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Google made its much anticipated move Tuesday and pocketed Waze, the Israeli real-time traffic map maker. It didn’t disclose how much it’s paid to close the deal, but the Israeli paper Globes put the price at $1.3 billion. Bloomberg put it at $1.1 billion. Either way it’s reportedly ...
In an interesting exercise in sharing that begs to be plumbed, Marc Benioff, founder and CEO of cloud doyen Salesforce.com, has hired himself a president-cum-vice-chairman and where else would the wannabe-Larry Ellison look but among the veterans of Oracle, his alma mater. His pick i...
Centrify, which made its bones making Microsoft’s popular Active Directory accessible to Redmond’s enemies list, is spreading its wings and snuggling up closer to Microsoft at the same time by throwing it something of a lifeline. See, Microsoft expects Office 365 to be one of the fas...
SAP is buying hybris, a 16-year-old $85 million-a-year Swiss e-commerce company, expecting to deliver the next-generation e-commerce platform for on-premise and cloud deployment. It claims the purchase, which many have expected for a long time, puts it at the leading edge of the cons...
The big contract manufacturer Foxconn, which is looking to diversify beyond Apple, said at a press conference Monday that it’s developing over five devices including smartphones, TVs and large display boards using Mozilla’s new Firefox mobile operating system, which would love to be an...
Cloudant has announced an Accelerator Program to help young companies on a start-up budget go to market on its highly scalable, always-on NoSQL Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS). The goal of the sales program is to make it more affordable for start-ups to launch their businesses on a dat...
The special committee of Dell’s board and its JP Morgan advisers figure the Carl Icahn-Southeastern Asset Management counter to the $24.4 billion Michael Dell-Silver Lake buy-out offer can’t be done without another $3.9 billion in financing. They’ve sent a 37-page slide presentation ...
Cloudmeter has put out a way for Splunk users to unlock the Big Data gold mine in their network traffic data to see into their online applications, users experience and business outcome, turning it into actionable information for IT and business users. The widgetry, called Stream, w...
Cloud storage start-ups don’t seem to be lacking for money. Panzura just raised $25 million in a reportedly oversubscribed D round that should take it to profitability. That makes $58 million since it got started in 2008. It’s the one that claims to have the mos...
CloudByte, the little start-up whose software-defined, software-only ElastiStor widgetry guarantees cloud service providers (CSPs) quality of service (QoS) to every application from a shared storage platform, has hired former SanDisk general manager Greg Goelz ...
IBM Tuesday said it’s going to acquire SoftLayer Technologies, the Dallas-based outfit that’s supposed to be the largest privately held Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider in the world. Terms were not disclosed but the good ole rumor mill, touched off by a Reuters report in March ab...
Salesforce.com, the poster child of the cloud computing era, has agreed to pay a giant $2.5 billion – at an equally giant 53% premium – for ExactTarget, the Indianapolis-based company that got started very late in 2000 intent on stuffing marketing e-mails from m...
In what may prove a dangerous thing to do, Dell has turned its back on activist investor Carl Icahn and other large stockholders hoping to cash out at a higher return. The board wants to accept Michael Dell’s $24.4 billion buy-out offer and go private. And that’s what it’s telling st...
CloudPassage, the security SaaS start-up, has gotten a big, embracing US patent on its Halo cloud infrastructure security technology. It’s patent No. 8,412,945 B2. It’s reportedly the first company to get a US patent on universal cloud infrastructure security.
Zynga, the high-profile cloud-based games maker, is in trouble deep enough to raise questions about its continued survival. It can’t keep up with the defection of its user base to mobile rivals – which is impacting its bookings again this quarter – and so it...
Parallels’ CTO of server virtualization James Bottomley claims there’s an inherent tenancy problem with PaaS and SaaS clouds because most applications are designed for single occupancy. And they’re designed for single occupancy mostly because it’s easier to write them that way, ignor...
Google is reportedly hot to mate with Waze, an Israeli map merchant that’s got a mobile satellite navigation application that renders real-time traffic. The two are in talks that could flounder at any point according to Reuters. But the first talks to hit the rocky shoals were report...
Nimble Storage, one of the darlings of the new storage breed – darling if for no other reason than it’s managed to collect $98 million from the VC crowd since it started in 2008 – that’s pretty darling – has been waving around the plans for a new Microsoft private cloud that’s pre-conf...
Foxconn is losing its Apple monopoly. Apple has signed up $7.4 billion-a-year Pegatron to build the low-cost iPhone it’s expected to bring to market later this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. Pegatron, which started making iPad minis last year and made some iPhones the ...
