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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)

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)

Going Away From the ‘Dark Side’ and Into the Startup World

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 pass up. 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 move. I’m not going to post details about the company publicly at this... (more)

Opinion: The Real Cost of Acquisitions - the Zimbra Story

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 Reportedly Files to IPO

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 no prospectus. 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 million. Violin has raised at least $172 million in venture backing and when it took in a massive $80 mi... (more)

Volo’s First Customer Launches High-Speed Internet Access Service in Northern Uganda in Less Than 12 Weeks

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)

Enterprise-Based Applications in the Cloud Are Next

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 Debuts as Open Source Private and Hybrid Cloud Company

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)

Likewise Closes $10 Million Funding Round

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 round. "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)

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 - 4TB of Tasty Goodness

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 $1... (more)

PR on Ulitzer: Strategies for B2B Social Media

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)