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Cloud-Based Code Editor Codeanywhere Raises $600k In Series A Funding (Original)

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Cloud-based Code Editor Koding has raised $9.25 million so far, while other similar businesses like Cloud9 IDE have appeared in recent years. However, Codeanywhere, one of the biggest players in the cloud development space has now reached 150,000 users and raised $600,000 in a Series A investment capital from World Wide Web Hosting, LLC, the parent company of Site5 Web hosting. The cash will be used to focus on scalability, user acquisition, and the development of new features. Importantly, it can build in a more capitally efficient manner than the SF-based Koding.

Formerly called PHPanywhere, Codeanywhere wants to be the equivalent of “Google Docs for developers”, offering a Web-based code editor. The technology allows developers to develop sites and apps as they would on their desktop code editor, but from any browser. The Code is then backed up to the cloud in real-time.

Ivan Burazin, co-founder of Codeanywhere, says the aim to so “become the industry-standard in cloud development.”

Codeanywhere’s platform enables developers to write colorized, syntax-checked code from virtually any Web browser on virtually any device, including iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Blackberry. It offers support for most popular web programming languages, and enables developers to collaborate in real-time.…

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Dropbox Now Has 175 Million Users, Up From 100M In November 2012 (Original)

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“Today is about making life easier for all of you” said CEO Drew Houston to launch his company Dropbox’s conference. The company now has 175 million users, up from 100 million in November 2012. DBX also saw the launch of several new APIs for the 100,000 apps on the Dropbox platform

The platform, in fact, seemed to be the theme of Houston’s keynote. Unifying your data across all the apps and devices you use is the goal. Houston said “We have all these companies making all this amazing stuff, but they’re punching each other in the face.” He went on to explain that your phone and your apps are new little cracks for your stuff to fall into, where your stuff can get trapped. Dropbox wants to make it all instantly accessible from anywhere.

Houston said that while there wouldn’t be anyone skydiving into the conference hall in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, he did tell us to reach under our seats to find a promo card for 100 gigabytes of Dropbox storage for life.

Announcements at the event included the Datastore API for letting apps save and protect user data added or changed while their device is offline. Meanwhile, the new Drop-Ins with native Chooser and Saver let apps easily pull in your files from your Dropbox into their apps.…

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Cloud, mobility to fuel SDN adoption (Original)

The blurring of boundaries between networks and devices stemming from the cloud trend is one factor behind the drive toward software defined networking in enterprise networks.

Manually administered networks can be a barrier to any cloud move due to the latter's need for agility, and SDN holds potential for lifting this barrier. Recently, NTT Communications announced its SDN-based cloud migration service that touts the ability for speed up the move from legacy to enterprise cloud.

SDN's purported promise of automation within the network is expected to facilitate the self-select and automatic provisioning process that is part of any business seeking to go on the cloud today, says Mike Banic, VP for global marketing at HP Networking.

SDN remains a relatively new concept in the networking industry but benefits touted include the elimination of what Gartner analyst Mark McDonald terms 'human middleware', the IT professionals whose job in the network consists primarily inputting command lines and scripting. SDN boasts the ability for the command line input and scripting procedures to be applied to the network as a whole.

This function signifies greater efficiency in the data center as the cloud, BYOD and Big Data have resulted in a large number of devices that have placed strain on both networks and IT administrators.…

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Microsoft And Oracle Will Announce Major Cloud Computing Partnership Next Monday (Original)

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Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer, its Azure chief Satya Nadella and Oracle’s president Mark Hurd are holding a joint press conference next week, just two days before Microsoft’s Build developer conference is scheduled to kick off in San Francisco. The press event follows Oracle’s earnings call that featured remarks by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison about a series of major partnership announcements next week, including one with Salesforce.com.

“Next week we will be announcing technology partnerships with the largest and most important SaaS companies (software-as-a-service) and infrastructure companies in the cloud,” Ellison said during the call.

With this press conference slated for Monday, questions are bubbling about what these companies have planned. Adding to the speculation: Oracle is starting to promote its 12c database technology, which the company announced last October and which Larry Ellison said today that companies will use for years to come. 12c is a pluggable in-memory database, which sounds strikingly similar to SAP HANA.

Industry observers I talk to say that it’s possible the two companies are planning their own big data initiative to compete with Pivotal and its mega-partnership with GE. Would that emerge as a separate company? That’s the path that EMC followed when it spun out several of its product groups and those from VMware.…

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BBC explains connected TV (Original)

The BBC has launched an ad campaign designed to explain the benefits of connected TV to UK viewers. 

The TV and radio campaign, which launched on BBC1 yesterday evening, highlights how audiences can catch up on their favourite BBC TV programmes on their connected TV.

The BBC said the initiative “supports the BBC’s on-going commitment to improve awareness and uptake of new technology and platforms, contribute to better media literacy in the UK and help audiences to derive as much value as possible from their licence fee.”

It will also demonstrate how viewers can watch BBC programmes on the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service via apps for connected TV.

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Telcos primed for mobile cloud plunge (Original)

As the influx of smartphones, tablets, netbooks and laptops continues in the workplace, employees are pushing for state-of-the art mobile applications and cloud storage options to get their work done while on the go.
 
There is clearly a huge market potential here with dramatic growth predicted in the coming years. According to Gartner, 7% of consumer content was stored in the cloud in 2011, and by 2016 it will rise to 36%.
 
