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Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 9

Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 9 This is the tenth in a continuing series on startups raising funding.  The series continued…Read the previous post/s Today, there are two startups in focus – Nivio and Clio. Nivio (http://us.nivio.com/) Palo Alto, California-based cloud startup Nivio recently announced the raising of $21 million from Indian consumer…

Recent Cloud Computing Team Ups – III

Recent Cloud Computing Team Ups – III This is a continuing series on cloud computing companies joining hands. As is evident from the previous articles, cloud companies are increasingly looking to join forces to better leverage their individual competencies. Today’s article features two such team-ups: Atos, EMC and VMware Three big companies – Atos (http://www.atos.net), EMC (www.emc.com) and…

Cloud Biggies and their Partnership Programs

Cloud Biggies and their Partnership Programs One of the best ways to encourage sales is through specialized partnership programs, and IT companies have long employed this strategy to promote their traditional offerings. Now they have started similar initiatives for their cloud computing services as well. While some companies have tried to get buy-in from end-consumers,…

Cloud Computing, Big Data and EMC’s Impressive Quarterly Results

Cloud Computing, Big Data and EMC’s Impressive Quarterly Results One of my recent articles explored the idea of cloud computing contributing to lower margins at Microsoft (See: Can Cloud Computing Be Bad For Microsoft?). While that may still be true with respect to Microsoft’s highly profitable MS Office suite, recent developments have showed how cloud…

What’s Special About The Joyent Funding Round?

What’s Special about the Joyent Funding Round? There is nothing special about small companies or startups getting funding, other than the obvious vindication of the opportunities in cloud computing. In fact, such funding stories have been the focus of several articles here (See the latest one: Cloud Computing Startups Raise Big Money: UPDATE 8). However,…

To The Cloud: A Book Review

To The Cloud: A Book Review When I picked up this book written by three senior Microsoft employees Pankaj Arora, Raj Biyani and Salil Dave, the first thing that struck me was its size, or rather the lack of it. This is no heavy tome extolling the virtues of cloud computing, but a brief yet…

What Will The Taleo Purchase Bring To Oracle?

What Will The Taleo Purchase Bring To Oracle?

What Will The Taleo Purchase Bring To Oracle? On 9 February 2012, Oracle announced its purchase of human resources management software maker Taleo Corp. for $1.9 billion. Taleo’s cloud-based talent management solutions optimize how organizations hire, manage, develop and motivate employees to improve performance and drive growth. The $1.9 billion price values Taleo at $46…

Are The Big Players Being Hypocritical On Cloud Computing Standards?

Are The Big Players Being Hypocritical On Cloud Computing Standards? The usefulness (and necessity) of developing universal cloud computing standards has been covered in several articles and. However, now that some concrete steps are being taken towards this goal, the industry is facing non-cooperation from several big players. Come to think of it, that’s not surprising.…

Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry If you start talking about big data to someone who is not in the industry, they immediately conjure up images of giant warehouses full of servers, staff poring over page after page of numbers and statistics, and some big brother-esque official sat in a huge government building…

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter The city of the future is impeccably documented. Sensors are used to measure air quality, traffic patterns, and crowd movement. Emerging neighborhoods are quickly recognized, public safety threats are found via social networks, and emergencies are dealt with quicklier. Crowdsourcing reduces commuting times, provides people with better transportation…

Cloud Computing – A Requirement For Greater Innovation

Cloud Computing – A Requirement For Greater Innovation

Cloud Computing Innovation Sao Paulo, Brazil has had trouble with both energy and water supplies as of late. Despite it is the rainy period. Unfortunately Sao Paulo is very dependent on its rain as a majority of its power is generated from large dams. No water, no energy. Difficult situation for a city of some…

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions Running a cloud server is no longer the novel trend it once was. Now, the cloud is a necessary data tier that allows employees to access vital company data and maintain productivity from anywhere in the world. But it isn’t a perfect system — security and performance issues can quickly…

3 Ways To Keep Fit With The Cloud

3 Ways To Keep Fit With The Cloud

3 Ways To Keep Fit With The Cloud The recent launch of Google Glass brought with it several interesting and exciting prospects for the future of wearable tech. Although wearable tech has arguably existed since the introduction of the ‘calculator watch’ in the 1980s, it is only with the growth of the cloud computing industry…

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