the company claims...
VMware CTO and senior VP of R&D Steve Herrod is leaving after 11 years with the company to become managing director of General Catalyst, the VC operation based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Palo Alto, California, where he hopes to put his team-building skills to work to extend...
HP has gotten what the Wall Street Journal calls “expressions of interest” from possible suitors for its problematic Autonomy unit, which HP has accused of cooking the books to gull it into paying over $11 billion for the UK software business in 2011. Others reportedly have their...
Facebook’s mystery announcement Tuesday turned out to be what it calls “Graph Search,” a beta social search engine to find things on Facebook like “Friends of friends who are single men in San Francisco?” or “Friends of current employees,” a good place to start for recruiting. It’s s...
Depending on who you listen to, Dell, once the world’s largest PC vendor fallen on hard times, could have a deal to go private through a leveraged management buy-out in place in the next six weeks (The Wall Street Journal) or in the next week or two (CNBC). On the other hand, Ton...
Symform, the distributed cloud backup and storage service, has topped up its $11 million B round with the $3 million strategic investment it was waiting for. The money is coming from Second Century Ventures (SCV), the venture capital fund of the National Association of Realtors (...
PCs shipments were down 4.9%% globally in Q4 to 90.3 million units because of “must-have” tablets and the dicey state of the world’s economy Gartner said. The researcher figures “Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalizing’ PC sales, ...
Dell is in buyout talks with “at least” two private equity firms that would take the PC company-in-transition private, according to a story in Bloomberg Monday afternoon that sent Dell’s stock up close to 14% to over $12 a share, roughly what Toni Sacconaghi of Sanford Bernstein thinks...
Apple has cut component orders for the four-month-old iPhone 5 because of weaker-than-expected demand, the Wall Street Journal said Monday citing “people familiar with the situation.” It’s unclear if Apple initially over-ordered out of concern for potential shortages or if it is movi...
Industry glitterati have stuffed $26 million in the pockets of Shape Security, a start-up promising to deliver a mysterious new kind of web protection that will make it harder and pricier for hackers to ply their trade. The company says the number of large-scale web security incident...
When Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt returned to Beijing Thursday from his controversial three-day “private visit” to North Korea he said that he told officials in Pyongyang that they must open the country up to Internet access or it would be “harder for them to catch up economi...
Google wiggled out of antitrust charges over its core search business in the US last week but its luck may not hold in Europe where Joaquín Almunia, the head of the European Commission’s antitrust unit, told the Financial Times Thursday that “We are still investigating, but my convicti...
From the way Samsung’s talking, it’s prepared to field a platoon of widgets based on the Linux mobile platform Intel is pushing. It told Bloomberg it’s planning “to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditio...
Remember Microsoft’s Surface? Well, Lenovo’s got this thing called the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC that it’s touting as the first “interpersonal computer.” It’s a Window 8 dingus with a 27-inch screen that can be laid down or stood up so four people can use it all at once as though it ...
NetSuite said Thursday that it’s bought 28-year-old Retail Anywhere in a deal that’s supposed to deliver the first cloud-based system that unifies POS and e-commerce in a single application. The company, which is majority owned by Larry Ellison, says it’s bringing brick-and-mortar re...
Following the consent decree Google signed last week with the Federal Trade Commission limiting its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs), Google satellite Motorola Mobility told the International Trade Commission Tuesday it wants to drop the two remaining video compression SEP cla...