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How the Dotcloud Affects the Need for Startup Funding When you decide to launch a startup company, business advisors, counselors, bankers and armchair know-it-alls will tell you that the first thing you need to do is get funding. While there is some validity to that boilerplate piece of wisdom, the availability of and need for startup funding has gone through a dramatic transformation over the past decade, and the next few years will see even more of a shift. A perfect storm of events is causing this seismic shift. On the macroeconomic side this storm includes the still-persistent repercussions of the Great Recession, historically low interest rates, and uncertainty about global commerce and trade. On the technology side, still more realities add to the perfect storm, including the increasing popularity of as-a-service options, which make it easier for startups to l... (more)

Why Big Data Applications Adoption is Accelerating

Big Data applications have gained new momentum in the marketplace, as the benefits of working with larger and larger data sets enables analysts to spot key business-related trends. International Data Corporation (IDC) released a worldwide forecast of Big Data opportunities, noting that the market is expected to grow from $3.2 billion in 2010 to $16.9 billion in 2015. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40 percent -- or about 7 times that of the overall Information and Communications Technology (ICT) market. "The Big Data market is expanding rapidly as large IT companies and start-ups vie for customers and market share," said Dan Vesset, program vice president, Business Analytics Solutions at IDC. IDC believes that for business technology buyers, opportunities exist to use Big Data solutions to improve operational efficiency and to drive innovation. ... (more)

Bulletproofing the WebSocket Wire Protocol

Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either explicitly configured at the browser or they may form part of the general network topology to intercept the communication path implicitly. Securely encrypted Web communication cannot be intercepted by such proxies. Members of the Hypertext Bidirectional (HyBi) IETF Working Group recently comp... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Share Advertising Revenue With Your Mobile Phone

MoadCast brings the consumer and the advertiser closer together in a more meaningful, cost-effective and targeted manner with a revolutionary permission based mobile phone community. MoadCast offers its members a guaranteed revenue share of the advertising revenue generated through MoadCast's mobile phone advertising platform. Members join for free and have the ability to earn up to GBP45 per month. Members receive advertising messages to their mobile phone based on their lifestyle, interests and hobbies to offer advertisers large and small the opportunity to send targeted marketing messages based on selected demographic profiles via the MoadCast online advertising platform. Founded by Darren Briggs, Internet entrepreneur who previously launched BigOil.net in 2004, which was awarded Best Business Start Up using Technology by the Technology Wales Awards in 2004, which... (more)

Cloud Computing Start-Up Named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of Cloud Expo

Start-Up Pavillion at Cloud Expo SYS-CON Events announced today that a new cloud computing start-up, which is currently in stealth mode has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The company with a revolutionary cloud computing technology and platform, will launch on April 19, 2001, the opening day of Cloud Expo 2010.  Cloud Expo 2010 delegates will get a chance to attend the conference keynote by the company's founder, on April 20, 2010. Cloud Expo is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held five times a year, in New York City, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo and Hong Kong. 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Ce... (more)

EC2 Creators Nimbula Get $15m Bankroll

Nimbula, the so-called cloud operating system start-up put in train by a couple of the boys credited with creating Amazon’s EC2 service, has gotten a $15 million B round. Accel Partners led the check-signing. Sequoia Capital also pulled out a pen. Sequoia and VMware, oddly enough, staked Nimbula to its $5.75 million first round. Accel, like Sequoia, gets a board seat. VMware’s ex-CEO Diane Greene – in another small world moment – also sits on the board but is not an investor. The money is supposed to go into developing hybrid cloud computing technologies and pushing out Nimbula’s RESTful HTTP API-based widgetry for managing on- and off-premises infrastructures. The stuff is now in beta with a few multinationals in financial services, technology and healthcare that have scads of servers. Nimbula, which came out of stealth mode in June after getting started early las... (more)

Abiquo Secures $10 Million in Series B Funding Led by Balderton Capital

Abiquo, the Enterprise Cloud Management software provider, on Tuesday announced that it has raised approximately $10 Million in Series B funding led by Balderton Capital, a leading venture capital firm in Europe. Existing investors Nauta Capital and Eurecan also participated. The funding will be used to expand Abiquo’s global sales and marketing efforts, customer support and senior team. Abiquo also announced that Bernard Liautaud, a Partner at Balderton Capital, will join the Abiquo Board of Directors. Liautaud was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Business Objects, the enterprise software company that was acquired by SAP in 2007 for $6.8 billion. Abiquo is the leading provider of Cloud management software that enables Enterprises and Service Providers to extend the capabilities of virtualized environments and to create and manage private, public and hybr... (more)

AppFog Gets $8 Million

Year-old PHP PaaS hoster AppFog, née PHP Fog, has gotten an $8 million B round led by Ignition Partners with participation from new investors Simon Crosby, Citrix' former data center and virtualization CTO, and VC Matt Ocko as well as existing investors, Madrona Venture Group, First Round Capital and Founders Co-Op. That makes $9.8 million altogether. Ignition gets a board seat and Ignition managing director Frank Artale will fill it. The money's earmarked for integrating broader technologies - it wants to support Node, Ruby, Python, Java and .NET - which explains why it's changed its name - and adding to the development team working on AppFog, the technology that powers PHP Fog. Industry analysts have told the start-up and its backers that Platform-as-a-Service is beginning to eclipse bare-bones Infrastructure-as-Service (IaaS) and should be in for "big growth,"... (more)

Eucalyptus Gets $30 Million C Round

Eucalyptus Systems, the open source private and hybrid cloud merchant that just tied up with Amazon, has gotten a $30 million C round on top of the $25.5 million it's already gotten. It says the C round was oversubscribed. The funding was led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). Existing investors, including Benchmark Capital, BV Capital and New Enterprise Associates (NEA) pitched in too. Eucalyptus claims to be the most widely deployed on-premise IaaS cloud platform, but, according to Marten Mickos, who runs the joint, at $55.5 million, Eucalyptus is the "least funded" of the current crop of players like VMware, OpenStack and now CloudStack, which have got hundreds of millions of dollars at their disposal. It doesn't have a sugar daddy or big corporate interests it has to kowtow to either, he mused, so its development team can be focused and make "consistent,... (more)

Hummer Winblad to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

Cloud computing is changing the ground rules for startup companies – both in their infrastructure choices and in the bar for technology development prior to funding. In a breakout session at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, Lars Leckie - a Principal at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners - will walk through the venture capital perspective of the cloud computing market covering both consumer and enterprise usage. Leckie's session will cover the tools for cloud computing as well as the leverage that portfolio companies are achieving with cloud computing. In the spirit of the event, Leckie notes that he will be presenting from slides served from Amazon Web Services. SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo (November 19-21, 2008) is a high-octane adjunct to the 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo being held at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. Leckie is a Principal at H... (more)