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Enterprise Cloud Data Management Startup ParElastic Raises $5.7M From General Catalyst And Others (Original)

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ParElastic, a startup in the cloud data management space, is announcing $5.7 million in funding led by General Catalyst with CommonAngels, Point Judith Capital and Launch Capital, as well as angel investor Jit Saxena (founders of Netazza Software) participating. This brings the startup’s total funding to $8.7 million.

The company develops a scale-out technology for scaling SQL databases for cloud data and applications. As CEO and co-founder Kenneth Rugg explains, enterprises that move into the cloud have to scale out these databases across Amazon EC2. But one of the challenges in this is that these databases do not distribute across these systems well, and it’s a challenge for many developers.

As Rugg explains the simplicity behind ParElastic is based on the premise that database architecture should be flexible, scalable and cost-effective without sacrificing one workload for the optimization of another.

How does ParElastic accomplish this simplicity? Multiple relational database servers operate as one and appear to an application as a single database server, supporting workloads that exceed the capabilities of a single database server, while only provisioning, consuming, and paying for the resources needed at any given instant.

Larry Bohn, managing director of General Catalyst, will be joining ParElastic’s board. As he explains, the relational database industry is a $30 billion market, and ParElastic is in prime position to disrupt this industry with both its talent and product.…

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Beijing finance bureau adopts unified cloud storage (Original)

Overhaul requires sustainable unified cloud storage for both structured and unstructured data

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AWS Drops Prices For Windows On-Demand EC2 Instances Up To 26% As Competition Intensifies (Original)

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is dropping the price  of Windows On-Demand EC2 instances up to 26 percent, which is another clear sign of the price wars in the cloud computing market. The news follows Google’s announcement earlier today that it is dropping instance prices by 4 percent.

AWS says the drop in price continues its tradition of  exploring ways to reduce its costs:

This reduction applies to the Standard (m1), Second-Generation Standard (m3), High-Memory (m2), and High-CPU (c1) instance families. All prices are effective from April 1, 2013. The size of the reduction varies by instance family and region. You can visit the AWS Windows page for more information about Windows pricing on AWS.

AWS has extended its support for AWS in the last month with support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groupsa beta of the AWS Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows Server, and new drivers for our virtual instances that improve performance and increase the supported number of volumes.

Earlier today, Google opened Compute Engine to developers who subscribe to Google’s $400 per month Gold Support package. The package includes 24/7 phone support. Users can access Compute Engine without the need to talk to sales or an invitation.…

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Google Ramps Up Its Amazon Cloud Rival (Original)

Anyone can now use the Google Compute Engine -- the web giant's answer to Amazon's seminal EC2 cloud computing service. Well, anyone who's willing to pay Google $400 a month for customer support.

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APAC cloud, DC gear market hit $10b in ’12 (Original)

Spending on outsourcing, pure cloud services grew 21% from 2011

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Cloud Computing Snafu Shares Private Data Between Users (Original)

New York startup DigitalOcean says that its cloud server platform may be leaking data between its customers. The company aims to fix this problem, but the snafu preys on many of the fears that so often prevent people from moving to cloud services -- shared online services that provide instant access to computing resources, including processing ...

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Yahoo! Mail Partners With Dropbox To Add File Attachments, Brings Brand New Audience To File Hosting Service (Original)

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It’s no secret that Yahoo! is overhauling all of its flagship products, including mail. The service has gotten a refresh on both the web and mobile, and today, the company has announced a partnership with file-backup and sharing service Dropbox.

The partnership will make it easier to send, receive and manage attachments in Yahoo! Mail. In case you’ve forgotten, Yahoo! Mail is still the No. 3 most-used mail service in the world behind Hotmail and Gmail. But the last time we checked, it was No. 1 in the United States. By acting nimbly, the company can add small tweaks and enhancements thanks to partnerships like this that will give it a potential edge against the competition.

This is good news for both companies, specifically Dropbox. This brings a new audience to the service, which has become a mainstay in the workplace. The company has yet to crack the consumer area, and Yahoo! has those users lined up and waiting to try new things. If users don’t have a Dropbox account, they can simply sign up for one via Yahoo! Mail. That also means more potential revenue for Dropbox once these users fill up their free 2GB.

Here’s what David McDowell, Senior Director of Product Management on Yahoo!…

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Amazon Takes on Dropbox With New Desktop File Syncing (Original)

It's still rough around the edges, but a new desktop syncing client puts Amazon's Cloud Drive tool in league with Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud-based file syncing tools. It's half the price of Dropbox, but unfortunately Amazon's Cloud Drive currently lacks most of what makes Dropbox so indispensable.

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Nearly Two Years Later, Nebula Launches A Mainframe Style “Cloud Computer” Built On OpenStack (Original)

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Nebula has launched its long awaited Nebula One, a hyped but often delayed integrated system that Co-Founder and former NASA CTO Christopher Kemp calls a “cloud computer” that takes mainframes and time sharing into the future with the cloud.

Nebula launched at OSCON in 2011 with the goal of building systems that Kemp said would last “for generations to come.” It is now nearly two years later and Kemp says Nebula is officially here.

Nebula One is built on what Kemp says is the company’s “Cloud Controller,” a hardware appliance that turns server racks into a scalable on-premise system that combines compute, storage and networking into one machine. It runs “Cosmos,” Nebula’s distributed enterprise cloud operating system, which configures servers that plug into the Nebula hardware. The technology is built for self-service and supports APIs for OpenStack and Amazon Web Services. It plugs into IBM, Dell or HP servers. Nebula, under Kemp’s direction, also has a flare for the dramatic:

Nebula has some deep challenges ahead for it. The market is deeply competitive. There are orchestration providers such as Ubuntu JuJu. Mirantis helps companies integrate OpenStack. Startups such as Piston Cloud and Cloudscaling have developed their own cloud operating systems.…

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Amazon Cloud Drive tacks on file syncing, flexes its digital storage muscle (Original)

DNP Amazon steps its game up, adds file sync to Cloud Drive

After nearly a year on the market, Amazon has finally blessed its Cloud Drive apps for Windows and Mac with a file syncing folder. Starting today, users can access their documents, music and photos across multiple computers -- a feature that we've seen from the likes of Google Drive, Dropbox and SkyDrive for quite some time. While this feature is far from groundbreaking, it does manage to make Amazon's service a respectable alternative to cloud storage's reigning heavy hitters. Toss in its 5GB of free storage and Cloud Drive could become a worthy contender for those who are looking for a new or additional place to house their digital collections.

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