Why It’s Too Early to Call the Private-Cloud Fight

Despite a lot of speculation lately about who’s winning the private-cloud race and what companies might be on the way out, it’s far too early to call the game in anyone’s favor. Adoption is picking up, but it’s nowhere near ubiquitous, so there’s plenty of time.

Marten Mickos Talks Red Hat, OpenStack and M&A

Private-cloud pioneer Eucalyptus is furthering its partner-centric growth strategy by partnering with Red Hat. Possibly more important than the announcement, though, is the timing: Eucalyptus is not the only internal-cloud software on the market, and it needs to win back its space in the spotlight.

More Money for Private Cloud — Abiquo Scores $10M

Cloud startup Abiquo has closed a $10 million Series B funding round. Abiquo sells internal-cloud management software, making it one of many vendors fighting to establish a foothold in what many experts think will be a very lucrative market over the next few years.

Why Dell’s Cloud Computing Prospects are Strong

Dell is often characterized as a mere server maker. It’s easy to see why when Dell is compared with competitors like HP and IBM, both of which complement their hardware with software and services that add the real value – and account for most of the revenue. But Dell has been reshaping itself lately into a provider of more than just gear, particularly as it relates to cloud computing.

Morphlabs Tries to Reinvent Private Cloud Pricing

Los Angeles-based startup Morphlabs is rolling out two new features designed to bolster sales of its mCloud line of cloud computing offerings in a crowded field of management platforms. In doing so, however, it might actually be helping show the future model for internal-cloud software pricing.

IBM Extends Cloud Presence Beyond IBM Servers

IBM today increased the scope of its internal cloud-computing portfolio with three new CloudBurst offerings. The most important of the bunch might be IBM’s Service Delivery Manager software, which has been decoupled so that it can run atop any standard x86- or Power-based servers.

Credit Suisse Spawn DynamicOps Enters Private Cloud Game

The cloud-management space got a little more crowded with the release of DynamicOps’ Cloud Automation Center. That market is full of startup vendors, but DynamicOps has a couple of aces in the hole that might make it particularly appealing to enterprise customers.

Today in Cloud

I’d like to focus on Cloudera’s latest partner and talk about its seemingly unstoppable momentum, but I think the bigger news is latest turn of bad luck for Eucalyptus Systems. First, it was publicly dumped by NASA over the summer, and now the OpenStack software central to that storyline is infiltrating Eucalyptus’s relationship with Canonical as the cloud software of choice for the Ubuntu operating system. Things aren’t looking good for the startup that, until OpenStack hit, was the face of open source (or open core) cloud computing. Of course, sharing space with OpenStack within Ubuntu will be a blessing in disguise if users end up preferring Eucalyptus.

Today in Cloud

I’m back from my short-lived paternity leave, and what a day it is to get back in the saddle. Oracle probably wanted to hog the spotlight with the OpenWorld kickoff and its rash of announcements — including ExaLogic and an upgraded Exadata — but IBM stole the show by snatching up Netezza. Oracle seems like a prime candidate to capitalize on the Big Data avalanche, but it might need to ramp up its innovation to compete with the ever-active IBM, which has spent billions on analytics R&D and M&A over the past few years. As for ExaLogic, well, it’s a lot of brawn, whether you need it or not.