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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Google Explains Why Its Cloud Service Is Different When It Comes To Lock-In (Original)

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A Google engineer concluded on his Google+ page last week that a cloud platform can’t be built without some form of lock-in. That’s evidently true but there really is one main reason for making such a point. Google wants to show that it is not much different from its competitors when it comes to this hot topic with cloud customers.

The post by Google Engineering Director Peter Magnusson has to be read with a dash of skepticism. Magnusson does focus on the lock-in issue with Google App Engine (GAE), but he also uses the topic to show the difference between its managed services and the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) from a provider like AWS. He says without restrictions Google could not offer the service that it does. What they do try to do is offer alternatives such as from services like AppScale.

Reading into what Magnusson says, it appears that some customers are not accustomed to the restrictions that come with Google App Engine: The run-time environment is different and customers can’t make systems calls, write directly to the file system, or choose their own operating system.

In the end, Magnusson says that lock-in is inevitable for Google to offer the service that it does with GAE:

You can’t build an innovative platform without some measure of lock-in.

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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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Telcos must leverage cloud capabilities (Original)

Redknee CEO Lucas Skoczkowski explains how the cloud allows service providers to address the full spectrum of the long tail of customers
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Cloud-Based TV Operator Magine Raises $19M Series A Round To Fuel International Expansion (Original)


Magine, the Swedish cloud-based cable operator, today announced that it has closed a $19 million Series A round led by a group of Swedish and international investors. The company didn’t disclose the identity of these investors, but given the space the company operates in, $19 million is an impressive number. All Magine would tell me is that “we have found investors (as in our last round last year) that we think work very well with our industry and ambition.”

The company says that it will use this new influx of cash to fund its international expansion, with Germany and Spain being the next countries on its radar. The service is already available in Sweden. Magine previously raised €6.5 million.

What’s important to remember about Magine is that it is essentially an Internet-based cable operator. Because of the way the cable operators and TV networks and channels work together in Europe, the company’s model is very scalable, as Magine only has to pay a set fee to its content providers.

Unlike Aereo in the U.S., Magine operates without hardware and without touching any legal gray zones. Indeed, as the company tells me, it’s actually “loved by the industry.” You can read more about how the company operates in our more in-depth review from earlier this year.…

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


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

“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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Cloud office systems user base hits 50M in 2017: Gartner (Original)

There are currently about 50 million enterprise users of cloud office systems, which represent only 8% of overall office system users, excluding China and India.
A report by Gartner however predicted that a major shift toward cloud office systems will begin by the first half of 2015 and reach 33 % penetration by 2017.
“Despite the hype surrounding migration to the cloud, big differences in movement rates continue, depending on organizations' size, industry, geography and specific requirements,” Tom Austin, VP at Gartner, said. “While 8% of business people were using cloud office systems at the start of 2013, we estimate this number will grow to 695 million users by 2022, to represent 60%.”

Although email remains the world’s primary collaboration tool, others, such as team sites and communities are growing in importance. Nonetheless, email is typically pivotal in decisions to move — or not move — to cloud office systems. Gartner estimates that by the end of 2014 at least 10% of enterprise email seats will be based on a cloud or software-as-a-service model. This figure will rise to at least one-third by the end of 2017.

In addition, there has been a substantial expansion in the number of devices people use to access cloud office systems in recent years.…

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