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
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.
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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
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, 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)
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
This latest round of financing brings Sysdig's total fund... (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 e... (more)
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)