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Microsoft cannot sleep comfortably. There is assault from all flanks- be it mobile, be it OS, be it the venerable Office, almost anything one can think of. Now SQL Azure has a competitor. Amazon Web Services is out with a relational database service, the Amazon RDS. It is still in beta and seems to do everything that SQL Azure will and can do: infrastructure provisioning, software maintenance, etc. What's more MySQL 5.1 database, the darling of open source gang will get stronger as it takes up center stage for Amazon RDS. Also it is not 1GB or 10GB database, you can start up with 20GB if you want. It's going to cost money. Looks like it can range from 11c/hr to $3.10/hour depending on the size of the database you want to take to the clouds. Sign up here for Amazon RDS When you sign up you will be agreeing to use the following: Amazon RDS Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Am... (more)

Turn Your Podcast Into an Interactive Live Streaming Experience

The folks here on the DevCentral team have been producing a weekly podcast for a while now.  Trying to keep our budget low, we opted to copy what some other podcasters were doing by making use of Skype for our audio communication and found a great little Skype add-on called Pamela which creates high-quality WAV files from Skype conversations. We created a dedicated Skype account on an old machine here in the office that will auto-record whenever that account is added to a conversation. We would occasionally have differences in audio levels between the callers so we incorporated ... (more)

GreenBytes Gets Another $7 Million

GreenBytes, a transcontinental virtual desktop start-up with feet planted in both England and the US, has raised a $7 million C round from existing investors Generation Investment Management LLP and Battery Ventures. That makes $31.5 million altogether. The company says it will use the new money to push global sales, marketing and partner development as well as to develop further its patented IO Offload Engine hardware appliance and vIO virtual storage appliance. The company claims it's seen explosive growth and intense interest from the rapidly expanding desktop virtualization m... (more)

$10.7M in Series A Funding For @Sysdig | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #Containers #Microservices

Sysdig has announced two significant milestones in its mission to bring infrastructure and application monitoring to the world of containers and microservices: a $10.7 million Series A funding led by Accel and Bain Capital Ventures (BCV); and the general availability of Sysdig Cloud, the first monitoring, alerting, and troubleshooting platform specializing in container visibility, which is already used by more than 30 enterprise customers. The funding will be used to drive adoption of Sysdig Cloud in the container market. This latest round of financing brings Sysdig's total fund... (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 e... (more)

Value of M&A Deals Plummets 46%; Next - Predators Seek Prey

If the trend of the first six months of 2009 holds, the overall number of M&A deals this year will have plunged to a level last witnessed in 2004. That is the painful truth, according to a report published today by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The world's largest and most active investors who took part in the BCG survey nonetheless want companies to be ready to capitalize on M&A opportunities when they arise - on the basis that the financial crisis will provide opportunities for game-changing acquisitions by companies that are ready to make the right strategic moves when t... (more)