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Blackstone Makes Strategic Investment in Cloud Theory

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Blackstone (NYSE:BX) today announced that it has made a strategic investment in Cloud Theory, a technology consulting firm specializing in cloud-based solutions, to expand its product offering with customized Salesforce software for alternative asset managers. Cloud Theory's FundEngine solution was designed and built in partnership with the Blackstone Innovations team, and offers a turn-key, client-facing customer relationship management ("CRM") system for alternative asset management firms that is built on top of the Salesforce platform, an industry leader in cloud computing and CRM software.

FundEngine customizes the general purpose Salesforce platform and tailors it for alternative asset management business development, fundraising and client relations, as well as fund management, due diligence and research management. FundEngine also integrates with leading industry vendors, back office systems and fund administrators...

Cloud network optimizer Arista Networks sets terms for $200 million IPO

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Arista Networks, which sells 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet switches and software for cloud-computing data centers, announced terms for its IPO on Tuesday. The Santa Clara, CA-based company plans to raise $200 million by offering 5.3 million shares at a price range of $36 to $40. At the midpoint of the proposed range, it would command a fully diluted market value of $2.8 billion.

Arista Networks, which was founded in 2004 and booked $417 million in sales for the 12 months ended March 31, 2014, plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol ANET. The company initially filed confidentially on January 31, 2014. Morgan Stanley, Citi, BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and RBC Capital Markets are the joint bookrunners on the deal. It is expected to price next week.

ClearDATA Secures Funding from Norwest Venture Partners for Healthcare Cloud Computing

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ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced it has secured funding from Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) and several industry angel investors. The company has demonstrated strong revenue growth through its existing customer base which ranges from single provider practices to small and large hospitals throughout the U.S...

Over the past three years, ClearDATA has entered into several strategic partnerships and currently provides cloud hosting and information security services to over 10,000 healthcare practitioners. The funding will be used to grow the companys products and presence in order to meet the increasing demand for its secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud computing services in the healthcare industry...

Cloud Computing: Aereo’s court case chills startup cash

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Aereo’s landmark Internet broadcast Supreme Court case is casting a pall over venture funding for the cloud computing industry, experts are warning.  “The mere existence of this will make it much harder to raise funding, because the risks have gone up,” said Michael Davies, chairman and founder of Endeavor Partners, a Cambridge consulting firm for technology companies.

Last week, the Supreme Court heard the case in which Aereo defends its right to grab television broadcast signals and stream TV through the cloud to users for a small fee of about $8 a month — and without paying retransmission fees. Aereo, run by founder and CEO Chet Kanojia, contends its antennas are no different than old-fashioned rabbit ears and its service constitutes what is legally known as a “private performance.” Broadcasters contend the business is offering a “public performance” and the company is violating copyright...

Cloud Computing: FireHost raises $25 million in Series E funding

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The Stephens Group, LLC, has led a $25 million Series E funding round in FireHost, a secure cloud company. The funding will allow FireHost to invest in all aspects of secure cloud computing, including providing further separation in technology required to protect customers from evolving security threats.

FireHost, the secure cloud company, today announced a $25 million Series E funding round led by its 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...

AppDirect Raises $35 Million to Drive Growth of the Global Cloud Economy

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AppDirect, the leading cloud service marketplace and management company, announced today that it has raised $35 million in Series C funding led by new investor Mithril Capital Management. Existing investors, including iNovia Capital and Foundry Group, also participated. The large investment cements AppDirect's leadership in cloud services brokerage, the fastest growing sector of cloud computing, and will enable the company to continue its rapid, aggressive growth.

"AppDirect's founding vision was to make it incredibly easy for businesses to find, buy, and use the services they need to be successful. We're well on our way to making that vision a reality, and with this investment, we'll be able to accelerate and go even faster," said Daniel Saks, co-founder and co-CEO of AppDirect...

Cloud Development Platform Nitrous.IO Closes $6.65M Series A Round Led By Bessemer To Make Enterprise Push

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Nitrous.IO, which offers developers a flexible and collaborative online development environment, today announced that it has closed a $6.65 million funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. The round also included participation from 500 Startups, CrunchFund, Eduardo Saverin, Golden Gate Ventures, Pershing Square Capital Management’s Bill Ackman, Viki.com CEO Razmig Hovaghi and Lion Rock Capital. (TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is a partner at CrunchFund.)

The oversubscribed round includes almost everybody who also participated in the company’s $1 million seed round, with the exception of TIBCO Software and Draper Associates. “The development community brought cloud computing to the masses, and now Nitrous.IO returns the favor!” said David Cowan, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. “As a (former) coder myself, I know how great it is for developers everywhere to reclaim the hours spent every week building, maintaining and debugging localhost. In fact, I expect that in coming years Nitrous.io will save billions of expensive man­hours.”...

Computenext raises $4M to be an Expedia for cloud computing software

Grazed from GeekWire. Author: Taylor Soper.

All the way back in October 2011, Sundar Kannan stood in a basement of the Techstars Seattle headquarters and spent one minute pitching an idea for his new company, Computenext. The startup didn’t have much to show back then, but fast forward to today and the progress is impressive. With a team of 12 based in Bellevue and more than 50 in India, Computenext just raised $4 million of a $10 million round with plans to grow quickly and rapidly in 2014.

Kannan, who formerly worked on the Windows Azure team at Microsoft, describes the company as an “Expedia for cloud computing.” At its core, Computenext is an online brokerage firm that hosts a marketplace for businesses who are both building and seeking an array of cloud services. Computenext, which also offers its own cloud solutions for specific verticals, makes money by taking a small cut from every transaction...

OwnCloud Raises $6.3M to Combine File Sharing and Privacy

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Secure storage and sharing of data have become sensitive topics since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year leaked details of U.S. government snooping. But ownCloud Inc. co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Frank Karlitschek saw the danger before that.

Convinced in 2010 that new cloud computing services were a threat to security and privacy, he wrote what ultimately became ownCloud’s code, putting it into open source and gathering a community of developers around it. In 2011, ownCloud the company was formed, and it has now raised $6.3 million in Series A funding co-led by Devonshire Investors and current investor General Catalyst Partners, taking total funding to $10.1 million. Valuation is not disclosed...

Andreessen Horowitz Backs DigitalOcean, a Cloud Computing Start-Up

Grazed from DealBook. Author: William Alden.

Ben Uretsky, the chief executive of a cloud computing start-up called DigitalOcean, uttered what may be the ultimate Silicon Valley “humblebrag” when he explained why his company had to raise millions from venture capitalists just months after an earlier financing round. “The challenge was the rate of growth kept increasing,” Mr. Uretsky said in an interview.

That prodigious growth was enough to entice Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capital firms, to lead a $37.2 million financing round in DigitalOcean, according to an announcement on Thursday. The start-up previously announced a $3.2 million round in August...