With Azuqua, users can tether together various cloud applications so that each application can take advantage of accessing another’s potentially relevant data.
While Oracle has a cloud platform that it’s been trying to spread to the masses for a few years, the biggest deal regarding the new cloud upgrade is supposedly the ability for people to use Oracle’s database in the cloud or on-premise in their own environment.
Slack, one of the many startups making a name for itself in the work-collaboration space, today said it acquired the two-man, bootstrapped startup Spaces for an undisclosed amount. Spaces’ core product is a sharable document in which users can collaborate together with graphics, text, annotations and other work-related items; with Slack providing a chat platform that aims to centralize an enterprise’s work into one locale, the deal makes sense. Slack’s rise to startup stardom highlights the importance major cloud providers are putting on work-collaboration tools, like Amazon’s Zocalo product; Slack is also putting the pressure on Box and Dropbox who have both been boosting their workflow-management features in recent months.
Following the news that Larry Ellison is stepping down from his CEO perch at long-time rival Oracle, SAP said on Thursday that it now has 50 million cloud users following its purchase of Concur.
The security startup emphasizes mobile for its identity management platform by hooking into a user’s smart phone as a means to ensure that the right person is accessing the right part of the network.
A Mountain View, California-based startup called Zapier is trying to make those dozens of cloud services your company uses more intelligent by automating the interactions between them. On our latest podcast, CEO Bryan Helmig discuss how it works and how the company came to be.
A pair of security researchers showed at the Black Hat conference this week how they built a Litecoin-mining bot using only the free-tier plans from a variety of cloud computing services.
Mårten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, argues that when companies lock in to their own design and customizations, it’s as harmful as when they lock in to a vendor. Mickos explains why he thinks using standardized open source products is the best way to avoid both types of lock-in.
A security startup called Elastica came out of stealth mode on Tuesday, and brought with it $6.3 million in venture capital from the Mayfield Fund. Elastica tries to protect corporate data scattered across the dozens of cloud services companies might be using and, like so many other security startups, is touting its use of data science techniques to accomplish its goal. Elastica does have an impressive pedigree, though, both with the Ph.Ds. on its founding team and with advisers including Rayid Ghani (Obama for America, Edgeflip), Tom Reilly (ArcSight, Cloudera), M.C. Srivas (MapR) and Ion Stoica (UC Berkeley, Conviva, Databricks).
Madrona Venture Group’s Matt McIlwain takes a look at how the latest era of employee-empowering technologies are different than the personal computers of 30 years ago — including who’s building them and who’s using them.