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How Cloud Startups Have Reinvented Business Development with Piggyback Marketing A growing number of BDMs (business development) today have a technology or product marketing background. Their role - increase product reach through piggyback marketing. The job description of BDM is pretty straight-forward - find new opportunities for your business. They play an important role in the direction a company takes. This includes identifying new markets to venture into, new partnerships to build, identifying new products or services that the company could launch and finally figuring out new ways to reach existing markets. Traditionally, BDMs have always come from a sales background. Both these job roles require people to network with new partners and stakeholders and arrive at possible areas of partnership. In the case of cloud startups however, the role of BDM has been tak... (more)

Cloud Computing Start-Up Named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of Cloud Expo

Start-Up Pavillion at Cloud Expo SYS-CON Events announced today that a new cloud computing start-up, which is currently in stealth mode has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The company with a revolutionary cloud computing technology and platform, will launch on April 19, 2001, the opening day of Cloud Expo 2010.  Cloud Expo 2010 delegates will get a chance to attend the conference keynote by the company's founder, on April 20, 2010. Cloud Expo is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held five times a year, in New York City, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo and Hong Kong. 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Ce... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Call for Papers Closes July 4

Cloud and virtualization are the Power Couple of enterprise computing: the cloud offers potentially unlimited scalability (both up and down) while the virtualization of resources ensures that system management issues are hidden from the end-user. It is a marriage made in heaven. As enterprises in ever-increasing numbers start to to evaluate cloud computing, many are assessing which applications can run in public clouds, which should run in a private cloud, and how to ensure that applications will be portable from one to another. Since there will be many different kinds of clouds, another issue is what kind of cloud resources should you use? How easy will it be to migrate to a public or private cloud, and how easy will it be to move between them? If you entrust your data to a Cloud Computing vendor, how will the vendor secure your data and segregate it from that of o... (more)

NASA-Kissed Start-Up Stuffs Giant Cloud in a Black Box

Some of the NASA boys mean to get a piece of this promising OpenStack action that they helped create at NASA on the taxpayers' dime. Former NASA CTO Chris Kemp has started a company called Nebula after his NASA project that will field a customized turnkey OpenStack hardware appliance that's supposed let businesses - and I quote - "easily, securely and inexpensively deploy large private cloud computing infrastructures from thousands of inexpensive computers with minimal effort." It claims the widget will shift the fundamental economics of computing. Its black box is supposed to be able to configure a private cloud in minutes, even the massive clouds that used to be the private preserve of, well, NASA, that are capable of handling Big Data and running Big Analytics. Nebula's thinking IaaS and PaaS, as well as petabyte-scale storage, which will need software support, an... (more)

ProfitBricks: Live Virtual Scaling by the Minute

A two-and-a-half-year-old Berlin-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) start-up you never heard of called ProfitBricks thinks it can take on Amazon Web Services and win. By its lights the likes of Amazon, Rackspace, Savvis and GoGrid are all first-generation and it's not. It claims to have completely re-engineered cloud computing and went GA with its widgetry in the US on Monday. The stuff's reportedly been running in Europe for six months and has amassed 70,000 servers. It says it's first to offer live vertical scaling of CPU cores and RAM without forcing the user to reboot the server. Nobody has been able to add resources to an instance (a virtual machine) without taking the server down before, it says. That means the infrastructure can be tweaked on-the-fly. ProfitBricks is also offering larger instances than other IaaS players. Users don't have to squeeze in... (more)

Another $75m Poured into Cloud Computing Start-Up

Workday, PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield's latest company, has just gotten another $75 million in funding, a sum that would bring its total to more than $150 million and must make it the most royally financed SaaS venture on the face of the earth. The new money, Workday's fifth round, came from New Enterprise Associates as well as existing investors Greylock Partners and Duffield himself. The company, which rents out enterprise-class HR and financial software online, means to spend it extending its product portfolio and supporting its market expansion. To push that market expansion Workday has named Clark Newby VP of marketing. Newby was plucked out of the same job at Fortify Software. It's a job he did for PolyServe before it was acquired by HP. He's been in marketing through stints at Mercury Interactive, Kintana and the old SGI. Industry analyst Amy Wohl says she e... (more)

Moffat’s & Other Indictments Delayed

CEOs in Technology on Ulitzer Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire ringleader of the Galleon insider-trading mob, and Danielle Chiesi, the ex-beauty queen who allegedly charmed ex-IBM SVP Robert Moffat and ex-AMD CEO Hector Ruiz into telling her valuable company secrets, were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on 17 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. They are expected to be arraigned Monday, December 21, and plead not guilty. A lawyer for Roomy Khan, the ex-Galleon, ex-Intel employee who's one of the government's star informants, reportedly told Rajaratnam's lawyer he better listen to the wire taps first. Khan pleaded guilty in October and will be sentenced May 17. Rajaratnam is looking at a possible 145 years in jail, Chiesi is looking at 155. Rajaratnam will also make a bid Monday to get his $100 million bail reduced to $20 million, roughly the amount of ... (more)

New Start-up to Support MySQL

MySQL veterans either disaffected or dismissed by Oracle are starting a new company called SkySQL that will offer "enterprise-class support and services for the MySQL ecosystem." The outfit is being pulled together by former MySQL SVP of global services Ulf Sandberg and its one-paragraph web site, dominated by a picture of a dolphin, says that whoever else is there - without saying who exactly - are former MySQL employees. However, SkySQL is hiring in "all areas, including support, consulting, training, marketing and sales." Being detail-free left room for MySQL founder Monty Widenius, who's formally objecting to the Oracle-Sun acquisition now, to position SkySQL as an alternative to Oracle-Sun, which he evidently blames for running off the old MySQL home team. "During the last two years," he wrote on his blog, "I have seen a lot of the people that originally worke... (more)

Bulletproofing the WebSocket Wire Protocol

Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either explicitly configured at the browser or they may form part of the general network topology to intercept the communication path implicitly. Securely encrypted Web communication cannot be intercepted by such proxies. Members of the Hypertext Bidirectional (HyBi) IETF Working Group recently comp... (more)

OpenStack Start-up Raises $4.5 Million

Piston Cloud Computing Inc, a San Francisco software company developing a commercial version of the OpenStack open source software for business, has raised $4.5 million in funding. The money is coming from Hummer Winblad and True Ventures, with Divergent Ventures and some unidentified others participating. Piston's co-founders came from the technical teams at OpenStack parents NASA and Rackspace, and helped to create the OpenStack project last year. Piston CEO Joshua McKenty was the cloud architect of NASA's Nebula Cloud infrastructure, the precursor of OpenStack's cloud computing component, and is on OpenStack's policy board. Piston CTO Christopher MacGown was a technical lead at SliceHost, acquired by Rackspace in 2008. The start-up has recruited core contributors from NASA and other OpenStack participants. Piston's widgetry is currently in limited beta, with a pu... (more)

Joyent Secures $85M in Venture Funding

Joyent, a global provider of cloud computing software and services, on Monday announced it has completed an $85 million funding round, with European group Weather Investment II providing the majority of the round. Weather II was advised by Accelero Capital, an investment and management group. Both Weather II and Accelero focus on telecommunication and related media and technology companies that clearly hold promise in the rapidly and profoundly changing telecom and enterprise markets worldwide. Telefónica Digital, the growth arm of global telecom leader Telefónica, is also participating as a strategic investor. Cloud-based services are a key focus area for Telefónica's new Digital unit, and Joyent's technology expertise in this area will help Telefónica enhance its product offering. Existing Joyent investors include El Dorado Ventures, Epic Ventures, Greycroft Partn... (more)