Cloud Software

CloudBees Adds $23.5 Million in Financing

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Dan Kobialka.

CloudBees has secured $23.5 million in a financing round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Existing investors Matrix Partners,Verizon Ventures and Blue Cloud Ventures also participated in the financing round.

To date, CloudBees has raised nearly $50 million in total financing; the continuous delivery (CD) platform provider previously added $11.2 million in Series C financing last March...

Canonical Launches IoT Version Of Ubuntu Core

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Frederic Lardinois.

Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, wants to bring its operating system to more connected devices and intelligent objects with the launch of its “snappy” Ubuntu Core for the Internet of Things today. Over the last few months, the company launched “snappy” versions of Core on a number of cloud computing services, but given that the whole idea behind Core is to offer stripped-down versions of Ubuntu that developers can then easily customize based on their needs, the Internet of Things and robotics applications are a logical next area of focus for Canonical.

Ubuntu Core lets developers install the basic OS and then add the applications and services they need. Those applications then run in their own sandboxed environments. Ubuntu Core also features transactional updates, which ensures that the update process either works perfectly or can be rolled back immediately if things go awry...

Enterprises win as cloud and on-site software vendors duke it out

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Mikael Ricknas.

More price cuts are expected this year because of fierce competition between cloud and on-site software providers, and enterprises will be the beneficiaries. In particular, in the customer relationship management market, a key cloud battleground, seat prices for segments such as sales force automation are expected to decline in the next twelve months and by 25 percent through 2018, according to market research company Gartner.

This will be caused by incumbent vendors heavily discounting their cloud offerings to try and prevent their existing on-site customers from defecting to companies such as Salesforce.com and SugarCRM. Enterprises will also benefit from increased price competition in other areas, such as database management system application infrastructure and middleware. However, the price competition in these sectors isn't quite as ferocious...

Oracle dives into cloud (again), and this time it really means it

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

At Oracle OpenWorld last week, Oracle CEO — er  CTO and Executive Chairman Larry Ellison — once again vowed that his company will be king of cloud — in SaaS, Paas, IaaS — you name it.

That’s a tall order but one coming from a company flush in resources which has shown itself willing to buy into new markets. And Ellison and co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd trotted out news that Oracle now offers its flagship Database as a Service. Ditto Java as a Service. As for those resources, over the past 12 months, Oracle logged $35.8 billion in revenue and gross profit of $31.4 billion. See what I mean?...

Cloud Computing: Auth0's security tools open doors to clients

Grazed from USA Today.  Author: Laura Baverman.

For consumers, Auth0's technology ensures their identity will be protected when they log in. For developers, it's a simple and fast way to authenticate users and ensure websites and mobile applications are secure.  And for venture capitalists, the Seattle start-up's technology — along with a slew of other new tools for developers — represents dollar signs.

Auth0 CEO Jon Gelsey says his company is riding the "developers-are-the-new-CIOs" wave. Because cloud computing is replacing traditional software, and the complexity of application development has increased, developers now decide the infrastructure and tools used by even the largest corporations in the world. That's opened up a market for entrepreneurs who want to make developers' lives easier and software better...

Cloud Computing: Can A Silicon Valley CTO Save Government Software From Itself?

Grazed from Morpheus.  Author: 

Following several high-profile development disasters, government IT departments have received a mandate to change their default app-development approach from the traditional top-down model to the agile, iterative, test-centric methodology favored by leading tech companies.

While previous efforts to dynamite the entrenched, moribund IT-contracting process have crashed in flames, analysts hold out hope for the new 18F and U.S. Digital Service initiatives. Given the public's complete lack of faith in the government's ability to provide digital services, failure is simply not an option...

Swagger 2.0 Connects APIs and Cloud Services

Grazed from Dr.Dobbs. Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Reverb Technologies has announced its Swagger 2.0 API interface and coordinated one of the "largest ever" open standards workgroups in the API space, combining contributions from nearly 500 companies. "Swagger effectively solves the age-old challenge of machine-to-machine communication, which has become increasingly complicated with cloud computing," claims the company.

With Swagger, developers can connect mobile devices to literally thousands of Swagger-enabled web services. The Swagger specification, first released in late 2010 by Wordnik (a property of Reverb) has been the most successful API interface effort to date. Historically, WSDL, WADL, and WADL 2.0 aimed to perform similar tasks but (says Reverb) were "plagued with complexity" — and had limited adoption across different programming languages and frameworks...

The Frugal Cloud: Powerful Business Software On The Cheap

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Raj Sabhlok.

Not long ago, powerful business software was a luxury only available to large companies with deep pockets and sophisticated information technology (IT) staffs. While a huge productivity driver, software for managing key business processes like manufacturing, sales, support, HR and finance was expensive and complex. But over the last few years, a lot has changed in the software industry. For one, business software that can positively change the fortunes of any size business is readily available, on the cheap.

Formerly, software that automated a business function was only available from software giants like SAP or Oracle ORCL -0.34% for millions of dollars. Today, a twenty-person company has access to the same functionality or more. The fact is, even the smallest of companies can access business productivity-enhancing software to handle customer relationship management (CRM), customer support, human resource management, and accounting. The cost?...

Cloud, Mobile, Healthcare And Enterprise Software Lead Deloitte's 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

Cloud and SaaS-based start-ups are generating the greatest levels of confidence with global investors today, up 2% from 2013.  Global investors continue to place a very high level of confidence in Cloud- and SaaS-based startups, with the industry receiving a 4.11 score on a 5.0 confidence rating scale.

These and other key findings are from the 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey published last month by Deloitte & Touche LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).  331 venture capitalists from the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific were interviewed from firms with assets under management ranging from less than $50M to greater than $10B....

From Clouds to Cars to Kitchens, Linux Making an Impact Everywhere

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Darryl K. Taft.

There's no operating system more ubiquitous than Linux. It's everywhere. It's even running in devices and computers you may not suspect—our cars, our cell phones, even our refrigerators. Linux supports businesses and organizations everywhere, and because it underpins open-source innovation, it is the platform of choice for new applications.

Companies such as IBM and their work with organizations like the OpenPOWER Foundation are creating such new innovations as Big Blue's new scale-out servers running Linux and putting them in places all around us. In fact, eWEEK recently ran a slide show depicting how prevalent the operating system is in the supercomputing space...