Cisco is spending $107 million in cash and retention incentives to buy JouleX, whose cloud-based software is supposed to help companies reduce energy costs. It monitors, analyzes and manages the energy use of all network-connected devices and systems through a set of policies derived ...
Once upon a time, children – though this might sound like a fable, it’s a true story – little AMD scared the bejesus out of mighty Intel and forced it to change all it’s carefully laid 64-bit server chip plans. Until it did AMD ruled the server roost and made a little money. Then A...
IDC has once again looked into its crystal ball and sees worldwide PC sales dropping by 7.8% this year as compared to last and figures next year they’ll drop another 1.2% compared to this year, brutal news for the likes of PC and Dell. The researcher, which previously said PCs would ...
Google is getting pushback from the European Commission, which wants it to come up with a better set of remedies to settle its antitrust case against Google’s search practices, the EC’s competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Tuesday. He also said the EC has gotten complaints about Go...
Federal prosecutors have accused the Costa Rica-based digital-currency firm Liberty Reserve and its founder of running a $6 billion money-laundering operation that authorities say made it a “bank of choice for the criminal underworld,” the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Five m...
Splunk, the software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Hortonworks, the Hadoop Big Data distribution start-up, have allied so organizations can get operational intelligence using open source Apache Hadoop. Their pact means that data can be moved between Splunk Ente...
CollabNet, the enterprise cloud development concern, figures the new version of CloudForge it’s put together kicks butt, leapfrogging GitHub and BitBucket by offering the broadest, freest toolkit around, while romancing developers by taking the shackles off its use. The multi-tenant d...
Yahoo Friday reportedly bid somewhere between $600 million and $800 million for the Hulu video streaming site after it’s just laid out $1.1 billion in cash for Tumblr. The offer’s wide range can supposed be attributed to the various proposals it’s put on...
Cloudian, the cloud storage software company, has got a Connector for Citrix’ CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0 that simplifies the management and delivery of Storage-as-a-Service (StaaS).
Joyent, one of the original infrastructure clouds that set up about the same time as Amazon Web Services but without Amazon’s giant fallback cushion, restructured its cloud line Thursday, adding a bunch of new instances that pretty much map to Amazon’s. It also introduced reserved p...
VMware covered its flank Tuesday when it went into the public cloud business hoping to prevent its installed base of 500,000 strong from skipping off to the likes of Amazon or Azure – which are reaching out to the enterprise – simply because it didn’t have an Infrastructure-as-a-Servic...
Intel’s new broom has begun to sweep, meaning its new CEO Brian Krzanich, in office four days, started reorganizing the place reportedly to make the old girl more focused and spry. The one-time plant manager has taken direct control of the company’s chip design unit, its fabled Arch...
SolidFire, the purely solid-state (SSD) storage house whose widgetry is designed for cloud infrastructure, has launched a go-to-market program for cloud providers suitably called “Fueled by SolidFire.” It’s supposed to support third-parties’ development, positioning and growth of se...
It could have been worse. HP posted its Q2 results Wednesday when the market closed and came in with earnings down 32% on an adjusted bottom line that beat Wall Street’s tempered estimates. All its geographies and all its product units punked out but the company claimed to be exe...
Big Data and the cloud each contributed a start-up to the stock market last Friday. Tableau Software, a profitable chart-making BI data visualization firm, IPO’d on the Big Board in New York sporting the highly desirable ticker symbol DATA and selling at the open for $31 a share. It ...
Amazon Web Services said Tuesday that its GovCloud (US) in all US AWS regions has gotten an Agency Authority to Operate (ATO) from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) requirements at the moderate-imp...
Adaptive Planning, which likes to stress that it’s the first and only pure Software-as-a-Service outfit in the performance management space, has taken in a $45 million D round, bringing its total funding to a nice round $100 million.
NetApp, which is under pressure from activist shareholder Elliott Management to shape up and return value, said Tuesday that it’s going to can 900 people to spiff up its financials, 400 less that the 1,300 that Piper Jaffray estimated last week.
After trashing its public OpenStack cloud efforts Monday in favor of reselling third-party widgetry – and reportedly canning workers in the 300- man group according to TechCrunch – Dell folk who are left were anxious to say that Dell is still in the private O...
Fancy that. Dell said Monday that its “current in-house multi-tenant public cloud IaaS will be discontinued in the US in favor of best-in-class partner offerings” that it’ll deliver as a single-source supplier. While it’s preaching the gospel of customer choice, it’s saving badly nee...
Looking to hang with the cool kids, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, swearing “not to screw it up,” is buying Tumblr for a cool $1.1 billion, a big chunk of her $5.4 billion pocketbook since it’s “substantially all” in cash. The New York-based acquisition will remain a separate business with...