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
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)
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
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
I recently decided to make a career change and at the end of the month will
be leaving the world of venture capital (as some affectionately refer to as
‘The Dark Side’) for the maybe greener and definitely more uncertain
pastures of the startup world. My time at L Capital over the last year has
been great, and I’ve learned an incredible amount about startups and
investing, but I recently came upon an opportunity which was just too good to
I’m joining an early stage software company in the virtualization
management and automation space and will be involved in all manner of
customer development, biz dev, and marketing. I’m going to work with a
great team and a stellar set of investors, all who are laser focused on
building a great company. Needless to say, I am very excited about this
I’m not going to post details about the company publicly at this... (more)
There are reports that Yahoo has put Zimbra on the block. Honestly, this came
as no surprise at all to us at Zoho.
I remember scratching my head when the acquisition was made; I didn't see how
an enterprise/business focused open source offering like Zimbra fit with
Yahoo, as a technology, as a business or strategically. Zimbra is an open
source installable product offering primarily intended to be installed within
medium to large organizations. Yahoo has never made an installed product in
its history and is mainly focused on consumers, with an occasional foray to
sell those consumer-focused applications to small businesses.
Zimbra's service provider offerings made no strategic sense to Yahoo either,
because Yahoo, being a service provider itself, has no interest in selling
technology to other service providers like Comcast. Finally, we have been on
both sides of the p... (more)
Violin Memory, the high-speed flash memory array maker, quietly filed its
papers with the SEC last month to go public according to Bloomberg, which was
quoting "two people familiar with the matter."
It puts Violin's possible valuation at near $2 billion. At least that's what
Violin's apparently negotiating for.
It's all kinda hush-hush because Violin, like Workday, which IPO'd
brilliantly last week, is making use of the recently enacted Jumpstart Our
Business Startups (JOBS) Act that lets wannabe public companies keep their
plans and financials secret until three weeks before their roadshow - hence
To qualify under the JOBS Act companies have to have annual revenues of less
than a billion dollars. Violin is understood to have sales of about $100
Violin has raised at least $172 million in venture backing and when it took
in a massive $80 mi... (more)
Gulu, Uganda, August 18, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Backed by Volo’s expert design
and cloud-based software integration, Northern Uganda’s newest Internet
Service Provider (ISP), is now delivering the most affordable high-speed
Internet access to businesses and residences in the region.
Zoom Wireless (www.zoom.co.ug), a part of SINFA Uganda LTD, began offering a
range of corporate and small business/residential grade fixed wireless
services in Gulu, Uganda, within weeks of partnering with Volo. A new
start-up built based on years of field experience and designed in Silicon
Valley, Volo enables ISPs and telecom providers in emerging markets to design
and deploy fixed wireless broadband services quickly and profitably.
With Volo’s engagement, the new ISP has designed and deployed a
carrier-grade last mile WiFi network. This network is fiber-backed and
integrated with the latest ... (more)
Ed Sim's "Beyond VC" Blog
One thing is pretty clear to me from an investment perspective. I am not
going to invest in the next hot cloud computing infrastructure service that
will compete against Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft, and every other large tech
vendor in the world. This is suicide and far from capital efficient.
Cloud this, Cloud that - the word cloud is clearly an overhyped word and
reminds me of the beginning of the hype around hosted models and ASPs
(application service providers) in the late 90s and the term SAAS today.
Anyway, as I look at announcement after announcement released about cloud
computing platforms, one thing is pretty clear to me from an investment
perspective. First, I am not going to invest in the next hot cloud
computing infrastructure service that will compete against Amazon, Rackspace,
Microsoft, and every other large tech vendor in the ... (more)
Eucalyptus Systems, Inc., creators of the open source private cloud platform,
today announced that it has closed a $5.5 million Series A round of venture
financing led by Benchmark Capital with BV Capital also participating. The
funding marks the launch of Eucalyptus Systems as a private company that will
build and service enterprise-grade products based on the Eucalyptus open
source private cloud software. Eucalyptus Systems’ mission is to support
the open source Eucalyptus cloud platform and to deliver on-premise private
and hybrid cloud computing solutions for large-scale enterprise deployments.
“Eucalyptus Systems will ensure the viability and growth of Eucalyptus well
beyond its life as a university research project, while also extending the
technology to meet the needs of organizations that require high scalability,
reliability, and enterprise-grade support,” ... (more)
BELLEVUE, Wash. - April 30, 2009 - Likewise, the leader in delivering
authentication, policy, and audit solutions for mixed networks, announced
today it has closed a $10 million Series C round of funding. Current
investors Ignition Partners, Trinity Ventures and Intel Capital led the
"Likewise really stands out in the current economic climate in terms of
growth, balance sheet, and team," said John Connors, of Ignition Partners and
the former CFO of Microsoft. "They are on a tear with a disruptive business
model, strong partnerships, and a clear road to profitability."
The funding will be used to support growth in new markets, as well as
additional development resources for product line expansion.
Likewise provides identity management solutions designed to improve security
and operational efficiencies by integrating Linux, Unix and Mac systems with
Microsoft Ac... (more)
Lori and I have a larger home network, with several servers, multiple
switches, two WAPs, and eight or so clients. Thrown into the middle of all of
that is an aging Infrant Technologies (now NetGear) ReadyNAS, 1 Terabyte. The
ReadyNAS, from before NetGear purchased Infrant, has had a bad cable for
about two years, but has been working just fine otherwise. Of course a bad
cable implies one of the drives was down (it was), and that makes RAID kind
of redundant. About a week ago the ReadyNAS took itself off-line. We have a
lot of data out there that is irreplaceable, so Lori got a bit agitated while
I coerced the box back into a normal (for it) state.
And then I went out and purchased a new NAS. I’d been looking at the
Seagate BlackArmor NAS for a while, liked everything I saw about it, so
decided to pick one up. We received the BlackArmor 440 with 4 TB of disk for
PR on Ulitzer
Carabiner Communications, a public relations firm serving start-up and
fast-growth technology companies, has made available a new white paper to
help business-to-business (B2B) companies launch social media programs to
connect with prospects and customers.
Entitled "Social Media: How B2B Companies Can Connect," the new paper
explores the evolving social media landscape and explains in detail how
companies can launch their own social media campaigns. Also discussed in the
paper are key questions executives should ask before starting, how their
companies can participate, and how to measure results.
This follows Carabiner's March launch of its social media and video service,
SocialConnector(SM), which helps clients build and integrate social media
tools and content into their online communications campaigns. Since launching
its new service, the firm has be... (more)