PiCloud, Python-Based Cloud Funded By Greylock, KPCB

PiCloud, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that is developing a python-based platform as a service (PaaS) has raised $1.4 million in its first round of funding. Investors in PiCloud co-founded by Ken Elkabany (CEO) and Aaron Staley, include Greylock Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Andreessen Horowitz.

Heroku: Serving Up 100,000 Apps

Heroku, the San Francisco-based Platform-as-a-Service provider is all set to hit the magical 100,000 app mark, sometime next week. The PAAS platform had 40,000 apps a year ago. Heroku’s platform is gaining momentum and as companies finds increased adoption amongst corporate users and mobile developers.

Moving Regulated Industries to the Cloud

Regulated industries like health care and financial services deal with large quantities of sensitive data many deem unsuitable for cloud storage. But for those prepared to invest in understanding and meeting the requirements of such heavily regulated environments, there are many opportunities to offer premium services.

Open Cirrus Project Adds New Contributors, Increases Footprint

Open Cirrus, an open source test bed for advancing cloud computing based research, has attracted new organizations including two telecommunications firms. China Mobile Research Institute, the Supercomputing Center of Galicia in Spain, China Telecom’s Guangzhou Research Institute, and Georgia Tech University have all joined the project.

Amazon: Death by Cloud for Traditional Software

Though few seem to notice, Amazon is not-so-quietly building out its Amazon Web Services (AWS) to take on traditional enterprise computing…and win. While today AWS mostly undermines only the software businesses of open-source vendors like Red Hat, tomorrow it will likely challenge the giants of enterprise applications.

Out of Stealth, Xeround Launches MySQL as a Service

Xeround, a Bellevue, WA-based start-up has come out of stealth and has launched the beta version of MySQL in the cloud and is offering relational database as an on-demand service. Xeround is available either as Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) or as a virtual appliance.

Pimp Your PaaS — The Race to Something Different

While there is, and will continue to be a significant amount of spending to tinker with and repackage enterprise applications into virtual machines for cloud migration, I believe the long term stickiness the major vendors seek is a compelling PaaS offering. The question is, who’ll win?

Jamcracker and Eucalyptus Team for Self-Service

Jamcracker and Eucalyptus announced at VMWorld today that they are partnering on an integration aimed at enabling users to self-provision their private and hybrid clouds. This announcement comes hot on the heels of last weeks announcement of a technology partnership between Eucalyptus, newScale and rPath.

Citrix Buys VMLogix — It’s All About the Hybrid Cloud

In an effort to steal some attention away from VMware’s (s vmw) VMworld event starting today, Citrix (s ctsx) is announcing that it will acquire VMLogix as an integral part of it’s efforts to create the ability for enterprises to utilize clouds without fears of vendors lock in.

From M&A to R&D, Cloud is Driving IT Activity

Still wondering if cloud computing is the real deal, if it will find its way to a data center near you? Whether they’re buying, building or buddying up, vendors are surrounding their core competencies with everything they’ll need to compete in an increasingly integrated IT market.