As consumers and enterprise users flock to personal clouds, and convergence brings together different companies and sectors - both as competitors and collaborators - across traditional boundaries of industry and technology, communications service providers (CSPs) can participate by developing their own carrier-based versions to provide safe storage for consumer's personal data.
 
In fact, they are uniquely positioned to provide such services.
 
Mobile cloud computing, however, is also creating many core challenges that may come as a surprise to many CSPs.  Successful implementation means addressing the critical concerns around security, storage and system architectures.
 
In many companies, software-as-a-service (SaaS) adoption may already be widespread without proper governance. In some cases, various departments may have bypassed the IT department and adopted multiple SaaS applications.
 
In others, the company's data resides in the servers of SaaS firms that are unfamiliar or sometimes completely unknown to the IT department.…

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Clouds revenues less than 5% for global firms: study (Original)

Cloud-related hardware, software and services revenue represented only 1% to 4% of total revenue in 2012, a recent study said.
 
The study from Strategy Analytics said this trend is based on an analysis of a sample group of global ICT providers including CSC, Dimension Data, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Orange, and SAP.
 
By 2015, these %ages will rise to 5% to 9% of total revenue according to Strategy Analytics.
 
Mark Levitt, director of business cloud strategies research at Strategy Analytics, said, “Despite all the attention paid to clouds, cloud products and services still contribute only a tiny portion of total revenue for most IT software, hardware and service providers.  It will take 5-10 years for significant cloud-related provider revenue and customer savings to be realized.”  

“Now is the time to make the right decisions regarding what business cloud market segments, strategies and partners to pursue.  Otherwise, cloud computing could turn into a bubble and bust for many providers,” Andrew Brown, executive director of enterprise research at Strategy Analytics, added.

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Google App Engine Gets New Release, No Signs Of Slowing Cloud Push (Original)

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Google just launched Google App Engine 1.8.1 with a host of new features, most notable among them a long-awaited search API and push-to-deploy feature similar to pushing code to a Git repository.

The new features follow a busy Google I/O that witnessed the company showing its strongest push ever into the cloud services market. Until the announcements, Google had been quiet about Google Cloud Platform. But now with general availability, the team is pushing out new features weekly and  connecting different parts of the organization in a way it had not done before.

Today was similar with a number of new updates to Google App Engine:

Search API: About a year since the Search API release, Google has moved it to the preview stage — general availability. The Search API allows a developer to integrate Google-like searches over structured data such as plain text, HTML, atom, numbers, dates, and geographic locations. As we reported last week, Google will begin charging for operations and storage. Pricing details can be found here. Prices may change up to general availability.

Source Push-to-Deploy: App Engine now supports deployment of Python and PHP applications via the Git tool. The promise is that developers can deploy apps with the same ease as pushing to a git repository.…

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End-to-end starts in the cloud (Original)

Best Asian Telecom Carrier

NTT Communications

Last year's winner:SingTel

Best Cloud-Based Service

NTT Communications

Last year's winner:Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Shareholders:NTT Holding
Business segments:Network services (data network, IP network), cloud services, data center services, security management, unified communication services
Chariman & CEO:Akira Arima
Key stats (FY ending March 31):Total operating revenues of 1,213.2 billion yen ($12.26 billion), down 3.3%; operating income of 110.6 billion yen ($1.11 billion), up 13%; 16,500 staff

Takeshi Kazami, president and CEO of NTT SingaporeNTT Communications is an end-to-end player by any definition of the term - delivering everything needed to build and operate cloud platforms, not just servers and applications, but true cloud environments tailored to each customer.   

Takeshi Kazami, president and CEO of NTT Singapore, says the company understands that providing server capacity and applications is not enough. "That is why we offer network configurations and capacity with true flexibility for inter- and intra-data center use. NTT Com leverages its consulting and technical expertise as a telecom operator to combine current systems with cloud services while migrating resources to the cloud without impacting the customer's business." 

Its new carrier-class "Enterprise Cloud" (IaaS) in Japan and Hong Kong incorporates what it claims is the world's first OpenFlow virtualization technology to connect data centers seamlessly worldwide, enabling them to function like one.…

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OpenStack Cloud Builder Mirantis Raises $10M In Second A Round From Red Hat, Ericsson And SAP Ventures (Original)

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Mirantis has raised another $10 million from Red Hat, Ericsson and SAP Ventures to fuel the growing demand for the build out of OpenStack systems for private and public cloud environments. The financing came in a second round of Series A funding.

Mirantis raised $10 million in December from Dell Ventures, Intel Capital, and West Summit Capital, which also participated in this current round. Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel said in an email that when Mirantis did the first part of the round, some investors wanted to put in more money.

We didn’t want to take it at that valuation (we were profitable and $10m was plenty for us). Instead we agreed to do a future closing at a completely different valuation if we achieve certain business milestones. We delivered and so we got to the second closing.

Mirantis, one of the founding members of OpenStack, has prospered by piecing together the different parts of the compute, storage and network that comprise an OpenStack infrastructure. OpenStack has had seven releases, the latest being Grizzly. Development is done by the community, with different companies offering their own technology as integration pieces for OpenStack.

Red Hat has become one of the power players in OpenStack, so it makes sense they participated in the round.…

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