Cloud investments zoom; account for 1/4 of web deals

Last year, venture capital investment in “true” cloud computing companies constituted more than a quarter of overall Internet deal volume and more than a third of Internet investment dollars, according to new research from CB Insights.

The secret behind all those shiny CES gadgets? Cloud computing

As usual, a big chunk of the news out of the Consumer Electronics Show this year revolves around bright-and-shiny devices. But this time out, those devices are acting as the Trojan horses for the hardware makers’ cloud vision. The battle’s all about cloud services now.

Why cloud storage is passé and collaboration is king

Ask Box.net CEO Aaron Levie about his company’s cloud storage business, and you’ll hear a long, excited answer that probably won’t include the word “storage” at all. He’ll talk about sharing, collaboration and universal access — anything but the core storage infrastructure that makes Box’s service possible.

YouSendIt sends iPad, Android apps to cloud storage war

In the latest salvo in the ever-hotter cloud storage battle, YouSendIt added iPad and Android client apps to its cloud-based document sync, transfer and storage service, as well as updated iPhone and Windows desktop apps. A new Mac desktop version is in beta.

Can we build enterprise software that doesn’t suck?

Box.net’s CEO Aaron Levie told the Net:Work conference that the key to making better enterprise software is to learn from consumer software and service companies, and make tools that are easy for users instead of just trying to lock them in to a specific platform.

Box debuts /bin platform with $2M app developer fund

Box has debuted the Box Innovation Network, also branded as “/bin,” a platform to make it easy for third-party developers to make apps with Box’s APIs. The company also announced a $2 million fund aimed at supporting developers building the most promising apps on /bin.

Backblaze now backs up whatever you’ve got

If it’s possible to make “unlimited” more unlimited, Backblaze says it has done so with the latest release of its online storage service. Users can now store bigger files than ever or whole VMs, for the same $5 per computer per month price Backblaze charged before.

Box.net ropes in SAP Ventures for latest venture round

Box.net just closed additional Series D funding, netting new money from SAP Ventures–the VC arm of enterprise software giant SAP AG, as well as Salesforce.com, Bessemer Venture Partners and NEA. This brings the total from the overall Series D round of funding to $81 million.

Salesforce.com ponies up for a bit of Box.net

Online CRM pioneer Salesforce.com continues to back up its ecosystem with its checkbook, this time with an investment in cloud storage provider Box.net. In the past few months, Salesforce.com has made a series of outright acquisitions of Assistly, Radian6, and Heroku.