Intel Puts $30 Million in the Cloud

Intel is investing $30 million to expand its research in cloud and embedded computing technologies.

The money will be used by Intel Labs to fund the creation of its Intel Science and Technology Centers (ISTCs) at Carnegie Mellon University. The ISTCs are aimed at providing collaboration between university researchers and Intel. The results of that collaboration are made publicly available via technical journals and open-source software releases, Intel said. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 08/09/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


CloudBees Secures $10.5 Million in Funding

CloudBees, which offers a cloud-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) for Java applications, has secured $10.5 million in Series B financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The startup company, founded last year by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey, offers a Java development- and deployment-based PaaS. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 08/08/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


Amazon Extends Connectivity of Cloud Service

Amazon Web Services has rolled out three new features to its portfolio of cloud services that should appeal to enterprise users by making it easier to extend their datacenters to the cloud.

Today marks the general availability of AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), AWS Direct Connect and new identity federation capabilities. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 08/04/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


CA Picks Up Watchmouse

Looking to bolster its IT monitoring portfolio, CA Technologies has agreed to acquire Web site monitoring company Watchmouse. Terms were not disclosed.

The remote user monitoring service is a subscription-based offering that monitors the performance and availability of Web sites, services and transaction-level applications from 62 monitoring stations worldwide in over 40 countries. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 08/03/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


Former NASA CTO Launches Cloud Startup Nebula

Chris Kemp, who stepped down as CTO of NASA back in March, has launched a startup company called Nebula that offers a turnkey appliance based on the OpenStack platform.

OpenStack is the open source project co-developed by NASA and Rackspace Hosting. Nebula came out of stealth mode last week by announcing that it has developed an appliance that it said will allow organizations to create large private clouds using thousands of commodity computers. Nebula is named after the project Kemp oversaw at the NASA Ames Research Center. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 08/03/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


Dell Delivers OpenStack Cloud Solution

Dell is delivering an Infrastructure as a Service cloud solution based on the open source OpenStack platform.

Called the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution, it consists of a reference architecture that outlines how to integrate the OpenStack operating system, Dell PowerEdge C servers and a component to install the software on bare metal systems called Crowbar. Also available are services from Dell and Rackspace Cloud Builders. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/27/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


Hewlett-Packard Jumps on OpenStack Bandwagon

Count Hewlett-Packard as the latest member company to join the OpenStack project, the open source cloud effort formed a year ago.

As the largest IT vendor in terms of revenues, it can be argued that HP's presence is a major boost for OpenStack. Or perhaps the vendor realized that some of its key rivals -- Cisco and Dell -- were already major contributors to an effort that appears to be gaining momentum. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/27/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


Capgemini Bets on Microsoft's Azure

Capgemini, the global consulting and systems integration giant, is putting a major emphasis on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform.

The company last week said it has agreed to align its resources around Windows Azure, as well as marketing and delivering services around the platform. The two companies have a longstanding partnership, and this agreement is an extension of that. Capgemini's Microsoft-related business last year was $1.7 billion. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/26/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


OpenStack Official Talks Up Diablo

The OpenStack consortium is readying the next release of its open-source cloud operating platform with a target date of late September.

OpenStack, a project launched a year ago this week by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, now is 80 member companies strong. The last release of the OpenStack operating system, Cactus, came out in April. The group is now moving to a six-month release cycle, said Jonathan Bryce, chairman of the OpenStack Project Policy Board and a founder of the Rackspace Cloud. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/21/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


IBM's Cloud Business Rises

It was a stellar quarter for IBM as the company's reported second quarter revenues of $26.7 billion were up 12 percent, and net income of $3.7 billion was up 8 percent. That's certainly not a bad way to cap off a quarter in which the company turned 100 years old.

Buoyed by strong services, software and hardware revenues, Big Blue also talked up its cloud business, which is on track to double this year. Within its Integrated Technology Services business, cloud-based services revenue grew 200 percent. Since IBM did not break out those revenues, it's hard to get too excited about that figure for the moment. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/20/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


Dell To Acquire Force10 Networks

Looking to add networking punch to its datacenter and cloud solutions portfolio, Dell on Wednesday said it has agreed to acquire Force10 Networks.

Terms of the deal, set to close later this summer, were not disclosed, though the San Jose, Calif.-based company posted $200 million in revenues over the past 12 months. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/20/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


Cloud Bubble Ready To Pop?

This week marked the debut of the first cloud-focused ETF, a fund comprising of cloud companies.

The release of the First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (Ticker: SKYY) begged the question: Are cloud stocks going the way of dotcom holdings more than a decade ago? More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/08/2011 at 1:14 PM0 comments


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